Careers

Hello Citizen!

I am Sapna Karim, Head – Civic Participation at Janaagraha. Since 2001 I have been with our Civic Participation program which we now call I Change My City. I Change My City is a pioneering movement for citizen participation in India’s cities.

I am looking for a high-energy civic leader to champion the causes of citizen participation, civic volunteering and civic leadership among corporate employees, college youth and neighbourhood communities.

S/he will live the values of citizenship and civic leadership, turbo-charge communities to do the same and walk with me to make I Change My City a pan India movement, patiently stitch partnerships with like-minded organisations and governments, and support me in project management, communications, fund-raising and product development of www.ichangemycity.com

What does it take to be a Civic Leader with I Change My City?

In my view s/he would possess

  1. Unlimited passion for transforming our cities over the long-term, particularly in the areas of citizen participation in neighbourhoods, civic leadership and civic volunteering
  2. The nuance to identify partnership opportunities and the perseverance to convert, nurture and scale them
  3. Systematic and responsive work approach to project management
  4. Ability to balance urgency in accomplishing daily/weekly/monthly activities and tasks, with patience in navigating the complex systems change of transforming citizenship in our cities
  5. Out of the world interpersonal skills and communication skills to energise and motivate communities and stimulate citizen participation, civic leadership and volunteering in city neighbourhoods
  6. Reasonable familiarity or presence in social media and orientation to digital
  7. Ability and willingness to work across teams ranging from coders, UX designers, product managers and fund raisers.
  8. Experience and professionalism required to serve as support to head of the team in project management, communications, fund-raising, cost and cash flow management, team management.

What does a Civic Leader really do?

S/he would

  1. Speak at small (or sometimes large) convenings of employees, college youth and neighbourhood communities on citizen participation, civic leadership and volunteering to motivate and encourage individuals to become active citizens and participate or volunteer in neighbourhood level civic matters
  2. Meet with senior leaders of non-profits and governments with partnership proposals
  3. Create significant presence in social media channels, and ensure disciplined execution of a practical, workable communications plan directed at specific target stakeholder groups
  4. Work closely with head of the team, the product manager, citizen volunteers, other team members to deliver on citizen engagement and communication strategies across the process lifecycle
  5. Travel across the country to spread the idea of citizenship participation and civic leadership, with Bengaluru being the operating base
  6. Apply themselves to this role full time

What’s in it for the Civic Leader?

You will be part of the most important journey and project in modern times, that of building a democratic society. India’s cities as you know from your own personal experiences are fairly terrible places to live. How do we get together as citizens, engage constructively with each other and with governments to create lasting change? You will be part of the solution to this BIG question for which no one yet anywhere in the world has found the perfect answer.

I Change My City is a pioneering initiative at a global level. We have great government partnerships and an exciting value proposition. I am looking for a Civic Leader who will seamlessly get comfortable with our team and organisation, and be a fun
fellow-traveller in this long, many times frustrating, yet always exciting and fulfilling journey of change in our cities. Are you that person? Please write to me at sapna@janaagraha.org

Janaagraha is looking for a Manager in our Human Resources department! We are a team of sixty and gradually growing. We are looking for a lone-ranger HR manager who will at once handle routine HR operations, but also grow the HR function in Janaagraha into a Civic Leadership function!

What does it take to be a Manager-HR in Janaagraha?

S/he would possess

  1. Unlimited passion for transforming our cities over the long-term
  2. Professional background in human resources function with experience in one or more of talent development, leadership development and employee engagement with over eight years’ work experience
  3. Ability to connect with individual team members coming from very diverse backgrounds and points of view, with a view to understanding their motivation, to nurture their passion and create pathways for them to realise their potential as agents of change through our work and emerge as civic leaders through a variety of instruments, innovative processes and policies
  4. Exposure to latest talent development practices, ability to learn quickly on the job, and willingness to innovative and cross-pollinate learning from diverse practices around the world
  5. Excellent communication skills, written and verbal; out of the world interpersonal skills and communication skills
  6. Detail-orientation across the board, and an orientation towards outserving employees through timely, responsive approach to HR operations (payroll, recruitment, induction, employee engagement, performance appraisals, learning and development)
  7. Ability and willingness to get hands dirty with a bias towards practice and action
  8. Ability and willingness to work individually without a reporting team on all activities and tasks required to accomplish job objectives
  9. Systematic and responsive work approach to project management
  10. Reasonable familiarity or presence in social media and orientation to digital
  11. Ability and willingness to work across multi-disciplinary teams

What will s/he really do?

S/he would

  1. Continuously evaluate ways to enhance employee well-being at the workplace and execute the same, where required in coordination with other departments and team members
  2. Meet recruitment requirements on a timely basis in partnership with executive committee representatives
  3. Draw up and execute an effective induction program with an emphasis on the philosophy of civic change and individual leadership
  4. Draw up an effective employee engagement program and calendar and execute the same
  5. Undertake a systematic evaluation of underlying drivers of employee motivation, undertake a landscape study of how best to nurture and cultivate those drivers, draw up plans, policies and processes to implement the same, and then implement the same
  6. Draw up effective, practical,, learning and development and leadership development plans for team members and facilitate implementation of the same
  7. Liaise with vendor for timely and accurate payroll processing on monthly basis; review and rationalise payroll structure to maximise employee well-being yet optimise cost structure for the organisation
  8. Be the custodian of adherence to organisational HR policies and practices and statutory requirements. work closely with executive committee representatives and the CEO on all of the above

You will be part of a highly passionate, professional and practice-oriented organisation and team, working at the leading edge of citizen participation, city-systems reforms and organisational development. You will in due course have a chance to actively shape a new paradigm in leadership development in the social sector. Are you that person? Please write to me at sapna@janaagraha.org.

We are looking for Manager-Advocacy in the CEO’s office to support urban policy research and stakeholder communications.

What does it take to be a Manager-Advocacy in the CEO’s office?

S/he would possess

  1. Unlimited passion for transforming our cities over the long-term, particularly in the broad area of city governance reforms
  2. Academic or professional background in urban policy with at least eight years’ professional work experience; broad understanding and exposure to one or more of urban governance and infrastructure, urban planning, development sector/government consulting, project financing and management, climate change and environmental sustainability
  3. Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  4. Detail-orientation across the board
  5. Ability and willingness to get hands dirty with a bias towards practice and action
  6. Ability and willingness to work individually without a reporting team on all activities and tasks required to accomplish job objectives
  7. Systematic and responsive work approach to project management
  8. Professionalism and experience to engage with a wide variety of government and non-government stakeholders at senior levels
  9. Reasonable familiarity or presence in social media and orientation to digital
  10. Ability and willingness to work across multi-disciplinary teams

What will s/he really do?

S/he would

  1. Undertake internal landscape studies on emerging topics of relevance to Janaagraha’s areas of work across urban infrastructure and service delivery, municipal finance, municipal staffing, political decentralisation, transparency and citizen participation, urban economy, climate change and environmental sustainability in cities
  2. Based on the above, put together actionable strategy documents and work closely with the Advocacy and Reforms team in Janaagraha to create a roadmap for their implementation
  3. Create and maintain a database of target stakeholders on Sales Force, draw up communication plan and execute the same
  4. Closely track contemporary developments in urban policy, and communicate and engage with senior leaders of non-profits, governments and donors through different modes to identify and explore synergies
  5. Organise convenings and workshops on specific topics to engage specific target stakeholders, with the objective of laying the foundation for further policy reforms in
    city-systems reforms
  6. Write opinion pieces on contemporary and emerging issues on urban policy
  7. Work with communications professionals to put together high-impact communication material to support one or more of the above

You will be part of a highly passionate, professional and practice-oriented organisation and team, working at the leading edge of city-systems reforms. You will in due course have a chance to actively shape serious conversations and action on the governance of India’s cities Are you that person? Please write to me at work@janaagraha.org

We are looking for a Deputy Head – Governance Reforms reporting to Head – Reforms to lead implementation of urban governance reforms in partnership with Central, State and Municipal Governments.

What does it take to be a Deputy Head – Governance Reforms?

S/he would possess

  1. Unlimited passion for transforming our cities over the long-term, particularly in the broad area of city governance reforms
  2. Post graduate professional with at least eight to ten years of work experience preferably with governments in consulting, project financing and management roles
  3. Excellent quantitative, presentation and communication skills
  4. Detail-orientation across the board
  5. Ability and willingness to get hands dirty with a bias towards practice and action
  6. Ability and willingness to work individually and lead a high performance team for all activities and tasks required to accomplish job objectives
  7. Systematic and responsive work approach to project management
  8. Professionalism and experience to engage with a wide variety of government and non-government stakeholders at senior levels
  9. Ability and willingness to work across multi-disciplinary teams

What will s/he really do?

S/he would

Reforms implementation

  1. Lead implementation of governance projects in partnership with governments the area of municipal finance, staffing, transparency
  2. Engage with senior government stakeholders to advocate and create opportunities for partnership on urban governance reforms

Sustainability

  1. Manage donor deliverables including drafting proposals, fulfil reporting requirements, maintain regular engagement with donor representatives
  2. Explore opportunities for paid engagements in the area of urban governance reforms with Governments and other agencies such as foundations, multilateral agencies ( World Bank, UN)

Advocacy

  1. Closely track contemporary developments in urban policy, and communicate and engage with senior leaders of non-profits, governments and donors through different modes to identify and explore synergies
  2. Represent Janaagraha in various forums – government and non-government.
  3. Organise convenings and workshops on specific topics to engage specific target stakeholders, with the objective of laying the foundation for further policy reforms in city-systems reforms
  4. Write opinion pieces on contemporary and emerging issues on urban policy

You will be part of a highly passionate, professional and practice-oriented organisation and team, working at the leading edge of city-systems reforms. You will in due course have a chance to actively shape serious conversations and action on the governance of India’s cities. Please do mail your profiles to vidya.sampath@janaagraha.org.

At the Jana Group, we are committed to fixing India’s cities

Jana Group is one of India’s best-known groups of social enterprises working towards the mission of fixing India’s cities. Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan co-founded Jana Group in 2001 and it presently works across domains of citizen participation and city governance reforms (through Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy), city planning and design (through Jana Urban Space Foundation), banking and financial services (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing (through Janaadhar). Towards our mission, we work through the above four different operating organisations each with its own distinct institutional form.

We are looking for Manager – Research at the Jana Group

The promoter stake in Jana Small Finance Bank and Janaadhar are held in a non-profit company called Jana Urban Foundation (the Foundation). The co-founders of Jana Group do not earn any salary, dividend or capital appreciation from any of its activities. The Foundation is an urban think tank based in Bangalore with a vision to transform urban India where enhanced quality of life is assured to all urban residents. The Foundation constantly strives to understand the world of aspirational urban households and incubates viable and scalable social business models that are central to inclusive development.

We are now looking for an experienced researcher to join our team as Manager-Research, based in Bengaluru. You will design and project manage large scale qualitative and quantitative research projects in urban India.

Your roles and responsibilities will include developing academic partnerships for research on development and inclusion in cities. We have an existing relationship with the Brown University, USA for a research project called Jana-Brown Citizenship Index that seeks to understand among other things the relationship between citizenship and access to infrastructure and services in cities. A series of large-scale field surveys form the basis of this project across cities in India.

You will be the main contact from the Jana Group for this partnership and will be responsible for the implementation of the field surveys and generation of data for this project. You will also identify and lead academic partnerships for further research that complements our work on urban inclusion, with the support of an appropriate team member.

Furthermore, you will manage other field surveys and research projects that push the needle forward on transforming urban India where enhanced quality of life is assured to all urban residents. This will involve initiating and managing relationships with other partners, designing and managing (large scale) research projects, analysing and reporting on research data, budget management as well as formatting and presenting data for meetings with various key stakeholders as well as disseminating work through a range of different channels such as media, journals and conferences.

We are looking for you…

We are looking for you if you possess/are:

  • A minimum of 8 years work experience in research, preferably social research including both qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Fluent in English (additional fluency in one or both of: Kannada and Hindi preferred).
  • A Master’s degree in the social sciences (psychology, political science, international relations, sociology, anthropology, economics, history, geography) or public policy. Under certain conditions, a Bachelor’s degree will be acceptable, especially if the candidate’s undergraduate education covered training in statistics.
  • In-depth knowledge in quantitative social science methods (critical skill).
  • Knowledge of experimental methods will be highly desirable.
  • In-depth knowledge of monitoring and evaluation processes such as randomized control trials (RCTs) (critical skill).
  • In-depth experience with social science analysis programs such as: STATA, SPSS, R language, etc. (critical skill).
  • Experience undertaking research with human subjects (critical skill).
  • Experience with designing and/or implementing survey-based research (including monitoring and evaluation) (critical skill).
  • Experience in writing academic literature and policy literature (e.g. for peer-reviewed journals, policy papers, media briefs)
  • Excellent project and team management and organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail to methodically plan, implement, and monitor activities of the highest quality in accordance with deadlines.
  • Highly self-motivated and able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks/projects efficiently in a fast paced environment.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with partners to achieve desired results despite conflicting demands or priorities.
  • The ability to prioritize teamwork and communication with colleagues and superiors.

Additional qualities we are looking for are:

  • High levels of self-motivation, passion and perseverance required for social change.
  • Attention to detail, high personal standards of performance.
  • Willingness to extend oneself to accomplish work objectives, simultaneously pursuing excellence.
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and openness to adapt to organisational ideas, approaches and a dynamic work environment.
  • Ability to learn quickly on the job, including aspects such as community outreach and working with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Excellent communication skills- written and verbal and interpersonal, team skills.

You will be part of one of the most important development journeys in contemporary India

You will be part of one of the most important development journeys in contemporary India, that of enabling hundreds of millions of aspirational urban households, and hundreds of millions of migrants who will be moving to cities over the next few decades in search of opportunities and livelihoods for themselves and their families.

You will be part of a work environment that is characterised by passion and commitment, strong focus on practice and implementation yet backed by data and evidence, urgency in getting things done but patience to negotiate complex systems change, humility to recognise limitations of individuals and organisations and therefore recognition of alliances, networks and partnerships, is hugely innovative and oriented to big, bold ideas.

If you are looking for us, please write to us at work@janaagraha.org

Careers

Janaagraha is a not for profit organization working in the space of urban reforms and citizen participation. Over the years, Janaagraha’s work has spanned numerous disciplines of urban development. People from diverse backgrounds – urban planners, communication experts, content developers, GIS specialists, digital marketing specialist- have enabled Janaagraha’ s transition from a movement to a robust institution. While collaborating with citizens and governments, Janaagraha has proactively sought people who embody the spirit ‘ Be the change you want to see’. If this is you, please write to us at work@janaagraha.org