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

Janaagraha has a pioneering Citizen Engagement civic-tech platform called I Change My City which is official Grievance Redressal and Citizen Participation platform for many states and cities, Swachhata and Swachh Manch which are official Grievance Redressal and Citizen Participation Platforms for Swachh Bharat Mission in partnership with Government of India.

We are looking for a Full Stack Developer to work on the Civic Tech Platforms. You’ll be working with the team which runs India’s largest civic engagement platform, work on applications which are used by more than 15 million users across 3200 cities in India while assisting government in making our cities better.

Lead Engineer / Sr. Software Engineer


Tech Skills


  1. Web fundamentals like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS
  2. CSS preprocessors like Sass or LESS
  3. JavaScript frameworks like Angular, React, or Ember etc., or JS-based build tools like Grunt, Gulp, and Bower
  4. Libraries like jQuery or Backbone.js
  5. Front-end (CSS) frameworks like Foundation or Bootstrap
  6. AJAX



  1. API design and development
  2. CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete)
  3. RESTful Services
  4. Web fundamentals like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS
  5. Server-side languages like PHP, Python and JavaScript
  6. Database technologies like MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB
  7. Web server technologies like Node.js, Apache, Nginx, ISS, etc
  8. Frameworks related to their server-side language of choice like: Express.js, Ruby on Rails, CakePHP, etc


  1. Understanding of microservices architecture.
  2. Understanding of GIT for code management.
  3. Comfortable with work management tools like JIRA.
  4. Understanding of CI/CD tools and process flow.
  5. Write Unit Test cases and including test frameworks while development.
  6. Experience with cloud message APIs and usage of push notifications.

Educational Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor of Engineering/Technology or equivalent in Computer Science/Information Technology.

Work Experience:

  1. Minimum of 4 years of Work Experience in reputed companies.
  2. Hands-on experience in developing full stack applications

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Work on overall architecture of the web application.
  2. Maintain quality and ensure responsiveness of applications.
  3. Collaborate with the rest of the engineering team to design and launch new features.
  4. Maintain code integrity and organization.
  5. Experience working with graphic designers and converting designs to visual elements.
  6. Understanding and implementation of security and data protection.
  7. Should working in tandem with Product managers to fulfil the requirements of clients as documented.
  8. Should be able to discuss timelines and stick to them
  9. Should raise issues on the flow and timelines negotiate with Product Managers and timelines on technical and other aspects.
  10. Should be able to evaluate and recommend technologies/frameworks to be used for the work.

We are a small but efficient team working on these platforms using best technologies and frameworks for a greater cause of improving how citizens interact with the government. If you think you have the will to change the systems in India through technology, please email your resume/CV at

About Janaagraha

Janaagraha, a Bangalore based non-profit having the objective of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns, is among the best-known organisations working on urban transformation. Janaagraha was founded in December 2001 as a platform for citizen participation in cities. Today, it works with citizens on catalysing active citizenship in neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city-systems, also referred to as urban governance reforms.

Janaagraha is part of the Jana Group, and was co-Founded by Ramesh Ramanathan and Swati Ramanathan. Other entities in the group include:

  • Janalakshmi, an urban micro finance company serving 5.5 million households across India
  • Janaadhar, an urban affordable housing company, and
  • Jana Urban Space Foundation, a non-profit focused on spatial planning and design, both policy and practice

Job Description

As an Associate Manager/Manager-Municipal Finance, your role would comprise the following:

  • Actively work with the team with an objective of achieving large-scale reforms in municipal finances, specifically on accounting, auditing and reporting by municipal corporations
  • Deepening the research and advocacy on the Public Disclosure Law, a mandatory reform under the JnNURM drafted by Janaagraha, with State Governments and other stakeholders
  • Developing a framework for Financial and Performance Reporting by Municipal Corporations
  • Deepening knowledge and analytical firepower on Municipal Revenues and identifying contemporary trends and advocacy agendas; and
  • Create a framework of understanding, analysis and dissemination of Budgets and Financial Statements of Municipal Corporations and other parastatal agencies/service providers in cities, as powerful tools of advocacy
  • Engagement with and persuasion of government functionaries to ensure collection of financial information from Municipalities

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Chartered Accountant or a Post Graduate in Business Management or Post Graduate in Finance or Economics
  • At least 3 years of professional work experience in Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting or Economics
  • Candidates from alternative academic backgrounds with outstanding academic and career accomplishments and relevant work experience would also be considered

What we look for in an Associate Manager/Manager – Municipal Finance

  • Strong domain knowledge of Finance and Accounting (theory and practice, standards, best practices, systems and processes etc
  • Ability and willingness to grasp quickly, concepts of Municipal Finance and government accounting
  • Strong quantitative and analytical capabilities
  • Ability to manage large projects in partnership with external stakeholders
  • Strong project management skills
  • Good communication skills- both written and verbal
  • Ability to work across teams
  • Willingness to extend oneself to accomplish work objectives with tight deadlines, simultaneously pursuing excellence
  • Positive attitude, flexibility and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment
  • Persuasive skills to engage with government functionaries and deliver on programme objectives

What Janaagraha offers

At Janaagraha, you will be part of a multi-disciplinary team of professionals and passionate
citizens who apply cutting-edge technologies and practices aimed at social change in India’s cities.
We offer a dynamic, driven and vibrant work environment for professionals who are passionate
about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in India’s cities. At
work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have
abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to social challenges.

Interested applicant may send their resume to or


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