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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

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.

Position:
Lead Engineer / Sr. Software Engineer

Requirements

Tech Skills

Front-End

  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

Back-End

  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

Others:

  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 sumit.arora@janaagraha.org

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 work@janaagraha.org or nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

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

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

Your responsibilities in this role would comprise the following:

  • Support CEO in ground work and extensive preparation required for drawing up Janaagraha’s strategy for 2021-2023
  • Undertake research on successful advocacy initiatives on large public change agendas, document detailed trajectory of change including learning therefrom, and synthesise implications for Janaagraha’s strategy
  • Undertake comparative research on urban governance across peer economies on contemporary trends and developments, under specific guidance of the CEO
  • Identify replicable best practices in urban infrastructure in India and understand factors underlying their success, relate them to ASICS/city-systems and draw hypotheses
  • Undertake a landscape of urban development initiatives and priorities of state governments
  • Support CEO in project management,
  • Support CEO in external presentations and speeches
  • Own and operate Sales Force Contact Database and communications plan of CEO’s office for key contacts

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Chartered Accountant or a Post Graduate in Business Management or Post Graduate in Finance or Economics or Post Graduation in Public Policy;
  • At least 8 years of professional work experience in Public Policy, Advocacy, Management Consultancy or related areas.

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 Manager-Strategic Planning

  • Unlimited passion for transforming our cities over the long-term, particularly in the broad area of city governance reforms
  • 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
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Detail-orientation across the board
  • Ability and willingness to get hands dirty with a bias towards practice and action
  • Ability and willingness to work individually without a reporting team on all activities and tasks required to accomplish job objectives
  • Systematic and responsive work approach to project management
  • Professionalism and experience to engage with a wide variety of government and non-government stakeholders at senior levels
  • Reasonable familiarity or presence in social media and orientation to digital
  • Ability and willingness to work across multi-disciplinary teams

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.

Remuneration

We offer a competitive salary commensurate to experience.

Interested applicant may send their resume to nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

Hello Citizen!

I am Sapna Karim, Head- Civic Participation at Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy.. Since 2001 I have been with Janaagraha’s 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. (www.ichangemycity.com)

I am looking for a high-energy individual to champion the causes of citizen participation, civic volunteering and civic leadership amongst citizens, 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 success in the state of Odisha-based out of Bhubaneshwar, patiently stitch partnerships with like-minded civil society organisations, community groups and city governments, and lead the project management and communications with all stakeholders

If you are this person, go ahead and read on below and reach out to me at sapna@janaagraha.org

What does it take to be the Senior Manager – Civic Participation 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. Systematic and responsive work approach to project management
  3. Ability to balance urgency in accomplishing daily/weekly/monthly activities and tasks, with patience in navigating the complex systems change process
  4. 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
  5. The nuance to identify partnership opportunities and the perseverance to convert, nurture and scale them
  6. Reasonable familiarity or presence in social media and orientation to digital
  7. Experience and professionalism required to serve as support to head of the program in project management, communications, and strengthening stakeholder relationships.
  8. Be patient with outcomes, but relentless in executing a strong systematic engagement with communities and city governments to create irreversible positive change in transforming citizenship in our cities

What does the Senior Manager – Civic Participation really do?

S/he would

  1. Gain an in-depth understanding of the cities (Bhubaneshwar and Behrampur) through intense interactions with residents, academia, youth, businesses and government among others
  2. Mobilise communities in focused areas in the city to work on participatory budgeting programs and infrastructure assessment initiatives with the objective of engaging them in the decision making processes at the neighbourhood level with government
  3. Leverage and promote the I Change My City platform as an enabler for citizens and city governments to collaborate on civic matters
  4. Meet with senior leaders in civil society, active community groups, academia and governments with partnership proposals
  5. Draw up detailed project plans and list of target stakeholders for the above
  6. Speak at convenings of corporate employees, college youth and neighbourhood communities on citizen participation, civic leadership and volunteering to motivate and encourage citizens to become active citizens and participate or volunteer in neighbourhood level civic matters
  7. 7Create significant presence in social media channels, and ensure disciplined execution of a practical, workable communications plan directed at specific target stakeholders
  8. Work closely with head of the team, the product manager, citizen volunteers, other team members to deliver on citizen engagement and communication strategy across the project lifecycle in both the cities of Bhubaneshwar and Berhampur
  9. Maintain oversight on project budgets and cash-flows, under the supervision and guidance of the head of the team
  10. Anchor reporting of project milestones to all relevant stakeholders
  11. Apply themselves to this role full time

Qualifications and Experience

A Graduate / Masters in any discipline, preferably with hands-on experience of having engaged in urban areas with communities and city governments for the better part of a 18-20 year career

What’s in it for the Senior Manager – Civic Participation?

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.

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.

Remuneration :

Commensurate to the experience.

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

Role Description

Responsibilities:

The key role would be to ensure proper accounting, keeping controls in place and assisting in the governance with a view to protecting the credibility of the organisation.

Accounting

  1. Making payments for designated projects, Admin expenses, employee pay-outs etc after pre-audit and exercising internal checks.
  2. Accounting of the Transactions facilitating Fund-wise, Program-wise analysis of Projects and cost centre-wise analysis of overheads.
  3. Monitoring Capex and maintenance of Fixed Assets Register, including user & location tags.
  4. Carrying out periodical accounting checks eg. review of Vendor Accounts, Payroll Accounts for unpaid liabilities etc.
  5. Carrying out reconciliations of Bank accounts, GL Accounts, etc.

Compliance with statutory requirements relevant to NGO operations in India, as specified by appropriate authorities from time to time and specifically assisting the Finance lead in the following:

  1. FCRA and domestic donations / contributions – Accounting for receipts under designated FCRA project or Common Pool account
  2. FCRA contributions, fixed deposits – Liaison with Banks & monitoring thereof
  3. FCRA Returns
  4. FCRA registration & renewals.
  5. Monthly Statutory Compliance
  6. Income Tax Exemption certificate for non-deduction of tax on deposits
  7. Refund of TDS deductions – follow up with Income Tax Dept.
  8. Professional Tax – Monthly remittances & Monthly / Annual Returns
  9. Preparation of Financials and filing of IT returns.

Governance & MIS

  1. Assisting Project co-ordinators (Program Heads) in submitting utilisation statements to Donors for designated projects.
  2. Generation of MIS reports – Budget Vs Actual Variance at Program and Organization level for submission to Executive Committee (Exco) and Program Heads
  3. Vendor evaluation

Educational Qualification:

  1. Proven experience in Accounts & Administration
  2. Minimum Commerce degree, Chartered / Cost Accountancy would be an added advantage

What we look for a Senior Associate – Accounts

  1. Passionate about building robust systems for transparent and compliant internal accounting.
  2. You bring to the table the maturity, agility and flexibility to work with people/colleagues from diverse teams and senior management to meet the organisation’s accounting & internal control needs.
  3. Strong quantitative and analytical capabilities.
  4. Flexible to the needs of the organisation without compromise on regulatory compliance
  5. You are familiar with accounting software and abreast with the laws, statutes and governance related issues.
  6. You have good oral and written communication skills.
  7. Highly approachable and responsive to all cross functional teams (A very important criteria)

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 with abundant opportunities to learn and apply professional skills to social challenges. To know more about Janaagraha, please visit us at www.janaagraha.org. Interested applicants can also send their resume directly to nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

Remuneration

Commensurate to the experience

Hello Citizen!

Janaagraha is a Bengaluru based not for profit working on transforming the quality of life in Urban India – with a focus on the quality of infrastructure and services & the quality of citizenship. Janaagraha’s program which anchors our citizenship initiatives is called l I Change My City. I Change My City is a pioneering movement for citizen participation in India’s cities (www.ichangemycity.com)

We are looking for a highly passionate individual to champion the causes of citizen participation, civic volunteering and civic leadership amongst citizens in India’s cities.

S/he will live the values of citizenship and civic leadership, lead the strategy and implementation of I Change My City engagements across states & cities (and across civic learning and civic participation programs), conceive and manage strategic partnerships, anchor fund raising for these programs and lead the team to deliver through excellent project management and communications.

If you are this person, go ahead and read on below and reach out to me at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

What does it take to be Head – Citizenship Programs

S/he would possess

  1. unlimited passion for transforming our cities over the long-term, particularly in the areas of citizen participation in neighbourhoods and civic leadership
  2. deep domain experience in communications and marketing, large-scale campaigns
  3. experience and ability to lead teams and work closely with a multi-disciplinary team that includes coders, community mobilisers, data analysts and communication & content resources
  4. excellent project management capabilities with a sharp focus on delivery and execution
  5. strong interpersonal and negotiation skills to engage with external stakeholders like civil society, government and donors , and internally work with the CEO and Executive Committee
  6. the nuance to identify partnership opportunities and the perseverance to convert, nurture and scale them
  7. strong budgeting and financial management experience
  8. skills to nurture and grow talent, and invest in their leadership capabilities

What will the Head– Citizenship Programs really do?

S/he would

  1. gain a deep understanding of the principles, philosophy and nuances of citizen participation in relation to the products, platforms and tools we have built
  2. strengthen program strategy and the medium to long term project plans and outcomes in discussions with the team and the management
  3. conceive and run campaigns across communication and engagement channels on contemporary themes to accomplish the mission of Janaagraha’s citizenship programs
  4. manage the senior resources anchoring the community engagement and civic technology strands
  5. assess all work strands and determine RoI and priorities to ensure greater focus on delivery by the team
  6. draw up detailed campaign and project plans and instil strong review and course correction mechanisms with senior resources in the team
  7. in close coordination with the Development team continually review and maintain oversight on budgets and funding gaps and plans to raise additional resources
  8. ensure timely donor reporting, and communications internally and to donors
  9. meet with senior leaders in civil society, industry, academia and governments with partnership proposals
  10. be a spokesperson for civic participation at convenings of corporate employees, college youth and neighbourhood communities and other fora

Qualifications and Experience

A degree in Management, Technology or Finance with deep domain experience in communications, consumer technology, and/or marketing and with sufficient senior management experience in a 15- 20 year career

What’s in it for you as Head-Citizenship Programs?

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.

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 at scale.

Remuneration:

Commensurate to the experience.

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Civic Learning, Civic Participation and Advocacy & Reforms are Janaagraha’s three major strands of work to accomplish its mission.

Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions 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 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 for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).

Finance is a critical support for Janaagraha. This function is responsible for managing day to day accounting, compliance (financial and statutory), donor financial reporting, supporting the various projects undertaken by Janaagraha’s programs i.e. Civic Learning, Civic Participation, Advocacy & Reforms, Budgeting, Planning and monitoring. In the year 2018, the organization adopted the key principles of fund based accounting system and currently the finance team is playing the role of a finance partner with all programs helping the teams to adopt the accompanying changes in the manner in which budgeting, planning and monitoring is conducted at program and organization level.

We are looking for a highly passionate individual to be based out of Bangalore to manage Janaagraha’s finance function.

If interested, read on below and reach out to me at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

What does it take to be Manager / Senior Manager – Finance
Core Competencies

  1. Effective Communication
  2. Creative Problem Solving
  3. People Management
  4. Proactive Stakeholder Engagement
  5. Strategic and advisory or business partnering role

Functional Competencies

  1. Management Accounting, information and advice
  2. Financial Accounting
  3. Governance, Risk and Control
  4. Financial and Management Accounting Systems
  5. External Stakeholder reporting

We believe the above competencies are key attributes for success in this role and will reflect in the following manner.

  • Passionate about building robust systems for transparent and compliant internal accounting.
  • You bring to the table the maturity, agility and flexibility to work with people/colleagues from diverse teams and senior management to meet the organisation’s accounting & internal control needs.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical capabilities.
  • Flexible to the needs of the organisation without compromise on regulatory compliance
  • You are familiar with accounting software and abreast with the laws, statutes and governance related issues.
  • You have good oral and written communication skills.
  • Highly approachable and responsive to all cross functional teams

What will the Manager / Senior Manager – Finance really do?

Manage Janaagraha’s Finance function. Ensure proper accounting, keeping controls in place and assisting in the governance with a view to protecting the credibility of the organisation.

Accounting

  • Making payments for designated projects, Admin expenses, employee pay-outs etc after pre-audit and exercising internal checks.
  • Accounting of the Transactions facilitating Fund-wise, Program-wise analysis of Projects and cost centre-wise analysis of overheads.
  • Monitoring Capex and maintenance of Fixed Assets Register, including user & location tags.
  • Carrying out periodical accounting checks eg. Review of Vendor Accounts, Payroll Accounts for unpaid liabilities etc.
  • Carrying out reconciliations of Bank accounts, GL Accounts, etc.

Compliance with statutory requirements relevant to NGO operations in India, as specified by appropriate authorities from time to time and specifically assisting the Finance lead in the following:

  • FCRA and domestic donations / contributions – Accounting for receipts under designated FCRA project or Common Pool account
  • FCRA contributions, fixed deposits – Liaison with Banks & monitoring thereof
  • FCRA contributions – Annual Returns (FC6)
  • FCRA registration & renewals.
  • TDS deductions – Monthly Remittances for Salaries, Contractors, Rent & Professional fee payments u/s 192, 194-C, 194-I, 194-J. Filing of E-Returns 24Q, 26Q etc
  • Income Tax Exemption certificate for non-deduction of tax on deposits
  • Refund of TDS deductions – follow up with Income Tax Dept.
  • Professional Tax – Monthly remittances & Monthly / Annual Returns
  • Service Tax – payments & Returns
  • Annual preparation of Balance Sheet and Income & Expenditure statements and filing the same with IT department / other authorities.

Governance & MIS

  • Assisting Project co-ordinators (Program Heads) in submitting utilisation statements to Donors for designated projects.
  • Generation of MIS reports – Budget Vs Actual Variance at Program and Organization level, R&P, I&E, Budgets for designated projects as well as Common Pool account based on the accounting entries, for submission to Executive Committee (Exco) and Program Heads
  • Vendor evaluation
  • Preparation and communication of Management Accounting information

Advisory

Working closely with the Executive Committee Member and CEO to fulfil strategic goals of the finance function.

Finalize annual organization plans (financial) and budgets, Analysis and Monitoring, exercising financial controls.

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Chartered Accountant or Master’s Degree in Financial and Business Management or Masters in Bachelor of Commerce or an equivalent degree
  2. Over 8-10 years of relevant experience in Financial Management, Audit and Compliance
  3. Ability to manage teams and collaborate with cross functional teams to achieve 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, remunerative 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 complex social challenges.

Remuneration:
Commensurate to the experience.

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. It works with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of not-for-profit institutions 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 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 for the urban poor (through Jana Small Finance Bank) and affordable housing for the urban poor (through Janaadhar).

Since inception, municipal finance has been a core focus area for Janaagraha.
Janaagraha’s current engagements in municipal finance include MoUs with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), 15th Finance Commission and state governments of Odisha, Maharashtra, Telangana and Rajasthan on a wide range of reforms – from accounting and audit to budget and treasury management and urban infrastructure financing. The organisation also has working relationships with the World Bank and UNDP.

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to be based out of Bangalore/Delhi/Mumbai to head Janaagraha’s Municipal Finance program. Please reach out to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org for any further information or clarifications.

What will the Head– Municipal Finance do?

Deliver strongly on government and donor engagements

  1. Deliver on all commitments made under existing (and future) government and donor engagements
  2. Engage closely with senior leaders in government and ecosystem to both advocate for systemic reforms in municipal finance and to in turn learn and incorporate any feedback
  3. Continuously strive to transform municipal finance in India at scale and with speed and agility
  4. Create an enabling ecosystem to ideate boldly, to rapidly convert ideas to action plans and to execute the same at scale and with agility

Lead planning and development of Janaagraha’s Municipal Finance programme

  1. Work closely with the CEO to develop and implement strategic direction of the program
  2. Identify planning and programme needs, opportunities and approaches to strengthen Janaagraha’s presence and relevance in the municipal and urban infrastructure finance space;
  3. Manage and ensure the quality of results for all projects undertaken;
  4. Prepare medium-term programme plans and the programme funding plans;
  5. Build and nurture relationships with the donor ecosystem;
  6. Manage the development and implementation of the programme’s communication strategy and plan
  7. Manage adoption of technology for municipal finance advocacy, proof of concept and scale

Lead the Municipal Finance team

  1. Lead the team in the delivery of operational goals; finalize the annual work plan and budgets; oversee the implementation, including providing direction, guidance and technical support;
  2. Oversee and approve programme work plans and the optimum and appropriate allocation and use of resources; monitor compliance of grant conditions;
  3. Manage the performance of team members, provide managerial direction, guidance and leadership and performance feedback and coaching
  4. Promote learning and development and put in place systematic leadership development/talent development plans and programs ;
  5. Lead innovation and adoption of best practices in the team;

Engage with the urban governance and municipal finance ecosystem

  1. Represent Janaagraha in relevant forums, events and meetings, participate in policy dialogue; discuss policy initiatives, report on progress achieved and/or present policy papers/ideas;
  2. Establish and maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation;
  3. Ensure Janaagraha’s active participation in relevant forums and working groups to establish effective networks and keep abreast of ongoing debates and thinking on municipal finance and urban infrastructure finance.
  4. Build relations and partnerships with senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies and NGOs and participate in critical meetings and events;
  5. Create and maintain strategic partnerships

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Master’s degree or equivalent in business administration, finance, public finance, public administration, public policy or other directly relevant fields OR a Membership of a Professional Institute such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India ;
  2. 15 years of experience in government advisory or public finance or business management/consulting or senior leadership roles in finance; should have held leadership roles in their career, engaging with senior stakeholders in government/industry;
  3. Adequate experience in leading high-performance teams
  4. Strong project management skills and sharp focus on high-quality, timely execution
  5. Preferred – should have held positions engaging directly with senior or c-suite clients and stakeholders in relevant sectors/industries
  6. Preferred – should have led projects with governments on urban infra financing (particularly municipal bonds and impact bonds), municipal revenue optimisation/augmentation, transaction advisory

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, remunerative 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 complex social challenges.

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