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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.

We are looking for an Associate Manager – Urban Transport Financing & Governance Reforms

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).

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to work on reforms in urban public transport financing and governance with special focus on bus transportation. This position is part of Janaagraha’s Advocacy & Reforms team, which works closely with governments, academicians, think-tanks and consulting organisations to drive key systemic urban governance reforms. This is a limited tenure position of 2 years with a possibility for further extension, based on candidate performance.

If you’re interested, please write to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org with a cover note on why you fit this role well as well as your CV.

What will Associate Manager- Urban Transport Financing and Governance Reforms do?

Your work will revolve largely around two areas:

  • building knowledge and content around public and bus transport financing and developing communication/engagement collaterals that help push governments, parastatals and key-stakeholders toward definite action on financing and
  • providing technical advisory support to governments, parastatals and state transport undertakings on institutionalising a financing mechanism (akin to setting up a public/bus transport fund)

In doing so, you will work closely with different members of the Advocacy and Reforms team and at frequent intervals, engage with the CEO as well. You will be required to lead, with adequate guidance and support, most aspects of these two pieces including conducting desktop based research, stakeholder interviews and consultations, crafting policy briefs and thought-leadership pieces, crafting senior stakeholder presentations, financial landscaping and data analysis etc. You will also be part of meetings and engagements with senior stakeholders across governments, consulting orgs, academia, think-tanks and NGOs/CSOs. To give you more clarity, listing some more activities below:

  • Undertake research on urban transport & bus transport to publish thought leadership pieces, Op-eds & white papers;
  • Develop tools & resources for data driven discourse/ decision making in the government’s public/bus transportation ecosystem;
  • Ensure deliverables are of high quality and completed on time;
  • Build and nurture relationships with senior government functionaries as well as transport/urban sector experts;
  • Co-ordinate with government departments, STUs, on-ground personnel, consultants, civil society organizations and external stakeholders as required;
  • Analyse data, create presentations and frequent updates for senior management within Janaagraha, relevant stakeholders and donors;
  • Help deepen knowledge and analytical firepower in India’s public bus transport and identifying contemporary trends and advocacy agendas;
  • Engage with and persuade government functionaries to administer robust bus transport reforms and governance

We think you’ll fit this role well if you have:

  • At least 2.5 years of professional work experience in Public Finance, Infrastructure Financing, Government and/or Management Consulting or Economics
  • Any of the following educational qualifications – Bachelor’s / Post Graduation Diploma / Master’s Degree in Business, Economics, Finance, Engineering or Transport Planning ;
  • A keen interest in urban infrastructure financing and awareness of the public transport industry trends and best practices
  • Strong financial, analytical and numerical skills as well as aptitude
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong presentation making skills
  • The drive and ability to own pieces of work in entirety, needing minimal supervision
  • The ability to deliver in unstructured and challenging environments, including working on tight timelines and in a data-poor ecosystem

If you think you fit this role well despite not ticking some of the boxes mentioned above, we encourage you to apply. While we do emphasise on some basic filters, such as minimum work experience, good presentation making skills, good numerical aptitude, good working knowledge of finance and financing – we understand that not all are essential in helping deliver well.

What does Janaagraha have to offer?

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 strengthening 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 urban India.

We have a work culture where timeliness, quality, initiative, ownership and ideation are emphasised over work schedules, plans and hierarchy. The advocacy and reforms team consists largely of young professionals coming from diverse educational backgrounds – management, technology, social sciences – and work experiences – consulting, investment management, marketing and branding and research.

At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn from the industry’s best and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

We are looking for a Senior Manager – Climate Finance

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.

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to lead our work on reforms in green and climate financing in the urban sector with special focus on urban transportation. This position is part of Janaagraha’s Advocacy & Reforms team, which works closely with governments, academicians, think-tanks and consulting organisations to drive systemic reforms in urban governance.

The Senior Manager – Climate Finance would work closely with the CEO as well as senior colleagues in the Advocacy & Reforms team and lead a team of 2-3 people to deliver on the organisation’s objectives around clean and general urban infrastructure financing. This includes establishing and managing relationships with senior government bureaucracy, experts at multilaterals and bilaterals, crafting thought-leadership material and writing op-eds frequently. This position will be based out of Delhi-NCR/Bangalore.

If you’re interested in this role, please write to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org with a cover note on why you fit this role well as well as your CV.

What will Senior Manager- Climate Financing Urban do?

You will work closely with the CEO and different members of the Advocacy and Reforms team to shape and drive reforms that help drive investments to green urban infra. To give you more clarity, some more activities are listed below:

Deliver strongly on government & donor engagements:

  • Deliver on all commitments made under existing (and future) government and donor engagements;
  • Engage closely with senior leaders in government and the market ecosystem to both advocate for systemic reforms in climate financing in urban sector with special focus on urban transportation and to inform Janaagraha’ s strategy for the same;
  • Continuously strive to transform climate financing in India at scale and with speed and agility, through a whole of systems approach;
  • Create an enabling ecosystem to ideate boldly and creatively, to rapidly convert ideas to action plans and to execute the same at scale and with agility;
  • Manage and ensure high quality delivery of all projects undertaken;
  • Manage the development and implementation of communication strategy and plan for climate financing in urban sector;

Mentor and build the team:

  • Oversee and approve program work plans, manage budgets, monitor resource allocation and manage donor compliance processes;
  • Manage performance of team members, provide managerial direction, guidance and leadership and performance feedback and coaching;
  • Promote learning and development and put in place a systematic talent development program/plan;
  • Lead innovation and adoption of best practices in the team;

Engage with the climate financing ecosystem and build a clean urban infra financing practice at Janaagraha:

  • Help deepen knowledge and analytical firepower in India’s climate financing in urban sector and identify contemporary trends and advocacy agendas
  • Conceive and drive action-research projects that both help shape general discourse on urban infra financing and help project Janaagraha as a go-to organisation for clean urban infra financing policy
  • Explore program/project funding opportunities to help grow the infra financing practice
  • Represent Janaagraha in external forums, events and meetings, participate in policy dialogue; discuss policy initiatives, and/or present policy papers/ideas;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on project development and implementation;
  • Ensure Janaagraha’s active participation in relevant forums and working groups to establish effective networks and keep abreast of ongoing debates and thinking on Climate finance and urban infrastructure finance.
  • 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;

We think you’ll fit this role well if you have:

  • 8-10 years of professional work experience in Climate Financing, Public Policy, Infrastructure Financing, Government and/or Management Consulting, or Economics;
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in business administration, finance, public finance, public administration, public policy, Economics, Planning or other directly relevant fields OR a Membership of a Professional Institute such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India ;
  • A keen interest in and intermediate level knowledge around urban climate financing, urban infrastructure financing and awareness of the industry trends and best practices;
  • Excellent inter personal and communication skills- verbal, written and presentation;
  • Adequate experience in managing senior stakeholder relationships
  • Adequate experience in leading high-performance, client service teams;
  • Strong project management skills and sharp focus on high-quality, timely execution.

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 strengthening 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 urban India.

We have a work culture where timeliness, quality, initiative, ownership and ideation are emphasised over work schedules, plans and hierarchy. The advocacy and reforms team consists largely of young professionals coming from diverse educational backgrounds – management, technology, social sciences – and work experiences – consulting, investment management, marketing and branding and research.

At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to interact with the sector’s best as well as top bureaucratic leadership and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

Job Description: Product Manager – www.cityfinance.in, a national-level portal developed for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Govt of India, serving as the national framework of standardized, timely and credible financial and operational information on cities (urban local bodies)

Janaagraha is a non-profit trust, established in 2001, working towards the mission of transforming quality of life in India’s cities and towns. We work with citizens to catalyse active citizenship in city neighbourhoods and with governments to institute reforms to city governance (what we call “City-Systems”). Janaagraha is 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 reforms have been a core focus area for Janaagraha and over the years, we have worked with and supported government stakeholders at both central and state levels in the areas of own revenue optimization, grant automation, urban infrastructure financing, municipal accounting, among various others. Janaagraha’s current engagements include MoUs with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), 15th Finance Commission, in addition to State government of Odisha on a wide range of reforms – from accounting and audit to budget and treasury management and urban infrastructure financing. Also, Janaagraha has recently worked with MoHUA to build and launch a dedicated portal – www.cityfinance.in – which serves as a national framework of standardized, timely and credible financial information on cities (ULBs), in addition to facilitating benchmarking, comparison and peer learning between cities (ULBs) on a range of financial and operating indicators.

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to work as Product Manager for one of our flagship initiatives: www.cityfinance.in. We have launched a beta version and plan to add new features in next 2 years to make it a ‘go-to’ place for accessing any financial and operational information on cities. This position is part of Janaagraha’s Advocacy & Reforms team, which works closely with governments, academicians, think-tanks and consulting organisations to drive key systemic urban governance reforms. This is a limited tenure position of 2 years with a possibility for further extension, based on candidate’s performance.

If you’re interested, please write to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org with a cover note on why you fit this role along with your CV.

What will the Product Manager- Cityfinance portal do?

We are working on solving one the most important problems being faced by Indian Cities: making them financially sustainable and accountable. Cityfinance portal is envisioned to work as a tech tool to drive data driven governance on financial management of cities, reduce the information asymmetry on performance of cities amongst stakeholders like city governments, state governments, investors, CSOs, academicians, journalists etc. This is “change at scale” role with responsibility of building largest database on cities and building tools for improving financial resources & management in ULBs.

The Product Manager-Cityfinance will work closely with Advocacy and Reforms team and at frequent intervals, engage with and manage deliverables of external design UI/UX consultants, tech vendor, as well as engage with senior stakeholders across governments, consulting orgs, academia, think-tanks and NGOs/CSOs. Here’s a listing of some of the indicative responsibilities and activities required from the incumbent:

  • Build product roadmap in line with programmatic and stakeholder priorities, including government officials, building on what matters most to achieve the strategic goals and initiatives
  • Plan and implement periodic release of additional features on the cityfinance portal in consultation with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ideate for new and innovative features for products and use of open source solutions for development of product for achieving scale at speed
  • Competitive bench-marking with global peers in terms of features and functionalities and continuously incorporate best practices onto the cityfinance portal
  • Ideate on system architecture and tech infrastructure to be used for development of optimal platform
  • Coordinate and act as bridge between tech development team, design firms, communications teams external consultants for development of quality product and new features
  • Ensure deliverables from vendors are of high quality and completed on time;
  • Extract, synthesize and analyse data, create presentations and frequent updates for senior management within Janaagraha, relevant stakeholders (including senior government officials) and donors;
  • Articulate and present pros/cons of different technology solutions to key internal/external stakeholders;
  • Act as an inspiring technology leader for the development team by having a thorough understanding of technologies, processes and design;
  • Resolve complex technical issues and provide mentoring on best practices, processes and design;
  • Oversee and contribute to user documentation and training; outbound marketing; product support, and handle support escalations; including quality assurance and release management;
  • Specific event-based content initiatives to drive traffic and outcomes based on organization goals;
  • Data analytics and usage analysis of content and traffic sources;
  • New implementation of cutting-edge ideas to deliver more user value based on global benchmarks

We think you’ll fit this role well if you have:

  • At least 4 years of professional work experience as Product Manager with one of the ‘unicorn’ tech-startups or similar tech-oriented organizations
  • Worked and built scalable and large-scale institution-facing web/mobile applications, including those that have decision support tools/dashboards
  • Exposure to and experience on designing and maintaining applications in an Agile environment
  • Experience of working across all layers of modern web/mobile application development
  • A keen interest in urban development and civic tech products
  • Strong organizational, analytical skills with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ruthless (objective) prioritization skills
  • Keenness and experience of working on government projects
  • Good understanding of new developments in civic tech, prevailing and modern technologies and open source solutions

If you think you fit this role well despite not ticking some of the boxes mentioned above, we encourage you to apply. While we do emphasise on some basic filters, such as minimum work experience, good communication, good problem solving aptitude, good working knowledge of tech development process – we understand that not all are essential in helping deliver well.

What does Janaagraha have to offer?

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 strengthening 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 urban India.

We have a work culture where timeliness, quality, initiative, ownership and ideation are emphasised over work schedules, plans and hierarchy. The advocacy and reforms team consists largely of young professionals coming from diverse educational backgrounds – management, technology, social sciences – and work experiences – consulting, investment management, marketing and branding and research.

At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn from the industry’s best and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

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

  1. Web fundamentals like HTML, JavaScript, and CSS
  2. Frameworks like Angular and React
  3. AJAX
  4. API design and development
  5. Proficiency in PHP (Laravel/Codeignitor) and NodeJs
  6. Data base management, (MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL and MongoDB)
  7. Web server technologies like Node.js, Apache, Nginx, ISS, 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.

Work Experience:

  1. Minimum of 3 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.

Educational Qualifications:

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

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 nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

We are looking for a Manager – Urban Transport & Climate Finance

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.

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to lead our work on reforms in green and climate financing in the urban sector with special focus on urban transportation. This position is part of Janaagraha’s Advocacy & Reforms team, (Delhi) which works closely with governments, academicians, think-tanks and consulting organisations to drive systemic reforms in urban governance.

The Manager – Urban Transport & Climate Finance would work closely with the Program Head as well as senior colleagues in the Advocacy & Reforms team to deliver on the organisation’s objectives around clean and general urban infrastructure financing. This includes establishing and managing relationships with senior government bureaucracy, experts at multilaterals and bilaterals, crafting thought-leadership material and writing op-eds frequently. This position will ideally be based out of Delhi-NCR/Bangalore, though not a mandate.

If you’re interested in this role, please write to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org with a cover note on why you fit this role well as well as your CV.

What will Manager – Urban Transport & Climate Finance do?

You will work closely with the Program Head as well as senior colleagues in the Advocacy & Reforms team to shape and drive reforms that help drive investments to green urban infra. To give you more clarity, some more activities are listed below:

Deliver strongly on government & donor engagements:

  • Deliver on all commitments made under existing (and future) government and donor engagements;
  • Engage closely with senior leaders in government and the market ecosystem to both advocate for systemic reforms in climate financing in urban sector with special focus on urban transportation and to inform Janaagraha’ s strategy for the same;
  • Continuously strive to transform climate financing in India at scale and with speed and agility, through a whole of systems approach;
  • sdsCreate an enabling ecosystem to ideate boldly and creatively, to rapidly convert ideas to action plans and to execute the same at scale and with agility;adasd
  • Manage and ensure high quality delivery of all projects undertaken;
  • Manage the development and implementation of communication strategy and plan for climate financing in urban sector;

Mentor and build the team:

  • Prepare program work plans, manage budgets, monitor resource allocation and manage donor compliance processes;
  • Manage performance of team members, provide managerial direction, guidance and performance feedback and coaching;
  • Promote learning and development and put in place a systematic talent development program/plan;
  • Lead innovation and adoption of best practices in the team;

Engage with the climate financing ecosystem and build a clean urban infra financing practice at Janaagraha:

  • Help deepen knowledge and analytical firepower in India’s climate financing in urban sector and identify contemporary trends and advocacy agendas
  • Conceive and drive action-research projects that both help shape general discourse on urban infra financing and help project Janaagraha as a go-to organisation for clean urban infra financing policy
  • Represent Janaagraha in external forums, participate in policy dialogue; discuss policy initiatives, and/or present policy papers/ideas whenever required.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on project development and implementation;
  • Ensure Janaagraha’s active participation in relevant forums and working groups to establish effective networks and keep abreast of ongoing debates and thinking on Climate finance and urban infrastructure finance.
  • 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;

We think you’ll fit this role well if you have:

  • 7 to 9 years of professional work experience in Climate Financing, Public Policy, Infrastructure Financing, Government and/or Management Consulting, or Economics;
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in business administration, finance, public finance, public administration, public policy, Economics, Planning or other directly relevant fields OR a Membership of a Professional Institute such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India ;
  • A strong interest and keenness to grow in urban climate financing, urban infrastructure financing and awareness of the industry trends and best practices;
  • Excellent inter personal and communication skills- verbal, written and presentation;
  • Adequate experience in managing senior stakeholder relationships is preferred
  • Adequate experience in leading high-performance, client service teams;
  • Strong project management skills and having lead the team on few key projects with sharp focus on high-quality & timely execution.

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 strengthening India’s cities. We offer a dynamic, driven, remunerative , vibrant, highly positive, happy and high energy work environment for professionals who are passionate about investing their time, skill sets and energy to transform quality of life in urban India.

We have a work culture where timeliness, quality, initiative, ownership and ideation are emphasised over work schedules, plans and hierarchy. The advocacy and reforms team consists largely of young professionals coming from diverse educational backgrounds – management, technology, social sciences – and work experiences – consulting, investment management, marketing and branding and research.

At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to interact with the sector’s best as well as top bureaucratic leadership and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

Standard Hiring Process

The hiring process at Janaagraha begins with an HR round of interview followed by 2 to 3 rounds of technical rounds of discussions with the respective Program team members. The shortlisted applicant also works on a role specific assignment and an Alignment form. The overall process may take anywhere between 2 to 4 weeks to complete.

Associate Manager- Advocacy & Communication, Municipal Finance Reforms

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 is 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 reforms have been a core focus area for Janaagraha and over the years, we have worked with and supported government stakeholders at both central and state levels in the areas of own revenue optimization, grant automation, urban infrastructure financing, municipal accounting, among various others. Janaagraha’s current engagements include MoUs with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), 15th Finance Commission, in addition to State government of Odisha on a wide range of reforms – from accounting and audit to budget and treasury management and urban infrastructure financing. Also, Janaagraha has recently worked with MoHUA to build and launch a dedicated portal – www.cityfinance.in – which serves as a national framework of standardized, timely and credible financial information on cities (ULBs), in addition to facilitating benchmarking, comparison and peer learning between cities (ULBs) on a range of financial and operating indicators.

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to work as Associate Manager- Advocacy & Communication in our Municipal Finance Reforms team. This position is part of Janaagraha’s Advocacy & Reforms team, which works closely with governments (at national, state & city levels), donors, civil society organizations, think-tanks and consulting organisations to drive key systemic fiscal governance reforms for India’s cities (municipalities). This is a limited tenure position of 2 years with a possibility for further extension, based on candidate’s performance.

If you’re interested, please write to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org with a cover note on why you fit this role along with your CV.

What will the Associate Manager- Advocacy & Communication, Municipal Finance Reforms do?

We are working on solving one the most important problems being faced by Indian Cities: making them financially sustainable and accountable. To amplify the work of the municipal finance reforms team, the incumbent will undertake the following advocacy and communication-related activities and responsibilities, as required from time to time, which would include, but would not be limited to:

  • Engage closely with the urban development & governance ecosystem in India, including government officials, elected representatives, donors, civil society organizations, media etc, to both advocate for systemic reforms in municipal finance and to inform the organization’s municipal reforms agenda at relevant forums
  • Shape policy advocacy agenda and strategy, including advising municipal finance team on the appropriate outlets and timely dissemination of advocacy and communication materials to target audiences
  • Identify advocacy and communication needs, trends, opportunities and approaches to strengthen the organization’s presence and relevance in the municipal and urban infrastructure finance space
  • Create strong brand positioning, visibility & recall for Janaagraha’s municipal finance reforms work, including for the www.cityfinance.in portal, and build institutional credibility across various forums
  • Fully understand the theory of change of the municipal finance program and wherever appropriate engage with Janaagraha’s civic participation team to co-create & co-design innovative communication campaigns, including for de-mystifying municipal finance concepts for citizens, elected representatives etc.
  • Lead and manage the conceptualization, development and implementation of the municipal finance team’s communication strategy and plan including:
    • Regular (weekly / fortnightly / monthly) reachouts to key government stakeholders, using social media and instant messaging platforms, to update them about key happenings, policy reform messaging etc and to equip them with key info as well as create a recall for Janaagraha among them
    • Planning, production and dissemination of Monthly newsletter focused on Municipal Finance Reforms
    • Planning and executing events such as, webinars, convenings, thought-leadership series, podcasts etc. from time to time
    • Regular Social media outreach via Linkedin, Twitter, YouTube channel etc
    • Planning, collating (content for) and coordination with relevant agencies for creation of videos, podcasts, infographics, marketing collaterals such as brochures etc, well designed presentations & documents etc. from time to time which could be disseminated via social media channels, newsletter/emailers, website, etc.
    • Media outreach – develop and nurture network of journalists and media houses (press, online, TV etc)

We think you’ll fit this role well if you have:

  • At least 4 years of professional work experience in Advocacy & Communications with a Master Degree qualification in Urban Governance, Public Policy, Communications, Public Relations and/or related fields
  • Good knowledge of urban development issues, preferably including municipal finance reforms, and practical experience in lobby and advocacy;
  • Experience in lobbying within political and government sectors and/or in lobbying within the business sectors;
  • Proven networking skills including wide network of government officials, CSOs, business associations and academia;
  • Excellent communications (oral & written English), presentation, interpersonal, influencing and negotiating skills for engaging with a wide variety of contacts. Proven ability to develop and implement an advocacy plan;
  • Good conceptual and analytical skills and ability to think and operate innovatively;
  • Good administration and organizational skills and ability to optimize independent use of time against variable workload;
  • Experience in producing policy materials for varied audiences;
  • Ability to manage resources;
  • Ability to work well with others;
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office.

If you think you fit this role well despite not ticking some of the boxes mentioned above, we encourage you to apply. While we do emphasise on some basic filters, such as minimum work experience, good communication, good problem solving aptitude, etc.– we understand that not all are essential in helping deliver well.

What does Janaagraha have to offer?

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 strengthening 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 urban India.

We have a work culture where timeliness, quality, initiative, ownership and ideation are emphasised over work schedules, plans and hierarchy. The advocacy and reforms team consists largely of young professionals coming from diverse educational backgrounds – management, technology, social sciences – and work experiences – consulting, investment management, marketing and branding and research.

At work, you will be exposed to a unique combination of policy, practice and platforms and will have abundant opportunities to learn from the industry’s best and apply professional skills to complex social challenges.

A Diagnostic & Feasibility Study on Ed Tech and Civic Tech in India

Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy
Proposals due by 31st March

Background:

Janaagraha was founded by Swati Ramanathan and Ramesh Ramanathan in December 2001. It is registered under the Indian Trusts Act, 1882 with a mission to transform quality of life in India’s cities and towns. Janaagraha 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 and Reforms are Janaagraha’s three major strands of work to accomplish its mission. Janaagraha’s Civic Learning and Civic Participation programs are anchored under the IChangeMyCity brand.

Civic Learning or Bala Janaagraha was launched as a pilot effort in Bengaluru in June 2002. The pilot effort covered 170 children spread over 5 schools. Encouraged by the positive response, the programme was scaled up in 2003, to cover 1,100 children from 24 schools across the city of Bengaluru. Classroom sessions were conducted every alternate Saturday from June to December. In addition, a practical project was assigned to each child. In 2004, a resource book titled ‘Me and My City’ was introduced in English. The book clearly outlined the syllabus of the programme and had chapters devoted to the various topics that had to be covered. People delivering the programme in classrooms across locations could now use this book as a standard reference, ensuring that the same topics were covered everywhere. Also, the book helped make the learning interactive, since it had questions and exercises meant for the children. From its humble beginning in 2002, the programme has seen the following milestones through the years:

Our goal is to empower and enable every child today to be an active citizen tomorrow.

We have engaged 3, 80,232 students across Grades 6th – 8th in 600+ schools in 28 cities over the last fifteen years. Over 13,400 civic projects covering 6,900 roads have been completed with 17,000 students having met with local governments in 4 years.

The program design and construct has been planned to enable 21st century skills such as critical thinking and reasoning capacities, collaboration, multidisciplinary thinking, deliberation and bridge‐building among others. While the content promotes activity based and experiential learning, the civic project activity aims to make children think beyond symptoms and about root causes, engage with their local communities and feel empowered to be a change maker while also building in students critical skills for their future.

Project Overview:

Janaagraha’s Civic Learning programme is now attempting to consolidate our experience of running the programme over the past 18 years and evaluate the feasibility of creating a digital platform which will serve as central repository for all knowledge, experiences, events, interactions on civics and active citizenship. We are currently delivering civic learning to students in the following ways.

With India being home to 15 lakh schools and 370 million children, programmes such as Bala Janaagraha centered on imparting civic learning and inculcating active citizenship values can be embedded in the mainstream education agenda broadly through the following two methods.

  1. Technology
  2. Government Partnerships

In an attempt to scale our work through technology, we intend to consolidate all our strands of work with some value additions to a digital platform which aims to be a one stop shop for all aspects related to Civic Learning.

Project Scope:

In this context and backdrop, we would like to conduct a diagnostic Study on the Ed-Tech landscape in the country to help in understanding the levels of maturity of this segment. In addition, we would like to also conduct a feasibility study to understand the potential and possible degrees of success for creating a digital platform to impart civic learning. This study may require a combination of secondary and primary research to arrive at final conclusions. In the past history of the programme, a combination of desk and primary interviews with a balanced and representative mix of coverage of stakeholders (students, teachers, education experts, govt bodies etc.) and geographies (north, south, east and west regions; and metro/tier 2/3 mix etc.) has been helpful in understanding the way forward for the programme.

  1. Analyze the current Ed-tech landscape covering some of the below points with the focus on K-12 segment
    • What does the current Ed Tech ecosystem look like?
      • Existing platforms
      • Market segments being catered to
      • Geographies being catered to- Metros v/s Tier 2/3
      • Type of content
      • Type of players for profits v/s not-for-profits
      • Revenue model- Freemium v/s paid v/s anyone who is providing it at zero cost
      • GTM models- digital only v/s on-ground first v/s digital first
    • Success factors and Challenges: what are the key learnings from platforms that are doing well and the ones who have failed or not able to scale up
  2. Deep dive in to the civic tech ecosystem in India with the focus on the K-12 space
      • Existing platforms
      • Market segments being catered to
      • Geographies being catered to- Metros v/s Tier 2/3
      • Type of content and engagement
      • Type of players not-for-profits v/s any for profits in this space
      • Revenue model- Free v/s Freemium
      • GTM models- digital only v/s on-ground first v/s digital first
    • An analysis of the Value chain, Technology and Go-to-Market from the ecosystem
      • Evaluate different models in the market- the ones who are doing well v/s ones who failed
      • Key takeaways from both- capture the success factors and key challenges/risks
    • Sustainability – What makes a platform work over the long term
    • Concept testing- while doing primary interviews, take up a concept testing exercise to establish the propensity of users towards adopting our proposed platform and highlight the low hanging fruits

Project Outcomes:

Expected outcomes of the project are as follows:

A diagnostic study which covers all the key areas listed in the scope and any other areas which the agency may feel is required to enable us in putting together a Go-To- Market Strategy

A feasibility Study which covers all the key areas listed in the scope and any other areas which qualifies as useful information for you to come up with a recommendation on the feasibility of Janaagraha’s project idea.

Target Deliverable Schedule

The study will need to be delivered to us 45 days from acceptance of the bid. All the deliverable will be shared in an editable digital version (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx ) backed up research data sheets.

Payment Milestones

  1. 50% on finalising the content and exhaustive list of investigation in the study
  2. 25% on submitting and acceptance of the interim report within 30-40 days
  3. 25% on submitting and acceptance of the final report in 60 days.

Review Mechanisms-

JCCD will revert on acceptance of the proposal within 3 working days of the deadline. JCCD will also address any queries that the bidder might have before the submission of the proposal through calls/emails.

JCCD will appoint program manager to provide all the necessary project information, review deliverables, the decision of program manager stands valid and final in the interest of the overall project delivery. Draft and final report will be supported with presentations on findings. To ensure timely completion, JCCD will give feedback within 3 days of submitting deliverables.

Basic qualification of bidder

The bidder must have undertaken similar studies (sector agnostic), especially in building a successful platform strategy (if possible, edtech) in the past.

The bidder must be a legal entity (for-profit/ Not-for profit) and not blacklisted/ disqualified/de-barred by any government department.

Financial Quote

The bidder to submit a lump sum financial quote for conducting this study (inclusive of taxes + OPEs capped at maximum 10% against actual bills). Items under OPE’s to be decided between program manager and bidder at the start of the project.

Submission of bid response and Results

The bidder to submit the credentials of past work related to this diagnostic study and financial quote to

Prarthana.Ramesh@janaagraha.org by 31st March 2021 or earlier. Any proposals submitted post the due date will not be considered for evaluation.

We may schedule a call to discuss the proposals with the shortlisted agencies starting 5th April 2021 and expect to award the work by 9th April 2021.

Queries

For queries / clarifications, please contact 9739703581. All queries or request for call to discuss the RFP to be completed latest by 22nd March 2021.

Annexure:

1. Strands of Civic Learning

S. No Project Components How Where & When Where & When
1 Civic Learning Lite Modules
(Learn through play)
Lite modules would be made available for delivery in the online (presentations + videos) format/ offline (hard copy kits). For ex: for the theme of Water and Electricity conservation, there would be components of a presentation comprising of a quiz, video and other activities (online). In the physical hard copy, it would comprise of the same in the hard copy format – sheets to track usage, posters along with components of the presentation – in a kit. Delivery of the sessions would be online – act as fillers in between the Science, Math and Language classes until schools reopen and we are given entry into schools where we would continue delivery offline. We would conduct outreach to schools, sign a school MoU and they provide us a slot in their time tables. In the allotted time, our facilitators/volunteers conducts the session. Each session would approx. be 35-40 mins. The strand allows us to work directly with our beneficiary – the youth – and therefore, helps us build stronger school stakeholder relationships.
The schools would provide 2-3 sessions for the delivery of the CL Lite modules. Schools will have the option of choosing the module. The delivery of the modules would be followed through by the Civic Project as mentioned above in the example. We are looking to gamify all the content which is currently either in online or offline format. Each gamified module will have content, games,
assessments and certification. This in turn will help drive stickiness and longevity to the platform.
2 I Change My City Challenge
(Civic Challenge/ Project)
The theme of civic challenge / Civic Projects has been weaved into both delivery models viz. Aligned Lesson Plans and Civic Learning Lite.

Hence the call to action in both delivery models is the start of the Civic Challenge / Civic Project

All the projects are submitted online through the I Change My City portal.

The notifications and announcements through the portal would serve as the communication channel with the participants.

We have been conducting the challenge for a few years now and thus have proven the model’s impact and sustainability.
The school & youth outreach would be a mix of Online and offline methods. But, post Covid we would be leaning substantially towards online outreach and social media marketing. The launch of I Change My City Challenge would be around mid of Sept 2020 and by 31st Jan we would announce the results. We have started with the work to scale the reach further through an extensive online and social media marketing focus during the course of this year and push it towards making it the single stop for all aspects related to local civic problem solving.
3 Civic Fest We believe that the focal point of the Civic Fest would be to give the youth attending it fun filled glimpses of Active Citizenship. And, can be done in the following ways:
 Examples: By learning what their peers are doing
 Engaging: By engaging with people who are actively involved in their communities;
 Experience: By experiencing what practical active citizenship would look like
Conduct a more localised Civic Fests to provide more youth exposure to the Event while conducting a year end one which would act as the conclusion.

We would like to consider a venue between the likes of BIC and Freedom Park to enable us to craft experiences more effectively while also being able to get more youth involved.

We believe that Feb/Mar 2020 is when we can look at the conduct of the Civic Fest.

Format is expected to be a mix of Online and/or offline.

We would be attempting 2 versions of the fest post Covid:
 Online: To move into webinar mode – with expert panels, prep activities for participants, project presentations online with Q&A among others.
 Offline: To envision a Civic Fest with social distancing norms in place, staggered entries, multiple days among others.

Provide platforms such as decentralised Civic Fests at a city level thereby creating more localised events for participation.
We believe that Feb/Mar 2020 is when we can look at the conduct of the Civic Fest. We think a useful experiment that the Covid-19 year might force us to undergo is the experimentation of doing this online and therefore, attempting scalability.

We also believe that long term partnerships (with CSOs and local bodies) has the potential to act as a great pathway to scale.

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

Since inception, municipal finance reforms have been a core focus area for Janaagraha and over the years, we have worked with and supported government stakeholders at both central and state level in the areas of property tax, urban infrastructure financing, municipal accounting, among various others. Janaagraha’s current/recent past engagements include:

  • MoUs with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and 15th Finance Commission
  • MoU with the Government of Odisha on a wide range of reforms – from accounting and audit to budget and treasury management and urban infrastructure financing.
  • Also, Janaagraha has recently worked with MoHUA to build and launch a dedicated portal – www.cityfinance.in – which serves as a national framework of standardized, timely and credible financial information on cities (ULBs), in addition to facilitating benchmarking, comparison and peer learning between cities (ULBs) on a range of financial and operating indicators.
  • MoU with Greater Vishakhapatnam Municipal Corporation on reforms pertaining to own revenue enhancement and infrastructure financing
  • MoU with various knowledge partners on creating thought-leadership around municipal finance subjects like tax dispute resolution and building a digital ecosystem for tax collections and treasury management

We are looking for highly passionate and competent individuals to be based out of Delhi to work in Janaagraha’s Municipal Finance program.

What would Associate Manager, Municipal Finance do?

We are working towards solving one the most important problems being faced by Indian Cities: making them financially sustainable and accountable. We are working with States and cities directly for engendering on-ground change and further working towards translating these on-ground reform successes into usable “products” on Cityfinance that can bring about “change-at-scale”. Cityfinance portal is envisioned to work as a tech tool to drive data driven governance on financial management of cities and reduce the information asymmetry on performance of cities amongst stakeholders like city governments, state governments, investors, CSOs, academicians, journalists etc. This role would entail the dual responsibility of working directly with States/cities and channelling the engagements into “lighthouses” or “copy-paste” solutions for other States by building the largest database on cities and tools for improving financial resources & management in ULBs on Cityfinance.

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

Managing State/City Engagements

  • Actively work with the larger Municipal Finance team with an objective of achieving largescale
    reforms in strengthening revenues of local governments, specifically on strengthening
    the property tax policies, laws and operations
  • Engagement with and persuasion of government functionaries to administer robust
    reforms in revenue mobilization
  • Manage Government stakeholders and liaison with other teams for ensuring timely delivery
    on commitments and client satisfaction

Building Cityfinance for augmenting Municipal Revenues at scale

  • Create blueprints of the revenue reforms implemented at the State/city level and build
    templates for national advocacy engagement
  • Actively work with the Cityfinance Product Management team for translating the said
    blueprints into products/modules on Cityfinance
  • Create a framework for the communication of revenue data of local governments to
    government functionaries and citizens to boost data-based governance, build awareness and
    compliance
  • Conceptualise and oversee the designing, creation and dissemination of e-learning modules
    for capacity building and upskilling of officials ranging from revenue officers to
    commissioners and secretaries in the revenue optimization space
  • Collaborate with and assist internal teams in running IEC campaigns for Cityfinance, reform
    agendas

Advocating for Municipal Revenue enhancement at national level

  • Assist the Municipal Finance team to deliver on own-revenue enhancement commitments
    made as part of the MoU with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs
  • Manage relationships and maintain constant communication with the central government
    functionaries to advocate for reforms in revenue mobilization
  • Deepen knowledge and analytical firepower on Municipal Revenues and identify
    contemporary trends and advocacy agendas
  • Identify and work with small cohorts of knowledge partners/consultants on joint advocacy
    agendas

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Post Graduate in Finance or Business Management or Public Policy;
  • At least 3 years of professional work experience in Government Advisory, Public Finance or
    Business/Management Consulting
  • Candidates from alternative academic backgrounds with outstanding academic and career
    accomplishments and relevant work experience would also be considered
  • Preferred: should have worked on projects with governments on urban infra financing,
    municipal revenue optimization/augmentation, ecosystem engagement, network building
    etc.

What we look for in Associate Manager – Municipal Finance

  • Existing knowledge of/Ability and willingness to grasp quickly, concepts of Municipal Finance
    and tax laws
  • Ability to work with ambiguity
  • Persuasive skills to engage with government functionaries and deliver on programme
    objectives.
  • Ability to manage large high-stakes projects in partnership with external stakeholders
  • Strong programme management skills
  • Ruthless (objective) prioritization skills
  • Excellent communication skills- both written and verbal
  • 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

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.

To know more about Janaagraha as an organization please visit www.janaagraha.org and interested applicant may kindly send their resume to nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

About Janaagraha

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 is 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, Governance Reforms has been a core focus area for Janaagraha.

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent individual to join our Civic Participation team as a Program Management Associate. This role will entail managing the operations, performance and reporting of all program strands. The position will be based out of Bengaluru and reports to Head of Civic Participation.

Job Description

The job responsibilities specifically include but is not limited to the following:

  • Operations
    • Create internal processes for all projects to provide progress reports, dashboards and narratives in line with the annual plan and related donor commitments. Build a cadence of reporting and communications within the program and to the larger organization.
    • Set up formats for monthly dashboards on program updates with metrics as per the Annual Plan, and ensure updates across program strands are published
    • Coordinate quarterly internal reviews with program/project leads on Annual plans
    • Undertake overall project management for the Civic Participation vertical
    • Track, file and retrieve official records, documents and reports as and when required.
  • Draw up annual budgets for the year in close coordination with CP program leads
  • Track income and expenses on a monthly basis through the MIS reports from the Finance Dept.
  • Coordinate approvals for all expenses and procurements other than salary for the program.
  • Track donor commitments for all program strands. Ensure timely communication and reporting.
  • Convene monthly internal reviews with the Fundraising team

What are we looking for in a Program Management Associate?

  • Proven experience working as a Program/Project Manager preferred.
  • Proficient in computer technology especially Microsoft Office applications
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong customer service and social skills.
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills
  • Follows instructions clearly and accurately within a timely fashion
  • Proactive and enthusiastic about delivering positive results

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Graduate or a Post Graduate in any stream from an institute of high repute.
  • At least 6-8 years of professional work experience in similar capacity.
  • Excellent MS-Excel skills.
  • Ability to speak in Kannada preferred.

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.

To know more about Janaagraha as an organization, please visit www.janaagraha.org and
interested applicants may kindly send their resume to nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org

About Janaagraha

Janaagraha, a Bangalore based non-profit with a mission to transform 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 Indian cities. At present, 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

Since inception, municipal finance reforms have been a core focus area for Janaagraha and over the years, we have worked with and supported government stakeholders at both central and state level in the areas of property tax, urban infrastructure financing, municipal accounting, among various others. Janaagraha’s current/recent past engagements include:

  • MoU with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) on strengthening Municipal Finances.
  • MoU with the Government of Odisha on a wide range of reforms – from accounting and audit to budget and treasury management and urban infrastructure financing.
  • Also, Janaagraha has recently worked with MoHUA to build and launch a dedicated portal www.cityfinance.in – which serves as a national framework of standardized, timely and credible financial information on cities (ULBs), in addition to facilitating benchmarking, comparison and peer learning between cities (ULBs) on a range of financial and operating indicators.

We are looking for highly passionate and competent individuals to be based out of Delhi to work in Janaagraha’s Municipal Finance program. The individual will work closely with governments at the state & city levels to drive systemic fiscal governance reforms for India’s cities (municipalities).

This is a limited tenure position of 2 years with a possibility for further extension, based on candidate’s performance and availability of donor funding.

What would Associate Manager – Municipal Finance(City Budgets) do?

Among various other things, we are working towards solving one of the most pertinent problems being faced by Indian Cities: making urban local bodies (ULBs) financially accountable, and catalysing citizen engagement and participation for annual budgeting at the city / ward levels.

As Associate Manager – Municipal Finance (City Budgets), your role would comprise of the following:

Analyzing City Budgets and Preparing Budget Briefs, to publish on Cityfinance portal:

  • Analyse and produce Annual City Budget Briefs in simple formats for public consumption
  • Produce comparative annual budget performance analyses of parastatals in specific cities
  • Develop processes and methods towards standardization of city budget analyses, liaise with vendors and consultants as required
  • Develop roadmap for analyzing and publishing Annual City Budget Briefs at a scale

City Budgets work in coordination with Civic Participation team (Demystification, Dissemination):

  • Work with the Community Engagement / Civic Participation (CP) team to source data and information on budget documents, receipts of revenues/grants, civic projects (including job codes, tenders and work details)
  • Work with designers and the civic technology team to create digital and print editions of the budget products
  • Work with CP team to design and develop Standardised Budget products (e.g. Analysis tools, Half-yearly budget performance briefs etc) from the perspective of the end user – Citizens and Councilors
  • Produce Ward Budget Briefs for wards in target cities towards empowering Ward Councilors, Ward Committee members and citizens with specific data on ward/neighborhood level civic projects and budgets available
  • Analyse and produce Half Yearly Budget Performance Reports in simple formats for public consumption
  • Participate as a subject matter expert in community interactions on City Budgets (webinars, online meetings) with the Civic Participation program leads

Communication & Stakeholder Engagement leveraging City Budget Briefs:

  • Communication of and engagement (with media, councillors, others) around City Budget Briefs during Feb-May each year to mainstream conversations on municipal budgets (evaluate feasibility and navigate this against the backdrop of our deep work with MoHUA on CityFinance, others)
  • Publish a comprehensive “Municipal Budget Analysis Report” by May each year, summarizing the data, insights, learnings from the City Budget analysis exercise between Feb-May
  • Coordinate with the internal Communications team to develop and implement a comprehensive media engagement / dissemination strategy for mainstreaming municipal budgets during the annual budget cycle (e.g. press coverage / releases, opinion pieces, webinars with mayors/elected representatives, city-level events with select cities, social media campaign etc.)

Policy Advocacy with government stakeholders on key provisions:

  • Peruse state govt budgets and understand urban allocations and linkages to municipal budgets for target states
  • Policy advocacy with govt bodies & officials, including on NMAM/budget provisions of municipal acts etc.
  • Coordinate, liaise with, and manage deliverables of the public finance knowledge partners / experts (outsourced vendor) for city budgets and policy work on NMAM etc.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Chartered Accountant or a Post Graduate in Business Management/ Finance/ economics/ public policy/ urban planning; Graduates in these fields with good work experience are encouraged to apply
  • At least 5 years of professional work experience for Associate Manager and 8 years for Manager in Government Advisory, Public Finance or Business/Management Consulting
  • Candidates from alternative academic backgrounds with outstanding academic and career accomplishments and relevant work experience would also be considered
  • Preferred: should have worked on projects with governments on urban infra financing, municipal revenue optimization/augmentation, transaction advisory, ecosystem engagement, network building etc.

What we look for in Associate Manager – Municipal Finance (City Budgets)

  • Existing knowledge of/Ability and willingness to grasp quickly, concepts/policies/landscape of Urban Governance, Municipal / Public Finance and tax laws
  • Ability to work with ambiguity
  • Persuasion and persistence to engage with government functionaries and deliver on programme objectives and reform agendas.
  • Ability to manage large high-stakes projects in partnership with external stakeholders, especially senior government officials
  • Strong programme management skills
  • Ruthless (objective) prioritization skills
  • Excellent communication skills- both written and verbal
  • 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
  • Willingness to take initiative and ownership of individual projects

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.

To know more about Janaagraha as an organization please visit www.janaagraha.org and interested applicant may kindly send their resume to nimisha.bency@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