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We are looking for Associate Manager Public Finance Management
(Location: Delhi/ Bangalore, 2 year contract, extendable based on funding & performance)

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 urgently looking for highly passionate individuals to work closely under the supervision of a Project Lead and deliver intended outputs and outcomes for a program on transforming Public Finance Management, specifically in areas of fiscal decentralization, resource mobilization, planning & budgeting, Expenditure management, transparency and accountability. The position will need to closely interact and engage with senior bureaucrats, multilateral organizations & other civil society organizations, lead activities and act as a trusted advisor to them.

If interested, read the details provided below and reach out to us at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org.

What will the Associate Manager– Public Finance Management really do?

A) Develop thought leadership on PFM

  • Develop thought leadership on reforms in PFM cycle for implementation at national, state and urban local bodies (ULBs)
  • Explore use of digital technology in planning, budgeting, works management, output/outcome monitoring and develop use cases for implementation
  • Explore alternate source of financing for augmenting the resource envelope for government programs
  • Build knowledge products on key PFM issues for public consumption
  • Demystify city budgets for citizens
  • Work on building products for standardization of financial statements, budgets and other such reports
  • Document and publish report on PFM best practices being followed in states and ULBs

B) Development of use cases for implementation at State/ ULB level and pilot implementation

  • Develop model for shared digital infrastructure in collaboration with state/union governments and other organizations for:
    • Automated grant transfers, just-in-time funding & fiscal transfers
    • Budgetary control & treasury management in urban development/health departments so as to achieve integrated view of outlays, outputs and outcomes at transaction, scheme/mission, function/dept, and ULB levels
    • Procurement, works management and tracking KPIs for effective program/ project monitoring and tracking of outcomes/outputs
  • Develop framework for budgeting to improve the credibility of budgets and citizen participation in budgeting in urban local bodies
  • Explore opportunities on data standardization in financial reporting of governments
  • Provide technical support to state & urban local governments in implementing PFM reforms
  • Capacity building of PFM professionals in government and students for developing talent pool for the sector
  • Proactively document work outputs, meeting actions, communications collaterals and any knowledge products that emerge over the course of the project; and
  • Assist the Project Lead in ensuring smooth running of day-to-day operations, troubleshooting and managing relationships with all stakeholders in the state

C) Engage with Public Finance Management ecosystem

  • Maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation;
  • Build relations and partnerships with senior government officials, other stakeholders and NGOs; and participate in all relevant events;
  • Maintain strategic partnerships and manage and implement resource mobilization strategies;

Qualifications and Experience

  • Chartered Accountant or Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, business administration, public administration, public policy or other directly relevant fields;
  • 5+ years of experience in government advisory, public finance, business consulting or in a non-profit;
  • Field based experience working with multi-cultural and geographically diverse and spread teams;
  • Prior knowledge of IFMIS, PFMS, Treasury system, Infrastructure Financing or exposure to the public finance sector is desired

What does it take to be Associate Manager – Public Finance Management (PFM)

Core Competencies

  • Effective communication
  • Managing large projects efficiently, where multiple internal and external stakeholders need to work together quickly and seamlessly
  • Creative problem solving
  • Program Management
  • Proactive stakeholder engagement

Functional Competencies

  • Excellent project plan formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Excellent ability to manage a diverse set of stakeholders, in and outside of government
  • Ability to operate with minimal instructions & supervision
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice and interact with high level decision makers
  • Excellent team management skills

Remuneration

We offer competitive remuneration packages, commensurate to the experience & industry standards.

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 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 work with our team in Odisha undertaking state-wide urban reforms with special focus on Municipal Finance. 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, read the details provided below and write to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org with a cover note on why you fit this role well and a writing sample along with your latest CV. You are also requested to mark a copy to Anindya Panda (anindya.panda@janaagraha.org) and Vivek Anandan Nair (vivek.nair@janaagraha.org).

What does it take to be Manager – Municipal Finance

Core Competencies

  • Effective communication – is able to navigate interactions with senior bureaucrats
  • Experience of being a part of large projects, where multiple internal and external stakeholders need to work together quickly and seamlessly
  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Strong project management abilities – must be able to prioritise activities and is good at managing time
  • Persuasive skills to engage with government functionaries and deliver on programme objectives
  • Proactive stakeholder engagement
  • Positive attitude, flexibility, and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment

Functional Competencies

  • Excellent project implementation skills – is able to prepare project action plans and follow through on implementation.
  • Excellent ability to manage a diverse set of stakeholders, in and outside of government
  • Comfortable engaging with and analysing large data sets
  • Ability to operate with minimal instructions & supervision
  • Ability to manage large high-stakes projects in partnership with external stakeholders
  • Strong quantitative and analytical capabilities with a good working knowledge of MS Excel
  • Proficient in use of MS Project / Planner with a strong command on data visualization
  • Ability to work with ambiguity – should be able to mould abstract ideas into advocacy collaterals

What will the Manager – Municipal Finance really do?

A) Property Tax Reforms

  • Undertake a thorough study of the planned UAV system in Bhubaneswar and a comparative study of cities where UAV system is functional
  • Create a system of database integration for regular enumeration of properties
  • Study the current system of assessment and suggest reforms
  • Create a citizen facilitation centre and other institutional processes for efficient billing and collection
  • Implement and execute a process of continuous monitoring of the system

B) Fiscal Sustainability Study

  • Collection of financial data from accounting system, undertaking field visits
  • Analyze financial statements and budgets of ULBs
  • Make recommendations across fiscal decentralization, revenue optimization including tax and fee collections, fiscal responsibility and budget management including financial reporting, cost management, institutional capacities and transparency and accountability.
  • Draw up implementation roadmap of above recommendation and support implementation

C) Revenue Optimization Program

  • Undertake a thorough study of property tax policy, and other revenue driving systems and processes
  • Compare with comparable best practices in India
  • Conceive pilot for technology-based database integration, collection and coverage outsourcing support implementation (incl. preparation of RFP and related support in lines with establishment of Municipal Shared Service Centres)
  • Draw up roadmap for implementing and scaling reforms

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Post Graduate in Finance or Business Management or Public Policy;
  • At least 6 years of professional experience in Government Advisory, Public Finance or Business/Management Consulting
  • Should have held responsibilities as a Manager for at least 3 years and managed a team of at least 4/5, including on recruitment, retention and career progression
  • Preferred: should have worked on projects with governments on urban infra financing, municipal revenue optimization/augmentation, ecosystem engagement, network building etc.

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.

Project Details

Janaagraha has partnered with the Housing & Urban Development Department of Govt. of Odisha to undertake municipal reforms across the State. The proposed program aims to strengthen cities (municipalities/ULBs) by focusing on improving municipal finance, staffing/capacities and citizen engagement. Janaagraha believes that a select range of reforms across these areas has the potential to bring about irreversible municipal strengthening in Odisha, which can be replicated and scaled across India.

The four broad areas of our work in Odisha involves – (a) enhancing municipal revenues, (b) solving for the lack of capacity in municipal staffing by implementing shared municipal services, (c) civic participation to foster transparency and accountability at neighborhood level, and (d) developing performance management tools and frameworks to drive system efficiency.

Chief Technology Officer, 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 part of the JANA Group – one of India’s best-known groups of notfor- 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, citizen engagement in local neighbourhood governance has been a core focus area for Janaagraha. Janaagraha’s current engagements in citizen participation in include MoUs with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), State government of Odisha and city governments of Gurugram, Faridabad, Panaji, Bengaluru, Vishakapatnam on initiatives that include participatory budgeting, Ward Sabhas and civic technology for grievance management, civic data and information. The organisation also focuses on building civil society and community group partnerships and coalitions to scale and sustain its citizenship initiatives.

Janaagraha currently powers the technology platform for the Swachh Bharath Mission (Urban) through a suite of mobile apps and web portal built on its I Change My City platform. The platform also powers the adarshcolony portal built for the Government of Odisha to enable local governance with a focus on the urban poor, and the I Change My City platform is active in localised versions in different cities.

We are looking for a highly passionate, driven and competent individual to be based out of Bengaluru to lead Janaagraha’s work in advancing the use of technology in urban governance and civic engagement. Please reach out to Nimisha Bency at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org for any further information or clarifications.

What will the Chief Technology Officer do?

Build and deliver strongly on the strategy for integrating technology in governance

  • Study, evaluate and integrate current and potential tech developments in the strategy for
    civic technology at Janaagraha
  • Build roadmaps to massively scale the usage of current technology platforms and products
    between citizens, civic officials and elected representatives
  • Lead the catalysing of partnerships and relationships to deliver on the goals and mission of
    enhancing citizen engagement with city governments
  • Engineer a learning and innovation environment for civic technology, including civic data and
    insights
  • Oversee system design and architecture
  • Represent the civic technology agenda internally and externally
  • Develop, manage and optimise budgets for civic technology platforms and products
  • Keep abreast of new trends and innovations in the technology space

Lead the management of the civic technology team

  • Build and nurture a high performing technology development team
  • Develop and publish periodic performance metrics and dashboards; maintain high performance standards
  • Enable strong project planning and monitoring systems with regular data and status dissemination and timely escalations
  • Lead innovation and adoption of best practices in the team
  • Manage vendors. Consultants as required to fulfil strategy and goals
  • You will report to the Head, Civic Participation (based on role in CP/Jana)

Qualifications and Experience

  • Must have 10+ years of experience in building web based applications and large scale systems.
  • Must have 5+ years of management experience building and managing teams and delivering quality products.
  • Must have in depth knowledge of systems architecture, design, coding and deployment.
  • Familiarity with technology solutions used in urban governance is a plus.
  • Experience working in Civic Technology is a big plus
  • Degrees in Computer Science 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, 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 Manager – Public Finance Management
(Location: Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bhubaneshwar; 2 year contract, extendable based on funding & performance)

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 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).

About the Public Finance Management Team

The team strongly believes that an improved public financial management and accountability system is critical for India’s Urban Local Bodies to improve governance, ensure better planning of resources, realistic and participatory planning of expenditures, clear and regular reporting and consequently provision of better urban infrastructure and services.

The team, comprising of passionate and eclectic mix of young professionals, is working with the central government as well as multiple state governments on supporting policy and implementation reforms. Interventions are designed for digital PFM, specifically in areas of intergovernmental fiscal transfers, online grant management for integrated view of desired outputs and outcomes, framework for just-in-time fund transfers, works management for transforming end-to-end procurement system, and outcome budgeting, to name a few.

A central team is positioned to develop thought leadership and products / models for implementation, anchor all state engagements, support project management and enable cross-learning. Each state engagement will be led by a state-embedded team. The state team will work closely with the senior leadership in departments of Urban Development and Finance, in designing and implementing PFM solutions, liaising with multiple stakeholders and documenting state specific learning.

We are urgently looking to hire a highly motivated and passionate individual as Managers for the central and state’s team, to drive systemic reforms in PFM. They should display self-starter attitude, having the ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders across all scales. They should be creative problem solvers and effective communicators, displaying excellent written, oral and presentation skills.
If interested, read the details provided below and reach out to us at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org.

What will the Manager – Public Finance Management really do?

The Manager will be responsible for leading the implementation of state-specific digital PFM solutions, ranging from design of the intervention, liaising with multiple state and ULB level officials, documenting the use case framework and learning, managing data analysis and many day-to-day activities at the State Department.

A) Development of use cases for implementation in the state and pilot implementation

  1. Develop model for shared digital infrastructure in collaboration with state/union governments and other organizations for:
    • Automated grant transfers, just-in-time funding & fiscal transfers to achieve integrated view of outlays, outputs and outcomes at transaction, scheme/mission, function/dept, and ULB levels
    • Works management and tracking KPIs for effective program/ project monitoring and tracking of outcomes/outputs
  2. Lead the program management for implementation of the adopted PFM intervention in the state
  3. Provide technical support to state & urban local governments in implementing PFM reforms
  4. Ensure smooth running of day-to-day operations, troubleshooting and managing relationships with all stakeholders in the state

B) Engage with Public Finance Management ecosystem

  1. Maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation;
  2. Build relations and partnerships with senior government officials, other stakeholders and NGOs; and participate in all relevant events;
  3. Maintain strategic partnerships and manage and implement resource mobilization strategies;

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Chartered Accountant or Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, business administration, public administration, public policy or other directly relevant fields;
  2. 8+ years of experience in government advisory, public finance, business consulting or in a non-profit;
  3. Field based experience working with multi-cultural and geographically diverse and spread teams;
  4. Prior knowledge of IFMIS, PFMS, Treasury system, Infrastructure Financing or exposure to the public finance sector is desired

What does it take to be Manager – Public Finance Management (PFM)

Core Competencies

  1. Effective communication
  2. Managing large projects efficiently, where multiple internal and external stakeholders need to work together quickly and seamlessly
  3. Creative problem solving
  4. Program Management
  5. Proactive stakeholder engagement

Functional Competencies

  1. Excellent project plan formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  2. Excellent ability to manage a diverse set of stakeholders, in and outside of government
  3. Ability to operate with minimal instructions & supervision
  4. Ability to advocate and provide policy advice and interact with high level decision makers
  5. Excellent team management skills

Remuneration

We offer competitive remuneration packages, commensurate to the experience & industry standards.

We are looking for Associate – Public Finance Management
(Location: Delhi/ Chennai/ Hyderabad/Bhubaneshwar; 2 year contract, extendable based on funding & performance)

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 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).

About the Public Finance Management Team

The team strongly believes that an improved public financial management and accountability system is critical for governments to improve governance, ensure better planning of resources, realistic and participatory planning of expenditures, clear and regular reporting and consequently provision of better urban infrastructure and services.

The team, comprising of passionate and eclectic mix of young professionals, is working with the central government as well as multiple state governments on supporting policy and implementation reforms. Interventions are designed for digital PFM, specifically in areas of intergovernmental fiscal transfers, online grant management for integrated view of desired outputs and outcomes, framework for just-in-time fund transfers, works management for transforming end-to-end procurement system, and outcome budgeting, to name a few.

A central team is positioned to develop thought leadership and products / models for implementation, anchor all state engagements, support project management and enable cross-learning. Each state engagement will be led by a state-embedded team. The state team will work closely with the senior leadership in departments of Urban Development and Finance, in designing and implementing PFM solutions, liaising with multiple stakeholders and documenting state specific learning.

We are urgently looking to hire a highly motivated and passionate individual as Associate for the central & state team, to drive systemic reforms in PFM. They should display self-starter attitude, having the ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders across all scales. They should be creative problem solvers and effective communicators, displaying excellent written, oral and presentation skills.
If interested, read the details provided below and reach out to us at nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org. Remuneration

What will the Associate– Public Finance Management really do?

The Associate will be responsible for assisting in the implementation of state-specific digital PFM solutions, ranging from design of the intervention, coordinating with multiple state and ULB level officials, providing trainings, documenting the use case framework and learning, supporting data analysis and many day-to-day activities at the State Department.

  1. Develop model for shared digital infrastructure in collaboration with state government and other organizations for:
    1. Automated grant transfers, just-in-time funding & fiscal transfers
    2. Procurement, works management and tracking KPIs for effective program/ project monitoring and tracking of outcomes/outputs
  2. Explore opportunities on data standardization in financial reporting of governments
  3. Provide technical support to state & urban local governments in implementing PFM reforms
  4. Proactively document work outputs, meeting actions, communications collaterals and any knowledge products that emerge over the course of the project; and
  5. Ensure smooth running of day-to-day operations, troubleshooting and managing relationships with all stakeholders in the state

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Chartered Accountant or Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, business administration, public administration, public policy or other directly relevant fields;
  2. Two+ years of experience in government advisory, public finance, business consulting or in a non-profit;
  3. Field-based experience working with multi-cultural and geographically diverse and spread teams;
  4. Prior knowledge of IFMIS, PFMS, Treasury system, Infrastructure Financing or exposure to the public finance sector is desired

What does it take to be Associate – Public Finance Management (PFM)

Core Competencies

  1. Effective communication
  2. Managing large projects efficiently, where multiple internal and external stakeholders need to work together quickly and seamlessly
  3. Creative problem solving
  4. Program Management
  5. Proactive stakeholder engagement

Functional Competencies

  1. Excellent project plan formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  2. Excellent ability to manage a diverse set of stakeholders, in and outside of government
  3. Ability to operate with minimal instructions & supervision
  4. Ability to advocate and provide policy advice and interact with high level decision makers

Remuneration

We offer competitive remuneration packages, commensurate to the experience & industry standards.

Fundraising & Coordination Associate

Job Title: Associate – Development & Fundraising
Job Type: Fixed term contract (1 year, can be extended)
Department: Development & Fundraising
Reporting To: Senior Manager – Development

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.

Position Overview & Basic Function:

The role is based out of Bengaluru and will involve working closely with Senior Manager – Development and different other internal departments. The Development department exists to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward philanthropies and bilateral/multilateral organisations interested in supporting Janaagraha.

We are looking for an individual who can do internet research, resource mapping, prioritizing identified potential opportunities, team coordination, donor – data management, documentation, reviews and relationships management.

Key Responsibilities:

The key responsibilities would include but not limited to:

  • Map out potential resources and grant funding opportunities in India
  • Manage donor data and update periodically
  • Check Donor’s eligibility criteria and ensure that the Areas of Interests (AoIs) are aligned with Janaagraha’s Areas of Operations (AoOs)
  • Prioritize grant funding opportunities based on deadlines
  • Prepare checklists for identified funding opportunities
  • Coordinate with other internal departments / teams to collect and collate required documents
  • Ensure the availability of documents while submitting proposals / bids etc
  • Support the Development team in uploading proposals / bids in e-procurement portals, brief write ups, developing pitch decks etc

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in either Social Work, Development Studies, Urban Development, or Marketing and Communication Management.
  • 0-3 years of professional experience
  • Pre-requisites: Basic knowledge in fundraising, good communication skills including presentation and documentation, data management skills and an ability to grasp things quickly.

How to apply:

If you’re interested, please write to work@janaagraha.org with your updated resume as well as a cover note on why you are a good fit for this role. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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

About Environment Sustainability Team

Environment Sustainability is a recently developed vertical at Janaagraha that approaches to solve environmental issues from “whole of systems” approach to environment sustainability in cities in India. Environment Sustainability will be the dominant human development agenda globally at least in this century. India’s level of socio-economic development and its aspirations going forward and its geography expose it to acute climate effects, some of which we are already beginning to experience. While there appears to be emerging political leadership and initiatives at the union level, the same cannot be said at the state level, where action on environmentsustainability is even more important. Deep-rooted systemic causes including prevalent governance design are inhibiting both direction and pace of change. We seek to alter the current status quo by accomplishing the mission through i) participatory governance and ii) reforms to “city-systems” or city governance (i.e., laws, policies, institutions).

What would an Associate, Environment Sustainability do?

  • Landscape the intersection of Environment and cities as development themes
  • Review urban laws and policiesto diagnose gapsin governance of environmentsustainability in Indian cities
  • Analyse Primary and Secondary data, cull out quantitative and qualitative insights
  • Facilitate establishment of an effective alliance of organisations for policy reforms and neighbourhood level action for Environment Sustainability
  • Draft advocacy documents, concept notes and related content such as reports, case studies, etc. on an ad-hoc basis
  • Design roadmap of reforms including detailed action plans to mainstream environment sustainability in urban policy
  • Work with government across levels to implement the roadmap
  • Manage stakeholders’ expectations and liaison with implementation partners for ensuring timely delivery of commitments
  • Undertake such other activities as may be assigned from time to time

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 2-4 years of professional work experience
  • Post Graduate in Public Policy/Environment Studies/Public Administration or relevant work experience
  • Candidates from alternative academic backgrounds with outstanding academic and career accomplishments and relevant work experience would also be considered
  • Preferred: Exposure to have work with government stakeholders and understanding of social impact firms
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite particularly Advanced Excel, Word and PowerPoint

What we look for?

  • Ability and willingness to grasp quickly, conceptual knowledge of Environment, Urban laws and policies
  • Ability to work with ambiguity
  • Persuasive skills to engage with government functionaries and deliver on programme objectives
  • Extensive knowledge of analysis of data & visualization
  • 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 projects
  • Stakeholder and Partnership Management

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 work@janaagraha.org

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

We are looking for an Associate/Senior Associate–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 with us in our green and climate financing vertical. This position is part of Janaagraha’s Advocacy & Reforms team, (Delhi/Bangalore) that works closely with governments, academicians, think-tanks and consulting organisations to drive systemic reforms in urban governance more particularly public finance management

If you’re someone with proven competence to deliver in the role, your ability to grasp new skills and knowledge, and your hunger to get better with each passing day, look no further

The Associate/ Sr. Associate with the Climate Finance program would work closely with the Manager/ Sr. Manager to deliver on the organisation’s objectives around clean urban infrastructure financing. This includes supporting the team with strong desktop studies, making presentations, analysis of relevant policies and managing the on-ground activities with state partners’ related green infra financing.

This position will ideally be based out of Bangalore, with frequent travel required to project locations.

If interested in this role, please write to nimisha.bency@janaagraha.org and jayashiree.elango@janaagraha.org with a cover note on why you fit this role well as well as your CV.

What will Associate- Climate Finance do?

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Includes the following and others as assigned:

  • Perform rigorous policy evaluation of national and international climate finance mechanisms and other urban frameworks
  • Contribute to the design, management, and implementation of green financing related research work and other analytical tasks
  • Follow instructions from manager/Sr. manager to complete project related tasks from back research to planning to execution of tasks with the state partners
  • Assist in the writing and editing of high-quality Janaagraha material, including full reports, summaries, blogs, and presentations
  • Produce high-quality materials on demanding deadlines if this even means working late hours or over the weekend
  • Other variety of tasks ranging from supporting project planning to building action plans, reviewing and analysing policies and so on

Engage with the climate financing ecosystem and states to support them build their capacity in urban infra
financing

  • Drive systems- change projects with sub-national governments, as per the conceived roadmap to shape general discourse as well as build state capacity on urban infra financing
  • Represent Janaagraha in external calls and forums with relevant stakeholders from the ecosystem time-to-time
  • Maintain cordial working relationships with governments, partners and other relevant stakeholders on-ground and be the roll-out point of contact at our project locations as required

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

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years’ or more experience working in the development/consulting space. Experience in urban development, infra planning, climate change or a related field would be given preference
  • Understanding of Janaagraha’s values, including a strong commitment to improve quality of life in Indian cities
  • Eager to learn and build knowledge in the climate action and green financing space with a passion to contribute back to build better systems
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and perspectives
  • Clear communication skills to present, deliver and convey one’s thoughts simply and politely
  • Ability to think strategically and strong desire to drive ambitious climate action through financing
  • Original thinker with informed opinions to not merely follow published materials
  • Comfort with quantitative information and data
  • Ability to prioritize work under minimum guidance in a structured manner
  • A mentality that no task is too small or big, but do what is needed to get tasks done
  • An Excellent English language writing, synthesizing, and editing skills
  • Additional language skills in any Indian language is a plus

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in international climate finance projects to support the aims of climate mitigation and adaptation.
  • Experience in the policy development processes associated with climate change.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with Government Departments in India and multilateral and bilateral funding agencies.
  • Experience in proposal writing is a huge bonus

Candidates with diverse backgrounds but with a strong interest in the climate change domain are encouraged to apply. Your cover letter is your chance to tell us your story and your interest in the role/domain. We value you for the results you help us create as a team; not for your age, sex, identity, appearance, or physical ability.

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 3 to 4 weeks to complete.

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 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 individual to work on intended outputs and outcomes for a program on transforming governance of urban natural environment and climate specifically through decentralisation (or devolution) of powers, functions and funds to urban local bodies (ULBs), and community participation with gender and sanitation appropriately mainstreamed. The position will need to closely build relationships and engage with State and ULB officials at grassroot level, and internal team members for on-ground implementation.

About Environment Sustainability Team

Environment Sustainability is a recently developed vertical at Janaagraha that approaches to solve environmental issues from “whole of systems” approach to environment sustainability in cities in India. Environment Sustainability will be the dominant human development agenda globally at least in this century. India’s level of socio-economic development and its aspirations going forward and its geography expose it to acute climate effects, some of which we are already beginning to experience. While there appears to be emerging political leadership and initiatives at the union level, the same cannot be said at the state/s level, where action on environment sustainability is even more important. Deep-rooted systemic causes including prevalent governance design are inhibiting both direction and pace of change. We seek to alter the current status quo by accomplishing the mission through i) participatory governance and ii) reforms to “city-systems” or city governance (i.e., laws, policies, institutions).

What does it take to be Senior Project Manager – Environment Sustainability Team?

Core Competencies

  1. Effective communication & Persuasive skills – is able to navigate interactions with senior bureaucrats and elected representatives of ULBs
  2. Experience of being a part of large projects, where multiple internal and external stakeholders need to work together quickly and seamlessly
  3. Creative problem solving
  4. Strong project management abilities – must be able to prioritise activities and is good at managing time; PMI qualified will be a huge PLUS
  5. Proactive stakeholder engagement
  6. Positive attitude, flexibility, and ability to adapt to a dynamic work environment

Functional Competencies

  1. Strong command in designing and conducting surveys, interviews, report writing, concept notes, preparing presentations and research on public policies and governance laws.
  2. Excellent project implementation skills – is able to prepare project action plans and follow-through on implementation.
  3. Excellent ability to manage a diverse set of stakeholders, in and outside of government
  4. Ability to operate with minimal instructions & supervision
  5. Ability to manage large high-stakes projects in partnership with external stakeholders
  6. Good working knowledge of MS Office – able to draft sharp slide decks, and succinct policy memos for project collaterals
  7. Strong quantitative and analytical capabilities with a good working knowledge of MS Excel
  8. Ability to deal with ambiguity – should be able to mould abstract ideas into advocacy collaterals
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What would a Senior Project Manager, Environment Sustainability do?

  1. Landscape the intersection of climate change and cities as development themes, with special emphasis on Karnataka
  2. Review urban laws and policies using Janaagraha’s ASICS framework to diagnose gaps in governance of climate change in cities of Karnataka, and make specific recommendations for reforms
  3. Evolve a plan of action for scaling 2 aforesaid pieces nationally, through digital platforms and institutional partnerships
  4. Landscape organizations working on climate change and cities in Bengaluru/Karnataka, create profiles and background research, meet and interview and evolve a plan of action to create an alliance
  5. Landscape examples of collective action in India in order to design an effective alliance which can bridge voices of communities with governance and catalyze either or both of policy reforms and neighborhood level action in respect of climate change
  6. Facilitate establishment of and serve as the secretariat for such an alliance
  7. Create a comprehensive project governance and management framework and own and execute the same, including project incubation and set up
  8. Undertake such other activities as may be assigned from time to time

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 5-7 years of professional work experience
  • Post Graduate in Public Policy/Environment Studies/Public Administration or relevant work experience
  • Candidates from alternative academic backgrounds with outstanding academic and career accomplishments and relevant work experience would also be considered
  • Preferred: Exposure to have work with government stakeholders and understanding of climate action or environment protection
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite particularly Advanced Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • PMI qualification will be a huge advantage

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.

To know more about Janaagraha as an organization please visit www.janaagraha.org and and interested applicant may kindly fill their details and upload Cover Letter & CV/Resume at https://bit.ly/JanaProjectManager

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

We are looking for Manager – Public Finance

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 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).

About the Public Finance Team

The team strongly believes that an improved public financial management and accountability system is critical for India’s Urban Local Bodies to improve financial sustainability and accountability, as well as governance, ensure better planning of resources, realistic and participatory planning of expenditures, clear and regular reporting and consequently provision of better urban infrastructure and services.

The team, comprising of passionate and eclectic mix of young professionals, is working with the central government as well as multiple state governments on supporting policy and implementation reforms. Interventions are designed for fiscal decentralization, own revenue augmentation, financial transparency & reporting, as well as digital PFM, specifically in areas of intergovernmental fiscal transfers, online grant management for integrated view of desired outputs and outcomes, framework for just-in-time fund transfers, works management for transforming end-to-end procurement system, and outcome budgeting, to name a few.

We are urgently looking to hire a highly motivated and passionate individual as Manager to work closely with governments (at national and state levels), to drive systemic reforms in Municipal Finance and PFM. The incumbent should have prior experience in government advisory and/or public policy advocacy and should display self-starter attitude, having the ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders across all scales. The incumbent should also be a creative problem solver and effective communicator, displaying excellent written, oral and presentation skills.

If interested, read the details provided below and reach out to us at work@janaagraha.org

What will the Manager – Public Finance really do?

The Manager will be responsible for leading the government engagement with MoHUA (GoI) for the 15th Finance Commission PMU as well as anchor advocacy and implementation of national / state-specific municipal finance reforms and digital PFM solutions, ranging from design of the intervention, liaising with multiple state and ULB level officials, documenting the use case framework and learning, managing data analysis and many day-to-day activities at the State Department.

A) Manage government engagement with MoHUA (GoI) for the 15th Finance Commission PMU

  1. Lead and manage the deliverables to MoHUA under the 15th Finance Commission Cell, and liaison with MoHUA and other teams for ensuring timely delivery on commitments under the 15th FC Cell
  2. Provide ongoing data analysis support to MoHUA, and cater to their day-to-day requests for required data/insights, including from information available on cityfinance portal and in general
  3. Proactively ensure submission of monthly, quarterly and/or annual reports / dashboard to MoHUA and other government stakeholders (select State/City governments) from time to time
  4. Support in design, development, operation and maintenance of 15th FC grant management system on cityfinance portal, including workflows, relevant forms/templates/fields for ULBs, interfaces & dashboards for verification of grant claims at different levels of hierarchy etc.
  5. Co-ordinate with States/ ULBs to provide clarification on query raised and resolve any technical issue in coordination with tech team in a timely manner
  6. Hold training sessions for States/ ULBs for using cityfinance and undertake reforms in auditing/ accounting and property tax in coordination with program teams
  7. Draw up standards for quality and completeness of audited financial statements and SLB data required from the States/ULBs, in consultation with MoHUA
  8. Support in development of a framework and implementation of a national scoring and ranking of financial performance of ULBs, in consultation with MoHUA
  9. Drafting & Compilation of best practices in municipal finance, knowledge papers/reports
  10. Support in creating e-learning modules / content for capacity building of State/ULB officials at scale on the 15th FC grants management system and other municipal finance areas as required from time to time
  11. Support in developing and implementing plans for effective dissemination of financial & operational performance metrics available on cityfinance, and city/state-specific report cards generated from cityfinance data analytics/insights, to relevant State/ULB officials, in consultation with MoHUA
  12. Interact with States/ ULBs for implementing municipal finance reforms

B) Create and deliver strongly on other Government Engagements at Union/State/City levels to strengthen overall municipal (and public) finance systems and to usher in robust reforms in Fiscal Decentralization, Own Revenue Enhancement, Municipal Accounting, Public Finance Management

  1. Actively support in engagement with various union/state/local governments and other stakeholders, including state urban development departments, constitutional bodies like the Central/State Finance Commissions etc, with an objective of achieving systemic policy reforms in strengthening fiscal decentralization and facilitating overall improvement in financial sustainability and accountability of urban local governments nationally
  2. Support in engagement with and persuasion of government functionaries for administering robust reforms in driving large-scale reforms in revenue mobilization, strengthening revenues of local governments, specifically on strengthening the property tax and user charges policies, laws and operations
  3. Support in actively working with State Governments and local governments with an objective of achieving Accounting & Audit reforms, and Standardization in Financial Reporting of Urban Local Bodies
  4. Develop thought leadership on reforms in Public Finance Management (PFM) cycle for implementation at State/ULBs
  5. Explore use of digital technology in planning, budgeting, works management, output/outcome monitoring and develop use cases for implementation
  6. Build knowledge products on key PFM issues for public consumption
  7. Demystify city budgets for citizens
  8. Work on building products for standardization of financial statements, budgets and other such reports
  9. Document and publish report on PFM best practices being followed in states and ULBs
  10. Develop use cases (models) for implementation at States/ULBs for advanced PFM systems such as,
    • Automated grant transfer, just-in -time funding & fiscal transfers
    • Budgetary control & treasury management in urban development/health departments so as to achieve integrated view of outlays, outputs and outcomes at transaction, scheme/mission, function/dept, and ULB levels
    • Procurement, works management and tracking KPIs for effective program/ project monitoring and tracking of outcomes/outputs
  11. Develop framework for budgeting to improve the credibility of budgets and citizen participation in budgeting in urban local bodies
  12. Explore opportunities on data standardization in financial reporting of governments
  13. Provide technical support to state & urban local governments in implementing PFM reforms
  14. Capacity building of PFM professionals in government and students for developing talent pool for the sector
  15. Proactively document work outputs, meeting actions, communications collaterals and any knowledge products that emerge over the course of the project
  16. Assist the Project Lead in ensuring smooth running of day-to-day operations, troubleshooting and managing relationships with all stakeholders in the state

C) Build thought leadership, undertake analytics, engage with stakeholders to transform the Public Finance ecosystem and narrative

  1. Continuously strive to transform municipal finance in India at scale and with speed and agility, through a whole of systems approach
  2. Deepen knowledge and analytical firepower for advancing existing advocacy agendas in Municipal Finance and identify contemporary trends and new advocacy agendas
  3. 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
  4. Building and nurturing relationships with senior government functionaries as well as urban governance sector experts
  5. Manage Government stakeholders as well as internal team of Associates to ensure timely delivery on commitments and client satisfaction
  6. Oversee implementation of program work plans and monitor compliance of grant/MoU conditions
  7. Support in communicating effectively and regularly with internal and external stakeholders, including Janaagraha senior management, government clients, donors etc
  8. Discharge other responsibilities as may be required from time to time based on conversations with reporting line manager and relevant government officials

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Chartered Accountant or Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, business administration, public administration, public policy or other directly relevant fields;
  2. 6+ years of experience in government advisory, public finance, business consulting or in a non-profit;
  3. Field based experience working with multi-cultural and geographically diverse and spread teams;
  4. Prior knowledge of IFMIS, PFMS, Treasury system, Infrastructure Financing or exposure to the public finance sector is desired

What does it take to be Manager – Public Finance (PF)

Core Competencies

  1. Effective communication
  2. Managing large projects efficiently, where multiple internal and external stakeholders need to work together quickly and seamlessly
  3. Creative problem solving
  4. Program Management
  5. Proactive stakeholder engagement

Functional Competencies

  1. Excellent project plan formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  2. Excellent ability to manage a diverse set of stakeholders, in and outside of government
  3. Ability to operate with minimal instructions & supervision
  4. Ability to advocate and provide policy advice and interact with high level decision makers
  5. Excellent team management skills

Remuneration

We offer competitive remuneration packages, commensurate to the experience & industry standards.

Location: Delhi; 1 year contract, extendable based on funding & performance

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:

  • Jana Small Finance Bank
  • 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) on strengthening Municipal Finance.
  • 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 is working with MoHUA to develop and manage India’s largest dedicated municipal finance 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 individuals will work closely with governments at the union, state & city levels to drive systemic fiscal governance reforms for India’s cities (municipalities).

This is a limited tenure position based out of Delhi, for a duration of 1 year, with a possibility for further extension, based on candidate’s performance and availability of donor funding.

What would Associate, Analytics, 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 Associate, Municipal Finance, your role would comprise of the following:

Data Analysis & Standardization at Scale, Data Reporting, and Automation on Cityfinance:

  • Collecting and analyzing large sets of financial & operational data of ULBs at scale, from financial statements & other information available on cityfinance, and information submitted on ongoing basis by States & ULBs on cityfinance
  • Support in data analysis process (capture, data preparation, analysis and inference)
  • Converting the data analysed above into meaningful insights & learnings, and disseminating in the form of presentations & reports, to be submitted to government stakeholders, including MoHUA, Govt of India, and States/ULBs, as required
  • Based on data analysis, provide insights which will guide the larger Municipal Finance team’s primary outreach initiatives
  • Ensuring standardisation and automation of data analysis by creating tech-driven templates for data visualization (charts, graphs, tables etc) and data analytics on cityfinance portal

Management and Improvement of Data Collection, Analytics & Visualization features on Cityfinance portal:

  • Keeping cityfinance in good hygiene, ensuring that all pages are functional and working at all times
  • Support in creation and development of a scheduled data reporting framework to keep track of financial data availability status, analytics and other metrics, with regular internal reporting to higher management and other stakeholders
  • Support in implementation of systematic roadmap for cityfinance, including design & development of various modules and tasks/activities to be undertaken for those
  • Actively support in product management for translating the said blueprints into products/modules on Cityfinance

Manage Government Engagements (including MoHUA, Govt of India) and Coordinate with External & Internal partners for Cityfinance portal:

  • Actively represent the Cityfinance team to deliver on commitments made as part of the MoU with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Govt of India, including ongoing data analysis support to MoHUA, including from information available on cityfinance portal
  • Ensure compliance of the cityfinance portal to policies and guidelines issued by Government of India from time to time
  • Work in collaboration with various stakeholders, internal and external, to translate advocacy and municipal finance content into products/modules on Cityfinance
  • Manage government and other stakeholders’ expectations and liaison with technical implementation & knowledge partners for ensuring timely delivery of commitments and client satisfaction
  • Develop a sound understanding of the stakeholders’ issues and understand the relevance of data interventions to these issues
  • Participate actively in the larger Municipal Finance team ideation sessions with an objective of achieving large-scale reforms in urban local governments, specifically on strengthening financial accounting policies, laws and operations

Qualifications and Experience

  • Post Graduate in Economics/Finance/Public Policy/Public Administration or Bachelors in Engineering
  • Candidates from alternative academic backgrounds with outstanding academic and career accomplishments and relevant work experience would also be considered
  • Preferred: should have worked exposure to working with government stakeholders and understanding basic elements of the product development lifecycle
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite particularly Excel, Word and PowerPoint, with extensive knowledge of analysis of data & visualization
  • At least 0-3 years of professional work experience
  • Proficiency in English

What we look for in Associate, 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
  • Strong programme management and 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 work@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:

  • Jana Small Finance Bank
  • Janaadhar, an urban affordable housing company, and
  • Jana Urban Space Foundation, a non-profit focused on spatial planning and design, both policy and practice

Civic Learning, Civic Participation and Advocacy and Reforms are Janaagraha’s three major strands of work to accomplish its mission.

  • Civic Learning under the name Bala Janaagraha was launched as a pilot effort in Bengaluru in June 2002. The pilot effort covered 170 children spread over 5 schools.
  • It has now reached over 4,87,000 children across 800+ schools in 29 cities. Over 18,900 civic projects covering 6,900 roads have been completed with 17,000 students having met with local governments in the last 4 years itself.
  • 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.

Should be a passionate youth leader with domain expertise in education, facilitation, training and conducting capacity building workshops or policy. Proficient knowledge of MS Office tools. Should be driven by the mission of delivering civic leadership at scale among India’s youth in cities. This position would be based out of Bangalore. Understanding of English, Hindi, and at least one local language will be preferred.

What would Associate, Civic Learning (Outreach) do?

  • Onboard schools for the delivery of various strands of Civic Learning in Bangalore and other cities in Karnataka with a focus on Government and Private schools.
  • Train the trainers specifically teachers, volunteers on Civic Learning program.
  • Deliver various strands of Civic Learning effectively to youth.
  • Run campaigns and events in schools to further the cause of Civic Learning.
  • Support team members in delivery of sessions and managing various other responsibilities.
  • Experienced in managing school relationships and being savvy enough with digital teaching or digital tools for teaching.
  • Continually expand databases to expand reach of Our City Our Challenge.
  • Conduct large scale training/orientation programmes in Kannada and English.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Graduate/Post Graduate in Public Policy/Education or similar fields.
  • At least 2-4 years of professional work experience in working with children/youth and facilitating projects.
  • Hands on experience for conducting training sessions, workshops at a large scale specifically in the education domain.

What we look for in Associate – Civic Learning (Outreach)

  • Ability to work with ambiguity
  • Ability to work with a diverse team
  • Persuasive skills to engage with various stakeholders and deliver on programme objectives.
  • Strong facilitation 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 work@janaagraha.org

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, citizen engagement in local neighbourhood governance has been a core focus area for Janaagraha. Janaagraha’s current engagements in citizen participation include MoUs with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), State government of Odisha and city governments of Gurugram, Faridabad, Panaji, Bengaluru, Vishakapatnam, Mangaluru, Ballari on initiatives that include participatory budgeting, Ward Sabhas and civic technology for grievance management, civic data and information. The organisation also focuses on building civil society and community group partnerships and coalitions to scale and sustain its citizenship initiatives.

We are looking for highly passionate and competent individuals to be based out of the city assigned to lead Janaagraha’s Ward Committees intervention as part of our Civic Participation initiative across Karnataka state. Please send in your applications to work@janaagraha.org with “Associate – Civic Participation” in the subject line.

What will the City Lead – Ward Committees do?

  1. Function as a key associate for implementation of the civic participation program in Karnataka and be the full owner of the program at the city level.
  2. Fully own the delivery of all commitments under the MoU of Janaagraha with the City Corporation of the city assigned to facilitate Ward Committees and Participatory Budgeting.
  3. Build and maintain a strong relationship with the City Corporation leadership and officials, the citizens and the civil society organisations, as well as political leaders of the city to create a lively forum for civic action.
  4. Work closely with the State Program Lead for Civic Participation to implement the program strategy.
  5. Plan and conduct interactions and meetings with various stakeholders of the program.
  6. Undertake travel to other cities and towns in Karnataka, as necessary, to support the program requirements and assimilate the best practices
  7. Undertake Research and Surveys as required for the program.
  8. Conduct trainings for the various collaborators.
  9. Prepare reports of different initiatives undertaken by the organisation
  10. Participate in periodic reviews of the project
  11. Plan, design and implement innovative campaigns to engage citizens and organisations in a constructive manner with the Corporation activities and in improving the quality of governance and liveability in the city assigned.
  12. Draft letters and press releases, file RTI applications as required by the program.
  13. Manage media and social media as required by the program.

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Must believe in bringing change in the quality of life in the city through a structured participatory program of citizens.
  2. Should be between the age of 25 and 50 years.
  3. Must possess a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or equivalent in any domain. Any formal or informal education / training in the areas of public administration, public policy, social work, business administration or other relevant fields is desirable.
  4. Should have 2-5 years’ experience in the areas of governance, public administration, advocacy, social work, politics, media, research, marketing, communication, or similar domains
  5. Must be willing to take up complete ownership of the project and perform all back office and field activities.
  6. Should be able to connect and collaborate with all sections of the society cutting across economic, social and political status, gender and disabilities.
  7. Must have proven leadership, communication and team-player skills
  8. Must be able to speak, read, write and type proficiently in Kannada and English languages. Good working knowledge of Tulu and Konkani Languages is desirable.
  9. Must have proven networking skills and should be capable of building strong communities of citizens and organisations in a short time.
  10. Must be proficient in computational skills on tools such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and email and the internet. Must be proactive and proficient in using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram and YouTube.
  11. Must be able to travel across the city to accomplish the objectives of the project.
  12. Must be able to work efficiently both in office as well as work-from-home environments.

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