Job Opportunity for Associate – Informal Workers Portfolio at Dasra in Multiple Locations

Website Dasra

About Dasra: 

Dasra’s bold aspiration is a transformed India where a billion thrive with dignity and equity. Established in 1999, Dasra is India’s leading strategic philanthropy foundation, working with philanthropists and high impact social entrepreneurs to bring together knowledge, funding and talent as a catalyst for social change. Dasra nurtures strategic philanthropy for India and focuses on impactful programs such as empowering adolescent girls, urban sanitation, inclusive economies and child protection and care.  With 21 years of experience in the sector, a depth of knowledge gained from working with over 1,000 non-profits and having brought $100 million in funding to organizations – Dasra drives collaborative action to accelerate social change in India.  

About the Informal Workers Team:

The Informal Workers team within Dasra drives initiatives aimed at ensuring better lives for India’s informal workers. A large part of the team’s work is driven by the Social Compact initiative – a multi-stakeholder platform that brings Industry, non-profits and experts into a co-solutioning relationship to ensure greater Dignity and Equity for One Million Industry-engaged Informal Workers in India. Leveraging the intelligence of NGO partners, Dasra identified 6 key outcomes that industry could help address, to enable a more humane and dignified life especially for those working informally – impermanent workers, contractual workers or those working for key vendors. The Compact enables companies to reflect on their practices along the six outcome areas and offers valuable recommendations to address gaps. It also then helps companies integrate the prioritized recommendations into Business As Usual. The Social Compact has brought together companies across cities including Forbes Marshall, Godrej Properties, Thermax and others. Some companies have also taken the Compact to their key suppliers to help improve the plight of informal workers within supply chains.

About the role:

Associates at Dasra are responsible for end-to-end execution of the various projects under minimal supervision. With 3-5 years of experience and strong management skills, a Portfolio Associate in the Informal Workers team will have the below responsibilities-

·         Develop a deep understanding of informal worker challenges and issues, leading standards and frameworks including ILO and leading ESG standards

·         Conceptualize thoughts, with strong writing and communication skills to generate insights and powerful perspectives

·         Create compelling written/presentation materials that influence funders, NGOs, companies and internal stakeholders

·         Create collateral to support with amplification efforts with companies, industry bodies and various types of amplification partners such as CII, FICCI, UNDP, etc

·         Support with creation of posts for dissemination across social media and PR platforms

·         Perform qualitative and quantitative research and analysis, linking insights and data across themes related to Informal Workers

·         Communicate effectively and build relationships with the internal team and external NGO leaders, companies, and partners

·         Drive excellence in delivery of the multiple project tasks allocated 

·         Design robust and effective processes for management within the team

Duration: Full time  


·         Is a graduate or postgraduate with minimum 3 years of work experience; development sector experience and exposure to worker issues or social sustainability will be a bonus

·         Consistently meets deadlines, effectively manages own time across several complex projects and identifies/resolves conflicts or roadblocks independently. 

·         Brings strong structure and organization to written and verbal content and is able to put forth points in a clear and concise manner. 

·         Prioritizes, structures and organizes information effectively, using spreadsheets or simple data analysis tools where needed, and ensuring adequate depth and breadth of perspectives. Draws accurate insights from gathered information. 

·         Engages external stakeholders including companies, NGO leaders and funders with trust and confidence and is able to manage relationships towards multiple goals/ projects/ deliverables. 

·         Passion for the development sector and the communities we serve 

·         Has the ability to work with great agility in an environment with massive ambiguity

Think you have what it takes but not sure you check every box? Apply to the role anyway. We’d love the opportunity to determine whether you could be a great fit. 

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