Job Opportunity for AVP – Government Programs at The Udaiti Foundation in New Delhi

Website The Udaiti Foundation

About The Udaiti Foundation:

The Udaiti Foundation is a Delhi-based not-for-profit foundation aimed at accelerating Womens Economic Empowerment (WEE) in India. Udaiti has been incubated by The Convergence Foundation by Ashish Dhawan to identify critical voids in the social sector and build strong, long-lasting organisations to solve complex problems. The organisation counts Ashoka University, ACT Grants, AIP, CSF, CEGIS, CRISP, and CEDA as its cohort of foundations aiming at collective impact. Our vision is for a world where all women and girls have expanded choice and attain their full economic potential. Udaiti aims to act as a strategic influencer and force multiplier in the field, bringing together the non-profit with the public and private sectors. We believe that – the private sector can have an outsized impact; digital technology is a gamechanger; data-informed insights are critical; there is no scale like the government. Udaiti seeks to catalyse transformative change through strategic public & private partnerships for advocacy, applied research, and programs.

The Foundations mission is to increase womens share of quality jobs through expanding demand; and scaling women’s enterprises & entrepreneurship. In that effort, the Foundation leverages a range of levers – data, applied research & insights; technical advisory support; solution generation; and co-creating strategic platforms for amplification and field-building.

Udaiti seeks to develop flagship impact strategies and leverage existing social/ administrative infrastructure & platforms for scaling impact. Udaiti is taking forward engagements at the state and national government levels to drive this agenda through a partnership driven approach. TUFs government engagement work looks at:

  • Integrated Strategy & Technical Assistance to govt entities at a strategic level
  • Elevating WEE as a Priority
  • Improving WEE Program Designs through advisory and evaluations
  • Two of our present flagship engagements include Techno-advisory support to the Govt of Uttar Pradesh on advancing womens economic empowerment in the state; and supporting NITI Aayog on multiple initiatives including the Womens Entrepreneurship Platform and the National Data Analytics Platform.

Position Summary

We are looking for an exceptional candidate to anchor the Udaitis government engagement track. This position will report to the CEO.

The ideal candidate will have prior experience with designing/ leading technical advisory engagements with govts, understand the govt tapestry, and have a demonstrated ability to navigate govt systems. They should have deeply engaged with Womens Economic Empowerment policies and programs at the state and central levels. They should be able to lead a team, while also being able to stretch themselves into co-creating the vision for the track. They should be able to multitask, take mature decisions, and inspire teams to remain focused on goals and impact. Finally, they should be strategic thinkers and work well with senior leadership in co-building this work.

We are looking for a dynamic candidate to join the team during an exciting time of organisational growth. This is a high-energy role and a great opportunity for those who enjoy working in a start-up environment and care deeply about womens empowerment and the impact sector.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with senior team members to assist in the broader government engagement & program planning and goals of the Udaiti Foundation
  • Anchor the Government Engagement track in setting up and achieving goals, along with monitoring the progress towards them
  • Build capacity/ be able to guide the team as needed
  • Co-develop and manage a pipeline of flagship government initiatives and work w/ the the team to tee up a series of influential outputs
  • Contribute to determining operational plans
  • Actively contribute to developing project opportunities that have high strategic value and can support impact at scale
  • Take on diverse operational tasks to ensure organisational success

Required Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities

  • Educational Background in gender studies, political science, public administration or public policy will be preferred
  • 13+ years of work experience in a challenging/ high growth environment
  • Demonstrated experience working on womens economic empowerment policy and programs sector incl any technical support initiatives
  • Excellent problem-solving and strategic thinking skills, strong research aptitude ability to analyse complex problems and formulate solutions
  • Proven experience in leading, coordinating and managing government engagement initiatives including familiarity of functioning at state government
  • Good communication, interpersonal, and stakeholder-facing skills
  • High level of flexibility and responsiveness with the ability to shift priorities quickly and as organisational demands require
  • Having experience in working with government stakeholders and a track record of effectively enabling and maintaining government relationships
  • Extensive experience in working on legislative reforms, and parliamentary affairs
  • Aware of the functioning, work-flow, and hierarchy of the officers within the Ministries and
  • Departments within GoI and state governments. Must possess a willingness to travel throughout India.


Remuneration will be competitive with Indian philanthropy pay scales and will depend upon the candidates experience.

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