Job Opportunity for Manager – Fundraising and Development at Janaagrha in Bengaluru

Website Janaagrha

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).

We are looking for a highly passionate and competent professional to be part of Janaagraha’s Development and Fundraising team. The role will involve working closely with the Head -Development, CEO, and senior program leads in conceptualizing multi-year program fundraising partnerships with Foundations, Philanthropies, Multilaterals like the World Bank, ADB, Bi-laterals such as USAID and Ultra High Net worth Individuals (UHNIs).

What will the Manager – Fundraising and Development really do?

A) Support in Fundraising

  • Write and review funding proposals and concept notes to engage funder interest and convert to grant or revenue streams.
  • Deep understanding of the philanthropy ecosystem and stitch coherent and compelling proposals and presentations to aid the medium to long-term financial sustainability of Janaagraha.

B) Donor/Prospect Management

  • Research and identify prospective bilateral, private philanthropies, UHNIs and corporate funders.
  • Maintain and update the potential donor list on a regular basis
  • Create detailed summary documents on potential donors on their funding strategy, focus areas, funding cycles, process and align them with program offerings
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to relationships with major donors and UHNIs maintaining high degree of confidentiality.
  • Develop strong working relationships with program staff in all areas. Actively participate in planning and meeting goals as an integral team member
  • Collaborate with team members in the organization to understand our diverse programmes and interventions
  • Writing, editing, and overseeing the completion and submission of reports on all grants
  • Keeping record of all grant reports due during the calendar year

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in business administration, public administration, public policy or other directly relevant fields
  • More than 7 years of work experience in in the not for Profit sector
  • Prior experience in Fundraising, Business Development, constructing funding proposals, RFP’s is essential. A deep knowledge of Climate change/ Gender/ Public health sectors would be considered as a big positive
  • A high level of computer literacy required, including familiarity with CRMs or relational database, and proficiency with Microsoft Office Products
  • Possess a solid understanding of budgets as they relate to proposals and grants

What competencies does it take to be Manager – Fundraising and Development?

  • Excellent Researching skills and a deep knowledge of the funding ecosystem
  • Excellent communication skills- both written and verbal. Demonstrate succinct and comprehensive writing skills
  • Ability to learn quickly on the job and willingness to adapt; excel in working across multi-disciplinary teams and exhibit superior project management skills
  • Able to deal with ambiguity
  • Highly Self-Motivated, can take complete ownership and work independently in an unstructured work environment with minimal supervision.

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.


Janaagraha is an equal opportunity employer and offers a highly dynamic and enabling work environment. We provide competitive remuneration commensurate with relevant experience skill-sets and background.

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