Job Opportunity for Manager – Program Finance at Azim Premji Foundation in Bengaluru

Website Azim Premji Foundation

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Support the program team across all grant portfolio’s during various phases of grant life cycle (initial phase of grant application, evaluation of grant budget proposal, actual fund utilization reporting, renewal phase)
  • Draw Scenarios, workflows (input, processes, output) with specific focus on key set of activities for the Grant portfolio:
    • Evaluation of grant budget proposal
    • Determination of what further information to solicit – prior to due diligence, during the course as well as post due diligence.
    • Basic Conceptual understanding of finance management and accounts (operating expenses, Capital vs revenue, interchangeable account heads etc.)

Support via being an “effective, efficient, engaged team member” vis-à-vis “ a scorekeeper” for the following

  • Coherence between two forms of expression of grant proposal – Language (Program) and Numbers (Budget)
  • Anchor conversations on ‘Judgement questions’ – adequacy or reasonableness of the costs
    Common (Shared) understanding of the program logic (design, execution and implementation etc.)
  • Understand the difference in need and relevance of support required by each grant proposal / program staff.
  • Act as an expert for all aspects of financial management and accounting system framework which are critical for assessment of an applicant organization during Foundation’s grant making process (policies, systems, documentation, compliance, internal control).
  • Engage with grantee organization’s finance and accounts team to understand and assess their existing finance and accounts operating level and scope of maturing therefrom
  • Develop effectiveness in Foundation’s core grant making function (develop frames for meaningful cost analysis of various program designs, leveraging systems, technology to standardize internal processes)


  • Extensive prior work experience in Operational Finance / Business Finance – Qualified CA / ICWA / MBA with minimum of 8-10 years in a mid-sized organization to support Budget and Analytics.
  • Proficiency in applying Finance and Analytics 1-0-1’s (both operational and financial)
  • Ability to collaborate and demonstrate being a team Player with persuasive skills both one –on – one and group situations.
  • Ability to identify risks, challenges, issues and suggest alternatives that lead to a working solution.
  • Working knowledge of basic accounting and finance concepts, principles, conceptual understanding and application of financial prudence,
  • Demonstrate analytical aptitude and attitude (relevance and usefulness of information analysis and how it contributes to the evaluation process of grant making / grant management)
  • Strong verbal, written and analytical skills
  • Ability to systematically analyze and convey complex problems in a way that others can readily follow, recommend options / solutions / summarize relevant conclusions as they seem to emerge.

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