Job Opportunity for Manager – South to South Cross at Dasra in Mumbai

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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 24 years of experience in the sector, a depth of knowledge gained from working with over 1,000 non-profits and having brought $350 million in funding to organizations – Dasra drives collaborative action to accelerate social change in India. Please consider these outlined responsibilities and skill-sets required with an opportunistic role that will build cross functionality and be well poised for individual learning, growth and development across sectors and stakeholders. Dasra is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

About the WSH Team:

Dasra follows a field building approach in driving outcomes in the Urban Sanitation sector for India. A field is a multi-stakeholder community including philanthropists, government, non-profits and communities focused on a specific social problem, working together towards a measurable outcome, and using a common approach to create impact at a massive scale.  Elevate and strengthen the Alliances as a powerful collaborative institution on inclusive sanitation in India  Provide Advisory and Capability Building Support to the Alliances as a powerful collaborative institution on inclusive sanitation in Nepal and Bangladesh  Fostering South by South cross-learning and Collaboration through strategic partnerships and narrative change efforts to bring in convergence, attention and visibility on inclusive sanitation across key stakeholders

About the Role: Managers at Dasra are responsible for planning, directing, and overseeing the design and execution of various functions on a variety of issues. We need an experienced manager with strong management skills to demonstrate impactful decision-making.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Oversight

  • Develop and drive Urban WSH’s strategic goals and targets on “Fostering South by South cross-learning and Collaboration through strategic partnerships and narrative change”; and articulate pathways to achieve and exceed the same.
  • Develop and manage operational plans for the team, determining short- and long-term trajectories for the vertical and holding accountability for driving performance efficiency, tracking team performance and overall achievement of all deliverables
  • Oversee building of robust financial plans for the program, with support from relevant verticals, keeping in view their current needs, their long-term vision and opportunities in the sector
  • Understand and engage with the field of urban sanitation in India, keeping in mind the sector’s growth and evolution and taking an inclusive approach to all planning and activities
  • Nurture relationships with various sector players and partners to drive program goals and identify opportunities for alignment and collaboration
    Operational Support
  • Support the consistent implementation of team objectives and initiatives, with continuous learning and oversight for quality delivery
  • Directly manage and execute on donor relationship, as well as continuously identify new avenues to maintain and grow their philanthropic portfolios
  • Oversee critical stakeholder engagement processes, including identification of new or potential partnership opportunities, being lead presenter at meetings, putting together detailed proposals and closing opportunities
  • Directly build, manage and execute on NGO partners and identify new avenues to build strategic sector-level partnerships
  • Manage reporting, record-keeping and financial data management, maintaining confidentiality and effectiveness in your approach

People Management

  • Build the capacity of direct reports and the wide team and consultants to consistently deliver high-quality work
  • Work with and project teams – pulling on resources from across various verticals – to create high-quality, impact-driven projects for the sector
  • Offer continual mentorship and support to the team, acting as a role model and guide for the work ethic, commitment and overall leadership
  • Identify and implement processes to ensure optimal performance within the team and provide day-to-day guidance and support wherever required

Desired Skills & Experience

We are looking for someone who is dedicated to the cause of inclusive sanitation and service delivery to the most vulnerable, capable and exceeds expectations when meeting the requirements of internal and external demands, with high energy levels, and who naturally builds strong working relationships. The candidate should be result oriented with a strong sense of ownership.

Specifically, we are looking for someone with:

  • 9-12 years of work experience (can include prior experience within the sector, as well as in Advisory, Program Management, client relationship management roles etc, experience as the communication manager is a plus).
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading, layout and design skills are essential, including ability to present concepts verbally
  • Strong experience of working with senior leaders from various backgrounds and fields, with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively to showcase the program’s unique value propositions. Practices attentive and active listening and can accurately restate the opinions of others even they disagree.
  • Stellar planning and organizing skills, with good time management skills and the ability to prioritize amidst various sometimes conflicting priorities. Excellent team working skills, with proven contribution to team goals and objectives.
  • Prior experience independently managing a team/division with end-to-end responsibility and accountability.
  • An analytical approach to problem-solving and a solutions mindset, with the ability to scope the complexity of activities and processes
  • The ability to think strategically and innovatively, and identify and pivot with shifting market and sector trends
  • Prior experience with financial management and budgeting is a must, experience with donor reporting is strongly preferred.
  • Strong people management kills, with the ability to work collaboratively, hold accountability and ownership, and provide mentorship and guidance wherever required.
  • Strong organizational and presentation skills, and the ability to work with an outcome-focused lens to deliver high-quality products within stipulated timelines
  • The ability to work under pressure with a positive attitude
  • Strong alignment with Urban WSH and Dasra’s value systems, and a strong commitment to creating tangible, long-term impact

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