Job Opportunity for Program Lead at Indian School of Democracy in New Delhi

Website India School of Democracy

Vision: Redefining public leadership

Mission: Nurture principled leaders with moral courage and imagination, to work on strengthening Indian democracy through politics.

Our How: Indian School of Democracy (ISD) runs short and long programs called She Represents, Democracy Express and The Good Politician. We nurture leaders who will be the epitome of principled leadership, and will serve the nation with a goal to reach the unreached. We work with asspiring political leaders, and create pathways for them to serve through politics after our programs.

Three foundations of our programs:

1. Relevant hard skills such as policy analysis, communications, negotiations, constitutional law, mobilization, public finance etc.

2. Inner transformation through immersion in the several realities of India, personal practices of reflection and discipline and development of personal leadership

3. A community of peers and mentors, leading to sustained and collective impact in public space

About the Team: We encourage political, geographical, religious, gender and other forms of diversity. You can read about the team on our website.

Role of Program Lead

As an organisation our theory of change is to nurture young political leadership through our flagship programs – Democracy Express, She Represents and The Good Politician and our deeper constituency level work called ‘ Sarvodaya Champions’ ( which will start in July 2021). .

We also hope to start some more online and weekend programs. Each program is carefully designed and curated to meet the needs of our target audiences. For ISD these programs and the quality of learning we provide are extremely important for us and they build the identity we carry. Our programs are non-partisan and invite a politically and demographically diverse audience. Beyond in-house sessions and content, we also invite expert practitioners, politicians and academics to provide depth and rigour in all our programs.

As an organisation ISD wants to build a strong team while ensuring team’s personal growth. At this point, we need someone who is ready to commit 5-10 years in this role, to build the institution.

In your role as Program Lead, you will work on:

Program Design, Research & Facilitation

● You will lead a 2-3 member, and growing team for short programs

● Oversee selection process for all short term programs

● Bring your political expertise for program design and implementation

● Lead and oversee creation and execution of technical and process based session design and planning

● Small group and large group facilitation (online and offline)

● 1-1 coaching to participants

● Build capacity of the team for coaching and mentoring political aspirants

● Create learning for different kinds of political audiences, both in English and Hindi

● Building partnerships and managing external faculty, other organisations etc.

Qualifications and Skills:

● Masters’ degree in political science, policy or a relevant field

● Atleast 8-9 years of full-time professional experience

● Extensive experience working with politicians and political workers This is a must for the position

● Prior experience in program design, curriculum and session planning

● Atleast 5+ years of experience in leading a program team

● Education and experience in theory and practice of adult learning and leadership development

● Extensive experience in small group and large group facilitation

● Strong communication skills in English & Hindi, one more Indian language will be an added benefit

● Attention to detail, process orientation and working in uncertainty

● Conscientious, disciplined, committed to rigour in all aspects of work

● Entrepreneurial, frugal with the ability to give and receive feedback

● Ability and willingness to work with people from across the political spectrum

Location: Based in New Delhi

Compensation: Remuneration will be based on competency and we will be building ISD together. Salary range for this role will be 12-13 lakhs per annum to begin with. We are hoping you grow with the organization, and we will revise salaries as we grow.

Application Process: To apply, please fill this form to help us get to know you better. Note that you will need a gmail id to apply.

If you would like to know more about the role and want to have a conversation, please send your CV and questions to

If shortlisted, there will be pre-work, followed by two interviews, a day at the ISD office and space for co-creation. Write to if you have any questions.

Selection process can take up to 3-4 weeks to complete. Expected start date is April or May 2022, but we are flexible with that.

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