Job Opportunity for Program Lead at Indus Action in Multiple Locations

Website Indus Action

Job Description

‘At Indus Action, we seek empathetic, driven, and action-oriented team members who align with our intention of making public welfare unlock happen as a ‘Do-Tank.’ We desire candidates who want to partner with the Sarkar (state) and Samaaj (communities) in service of our audacious mission of systematically making welfare access sustainable and frictionless for our vulnerable citizens and their families.  

Our vision of a progressive and inclusive society is replicated internally through our equitable compensation structures, transparent organizational policies, and supportive work culture. As an aspiring Deliberately Developmental Organisation (DDO) combined with our operating values of Listen.Act.Change. – we commit to nurturing active citizens and supporting enterprising individuals with a growth mindset, professionally and personally. At Indus Action, you are valued beyond your role or title. Instead of an open-door policy, we have a no-door policy, where everyone has access to and collaborates with everyone. We offer high cross-functional learning within the ecosystem as well. If you are about building for impact at scale, experimenting, and learning with joy along the way, then Indus Action is the place for you, and we have been looking for you!’


The Role ‘Programme Lead’: 

In the second decade of Indus Action, you will be the second line of leadership and the first line in your state of location. You will run the operations working closely with the government at senior executive levels, mobilizing the ecosystem while understanding the evolving nature of the problems our fellow citizens face everyday. 

You will work closely with the other Leads to design & implement last-mile governance solutions for welfare delivery to 2.5 million families by 2030. You will also work closely with the IA senior leadership to strengthen its journey towards building an enduring institution with a strong citizen experience focus. 

Your first 100 days will include your engagement with state units across different zones in the country, across various functional areas such as research, communications, talent, technology, etc. It will help set you up for success over the next 1000 days with Indus Action. 

You should be willing to travel across the country (25%) and, in some cases, to relocate to a different city for a short time to set up the state unit, maybe with a new peer. 

Are you still interested? Read on. 

We will trust you with the following responsibilities: 

  • State Operations: lead a lean team towards unlocking the PoWER for the citizens in directly engaging with the state government. 
  • Stakeholder Management: building and managing relationships with government and the key departments, local media, civil society, citizens, and other non-profit organizations.
  • Data Management, Monitoring, and Evaluation: design, deliver and manage to inform data-driven decisions to maximize the welfare unlock.
  • Fundraising: raise a small % of the state operating budget via local donors and HNIs.
  • Institution Building: contribute to strengthening learning systems, coaching and supporting junior team members, and thought leadership in the ecosystem.

Your areas of knowledge and expertise that matter the most for this role: 

  • A foundational understanding of the state’s welfare ecosystem
  • Program and Project Management with a focus on delivering end outcomes
  • Community engagement (grassroots and government)
  • Equal comfort and proficiency in preparing PowerPoint presentations and backing them with long-form research & analytical papers
  • Comfortable with the regional language subject to state (Bengali, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Odiya, etc.)

The behavioral competencies that will help you be great at work:

  • Entrepreneurial Energy: own your time and resources to deliver solutions
  • Dealing with Ambiguity: grace under pressure, progressive elaboration
  • People Leadership: share ‘information, resources, credit,’ coach, ask for help
  • Executive Excellence: find the smallest unit of change, the bias for action, agile learning, bring your range – engage on the spectrum from strategic thinking to rolling up your sleeves to do the work when needed
  • Citizen Focused Mindset: place the vulnerable citizen at the center of every action 

Location: State Capitals across India, preferred Delhi, Bangalore, Raipur, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Chennai (five positions)

Experience: 6-9 years

Educational Qualification: Master’s Degree in Public Policy/Social Sciences, preferred. 


Our financial contribution towards your work: 

We will compensate the Program Lead based on the Indus Action’s compensation bench marking rubric. The compensation range will be between 9-15 LPA, depending on the qualifications, experience, and fit for the role. 

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