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Position

Program Officer Outreach, Transforming Urban Governance (TUG)

Experience

2-3 years (preferably from the social sector)

Reporting To

Program Coordinator – Outreach, TUG

Organisation

Praja Foundation

Location

Mumbai

 

 About Praja

Founded in 1998, Praja is a non-partisan organization enabling accountability in governance. Praja empowers citizens to participate in governance by providing knowledge and perspective so that they can become politically active and involved beyond the ballot box. It undertakes extensive research and highlights civic issues to build the awareness of and mobilize action by the government and elected representatives. Praja conducts research on functions, powers and capacity of municipal corporations. It works closely with elected representatives, administration, civil society organisations and youth towards empowerment and strengthening of the grassroots democracy. It does this by collecting, analysing, and presenting data on the state of various municipal services – civic services, health, education, crime and policing, housing & transport. Over the years, Praja has expanded to publish report cards on the performance of councillors and MLAs, conducting capacity building workshops for elected representatives and launching initiatives to engage with citizens.

 The Opportunity

Are you are interested in transforming the way Indian cities work in making them more efficient, resilient and sustainable? Here is an opportunity to work with top policy makers in the country at the national, state and city level and influence urban governance policies to make our cities more liveable.

The Role

Praja’s continuous engagement with local elected representatives (ERs) and administration through capacity building, research and advocacy has had a positive impact on city governance. To begin with, the Program Officer will provide support on outreach for urban reforms in Maharashtra and subsequently other cities in India.

 The individual will execute to and provide support on outreach and capacity building of stakeholders such as elected representatives, administration, civil society on issues related to urban governance. He/she will also assist in building a network of organisations and individuals that have a deep knowledge of urban governance issues and are willing to partner with Praja to take this initiative forward. The role will involve field work and travel to different cities on short notice.

Key Responsibilities

  • Facilitate relationships with a broad range of stakeholders to ensure that advocacy messages are disseminated in an effective manner.
  •  Initiate and maintain collaboration and follow-up of initiatives with key program stakeholders and partners.
  • Establish a network of project partners at municipal, state, and national level to create a professional platform for further networking and partnership between CSOs, youths and government at all levels to initiate dialogue on governance matters.
  • Assist in preparing promotional material on the project, including pamphlets, videos.
  • Work extensively and engage with elected representatives, executives, colleges, academia and CSOs.
  • Help organise workshops, trainings, and other capacity building programs for all stakeholders. Identify, create and manage a pool of resource persons for workshops and training programs.
  • Handle communications and related outreach activities with all stakeholders.
  • Prepare and submit detailed event and activity reports.
  • Conduct research and collect data on various governance and service delivery issues.
  • Willing to travel extensively within the city and outstation as required.

 

Educational Qualifications and Required Skills

  • Graduate/ Post graduate in Public Administration/ Social work/ Development Studies.
  • At least two to three years’ experience in a non-profit entity.
  • Ability to understand, read and interpret documents such as Municipal Corporation Act, Municipal Budget document etc.
  • Research & analysis skills.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, in English and Hindi.
  • Ability to clearly articulate his/her views in both written form and through presentations.
  •  Should be ready to travel at short notice.
  • Comfortable and adept at building strong relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including elected representatives, bureaucrats, civil society organisations, think tanks, and NGOs.
  • Self-motivated with a strong sense of commitment and ability to work under minimal supervision.
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word/Excel/ PowerPoint and Internet/social media.

 

Mindset

  • Ability to work in a team
  • Problem Solver
  • Ability to plan and organise
  • Attention to Detail

 

Compensation

  • 4.50 – 4.80 Lakhs per annum, commensurate with skill and experience

 

Please send your resume to hr@praja.org