RoundGlass Foundation is pursuing a bold vision to bring abundance and prosperity back to the state of Punjab in India through philanthropic initiatives supporting under-served rural and urban communities. Since our founding in 2018 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Gurpreet 'Sunny' Singh, we have been engaged in a wide range of far reaching projects, directly involving village communities in building opportunity and sustainable development in the region. Our Model Village and Model City initiatives have impacted the lives of 700,000 local people in over 760 unique villages across the state through projects in pillars of: Sustain Punjab, Learn Punjab (Education and Sports), Her Punjab (Women’s Initiatives) and Relief.
You would work towards scaling up Her Punjab (i.e. women centric initiatives) for RoundGlass Foundation (RGF) and would be responsible for identifying, implementing, and scaling programs for development of rural women in the villages of Punjab, India. The focus is women’s economic empowerment via employment generation and financial self-reliance, as well as solutions for their basic health & hygiene needs.
You shall work closely with SHG members, beneficiaries, village administration, stakeholders, and the Government to augment the existing SHGs’ efficiency effectiveness, and output. You will collaborate with other members of Her Punjab team to identify, evaluate and convert leads to formulate additional SHGs through assessments, training, and handholding. You will be required to implement programmatic approaches to standardize SHG operation to refine SHG SOPs thereby promoting scalability.
You should have vast experience in formulating and scaling up SHGs across geographies and should be well-versed with various Govt programs, policies and schemes that can be leveraged to promote SHG activities. You should be aware of other NGOs operating for this cause and should be able to research and recommend best practices that can be replicated in the villages of Punjab.
What you’ll do:
Extensive on-field presence at the villages, Block level government offices, other relevant organizations, for facilitating setup of the Foundation’s women’s initiatives focused on financial self-reliance, health and awareness
Identify and implement solutions for sustainable livelihoods for women’s collectives/ SHGs in line with local demand and skill inventory at village level
Formulate new SHGs basis viability assessment and regularly be in the field to handhold and guide SHG members in their day-to-day tasks and long term approach till they become independent and self-sustaining
Assess the on-ground activities of existing SHGs and identify areas for improvement by enhancing output and reducing waste (effort, material, time)
Assess village requirements and level of skills and identify cost effective avenues to upskill target groups / beneficiaries with relevant skills to generate employment and enable entrepreneurship
Collaborate with vendors and internal departments to ensure results including but not limited to timely release of POs, timely delivery of raw materials, installation of machines, training of SHG
Carry out extensive research about other NGOs and recommend replicable best practices in line with RGF’s scope and approach
Monitor and review SHG operations at grassroot level to improve the efficiency and efficacy of SHGs’ business models, operations, and output
Identify Government programs, district administration budgets that will help scale our solutions
Extend support to put together proposals, budgets etc. as needed on ad hoc basis
Recommend and implement measures to implement standardization across various categories of SHGs and refine the SOP to make it easily replicable and scalable
Who we’re looking for:
Bachelor’s / Master’s degree in related field like Social Welfare (preferred) with at least 3 years of experience
Understands the culture and systems of Punjab well to provide contextualized programs
Strong experience of working in rural India focused on developmental work, preferably women’s initiatives
Good management and coordination skills, with experience in implementation of development programs at state or district level
Successful track record of designing, developing and/or supporting implementation of financial inclusion initiatives in rural areas, including NRLM/SRLM programs
Demonstrated ability to work independently; and ability to work with remote teams
Excellent communications and documentation (MS Word, Excel) skills in English and strong command over Punjabi or Hindi; should have eye for detail
Demonstrated ability to execute and successfully achieve objectives in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with aggressive timelines
Proven collaborative, negotiation, and persuasion skills.
Skilled in building trusted relationships and effective in removing barriers to success
Entrepreneurial mindset with a hunger to learn, and a highly motivated self-starter
Able to effectively communicate with varying sets of internal and external stakeholders to create mutual wins
Able and ready to commute and/or stay in villages
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