Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Program Officer (Rural Livelihoods and Resource Mobilization) - BRLF (Apply by: Aug 05, 2015)

Position: Program Officer- Rural Livelihoods and Resource Mobilization
Location: New Delhi
Number of positions: One
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

About BRLF

Government of India has setup Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF) as an independent organization under the Societies Registration Act to facilitate civil society action in partnership with State and Central Government, for transforming livelihoods and lives of rural households, with an emphasis on women, particularly in the Central Indian Tribal Region.
BRLF is a unique and first-of-its-kind initiative with the Foundation constituted as a partnership between Government on one hand and the private sector philanthropies, public and private sector undertakings (under Corporate Social Responsibility) on the other. Major functions of BRLF is to provide financial grants to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to meet their human resource and institutional costs for up-scaling of proven interventions, invest in institutional strengthening of smaller CSOs and capacity building of professional human resources working at the grassroots. Alongside, BRLF continuously facilitates projects receiving its grant support through all levels of Government to ensure smooth flow and utilization of Government funds to rural communities and poor households under the mega Centrally Sponsored Schemes for promoting livelihoods of the poor. The General Body and Executive Committee of BRLF are constituted of eminent individuals as well as ex-officio representatives from private philanthropies, public and private sector organizations, financial institutions, State Governments and Government of India.

For more details, please visit BRLF’s website http://www.brlf.in

Position Purpose
Incumbent for the position must have a track record of working on issues of rural development, capacity building and rural Livelihoods, credibility with both corporates and CSOs. Significant experience in the field of rural development preferably in the Central Indian Tribal Region is desirable. The role requires proven ability in fund raising; experience in capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, and developing, managing and fostering stakeholder relationships.

Job Responsibilities

Institutional Partnership and Fund Raising
• Develop, implement and monitor a fundraising strategy; that includes yearly targets to meet the costs of the current and future programmes; 
• Approach and raise funds from companies, trusts, CSR, Banks and foundations within India and abroad
• Conduct research into potential donors – trusts, foundations, companies and high net worth individuals – and find a match with donors whose philanthropic or funding criteria match the organization’s, or its partners vision and activities
• Develop, manage and update databases to record donor contact and preference information; Maintain a network of corporate contacts and effectively manage and maximise these relationships
• Facilitate co-financing opportunities for partner organizations 
• Develop annual work plans based on the approved strategy and if needed prepare income and expenditure budgets for each fundraising initiatives
• Develop and coordinate web-based fundraising if needed
• Be well versed in CSR policies in general and should have access to various Indian corporate forum; be current with legal issues affecting corporate fundraising.
• Assist in preparation of project proposal for corporate and other funding agencies.
• Organizing events for partnership building between implementers and potential donors.
• Ensure all donors receive appropriate and timely reports and updates 
• Sensitize and train team members on fund raising and communications skills and strategy

Donor communication:
• Ensure timely, appropriate and quality communication to all donors
• Monitor and evaluate donor communications on a regular basis
• Briefing CEO and President on partner specific communication
• Anchor development of strategy for communicating with different kinds of donors
• Grow one-time donors into repeat donors, and into long-term supporters by constantly finding ways to increase their engagement with the organization’s work. 

Program support and Grant management 
• Assist in the preparation of documentation, budgets, narrative reports and presentations related to the program for the BRLF Board. 
• Assess grant proposals and organization capabilities. 
• Be able to monitor program progress and track budget utilization, both at program partner level and for the overall program. Monitoring will include regular field visits, and six monthly technical and financial reviews. 
• Assess capacity building needs of organizations; training needs
• Assess HR needs for the sector
• To review CSO narrative and financial reports and ensure compliance with contractual obligations with regards to implementation and reporting
• Review and regularly monitor the work of program partners, and provide (or source) technical inputs and guidance to strengthen field and outreach activities. Assess impact of various program interventions
• Facilitate smaller CSO/CBOs in proposal development, work plan and budget development 
• Ensure timely submission of annual work plan, fund requests and progress reports to donor agencies. 
• Review fund requests from program partners, and recommend release of funds. 
• Maintain and regularly update the project information and management system and ensure that it is responsive to programmatic needs.
• Liaise with key government agencies and regular information sharing, and inclusion in dialogue opportunities and joint ventures at the State level. 
• Assist in arranging and coordinating meetings of the Project and Grantee selection committee and the Board, and provide support in the preparation of agenda papers, reports and meeting minutes.
• Contribute and assist in the conceptualization and organization of rural livelihood thematic seminars and conferences. 
• Facilitate and support external monitoring and review missions to the programme, including the preparation of relevant background material on the programme.
• Work closely with and participate actively and in a fully co-operative manner as a member of a broader team. 

Qualification, Experience and Competencies 
A Post graduate Degree from any recognized university; preferably in Rural Development, Social sciences, Development Studies and Development management. A degree from the top institutions in India and/or abroad will be advantageous.

A potential candidate will have at least 8-10 years of relevant experience in rural development, fund raising, capacity building or related areas. They will have experience in management and/or implementation of development programme in rural development/livelihoods and would have worked with civil society/CSR/philanthropic organizations. Experience in fund raising for an organization, demonstrated capacity and abilities to engage with corporate sector, private Philanthropy and will possess very strong writing and presentation skills. Experience in development and delivery of training course desirable, other capacity building initiatives will be very desirable. Experience of working with government, or in Government created missions/societies is desirable.

Language Requirements 
Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Hindi.

To apply
Please send in your CV with a cover letter to info@brlf.in with the position applied for marked in the subject line of the mail.
Last date for applying for the position is 5th August 2015. 

BRLF is an equal opportunities organization. Qualified women are encouraged to apply.

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