Praja Foundation, one of India’s top governance think tank is inviting applications for the Program Officer–Transforming Urban Governance.

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.

About the Role

Program Officer – TUG
Experience2-3 years
(preferably from the social sector)
Reporting ToProgram Manager, Praja Foundation

The Program Officer will be responsible for carrying out research and analysis to help build the case for introducing a coherent package of reforms to transform the way urban governments function to make them more accountable, transparent and responsive to the needs of the citizens. The Program Officer 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.

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Key Responsibilities

  • Facilitate relationships with a broad range of stakeholders to ensure that advocacy messages are disseminated in an effective manner.
  • Identify good governance practices both from India and globally that can be deployed more widely.
  • Increase the awareness of program objectives and goals.
  • Initiate and maintain collaboration and follow-up of initiatives with key program stakeholders and partners.
  • Identify relevant information for advocacy for a variety of audiences.
  • Bolster program advocacy drives to facilitate and accelerate resource mobilization to effectively support the achievement of program and Praja’s goals.
  • Organize internal and external networks or communities of practice covering prominent experts in government, non-government, think tanks, private companies, and international development organizations.
  • Develop and implement strategies to increase and improve public outreach.
  • Prepare promotional material on the project, including pamphlets, videos.
  • Research and prepare list of contacts in the media, government, private sector, donors for the program’s advocacy efforts.

Educational Qualifications/Other Skills

  • Graduate/Post graduate in Public Administration/Social work/Political Science/Management/Law.
  • Candidates with an inclination towards development sector/public policy work will be considered.
  • Knowledge of urban development issues including municipal finance reforms will be an added asset.
  • Strong research & analysis skills.
  • Ability to filter information and think critically about issues.
  • Ability to clearly articulate his/her views in both written form and through presentations.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work in a team.

Location and Remuneration

  • The selected candidate will be based in Mumbai.
  • Remuneration will be commensurate with knowledge and experience levels.

How to Apply

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