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We are Hiring: Programme Officer, India!

Posted 04 July 2023 in EMpower News, Careers   |   Share

Position Title 

Programme Officer, India 

Reports to 

Programme Director, India 

Business Unit 



Delhi, India 

Employment Status 

Fixed term for three years 

% Time 


Position Summary 

The Programme Officer, India has primary responsibility for a programs and grants portfolio in India. They will lead and manage this portfolio including capacity strengthening and learning with partner organisations. They will report to the Programme Director based in Delhi, India.   

Primary Responsibilities 

The duties that follow represent the primary responsibilities for this role. All employees are responsible for performing other duties as assigned. Primary responsibilities for this role include the following: 


  • Contribute to and maintain country strategies to guide grantmaking decisions
  • Pro-actively source and screen potential new partners
  • Recommend new partners, conducting due diligence
  • Review and negotiate proposals and budgets with prospective and current partner organisations.
  • Present recommendations to Grants Committee
  • Plan and undertake visits to existing and prospective partner organisations
  • Review analyses of grants’ final reports; provide feedback, and summaries for the board, staff, and EMpower communication materials, and cull lessons learned to be shared with others.

Program Learning and Capacity Building: 

  • Enable, facilitate and share lessons across EMpower partner organisations and programme experience through webinars, panels, articles, social media, etc
  • Enable and facilitate capacity building with and across partner organisations; plan and support learning exchanges among partners; review or co-develop content for programme learning products.
  • Co-lead capacity-building initiatives for girls such as the Girls Advisory Council, Alumni engagement, participatory grantmaking, and the Adolescent Girls Learning Community.
  • Co-create and coordinate collaborative learning opportunities for partner organisations and youth to share ideas, and practices and leverage learnings from each other
  • Responsible for reporting and maintaining documentation of the Collaboratory.

Management, Visibility, and Organizational Development: 

  • Represent EMpower, the respective grant, and our capacity-strengthening portfolio at annual, and regional events, when required
  • Provide programmatic content for proposals and reports to EMpower donors; facilitate occasional visits by directors/donors to partner organisations
  • Work closely with the regional development officer, and serve as a relationship manager to regional stakeholders such as EMpower board members and institutional donors as and when required
  • Proactively manage ongoing regional stakeholder meetings, engagement, and relationships.
  • Network with other funders and international organisations regarding potential partnerships and/or collaborations.

Knowledge, Skills, Values, and education 

The Programme Officer spearheads grantmaking efforts to improve the lives and horizons of marginalized young people aged 10-24 in emerging market countries. The education, knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position are as follows. 

Work Experience 

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in the philanthropic and /or non-profit sectors in the India region required
  • Professional experience in grants management is strongly desired.
  • Experience with youth empowerment, adolescent girls, gender equality, and youth programming related to reproductive and sexual health, education, or economic well-being strongly desired.
  • Work experience with community-based organisations is strongly desired.
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaborative and trust-based approaches to philanthropy.
  • Strong English speaking and writing abilities. Proficiency in Hindi is required.
  • Self-starter; highly organized; proven ability to work independently, anticipate, prioritize, complete multiple projects and meet deadlines, with attention to detail.
  • Strong creative, strategic, and analytical thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently with a high degree of judgment and professionalism, as well as virtually with a team across multiple time zones
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills with culturally diverse audiences; from marginalized under-served youth to high-profile finance professionals.
  • Client-facing stakeholder engagement skills are essential.
  • Ability to negotiate complex situations or relationships with sensitivity and tact

Education Experience 

  • A university degree related to social work/social sciences, international development, gender, anthropology or a related field is preferred but not required.
  • Skilled in PC computers and standard software programs

Personal Attributes 

  • Commitment to alignment with EMpower values
  • Sensitive to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ability to work and reside in India
  • Ability to travel in India

Compensation and Benefits 

EMpower offers competitive wages, benefits, and growth opportunities consistent with industry standards. Flexible benefits packages include health insurance and other insurance; a pension plan with employer contribution/match; time off; and work/life benefits. 

Work Environment and Physical Requirements 

This individual operates in a professional office environment. The physical demands described in this section are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. 

  • This role is expected to be in person in the Delhi office twice a week.
  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, printers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.
  • This role routinely uses the English language to engage with internal and external stakeholders by phone, email, and in person. The employee is expected to be able to accurately exchange information with these stakeholders.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement 

EMpower is a public foundation that makes grants globally to benefit marginalised youth, including adolescent girls. We are committed to attracting, developing, motivating, and retaining exceptional talent and to a work environment that recognizes contribution, fosters respect and teamwork, and facilitates strong performance. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, recognizing that diversity enriches all staff and our work globally. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or faith, or physical ability. 

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organisation, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, and training. EMpower makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time. 

How to Apply  

Please send a cover letter and your CV to, putting India Programme Officer in the subject line. Due to the high number of applications, we will only be able to respond to successful applicants.  

Deadline: 14th July, 2023. 

Employee Acknowledgement 

My signature indicates that I have received the job description for my role and understand that I am expected to fulfil the functions and responsibilities of this job description in accordance with the stated performance requirements. I also understand that this job description may be added to, amended, or rescinded by EMpower at any time. Additionally, I understand that this job description is provided for informational purposes and is neither an implicit nor explicit agreement of employment nor continuing employment. 


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