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Senior Program Officer, EMPower, India

  • full-time job
  • Delhi
  • Applications have closed

Website The Emerging Markets Foundation

EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation builds opportunities for at-risk youth (age 10-24) in 15 emerging market countries. Harnessing the resources of the emerging market financial sector, EMpower makes grants to local organizations across three themes related to youth development: education, health and wellbeing, and livelihoods. EMpower has a global platform with offices in India, the United States, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, and country presence in Turkey. See

The Senior Programme Officer (SPO) based in New Delhi, has primary responsibility for the India strategy and grants portfolio, with a focus on the livelihoods, and sexual and reproductive health portfolios. S/he will manage and expand these portfolios and also provide or facilitate related capacity building assistance to strengthen grantee partners in these portfolios. Additionally, s/he will have a role in representation, sharing best practices, and occasional troubleshooting as required.
This position reports to the Executive Vice President/Global Head of Programmes based in New York and supervises one full-time professional.

 Develop and implement country strategy to guide grantmaking investments
 Pro-actively source and screen potential grantee partners
 Recommend grant investments, conducting due diligence, reviewing and negotiating proposals and budgets with prospective and current grantee partners.
 Review/prepare written grant summaries; present recommendations to Grants Committees (directors and donors)
 Monitor grants through visits, grant reports and correspondence; provide feedback to grantees
 Review analyses of grantees’ reports; provide feedback to grantees, summaries for board, staff and EMpower communication materials, and cull lessons learned to share with others
Knowledge creation and exchange
 Provide or arrange technical assistance for capacity building of grantee partner organizations; plan and facilitate learning exchanges among grantees; review or develop content for technical assistance products
 Network with other funders and international organizations regarding due diligence and collaborative grant-making opportunities
 Share lessons from EMpower grantees and program experience through panels, articles, social media etc.
Management and Organizational Development
 Supervise and mentor the Program Officer, India
 Represent EMpower before diverse audiences, including donors
 Provide programmatic content for proposals and reports to donors; facilitate occasional visits by directors/donors to grantees

 7-10 years of work experience with community based organizations
 Experience with youth development, preferably related to reproductive and sexual health, or livelihoods (job readiness, placement, vocational training, entrepreneurship etc.)
 Knowledge of philanthropic and non-profit sectors in India; experience in grants management desired
 Graduate degree related to international development
 Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills
 Strong English speaking and writing abilities.
 Proficiency in Hindi and/or a regional Indian language.
 Self-starter; highly organized; proven ability to work independently, anticipate, prioritize, complete multiple projects and meet deadlines, with consistent attention to detail
 Ability to work independently with high degree of judgment and professionalism, as well as virtually with a team across multiple time zones (requiring some evening calls)
 Strong interpersonal communication skills with culturally diverse audiences; from at-risk youth to high-profile finance professionals. Client-facing and public speaking skills desirable
 Ability to negotiate complex situations or relationships with sensitivity and tact
 Skilled in PC computers and standard software programs
 Ability to work in New Delhi and to travel domestically and internationally (up to 25% annually)

Interested applicants should send their CV and cover letter to by October 20, 2018. Please include ‘Senior Program Officer, India’ in the subject line.
Please note, only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please cite PCDN as the source of the posting in your application. 

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