Director, India Programs

Digitalgreen (New Delhi, DL, India) 25 days ago

Company Overview

Digital Green is a global development organization that empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the collective power of technology and grassroots-level partnerships. We join forces with governments, private agencies and, most importantly, rural communities themselves to co-create digital solutions that are of the community and for the community. When farmers have the tools they need to connect with one another, they’re far more likely to apply what they’ve learned on their farms and in their households–improving their own livelihoods and those of others in their community, in a manner that’s nutrition-sensitive, climate-resilient, and inclusive.

So far, Digital Green has reached over 2 million farmers and rural community members across 8 states in India. Collaborating with over government and non governmental partners, Digital Green has helped facilitate the production and dissemination of over 6,000 localized videos in different languages. India office of Digital Green is located in New Delhi. For more information, please visit Digital Green’s website: [...] Summary

Director, India Programs is a senior leadership position to provide vision and direction to the programs in India while ensuring efficient and effective delivery of impactful digitech initiatives at scale for improving lives and livelihood of smallholder farmers focusing on both production and market access.

The position is directly responsible for overseeing the delivery of Digital Green’s India programs in multiple geographies under multiple projects in agriculture, livelihood generation, health and nutrition. This role would be responsible to look across projects to ensure appropriate programmatic and financial planning, delivery of program goals and financial management. Reporting to the Country Director, the position also supervises state heads and assigned project leads located in various offices. As a part of the India leadership group, the position is also expected to play a critical role in networking with governments, donors and other institutions, generating business and representing the organisation in external platforms. Extensive in country travel will be required

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Program Strategy and Leadership
    • To provide vision and leadership to translate program mission and strategy to clear and result oriented action plans for programs in India
    • To oversee the development of annual plans and budgets across India Programs,in line with the organisational planning and review cycle. 
    • Provide oversight, direct and support development of state level plans and budgets, with clear indicators to measure progress
    • To build and maintain strategic relationship with key stakeholders including government and non government institutions
    • To assess and monitor external environment that have direct relevance to implementation of programs and projects in India and help country leadership take informed decisions
    • To ensure that there is constant flow of information and learning from different programs and projects from within and without DG to inform national and global strategies
    • To coordinate and work closely with Product, Technology and Innovation Team to identify scalable innovations and build strategies for piloting and scale up
    • To work closely with India Leadership Group, contribute to the collective decision making process and engage with other country and global leadership teams as and when required
  • Program Implementation & Management
    • To be responsible for the organisational program delivery, a mix of programs and projects in multiple geographies, providing oversight and direction to achieve intended targets and results
    • To be responsible for India programs implementation aligning with DG’s global strategy document and donor guidelines
    • Provide oversight, supervision and support to programs and projects teams to achieve results and targets on time in an efficient and effective manner by optimal utilisation of resources and budgets. This includes periodic assessment of resources, identifying resource gaps and shift resources to achieve optimal outcome and results.
    • To ensure adherence to the Digital Green’s strategies and global operating standards and policies in terms of program delivery in the country
    • To ensure compliance of donor funded projects and programs by working closely with MERL, Finance and HR teams
    • To review, monitor and provide critical timely feedback to program and project teams
    • To ensure proper recordkeeping of all program related documents, incl. Documents related to grant management, and reports through the team
    • To work with diverse partners from government to non government institutions as a part of program delivery, including ensuring efficient management of such relationship
    • To ensure documentation and communication of the impact and reach to various internal and external stakeholders, as required to draw key lessons and knowledge from field implementation
  • Networking & Advocacy
    • To network and establish appropriate relationships with the key stakeholders such as Ministries / Government Departments, NITI Aagyog, Corporate / Private Sector, Academia, INGOs, etc. – both at Centre and State Level, as required as a part of program implementation
    • To ensure networking with partners and other intermediaries to further the programs’ objectives, develop appropriate MOUs and manage relationships and expectations with government partners
    • To represent the program and Digital Green at various forums and to various stakeholders
    • To collaborate with these stakeholders and share program progress / learning towards influencing public policies and schemes / programs, as required by the program
    • To proactively generate and build fundraising ideas and follow up on business opportunities
    • To support fundraising team in developing funding proposals as and when required
  • Donor Management
    • To maintain and build strong relationships with all donors through meetings and facilitating visits, as required
    • To ensure that regular meetings are being conducted with the donor to communicate program progress, key achievements, and challenges
    • To represent Digital Green in programs related meetings with the donor and the partner organizations, as required
    • To liaise with donors to seek program or grant extensions or identify additional program needs, as required
    • To ensure submission of quality donor reports in the stipulated formats / templates and timely manner
    • To ensure prompt resolution of the queries raised by the donor and directly handle escalated / critical / sensitive issues
    • To accompany   the donor to conduct field visits and accompany the donor on visits, if required
  • Capacity Building
    • To support the Training Team on building internal and external capacities of Digital Green which includes developing and designing of training modules, working on mobile applications and organizing trainings
    • To ensure capacity building of the team for effective program management and implementation
    • To ensure regular capacity building is conducted for the partner organizations to facilitate the delivery of quality outcomes for the program within the agreed budget and timelines
  • Team Management and Motivation
    • As a part of organisational planning cycle, set organisational, team, individual program targets and undertake periodic and review of performance of teams and individuals reporting to the position
    • To work with Operations/HR team in identifying right fit talents for DG programs in India, support in goal setting and career development through constructive, critical feedback from time to time
    • Ensure that team and individual motivation at all times
    • To review the required documents and give program related approvals (including work related travel of program team, procurement, etc.), as necessary including necessary administrative tasks in a supervisory role

Qualifications and Skills

●     Post Graduate Degree in Agriculture or Development Management

     ●    15 - 20 years of relevant work experience, specifically in Ag/digitech for development

Skills & Competencies

      ●    Experience working with a diverse team, including across time zones, cultures, English-language ability, and backgrounds

 ●   Willing and able to work in a fast-paced, growth-oriented environment

●   Willing to travel occasionally both domestically and internationally

●   Flexible attitude towards changing priorities and ability to multi-task

●   Holistic understanding of the Agriculture & Health sector and relevant linkages to Digital Green

●   Analytical ability to analyze policies and implementation strategies of government programs related to agriculture, health & nutrition

●   Excellent communication and networking skills

●   Strong interpersonal skills and ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders (at senior levels)

●   Ability to manage, develop and motivate team to maximize their potential and drive performance

      ●  Ability to meet deadlines and achieve results, while maintaining congeniality and professionalism

To be successful as a member of the Digital Green team, you will also:

●     Have a passion for our mission and a strong desire to impact an up-and-coming non-profit organization

●     Be an innovative and creative thinker – you are not afraid to try something new and inspire others to do so

●     Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness

●     Have a strong work ethic, take initiative, and require minimal direction

●     Work well independently as well as part of a team

      ●    Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment

Compensation

    Digital Green is a great place to work and prides itself on a competitive and comprehensive compensation and benefits package. Digital Green is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Procedure

Please upload your resume and cover letter at  [...] . Due to the high volume of applicant response, not all applicants may receive a response from Digital Green. Digital Green is an equal opportunity employer committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds.

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