Program Associate, IWWAGE

New Delhi
Posted 4 weeks ago

Languages Required: English and Hindi

Duration: 12 months (may be extended based on the performance and funding availability) 

Employer: Institute for What Works to Advance Gender Equality (IWWAGE)

Location: DAY-NRLM office, New Delhi

Reporting to: Deputy Secretary-RL, DAY-NRLM and Co-Lead IWWAGE


Institute for What Works to Advance Gender Equality (IWWAGE) is an initiative of LEAD, an action-oriented research centre of IFMR Society (a not-for-profit society registered under the Societies Act). LEAD has strategic oversight and brand support from Krea University (sponsored by IFMR Society) to enable synergies between academia and the research centre. IWWAGE aims to build and deepen evidence around the low participation of women in the economy – caused by low asset base, poor access to public services, restrictive gender norms, and the burden of unpaid work – to find solutions to inform gender transformative changes and policy reforms.

About the Position:

The Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM), given its focus on building women’s groups and developing cluster-based livelihood options. Organized collectives of women build women’s agency and their empowerment. NRLM’s objective for women federations is to serve as institutional bases for social and economic multi-sectoral outcomes for poor women.  This offers the opportunity to assess and scale institutional mechanisms and forms for gender equality and women’s empowerment at the grassroots.  Accordingly, this program aims to strengthen NRLMs and select SRLMs’ focus on gender strategically and ensure tested approaches to gender integration and transformation with federations are institutionalized and scaled up through strategic state-level partnerships. 

IWWAGE is currently a learning and technical partner to DAY-NRLM, which aims to enable the following: 

i. Operationalization of standardized, evidence-backed capacity building for staff and cadres on gender equality, concepts, actions and interventions; 

ii. Developing a non-negotiable, universal approach to establish functional community-level institutions from (village-level to block-level) for strengthening feminist leadership and engendering development planning; 

iii. Forging partnerships between NMMU and SMMUs National Mission Management Units (NMMU) and State Mission Management Units (SMMUs) for developing learning sites to demonstrate the impact of community-level institutions in delivering women’s empowerment; and iv.  Mainstreaming evidence-based MLE to inform policies for gender integration within the program.

In this context, IWWAGE is seeking applications for the Program Associate position to provide program support to effectively manage gender programs by contributing to the program design, formulation, and implementation. The Program Associate will work with the program team at NMMU in close collaboration with IWWAGE to undertake field visits for effective implementation and guidance to the State Rural Livelihood Mission and civil society, ensuring desired results.

Key Responsibilities:

S/he will be responsible for the following tasks:   

  • Support the gender team to build a partnership with NRLM to ensure learning and scale up of gender interventions.
  • Support the gender team in helping SRLMs develop state-specific operational strategies, annual action plans, expected outcomes and relevant advisories for integrative/mainstreaming gender in NRLM.
  • Undertake travel to SMMUs, DMMUs, BMMUs and federation-level staff for improved functionality and efficiency.
  • Support SRLMs and NRLM in revising all their advisories and materials to be more gender-sensitive.
  • Support in developing and implementing a gender road map, which is supplemented with standard operating procedures and modules.
  • Work closely with the Ministry of Rural Development and NIRD across a spectrum of areas related to the women’s self-help groups and federation platform.
  • Any other work as may be assigned from time to time by DAY-NRLM and IWWAGE.

Qualification and Experience:

  • Eight years of experience working in a program-related support capacity in the social development sector.
  • A Post Graduate bachelor’s degree or equivalent; Master’s Degree preferred in Social Science, Rural Management, Sociology, Social Work, or equivalent combination of education and experience in a related field.
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of Hindi is desired.
  • Strong understanding of gender and development, particularly with respect to DAY NRLM program.
  • Strong proficiency using software platforms and a high degree of comfort with multiple technology applications, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and databases. Exceptional organisational and communications skills.
  • Confidently manage communication within the program team as well as with relevant stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a multi-faceted, multitasking environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a community of people at work, respecting differences while working toward shared goals, comfort with periods of ambiguity, and constructive participation in ongoing organisational development.
  • Diversity of experience working with a range of actors, including government, multilateral institutions, think tanks/universities, consultancy firms, civil society, NGOs, networks and the private sector.
  • Implementation and/or research experience related to advancing social outcomes
  • Should have Exceptional communication skills – strong active listening skills, constructive verbal and written skills, strong public presentation skills, and high analytical ability.
  • Collaboration and teamwork skills – working toward and influencing team collaboration, team building, and team effectiveness.

To Apply: Applications will be open till the position is filled. To apply, please collate your resume and cover letter in a single PDF and apply in the form here. 

Note: Due to the large volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each candidate individually regarding the status of their application. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview purposes.

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