[TC-I Call to Action]: MBAs Without Borders opportunity with water purification project

MBAs Without Borders is looking for a Business Development Associate for a 6 month position in Ahmedabad, India.  The project is with the Environmental Planning Group Limited (EPGL).

The Environment Planning Group Limited (EPGL) is a socially minded for-profit company incorporated in Ahmadabad, India. EPGL’s vision is to manufacture, install and operate 3,000 Reverse Osmosis (RO) water purification systems in rural and urban India over the next five years to provide pure, low salt, soft, micro-organism-free, safe drinking water to over five million people at an average consumer price of US $0.004 per liter or US $0.25 per person per month.

The position focuses on financial reporting and analysis.  Applications are due by April 15, 2009, so be sure to review the details here and apply directly from the MBAs Without Borders website.

[TC-I Call to Action]: Ennovent looking to fill Investment Manager position

Here is an opportunity for an experienced finance professional.

Job Profile

Title

Investment Manager

Job Objective

To develop and manage the investment portfolio of ennovent in India and Asia

Start Date

As soon as possible

Location

India – frequent travel in India and Asia

Reporting Relationship

Position reports to Managing Director

More information can be found here and general information on Ennovent can be found here.

[TC-I Call to Action]: Programme Head, Centre for Micro Finance

Lakshmi Krishnan of the Centre for Micro Finance, IFMR writes to us about a new opening in the organization.   This is particularly exciting for anyone interested in microfinance, research, and traveling throughout India.  Several classmates in graduate school had worked with IFMR and came away with good experiences after participating in breakthrough research.

IFMR CMF is now hiring a Programme Head in Chennai to manage a portfolio of 4-6 projects with a variety of partners. Read about the IFMR CMF Programme Head position for further information and contact information.

[TC-I Call to Action]: Job Opportunity with Piramal Water

For those interested in social enterprise, water, or addressing health issues, Piramal Water is looking for a Chief Operating Officer.  A quick overview of the organization:

Piramal Water Private Limited develops sustainable drinking water solutions for rural and urban populations where the quality of water is often the cause of more than 60% of common health ailments.  Our business is designed around scalable innovations, technical/process improvements, ensuring livelihoods for local entrepreneurs, and developing customized community water filtration systems that can produce ultra-affordable drinking water for the masses.

To learn more about this fantastic opportunity, please click here: Piramal Water COO

[TC-I Call to Action] Business Development Professionals at iDiscoveri Education

iDiscoveri is a social enterprise working towards ushering in change in society by reviving education in India. It is doing this by working at different levels of the education system. It is looking out Business Development Professionals. Read more about it below.

iDiscoveri – a social enterprise with a mission to renew education in India –  iDiscoveri seeks to demonstrate visible evidence of teaching and learning practices that deeply engage learners, nurture their mind, body and sprit, and forge meaningful connections with the world outside. iDiscoveri was founded in 1996 and is backed by a multi-disciplinary team  of 70+ passionate practitioners having expertise in curriculum design, pedagogy, teacher education, leadership development, and curriculum design . Educated in leading institutions such as Harvard, Cambridge, CIE, IIM, and IIT, our team have held teaching and leadership positions at the Shri Ram, Sanskriti, Aurobindo, Krishnamurthy, Montessori & IB schools amongst many others. Our website www.idiscoveri.com has more details about the team and the organization. We are working with over 60 schools across India to implement an innovative curriculum program called XSEED which provides the skills and tools for teachers to make learning more experiential, raise children’s understanding of core concepts and promote inquiry and application. This program has the potential to truly change the quality of learning and teaching in a large number of schools. Further details about the XSEED Program can be found at http://xseed.idiscoveri.com

We are looking for driven professionals to develop our business with schools across Tamil Nadu. iDiscoveri is an exciting place for people who bring a passion for education and have the drive to excel in a startup environment launching new products and services. The role we are recruiting for is:

Education Associate (EA) – (Chennai & Coimbatore) A thinking person, passionate about education, with excellent English and Tamil communication skills, extroverted personality and ability to generate business. MBA with 2-3 years experience in business development or a former teacher with a knack for business would be ideal – we are open to alternate profiles as well. Knowledge of the local geography, willingness to travel and establish contact with a large number of schools is required. He/She would be responsible for creating a database of schools in their territory, organize meetings and make presentations to school correspondents and principals and generate business opportunities.

Discoveri will generously rewards performers with competitive salary and performance-linked incentives. Exposure to cutting-edge learning methodologies, exceptionally competent team members and a high energy working environment are some of the other benefits we offer. This role requires extensive travel to cities and towns in your region. We are looking for associates in Chennai and Coimbatore. Interested candidates may send a resume and cover letter to Anustup Nayak (anustup@idiscoveri.com)

(IFMR) Trust Me

Editor’s note: In addition to being informative, this post also outlines what IFMR Trust is looking for in potential hires. If you would like to see that immediately, go after the jump.

Before Thanksgiving break I had the pleasure of sitting down at an informal roundtable with Dave Wallack, Senior Vice President of People to learn more about IFMR Trust‘s ambitious plans to provide financial inclusion to every person in India. Chaired by Dr Nachiket Mor, who is also the President of the ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth, the Trust’s mission is to “ensure that every individual and every enterprise has complete access to financial services.” In order to accomplish this goal, the Trust is looking at a rather unconventional business model that where the non-profit parent oversees multiple self-sufficient for-profit silos in various financial sectors.

The three ventures that the Trust has currently launched are the IFMR Trust Holding Company (ITHC), the IFMR Trust Advisory Services (ITAS) and the IFMR Trust Guarantee Company (ITGC). Each venture has a specific and distinct goal. The ITHC aims to build a network of Kshetriya Gramin Financial Services (KGFS) that will serve as low-cost, paperless branches providing access to financial products. According to Wallack, the goal is to have one of these branches for every 10,000 people or 2,000 households. Wallack emphasized the feasibility of such scale is due to the incredibly low-cost structure of each branch. By being completely paperless, transaction costs is on the scale of 20-30 rupees as opposed to $20 dollars. Wallack self-titled the initiative as the Starbucks of microfinance, as they are able to provide loans at only 11.5%, far less than the typical 20-30% charged by traditional MFIs.

The ITAS’ charge recognizes that microfinance is merely a stopgap or defensive measure and that more aggressive financial services will be needed to enable true inclusion. In order to do this, the ITAS has structured as essential a private equity firm and with the aim of raising $150 US. Utilizing this capital, ITAS will look at 14 different supply chains that reach the rural population and figure out ways of improving and fixing them through investments in operating companies along the product cycle. These investment strategies, organized as Network Enterprises, will operate in a for-profit fashion with the belief that the quest for profits will seek out the most efficient and effective ways to address the supply chain breakdowns.

One example is the current gap that exists between urban labor demand and rural supply. After some preliminary research, ITAS discovered that the major hurdle was that rurual workers could not afford to live anywhere in the city for their first 2 weeks, because they had yet to been paid. In order to resolve this ITAS partnered with a local temporary housing and staffing company in order to provide that stopgap housing for these workers.

Finally, the ITGC will focus on providing much needed debt capital to small and medium size enterprises throughout India to truly enable them to grow. Here, the organization is partnering with many existing financial providers to roll out their offerings more aggressively.

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[TC-I Call to Action]: South Asia-Agricultural Development Department, Market Access Team

Here is what looks to be an amazing opportunity to work for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Here is the description:

Independent Consultant: South Asia
Agricultural Development Department, Market Access Team
Global Development Program

We are searching for a full time consulting resource to help us shape our strategic approach to  India and assist our grant development activities and serve as an important point of contact and interface for our South Asian partners, both potential and current grantees. The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit and excellent problem solving, analytical and communication skills. Specific responsibilities will include: Continue reading

[TC-I Call-to-Action]: Monitor Inclusive Markets

Monitor Inclusive Markets is looking for a new Chief-of-Staff! More information follows:

Monitor Inclusive Markets a new practice within the India office that aims to establish Monitor as a thought leader, both in India and globally, within the realm of market-based solutions for social change. We will do this by identifying commercially viable business models that have the potential to address some of the enormous social challenges that face India and similar emerging economies at scale – for instance, low cost health care, low income housing, high quality education for the poor, the enhancement of agricultural livelihood’s, and more.

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Ashoka: Change Agents Urgently Needed!

Ashoka is looking for agents of change. Are you a potential candidate? Read more below:

Ashoka is growing. We are looking for creative, entrepreneurial people to lead major initiatives worldwide. We are looking for people who demonstrate the highest ethical standards, a deep sense of collegiality, and a strong self-image to lead positive change.

If you have started your own endeavor, or significantly transformed the operations of an existing institution – a corporation, media outlet, or a citizen sector organization – then you may be a fit with Ashoka’s culture of entrepreneurship and social innovation.

Ashoka is urgently looking for leaders in the following “emerging hubs”: Europe, India, Brazil, and the United States.

Among the projects that are seeking leadership:

  • Leader of Financial Operations Team (CFO)
  • Global and regional leaders for program enabling Citizen Sector Organizations to build a sustainable base of support (Citizen Base Initiative)
  • Leader for Global Development team
  • Leader for Global Fellowship Selection Program

Apply now at recruit@ashoka.org.

[Internship Opportunity]: Indicorps, January 2009

Wondering what you should do this upcoming January 2009? Consider Indicorps’ 4-6 month internships, starting January 2009:

Start the new year with a meaningful commitment to yourself and the world in which you live. Apply NOW for a 4-6 month structured internship with Indicorps starting 10 January 2009.

Internships will focus on strengthening Indicorps core organizational capacity:

  • Create public service announcements for radio and television.
  • Develop & execute strategies to leverage podcasts & social networks for recruiting & promotional campaigns.
  • Build an overarching structure for a global Indicorps alumni association.
  • Facilitate service leadership workshops and much more!

The January 2009 Internships are an amazing opportunity to work in a collaborative team setting, contribute to substantive Indicorps projects, understand Indicorps’ core development philosophy, and build leadership skills by achieving ambitious goals in a short time frame. You also get to partake in a 1-week Orientation Program, Thursday Speaker Series, weekly reflection sessions, the March 2009 Fellows’ Workshop, and much more.

All internships will be based at the Indicorps office in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Unlike the Indicorps fellowship program, January 09 Internships are NOT limited to people of Indian origin. All internships begin on 10 January 2009 with a mandatory one-week orientation program. Only 8-10 positions are available. Application deadline is 15 November or until positions are filled.

For additional questions, please email us at intern@indicorps.org.

To apply, please go to their website.

Job Opportunities with the Centre for Microfinance

The Centre for Microfinance, an organization that focuses on research, training, and strategy for MFIs, posted about exciting new job opportunities:

The Centre for Micro Finance (CMF) has recently posted several new job openings, and we thought that some of this blog’s readers may be interested. New positions include:
• Programme Head – Analytics Unit
• Regional Field Director – West Zone
• Visual Basic Programmer

To learn more, check out the job openings section of CMF’s website, linked here. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at cmfhr@ifmr.ac.in.

Job Opportunity with BRAC Development Institute

Please contact ajaita.shah[at]gmail.com if you are interested in applying for the following:

BRAC Development Institute, BRAC University, Bangladesh

Seeking Young Professionals

for a Challenging Career in International Development

BRAC Development Institute (BDI) is looking for bright, young professionals, interested in an exciting career in development and research.  Selected applicants will be part of a core team that will coordinate different research activities and help build up the Institute. The team will be based in Dhaka and have access to the different activities of BRAC and a wide range of other development organizations.  

The recently created BRAC Development Institute seeks to promote research and build knowledge on practical solutions to problems of the poor in the global South.  It is anchored in the basic ethos of BRAC – developing solutions to the challenges of poverty, inequity, exclusion and social injustice. BDI is a space for academics and practitioners in the South (or working in the South) to come together to raise critical questions on development. It will build knowledge around exciting initiatives in the South, focus on developing new ideas and new strategies, pilot test such ideas and provide important lessons on good practices for practitioners, policy makers and funders. Continue reading

TC-I Call to Action: Exciting Jobs, Fellowships, and Conferences!

Looking for ways to put thought into action? Well, look no further! Below you’ll find our weekly review of opportunities. Please send along any other opportunities to info@thinkchangeindia.org.

Jobs

WaterAid India is currently seeking a Chief Executive to be based out of New Delhi. Responsibilities include “leadership of the Senior Management Team and overall responsibility for all staff members, currently 40 strong.” Interested candidates can send in their CVs with a cover note and 3 references to resumes @thirdsectorpartners.com, or contact +91 22 6660 3558/6660 3559. The last date for applications is 16 September 2008. For more information, go here.

Fellowships

The last day to apply for the Deshpande Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, North Karnataka, is 20th September 2008. The program runs from 10 January 2009 to 10 July 2009, with hopes to award a total of 25 fellowships. According to the website,

The Fellowship is an interactive, applied learning experience that aims to foster a generation of successful social entrepreneurs. Participants will learn existing best practices and engage with the foremost social entrepreneurs and local innovators to develop a working knowledge of leading social change models. The program will leverage this theoretical framework to aid each participant in the creation of an individualized proposal for social change.

To apply, check www.deshpandefoundation.org for downloadable applications or email fellowship@dfmail.org with your request for an application. More opportunities follow after the break!

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Job Opportunities with Acumen Fund in India

Source: Nextbillion.net

There are two openings in India, one for a Business Development Manager and the other for a Portfolio Associate.  Both are accepting applications and hope to close the application period early next week (August 20).  View both job descriptions in PDF format, and consider applying.

Learn more about the Acumen Fund here.

Job Opportunity: Recruitment and Selection Specialist, Teach for India (TFI)

Interested in improving the state of education in India? Want to turn thought into action? Apply for the “Recruitment and Selection Specialist” position through Teach for India. Positions are based out of Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, or Chennai. More details follow:

About Teach For India

Teach For India aims to narrow the education gap in India by placing highly qualified university graduates in India’s neediest schools. TFI will be a national programme, and by its fifth year will aim to place participants in eight metropolitan cities and rural areas in surrounding 4-5 districts. Participants will be recruited largely from the top undergraduate institutions in all fields of study as well as major companies, and will commit to working in low-income primary and upper primary schools (mainly government and some low-end private schools), to improve both academic achievement and retention rates in high-need urban and rural areas.

Summary

TFI aims to place participants in the 2009-10 school-year and seeks recruitment and selection specialists in each recruitment city (Pune, Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai) charged with developing, executing and supporting Teach For India’s recruitment and selection efforts. The specialists will serve as the key point of contact between recruits and Teach For India, and will be identify high-potential college students, post-graduate students and young professionals and motivate them to apply to Teach For India. The specialists will also interview and select Fellows based on Teach For India’s selection criteria. The specialists report directly to the VP of recruitment or Regional Executive Directors.

Apply now!

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit your resume/CV and a one-page cover letter highlighting your interest in applying for this position to sheela@teachforindia.org.