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 Programme Officer, Gandhi Fellowship
 Kaivalya Education Foundation

 Location: Delhi or Mumbai
 Last Date: May 17, 2009
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Programme Officer, Gandhi Fellowship

Location: Delhi or Mumbai (with some out-station travel),
Salary: Rs.20,000 per month, including Rs.600 communications allowance
Hours: 6 days a week.

The Gandhi Fellowship is creating the backbone of social change in India.

The Gandhi Fellowship helps talented young people develop the leadership skills to cause positive change in society. We do this by challenging young people to help regenerate the education system by supporting primary school Headmasters to improve the functioning of their schools. By taking on real challenges that exist today in schools across India, Gandhi Fellows learn the skills that will allow them to lead change on a wide range of issues whether within their family, their community or the nation as a whole. During this intense 24-month process Fellows discover what they are passionate about, what they want to do with their lives and how they go about converting their dreams into reality.

The Programme Officer role is crucial in bringing our vision for the Gandhi Fellowship to life. You will represent the Fellowship on and off campus, conducting creative marketing to attract the best applicants to the programme and using your organisational skills to implement a rigorous process that selects the most suitable candidates. You will be a confident communicator who can make sense of complex arguments and issues, and energize young people. You will be comfortable acting as an impartial mentor and role model, drawing on your own life experiences to help young people decide if the Fellowship is right for them. You will be able to build and maintain relationships with students, professors, college staff and other NGOs. You will also play a part in the induction process for Fellows, providing colleagues with insight into the individual needs of selected candidates.

You will have a very flexible and self-disciplined approach to work, be willing to travel out of station when necessary and are comfortable working independently and without immediate supervision (Please see the attached person specification for more detailed requirements).

The Gandhi Fellowship is a ‘young’ initiative in the development space in India. Because of this there is a lot of scope for innovation within the programme framework and for creating new processes and systems to grow the programme and make it a success. We are also a young, energetic team, drawn from across India and with a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds. We hope you’ll enjoy working with us!

To request an application form and for further information on the role and the Gandhi Fellowship please contact Sonika on

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Kaivalya Education Foundation is an exciting new venture in India’s education sector. The Foundation was established to increase leadership capacity in the primary education system, particularly at the individual school level, as a means to improve the quality of education in India’s 1 million government primary schools. It achieves this mission by working in partnership with state governments and by drawing on the expertise of individuals and organisations from the not-for-profit and corporate sectors.

Job description
Programme Officer, Gandhi Fellowship

Programme Officers create and execute campus marketing plans, organize and conduct on and off campus recruitment and selection for the Fellowship, contribute to the design and planning of Fellow induction, and develop relationships with selected candidates to smooth the joining process and minimize pre-induction drop-out.

Reports to Programme Leader, Gandhi Fellowship

Main responsibilities

• Create a detailed campus marketing plan based on recruitment goals agreed with the Programme Leader and implement it, making use of a variety of media (including written and visual material, presentations, street theatre), to raise the profile of the Gandhi Fellowship on multiple colleges and develop a sustained campus presence,

• Plan, organize and conduct annual recruitment and selection both on campus and off it, ensuring that processes are efficient and effectively assess candidates on the planned criteria,

• Establish off-campus avenues for recruitment of socially conscious young people by partnering with organizations such as AIESEC, Pravaah, Rotaract Club and iVolunteer,

• Contribute to the design and plan creation for Fellow induction, helping to identify and plan for individual Fellows’ needs and collaborating with the Programme Leader, other colleagues and expert partners to shape the entire 6-week process,

• Build relationships with selected candidates following the selection process to maintain their engagement with and commitment to the Fellowship, ensuring a balance between encouraging excitement and avoiding unrealistic expectations, in order to prepare for joining and induction, and to minimize pre-induction drop out,

• Develop good relationships with academic and administrative staff on campus, and with student representatives/placement cell officers, in order to facilitate marketing, recruitment and selection,

• Liaise with existing batches of Gandhi Fellows and Fellowship alumni to leverage their influence in colleges with students and academic staff,

• Represent the Gandhi Fellowship and Kaivalya Education Foundation on and off campus, taking care to act in a manner that reflects the Foundation’s ethos and mission.

Person specification
Programme Officer, Gandhi Fellowship

Selection criteria Essential Desirable

Graduation in any subject from a college of Delhi or Bombay Universities; HR, marketing,
mass communications preferred.

● 2 years minimum work experience, preferably in marketing, recruitment or working with young people.

● Experience of producing written and visual material, (posters, flyers, ppts) to a high standard for external audiences.

● Experience of communicating with and energizing young people; preferably students.

● Comfortable working independently, with minimal supervision; self-disciplined.

● Comfortable taking a mentoring role for young people, helping them take life decisions and work out if the Fellowship is right for them.

● Confident interacting with a wide range of people, including College Principals, Professors, students, KEF partner organizations and experts.

● Willing to travel and have a very flexible working pattern, attending multiple meetings
each day.

● Proficient in the use of Windows applications and other IT software.

● Secular orientation and non-discriminating on any basis.

● Experience and knowledge of the not-for-profit/development sector in India.

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