India Program Liaison Manager

Water for People

Denver, CO, United States 🇺🇸

About the Position

Water For People is an unconventional, progressive nonprofit organization that believes that the global water and sanitation crisis can be solved with boldness, ambition, honesty and transparency. We are an organization of field workers who have grown tired of the stale rhetoric and complacent programming that dominates the sector. We are looking for new ways to transform lives around the world through innovative approaches that lead to lasting and meaningful change.

Water For People is currently recruiting for the position of India Program Liaison Manager (IPLM) to coordinate/support program strategy development, grants management, donor/corporate support, program learning and program administration functions for Water For People’s program in India. The position is critical to the coordination and consolidation of information flows from India throughout the rest of Water For People. The IPLM (based in Denver), represents, communicates and promotes Water For People’s India programs, in the US in communications and fundraising efforts, in addition to programmatic and grant management support and financial management linkages for the India program.

Water For People currently has two legal entities in India, Water For People as branch office of the international organization, and Water For People India Trust (WFPIT). While there is one strategic intent to promote development of high quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments it is important that this role understands and explains the complexity of managing two entities, to one strategic end, through two governance models.

Essential Job Functions and Duties

Program Strategy Supports program strategy development, business planning and processes, providing US liaison for coordination and review of:

  • Operational plans and budgets including risk management and communications plan review
  • Monthly financial packages
  • Quarterly spending forecasts
  • Bi-Annual reports
  • Tracking spreadsheets
  • Annual reflection process

Grant Management Manages specific grant programs/funders, and has a thorough understanding of all the program funding for India, supporting all US-based proposals and grant management, specifically:

  • Compiling all narrative and financial reports of specific restricted-funding programs, such as with Charity Water, One Drop Foundation and PSI, etc.
  • Supporting the Country Director to maintain details in relation to local grants raised (pipeline and acquired grants), preparation of consolidated reports (narrative and financial), managing documentation related to various grants, tracking opportunities for in-country fundraising, developing concept notes and proposals, etc.
  • Coordinating with Business Development and Finance teams, and country team when developing donor proposals, budgets and reports.
  • Supporting specific relationship managers in Denver with programmatic information, review of proposals and reports, donor phone calls, and communications between donors and the country team.
  • Serving as a key adviser to Business Development in explaining program work and strategy, to devise packages of work for pitching to different (less restricted) donors.
  • Holding organizational understanding of total current programmatic funding, and link between budgets and secured and potential funding.
  • Supporting the process of developing and maintaining mechanisms for tracking program progress, and the fundraising and grant management cycle, for all grants for work in India.

Donor/Corporate Support Collates and maintains organizational information on programs, current and historical, and communicates that information to Business Development, Marketing and Communications, HR and Finance teams, in the US, including:

  • Providing up to date status of all programs in India.
  • Serving as a key liaison around global organizational initiatives, HR, IT, etc., and supporting roll-out and maintaining updates of progress in India toward these.
  • Communicating strategy for and the relationship between the two India entities of Water For People, as it evolves, in the US.
  • Support the Country Director in preparation of any reports to document adherence of legal compliance for Water for People in India.

Program Learning Understands and communicates program learning in India to different internal and external audiences:

  • Key hub for promoting organizational learning and sharing between international offices, supporting internal communications, and coordinating India contributions to Global Programs Newsletter.
  • Key spokesperson for Water For People, in the US, on India programs for different external audiences, supporters and sector audiences alike.

Program Administration and support internationally

  • Central point of contact for India Program in the Denver office.
  • Coordinates visitors to India, and feedback in the Denver office post-visit.  Coordinates hospitality for India Visitors to Denver.

__Other duties assigned by the Country Director – India __

Behaviors and Competencies

  • Connects to the mission – demonstrates a clear understanding of organizational priorities, mission, vision, values and strategic goals and objectives, as well as trust and teamwork in all aspects of Water For People business.
  • Provides exceptional internal and external customer service.
  • Connects with others – communicates in an open and honest manner with well-developed written, oral, interpersonal, and negotiation communication skills with a high degree of sensitivity for confidentiality.
  • Action-oriented – highly accountable and well-organized, with the ability to deliver results in a fast-paced, collaborative team culture.
  • Manages through ambiguity – task-oriented with an excellent sense of priority, logic and objectivity, highly organized and able to meet tight deadlines while responding to unanticipated developments.
  • Highly analytical with clear and concise writing skills (based on experience of writing reports and proposals etc.).

Education, Formal Training, Experience and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field or equivalent experience.
  • Master’s Degree in relevant field (international affairs, public health, environmental engineering) preferred.
  • At least 7 years of experience in international development or relevant field.
  • At least one year of field experience in a developing country desirable, preferably in India, or South Asia.
  • Demonstrated skills in dealing effectively with a variety of constituencies, such as staff, donors, volunteers, and representatives of related organizations.
  • Have experience supporting complex relationships across cultures and crafting partnerships with a wide range of private, foundation, multi/bilateral donor and public role players.
  • Have experience of complex grant management, proposal development and reporting.
  • High degree of commitment to programs in international development.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, organization, management and computer skills.
  • High level of attention to detail, self-motivated and a team player.
  • Highly analytical with an ability to develop budgets and understand spending patterns.
  • Flexible and able to meet tight deadlines and function in a high stress environment while maintaining congeniality and professionalism.
  • Ability to be a creative thinker, energetic and demonstrate enthusiasm and leadership in this role.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Flexible and able to coordinate multiple projects and meet tight deadlines.
  • Experience working remotely from teams.
  • Ability to influence through engagement rather than through direct authority, with welldeveloped interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient in MS Word, expertise in Excel

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time domestically and internationally to developing countries, where travel is rugged.
  • Normal office environment

Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.

Contact and Further Information

If you are both qualified and Water For People interests you, please send us your resume and cover letter that introduces you to us, and provides insight into both your experiences and how you are the ideal candidate for this position. Also, please let us know how you heard about this position. Resumes and cover letters can be sent to [email protected]; please put the job title in the subject line. No phone calls or in-person inquiries, please.

Deadline for submitting your application is 5 pm MDT, Friday, December 2, 2016.

This is a full time, exempt position with a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is competitive and commensurate with level of experience.

Water For People cannot provide immigration sponsorship for this position.

Great perks of working at our cool office space which is located at I-25 and Broadway:

  • Free parking
  • We are right off of a light rail stop
  • Food Trucks outside the office daily
  • Dog Friendly Workplace