Program Coordinator (South Asia Program, India)

International Rivers

Mumbai, , IN

International Rivers supports civil society groups and communities around the world, which seek to promote healthy rivers including through stopping destructive dams and promoting better solutions of meeting energy, and water needs. We promote stronger social, environmental and human rights standards for river basin development and management, and their financiers.

International Rivers is looking for an experienced, skilled, dynamic Program Coordinator for our South Asia Program. The preferred location of this full-time position is Mumbai, Delhi, Guwahati or Kolkata. The Program Coordinator will work with partner organizations in South Asia and other parts of the world, and with colleagues in our California and other regional offices around the world. Job responsibilities include domestic and international travel. The position will report to the South Asia Program Director in Mumbai.

Primary duties and responsibilities

  • Program management: With the South Asia Program Director, protect river ecosystems and communities in the Himalayas, carry out activities to stop destructive hydropower projects, promote better solutions, strengthen civil society networks and raise awareness about rivers and hydropower projects. Assist the Program Director in internal reporting and reporting to donors.
  • Campaigns against destructive projects: Monitor specific destructive hydropower projects in the Himalayas, assess their impacts, support campaigns of partner groups against particularly destructive projects, and contribute to international campaign techniques and concepts.
  • Capacity building: Strengthen the capacity and the networking efforts of civil society groups working on rivers and hydropower projects in South Asia. Share information with our partners, carry out site visits, organize trainings and other workshops, help partners with fundraising, initiate community action, spearhead social media efforts and give direct advice.
  • Advocacy for positive solutions: Conduct research, information dissemination, training and advocacy work for appropriate solutions for the region’s water and energy needs.
  • Media work and other communications: Formulate strategies to create awareness about the threats facing South Asian rivers. Produce reports, fact-sheets and audio-visual materials. Nurture relations with journalists and carry out media work in South Asia and on the international level. The job requires the applicant to take charge of the South Asia Program’s web pages, as well as edit and compile a quarterly e-news digest titled ‘Himalayan Rivers Review’.


  • Excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills in English; fluency in another South Asian language desired;
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and develop effective campaign strategies;
  • Diligence, ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment;
  • Independence, ability to work alone while maintaining constant communication with the South Asia Program Director in Mumbai and main office in California;
  • Knowledge and understanding of South Asian and global environment and development issues and the NGO community;
  • At least five years of relevant experience;
  • Ability to work well in a team and within regional and international networks;
  • Commitment to environmental integrity, social justice and the mission of International Rivers;
  • Strong computer skills (including the ability to post and edit online content);
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional experience required; Master’s degree a plus;
  • Authorization to work in India.
  • People with a background in journalism or effective communications are encouraged to apply.

International Rivers offers a stimulating, casual and flexible work environment. Our competitive salary and benefits package includes health insurance and excellent vacation and sick leave. Salary is commensurate with experience.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample in English to [email protected]. Please mention “South Asia Program” in the subject line and indicate your preferred location of work. Deadline for applications: December 15, 2016.

International Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, class, disability status, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation.