Description

Description

Program Officer
The Antara Foundation (TAF)
Location – One of our intervention districts in Madhya Pradesh (subjective to need)


Why should almost a million children under age-five die each year in India? Why should three mothers die every hour? The irony is that most of these deaths are preventable, through solutions that are well known. The great challenge lies in the delivery of these solutions at scale. That is the exact focus of our work. 

TAF is a non-profit start-up which works to transform India’s public health system, currently focused on maternal and child health, including nutrition. We are a field-based implementing organization, working in some of its most far-flung villages and marginalized communities. TAF was founded by Ashok  Alexander, formerly Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, and first India country director, Bill & Melinda  Gates Foundation. Ashok is one of India’s most respected public health experts, specialised in incorporating business thinking into public health delivery. 

The essence of TAF’s work is integration, at scale, of innovations in supply and demand sides of health service delivery. In 2015, we started our first program in Rajasthan. This state of 80 million served as a  crucible for vibrant innovation, and the development of our core model for scaling up. Within three years, the Rajasthan government introduced our flagship innovation (AAA platform) across the state, spanning 46,000 villages, and a rural population of over 50 million. Currently, we have adapted our model to work in Madhya Pradesh (population: 87 million), a state with very different demographic and socio-cultural characteristics. We are present in six districts, with plans to reach 10-12 districts (a fifth of the state) by 2023. 

We are now at the cusp of a new phase of massive geographic expansion, and fresh innovations. In this,  we are backed by some of the world’s best foundations and philanthropists including the Bill & Melinda  Gates Foundation, Mackenzie Scott, LGT VP, and Vijay and Marie Goradia Foundation. At this juncture,  we are increasing the staff count by more than 2x, to cater to the large-scale expansion of our work. 

We are looking for Program officers who are passionate, bubbling over with ideas, strategic in approach,  hard-nosed with data and enthusiastic to learn. We seek someone with 2-4 years of work experience in other development organizations, corporate organizations, or management consulting. This person should be adept in handling large volumes of data, managing diverse stakeholders and leading initiatives on their own. S/he would be responsible for running our program end-to-end in 1 block (covering 150- 200 villages, pop: >1.5 lakhs). S/he will be the leader of their area and expected to work under the principle of ‘freedom with responsibility’. We take pride in our culture, which resonates with non-hierarchy, ownership, humility, high performance and having fun. We look for someone who will fit in our culture, is passionate to play important role in shaping Antara’s future, and above all excited at the prospect of working for a larger cause and saving tens of thousands of lives.  

Location – One of our intervention districts in Madhya Pradesh (subjective to need) Roles & responsibilities include but are not restricted to: 

  • Plan and implement our interventions end-to-end in an integrated manner 
  • Independently plan activities, troubleshoot issues and conduct extensive field visits on daily basis  to different areas of the block; Monitor the program routinely 
  • Continuously ideate and analyse data to improve program delivery and introduce new initiatives 
  • Maintain strong relationships and work closely with village/block/district government officials to  ensure quality delivery and sustainability of the program
  • Develop trust and bonds with frontline workers and community to ensure quality delivery and  sustainability of the program 
  • Contribute to overall organizational needs and vision outside the field and collaborate with team  members from different locations/ departments 

Skills: 

  • Strategic and analytical thinking 
  • Creativity 
  • Clear written and oral communication  
  • Fast learning 
  • Exceptional inter-personal skills 
  • Ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team environment, good team player 
  • Excellent project management 

Attributes: 

  • Humility 
  • Passion 
  • Ownership and responsibility 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Sense of humour 
  • Quick grasp of complex issues 
  • Curiosity 
  • Team spirit 

For more details, please click here 

Compensation range: INR 6-8 lakhs per annum 

If interested, please reach out to – careers@antarafoundation.org