Senior Programme Assistant – Recycling for Coastal Wellbeing
Dakshin Foundation
Location: Tamil Nadu
Apply by: 30/09/2022

Job Description:

Number of vacancies: One  

Position advertised: Senior Programme Assistant  

Duration: One year (renewable subject to performance and availability of project funding) 

Last date to apply: September 30, 2022 – the position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified, so please apply at the earliest. 

Location: The position requires the individual to be based in one of the project sites in the coastal districts of the Palk Bay, Tamil Nadu 

Project Details:  

Some of the most problematic outcomes for coastal and marine systems are in the form of  pollution (particularly from marine debris and plastics), degradation of coastal and marine habitats,  and loss of livelihoods. The proposed project aims to address these three core challenges along  the Palk Bay coastline (in select coastal villages spread across 4 coastal districts) through targeted  and sustained engagements at the grassroots with small-scale marine fishing communities. It  involves a combination of research and grassroots interventions on building . It focuses on  empowering communities to use resources and skills sustainably while simultaneously building  leadership training and sustainability entrepreneurship in fisheries. Dakshin’s context-based  approach, the proposed project will pioneer on-ground activities that improve local community  and environmental wellbeing through capacity-building, skill upgradation and facilitating on ground action and partnerships. The broad components are:  

  • Undertaking a scoping towards broad-scale coastal needs assessment (focus on governance and livelihoods)  
  • Building local networks and partnerships for sustained collaboration. 
  • Designing and operationalising participatory mapping and critical cleanup campaigns in select  sites.  
  • Support to coastal youth hubs to address coastal and marine degradation  
  • Harnessing ICT and design-centred messaging to support healthy ecosystems and communities  
  • Operate a Coastal Grassroots Fellowship on coastal and marine sustainability in the Palk Bay 

Chief responsibilities of the Senior Programme Assistant 

The PA will provide overall support to the Senior Programme Associate in the following areas: 

  1. 1. Undertake field travel, organise meetings and provide logistic and field support to the  Project Team.
  2. Undertake research assistance under the guidance of the Sr Prog Associate and  Programme Head. 
  3. Perform necessary administrative responsibilities including maintenance of the field  station.  
  4. Be located in the specific field station and coordinate closely with local partner  organisations. 
  5. Convening meetings with the community leaders, members, officials at regular intervals
  6. Conducting trainings for community resource persons, youth from coastal communities
  7. Undertaking action research and documentation for informing interventions as well as  for monitoring and evaluation 
  8. Maintaining and analyzing data, report writing and fulfilling other reporting requirements

Candidates must possess the following basic qualifications/skills:  

  1. A minimum of one year of work experience demonstrating independent fieldwork experience in projects relating to environment/development.  
  2. A basic understanding of issues related to development, conservation and environmental governance in India.  
  3. Ability and commitment to working with rural marginalised communities  
  4. Ability to independently organise group meetings and undertake field logistics and coordination.  
  5. Ability to stay and adjust in a rural field site for a long duration.  
  6. Two-wheeler driving experience will be an added advantage. 
  7. Good written and verbal communication skills in Tamil (compulsory)

Remuneration: Commensurate with experience and Dakshin’s internal salary scales. Outstanding and deserving candidates will be paid in the higher range of our salary scales at rates that are competitive within the sector.  

How to apply: Please email your application to with the subject line  “Application for the position of Senior Programme Assistant – Recycling for Well-being” and you will be sent an online form to fill in the details necessary to process your application. 

About us: Dakshin Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation based at  Bangalore, India, with a mission to inform and advocate conservation and natural resource management, while promoting and supporting sustainable livelihoods, social development and environmental justice. Please look at our website to learn about our intervention and research projects at