The Ford Foundation, India Office, based in New Delhi, seeks a dynamic, collaborative and innovative Program Officer to help drive and shape the foundation’s social justice mission in the Asia Region. The Program Officer should have proven grantmaking experience and knowledge, with a focus on philanthropy and strategic engagement in supporting institutional development and capacity building. Some prior knowledge and experience of working in equitable and inclusive technology systems and the future of work will be an advantage. The Program Officer will be required to work closely with the regional office as well contributing to global program teams. In addition, the Program Officer will work across the two areas of program focus for the New Delhi office: Civic Engagement and Government; Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice. The Program Officer will support the strategy of the India office and the broader global social justice goals of the Foundation.
Addressing inequality is a key focus of the Ford Foundation. The overall goal of the thematic area strategy is to make concrete gains towards full equality for all people regardless of their gender, caste, or ethnicity. The Foundation strives to achieve this by working with critical stakeholders and partners in government, civil society, private sector and the donor community including local philanthropies in the region. The Ford Foundation’s mission of social justice is advanced through working with organizations that are community-focused and those that work on rights and entitlements with the government. Other strategies to advance these goals could be the experience and ability to engage with different communication strategies.
The Ford Foundation India Office has a focus mainly on India with limited activity in Nepal and Sri Lanka. The Foundation tries to address these priorities from a local perspective, while also bearing in mind the importance of linking local challenges and interventions, to global trends and strategies. The Program Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Director for India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and be part of our multi-disciplinary team.
Program Officers are responsible for the development of grant portfolios and ensuring all related activities are designed to deliver on the Regional office goals and strategies. The Program Officer assesses and analyzes the fields in which the Regional office is focused; identifies key ecosystems and opportunities to work with various actors to shape and influence agendas to promote social justice; and plays a leading role in shaping specific grant activities. The Program Officer strives to share substantive knowledge with Foundation colleagues; collaborate broadly with Ford’s India office team; and serve as a ‘connector’ of grantees. The Program Officer works with practitioners, government officials, scholars, NGOs, other donors and corporate sector leaders on issues of common concern to leverage positive impact toward common goals. More specifically as part of a multi-disciplinary team, the India, Nepal and Sri Lanka Program Officer will:
This position is primarily a sedentary role. However, the person in this position may need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer. Additionally, domestic/international travel will be expected, approximately 20%; some travel is directly related to grantmaking, but also to attend team conferences, retreats and meetings.
The Ford Foundation is deeply committed to the core values identified by the institution. These are: