Careers

Careers

At WOTR, we are committed to tackling the key causes of rural poverty by rejuvenating ecosystems and building the community’s resilience to climate change by enhancing Water availability, increasing land and agricultural productivity, diversifying livelihoods, empowering women, and strengthening the health and well-being of vulnerable rural communities.

WOTR brings together practitioners, academics, researchers, trainers, and policy makers to work collaboratively in building the resilience of rural communities. Our partners, including donors and government agencies stand resolutely behind us to effect this. At WOTR, you will have the opportunity to use your skills and knowledge to both understand rural issues comprehensively and solve these issues by working with rural communities and ecosystems.

Compensation and benefits at WOTR are commensurate with the skills and you bring to the table. The work culture is challenging, but equally stimulating and supportive.

Our team of over 270 people is drawn from across the country. We value a diverse workforce and are an equal opportunity employer. We treat all our employees equally, regardless of their gender, background, religion and social origin or any other personal identity.

Join us to rejuvenate India’s rural ecosystems and communities.

Current Openings

Location: Pune
Key Roles & Responsibilities:
  1. You will report directly to the Head of Communications and will be responsible for ideating and executing communications based initiatives.
  2. You will be responsible for boosting existing communication initiatives, managing the website, campaigns on social media, annual report, monthly newsletter and the quarterly magazine.
  3. You will proactively increase coverage and understanding of WOTR’s work in India and globally through content on multiple communication channels.
  4. You will build relationships with the media and pitch apt stories/create Press releases/ draft opinion pieces to ensure that our impact and narrative is captured.
  5. You will support the fundraising team in creating and executing individual donor campaigns and crafting messages, pitches and other relevant communications material for donor prospects.
  6. You will collect, organize, and create relevant news and case studies, resources, and interviews to be used for marketing, fundraising and media purposes.
  7. You will also coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to manage the work and achieve the required deliverables.
Apply if:
  1. You want to make India better and bring change to the millions of rural people living in poverty.
  2. You have excellent written and verbal skills in English.
  3. You have the proven ability to ideate and execute campaigns.
  4. You have the proven ability to write clear, concise, and compelling text.
  5. You have the proven ability to ideate and create content across various media types including blogs, videos, social media, email, news journals etc.
  6. You have the ability to develop content consistent with the WOTR brand voice, style, and tone.
  7. You have an entrepreneurial mindset: You work proactively, take calculated risks, think independently, and are quick to make decisions.
  8. You are strong in the people quadrant with well-developed interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  9. You are curious - about the development sector, environment & sustainability related issues.
  10. You have strong organizational, project management and reporting and analytical skills with a focus on excellence and accuracy.
Qualifications:
  1. Postgraduate in communications, journalism, marketing, or related fields.
Work Experience:
  1. 2+ years in communication roles. Development sector experience will be a plus.
Compensation: Negotiable with Experience and Qualification.

Interested candidates are requested to apply to careers@wotr.org with an updated CV with the subject line “Application for the position of Communications Strategist” on or before 8th September 2022.

Research Associate/Senior Researcher– Hydrology

Number of vacancies: 1

Location: Pune 

At WOTR Centre for Resilience Studies (W-CReS) you will: 

  • Conduct research on Surface hydrology through hydrological modeling 
  • Perform the water accounting/balancing studies at the village/watershed/river basin level
  • Conduct research on river/stream/spring restoration and rejuvenation programs
  • Work in close coordination with the trans-disciplinary team, including practitioners
  • Develop training modules for communities and practitioners
  • Write reports and journal papers and handle hydrological data
  • Step out into the field and in our areas of interventions

 

Apply if you have: 

  • Masters or Ph.D. in hydrology, water resource development, watershed development, river/stream rejuvenation, and related subjects
  • Well-versed with GIS/SWAT/MODFLOW/HEC-HMS/HEC-RAS/PRMS and similar software
  • At least 5 years’ work experience with a couple of years in action / applied research
  • Knowledge of Python and R will be added advantage
  • The commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of rural communities 
  • Excellent written and spoken English with the ability to comprehend and communicate technical concepts in simple and direct language. 
  • Knowledge of Hindi. Knowledge of other Indian languages will be an advantage

To Apply:  

Write to careers@wotr.org with an updated CV with the subject line “Application for the position of Research Associate/Senior Researcher – Hydrology” before 5th September 2022.

Digital Fundraising Associate

Number of vacancies: 1

Location: Pune

At WOTR you will

  • Be a member of the Fundraising team
  • Identify and initiate relationships with prospects coming to our website, other WOTR digital profiles and other sources
  • Research prospects to assess their ‘interest’ and alignment with WOTR’s mission & programme areas
  • Setup meetings between relevant internal teams and prospects
  • Develop and manage a detailed prospect database and maintain an active pipeline of prospective donors
  • Work with the management and comms team to develop and update key pitch presentations that showcase WOTR and its works.
  • Coordinate programme visits for prospective donors.
  • Manage individual fundraising campaigns online including coordinating with the comms team and providing updates to individual donors

Apply if you have:

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in any field
  • Excellent verbal and written English skills
  • 1-3 years of experience in a digital/online fundraising and/or digital marketing role. Fresher? You are also welcome to apply if your degree includes fundraising as a subject.
  • The ability to work diligently and without supervision.
  • Demonstrated understanding of individual fundraising and managing inbound leads.
  • Great MS Powerpoint and MS Word Skills
  • Strong time management skills and adherence to deadlines.
  • Excellent networking and interpersonal skills that facilitate strong relationships with a wide range of people.

To Apply: Write to careers@wotr.org with an updated CV with subject line “Application for the position of Digital Fundraising Associate”

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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ECOBARI founded by WOTR and 9 partners is working to promote scientific thinking and implementation among multiple agencies and organisations to upscale Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) across India. ECOBARI will allow cross-sharing of knowledge and experiences to enable communities to restore and sustainably manage their natural resource base and biodiversity along the ecosystems they live in.

National Coordinator – ECOBARI

Number of vacancies: 1

Location: Pune 

Read about the ECOBARI Collective by WOTR, and other partners here: https://wotr.org/ecobari/

At ECOBARI you will: 

    • Serve as the national coordinator for ECOBARI and represent WOTR in its role as the secretariat of ECOBARI under the guidance of the Director of W-CReS 
    • Coordinate the work of like-minded institutions within ECOBARI to upscale Ecosystem-based Adaptation for resilient incomes in India
    • Actively liaise with members to plan and schedule activities of the collaborative that are in line with its Theory of Change – such as training and capacity building workshops, drafting joint policy briefs, etc.
    • Seek to increase the impact of the collaborative through strategic communication with relevant stakeholders and media houses
    • Work with the assistant coordinator as well as WOTR’s communications team to set up and manage its digital presence including but not limited to a website, a knowledge portal, and strategic social media presence
    • Actively work in increasing the membership base of ECOBARI through campaigns, membership drives and targeted networking
    • Work on applying for grants and proposals to financially support ECOBARI by coordinating with the Director of W-CReS

Apply if you have: 

  • An M.Sc. (or equivalent) in Environmental studies, particularly natural resources and ecology, or other related fields
  • 7 years or more of work experience in the development sector related environmental issues
  • Demonstrated skills of project management, organising events and leading a team
  • Excellent written and spoken English 
  • Knowledge of Hindi. Knowledge of other Indian languages will be an advantage

To Apply:  Write to careers@wotr.org with an updated CV with subject line “Application for the position of National Coordinator – ECOBARI”

Last date of receiving application: July 08, 2022

THE OPPORTUNITY:
An exciting opportunity exists for you to join an internationally renowned non-profit that is at the forefront of India’s effort to reduce poverty, restore its ecosystems, achieve water security, and provide remunerative livelihoods to its people on a sustainable basis. Currently, WOTR is working in 7 states and our work has impacted the lives of over 4.7 million people across 5551 villages – www.wotr.org.

We seek a dynamic, experienced fundraiser to spearhead the resource mobilisation efforts of the organisation, at a pivotal time, when WOTR is making a leap in terms of growth, expansion and re-positioning. As the Fundraising Manager, you can play a crucial role in helping drive this period of change.

THE POSITION:
The Fundraising Manager is primarily responsible for New Donor acquisition and large grants fundraising from private and public sector companies, HNI’s, and grant making foundations in India and overseas and will drive revenue growth to help achieve ambitious targets. The incumbent shall support the process of developing long-term strategic partnerships, ensuring effective key account management and relationship building with both current and new Donors.

LOCATION:
This position will be located in Pune. The successful candidate must be willing to travel to attend meetings and establish relationships.

REPORTING TO:
Managing Trustee & Executive Director

KEY ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANNUAL FUNDRAISING PLANS

  • Provide inputs to the management team for the development of annual fundraising strategy and plans
  • Coordinate all fundraising activities internally

RESEARCH & IDENTIFICATION OF PROSPECTS FOR NEW DONOR ACCQUISITION

  • Identify prospective donors, develop and manage a detailed prospect database and maintain an active pipeline of prospective donors
  • Research prospects to assess their ‘interest’ and alignment with WOTR’s mission & program areas
  • Research and conduct due diligence on Corporates/ potential donors to ensure compliance to WOTR’s ethical guidelines and policies, prior to formal engagement with them.
  • Coordinate with Regional/State Program Managers for donor prospecting and acquisition process in the particular Region/State.
  • Update all interactions with prospects on the Donor Management Tracker regularly, review actions with Managing Trustee/ Executive Director and ensure effective follow ups and
  • Report to the management team on progress and opportunities.
  • Research and identify other funding opportunities to be pursued by WOTR

PITCH PRESENTATIONS & FOLLOW UP

  • Set up and conduct face to face meetings, independently and with the support of the Managing Trustee/Executive Director with the senior management teams (such as HR head, CSR head, Marketing head and Head of Corporate Affairs) of potential corporate organizations & Foundations.
  • Develop key pitch presentations to introduce the work of WOTR, explain the organisation’s focus and Programs areas and effectively showcase the work currently being done.
  • Explore and implement various avenues, ideas and opportunities of mutual areas of interest with potential donors.
  • Effective follow up and relationship building with prospects to drive discussions forward into the decision to fund and support WOTR.

DEVELOPMENT OF GRANT PROPOSALS

  • Lead the development of grant applications, tailored proposals and budgets in coordination with programs teams and submission as per proposal deadlines.
  • Develop a grant-funding calendar and adhere to strict reporting and grant acquittal timelines.
  • Submission of various documentation and certifications to support proposals and grant applications, as requested by prospective donors.

DONOR SERVICING & KEY ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

  • Provide timely resolution to queries raised by donors in collaboration with Programme teams.
  • Ensure timely reporting to donors in relevant formats, in collaboration with Program Managers and Communications Team.
  • Oversee donor administration and communications to ensure timely, accurate and effective donor servicing in terms of the standard processes such as, timely dispatch of donor
  • receipts, tax certificates, sharing the annual reports, newsletters etc – in collaboration with administration, accounts and communications teams.
  • Provide relevant inputs for the creation of grant agreements/contracts with the donors.
  • Coordinate program visits for prospective donors.
  • Support initiatives for donor retention such as campaigns and events to promote long-term funding support.
  • External coordination of Employee engagement activities as required by donors, in partnership with internal stakeholders.
  • Update the Donor Tracker with all interactions & support the implementation of Donor Stewardship Strategy.

REPRESENT WOTR AT KEY EVENTS

  • Represent WOTR at different corporate forums and events, CSR seminars and conferences to network with prospective donors and improve the visibility of the organization.

SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF PRODUCTS, CAMPAIGNS & MATERIALS

  • Provide inputs and support the development of products, giving campaigns and platforms for fundraising, such as ‘Daan Utsav’, marathons, cause related events etc.

OTHER
Any other activity as directed by Executive Director/ Managing Trustee

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

Qualifications:

Graduate/postgraduate in Social Work or Business (Sales & Marketing) from a recognised University

Age:
30-40 years

Experience:

  • 6-8 years’ experience in a Fundraising role with a recognised Indian or International NGO.
  • Established understanding and demonstrable experience of the fundraising process and track record of success in developing relationships with new prospects and converting them into supporters and achieving fundraising targets.
  • Understanding of Large Grants Fundraising context in India/ abroad and prospect donor target markets, i.e. HNI, CSR, Indian and International grant making Foundations.

BEHAVIOURAL SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

  • Excellent written, verbal, and telephonic communication skills in English.
  • A good track record in writing and winning fundraising proposals and applications.
  • Expertise in creating and delivering compelling and persuasive presentations.
  • Strong time management skills and adherence to deadlines.
  • Highly disciplined and able to work without supervision.
  • Proficiency in MS Office – Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Ability to multitask and handle a variety of projects at once.
  • Ability to take initiative and drive projects through to completion.
  • Excellent networking and interpersonal skills that facilitate strong relationships with a wide range of people.
  • Commitment to WOTR’s mission and goals.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Commensurate with the qualifications and relevance of experience, maintaining internal pay-parity
  • Insurance coverage (Health & Accident) as per organisational norms
  • Out-of-pocket expenses on travel, communications and other related expenses as per organizational norms

Interested candidates are requested to apply to hr@wotr.org & careers@wotr.org with an updated CV with subject line “Application for the position of Senior Fundraising Manager”

THE OPPORTUNITY:
An exciting opportunity exists for you to join an internationally renowned non-profit that is at the forefront of India’s effort to reduce poverty, restore its ecosystems, achieve water security, and provide remunerative livelihoods to its people on a sustainable basis. Currently, WOTR is working in 7 states and our work has impacted the lives of over 4.7 million people across 5551 villages – www.wotr.org


Experience in research in Economics of Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Climate change

  • Well versed with Quantitative Techniques (sampling, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Valuation of Natural Resources, Impact Assessment methodology)
  • Should be able to do good review of literature
  • Good knowledge of policy analysis and quantitative data analysis but should have the flexibility to do qualitative data analysis, too (if required); skill in developing of tools for investigation (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Willingness to Diversify skills and activities in other relevant areas of Economics (as per the need of the organization)
  • Papers published in Peer review journals (preferably having been at least 2nd author)
  • Good research writing skills
  • Willingness to research with an interdisciplinary team
  • Willingness to travel to different project locations for field work.
  • Excellent communication (writing, speaking, presentation) skills in English is essential
  • Good knowledge of Hindi

Job Description

  • Write scientific reports, policy briefs on different studies conducted by WOTR related to Climate Change Adaptation, Integrated Land and Water Management, Economics, Food and Nutrition Security, Biodiversity, others
  • Work in a team (lead or partner) to design and conduct interdisciplinary research including, but not limited to: action research, systematic reviews and other synthesis products and database development
  • To collaborate with different teams, universities, research institutes to undertake various studies
  • Contribute to research papers and articles preferably in peer review journals and publications
  • Dissemination of research findings to different stakeholders: village communities and represent WOTR in various workshops, conferences, meetings etc.
  • Design and Conduct impact assessment studies of various project interventions
  • Assists and also write proposals to various donors and institutes for research funding

Qualifications: PhD / MPhil/MSc. in Economics/Agricultural Economics/ Environmental Economics with broad understanding of agriculture, natural resource, and human development

Work experience (minimum): 7 years (for post-graduate); 5 years (for MPhil); 3 years (for PhD)

Job Location: Pune, Maharashtra
People without having experience in the relevant field need not to apply, please.
Interested candidates are requested to apply to hr@wotr.org/careers@wotr.org with an updated CV with subject line “Application for the position of Researcher (Economics of NRM)”

In case you don’t see a suitable opening for yourself, or want a short-term role, please write to careers@wotr.org.