Senior Program Associate – Land Accelerator South Asia

Data Analysis & Technical Research New Delhi, India


Senior Program Associate - Land Accelerator South Asia


Who we are and what we do?

WRI India, an independent charity legally registered as the India Resources Trust, provides objective information and practical proposals to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable development. WRI India’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, WRI India puts ideas into action to build transformative solutions to protect the earth, promote livelihoods, and enhance human well-being. 

We are inspired by and associated with World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization. Currently over 150 researchers are working with WRI India in our offices at Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. 

Program Overview:

The Land Accelerator South Asia is a unique initiative designed by the WRI India to strengthen entrepreneurial opportunities, enhance local livelihoods and incomes, and protect and restore India’s forests and farmlands. This first-of-its-kind program for South Asia was launched in 2020 to foster entrepreneurship through a unique accelerator curriculum and support leaders who develop sustainable and profitable business models to restore lands across South Asia. More here: LA Brochure (wri-india.org)

About your role:

WRI India’s Sustainable Landscapes and Restoration program aims to protect, maintain and restore landscapes to secure livelihoods of 700 million people directly dependent on forests and agriculture and strengthen India’s environmental well-being.
As part of this program, WRI India is looking to recruit an exceptional candidate for the Land Accelerator South Asia with master’s degree or diploma in the field of management/ finance/Economics with 5-7 years of full time, relevant post-study work experience. Exposure to the Indian Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and corresponding understanding will be an additional advantage. The position is most suited to an individual willing to take on the challenge of contributing to a unique, fast growing, and innovative program. Her/his responsibilities will include:

How your day will unfold:

• Contribute actively towards the program management of the Land Accelerator South Asia by leading the logistics and day to day execution of business acceleration activities in physical as well as online format for replicating the learnings and experiences in implementing other parallel initiatives. (for more details about the program, see https://www.wri.org/initiatives/land-accelerator/south-asia).
• Contribute actively towards the new and emerging landscape restoration initiatives launched, that focus upon building capacities of entrepreneurs, farmers/FPOs, SMEs, local communities etc. in developing innovative land restoration business models across India.
• Support the development of research framework and data collection tools (Online and offline Surveys, polls etc.) for assessment of program KPIs, existing and potential market opportunities for entrepreneurs to scale-up, program reporting etc.
• Identify relevant stakeholders for program outreach and promotion, apart from the already existing pool and development of strategies and implementation plans with focus on core accelerator activities ( like outreach, onboarding the cohort, program curriculum, mentorship, fundraising/investment etc.)
• Support the team in organising stakeholder interactions, (identifying new as well as building on existing relations)coordinating with program partners, ecosystem partners and follow-ups, as per the scope.
• Identify existing and new fund-raising opportunities (Public and Private) for early-stage land restoration entrepreneurs and facilitate them to explore multiple platforms for accessing financial support to scaleup.
• Write and edit material including blog posts, op-eds, articles and other compelling communications at short notice, that serves to translate technical material for various audiences.
• Support the team in carrying out research, data analyses and subsequent documentation on different aspects of business acceleration for early-stage enterprises like key land restoration business models, knowledge products, brochures, compendiums etc.

Qualifications and requirements we seek:

• Master’s Degree or diploma in the field of management/ finance/economics.
• 5-7 years of full time, relevant post-study work experience. Exposure to the Indian Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and corresponding understanding will be an additional advantage.
• Passion for social innovation and capacity building.
• Knowledge of business finance and economics to help team in understanding the business viability of different and diverse innovative restoration business models.
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of an interdisciplinary team.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills. The candidate is expected to bring exceptional communication skills to support interdisciplinary, inter-programmatic, geographically dispersed teams in program planning, communication and working with entrepreneurs to build their pitching and presentation skills.
• Flexible and self-motivated, with capacity to multi-task and prioritize, a self-starter having ability to manage the tasks with minimum guidance
ability to meet tight deadlines and work in a high-paced environment.

Location: Delhi, India

Duration: 1 year (extendable based on performance and project requirements)

Start Date: 1 April 2023

Salary and Benefits:  11,00,000 INR to 13,00,000 INR CTC Per annum

Salary shall be commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

List of Documents to be attached:

  • Cover letter 
  • Resume
  • Writing sample

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview purpose. 

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People-centric to the core:

We keep our people at the centre of everything we do - from a welcoming work environment to benefits and a culture that encourages staff to stay healthy, happy, engaged, and growing.

Some of the non-monetary benefits that our staff get:

Health benefits: 
We cover health insurance for you and your loved ones for up to INR 8 lakhs

Term Insurance: Our term insurance policy covers life coverage of 50 lakhs per staff member

Employee Assistance program: Promoting mental well-being and supporting staff in achieving a satisfying work-life balance

Digital healthcare service: Online doctor consultations for your primary healthcare needs

Flexible work schedule:  Alternative work arrangements for all who are eligible by nature of their job

Learning culture: Workshops and trainings to empower staff, encourage new learning opportunities

Rest and Recharge weeks: We encourage staff to take time off to rest, rejuvenate, upskill, and pursue their interests.

Our leave policy: Avail personal time off at 36 per year, along with public holidays, maternity, paternity, and adoption leaves.

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