Senior Program Associate - EcoCity Coordinator, Punjab

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Senior Program Associate - EcoCity Coordinator, Punjab 

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 250 researchers are working with WRI India in our offices at Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
Program Overview for Sustainable Cities and Transport
At WRI India Ross Center we focus on 10 integrated solutions to urban challenges. Through applied research, tools, hands-on advice, and by tapping our network of global experts, we accelerate transformative urban initiatives that have the power to change Indian cities into thriving, equitable and low-carbon places that are good for people and the planet.
Working at WRI India Ross Center offers you the unique opportunity to learn and grow as you collaborate with a diverse set of change agents across Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. As India’s biggest urban focused think and do tank, we seek thoughtful, enterprise-minded and sensitive individuals who can help us support this transformation and make a positive difference to citizens’ everyday lives.
About your role:
The Senior Associate – EcoCity Coordinator will be based in Jalandhar/Chandigarh and would provide technical support to various stakeholders located in the state of Punjab. The selected candidate will work under the direct supervision of the Program Manager- Urban Development of WRI India. 
How your day will unfold:
  • Assist in day-to-day coordination as required for execution of the ‘Thriving EcoCity-regions#’ research initiative in close consultation with WRI India and various other stakeholders in Punjab. 
  • #The EcoCity-region initiative is aimed to reimagine Indian City-Regions through an approach that leads to both ecologically sensitive development (development integrating conservation, sustainable management and restoration of ecosystem) and economic development while being climate resilient, inclusive and thriving. 
  • Coordinate with the Punjab Municipal Infrastructure Development Company (PMIDC) and Municipal Corporation of Jalandhar (MCJ) for executing various activities planned under the subject research initiative. 
  • Undertaking and/or supervising on-site project activities such as collection and management of primary and secondary data etc. 
  • Assist in organizing meetings/ consultations with various stakeholders such as relevant ministries/ departments, technical experts, civil society groups, media etc. 
  • Assisting with logistical processes and technical design support for deliverables related to planned project activities with all project partners and relevant stakeholders. 
  • Support in drafting and translating technical notes, letters and other research or communication outreach materials as required to initiate communication with project partners or stakeholders, seek government approvals with respect to the subject project execution. 
  • Assist in monitoring local activity progresses and highlight gaps, delays, if any, to internal and/ or external reporting line as deemed appropriate. Also, assist in developing troubleshooting/ remedial measures to deal with such local gaps/ delays. 
  • Keeping track and oversight of all relevant local financial transactions and disbursal and their reporting as per the stipulated WRI India working manual. 
  • Provide technical support to the larger project activities including assessment, analysis, reporting and presentation of findings to local stakeholders. 
  • Day-to-day coordination with PMIDC and MCJ (and any other relevant stakeholders) and relationship management needed for better execution of various activities planned under the subject project.  
  • Organizing various events or local forums, workshops, conferences etc. based on project need and relevance. 
  • Assist in organizing and administering technical trainings and capacity building to various stakeholders on various Government missions such as AMRUT 2.0, Jal Jeevan Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission and Smart Cities Mission. 
Qualifications and Requirements we seek: 
  • Master’s degree in urban planning/ urban infrastructure/ public policy/environmental engineering/water sensitive urban design or a related relevant discipline is desirable. 
  • Minimum of 4 to 7 years of relevant experience in planning, implementation and management of largescale action research projects on water resilience, urban planning, urban development, urban infrastructure, urban water policy and governance, climate change adaptation, water sensitive urban design implementation etc. 
  • Fluency in Punjabi, English, Hindi languages. 
  • Should have demonstrated experience in coordination, stakeholder relationship management and task management. 
  • Should have experience in working with the Government/ ministries/ departments and other non-government stakeholders such as local academic/ research institutes, civil society organizations etc. Working knowledge of public policy, Government procedures and guidelines is preferred. 
  • Experience primary and secondary data collection. 
  • Detail oriented, able to manage multiple priorities, ensure highest standards and consistency of work 
  • Demonstrated experience conducting formal and informal trainings and capacity building 
  • Excellent facilitation, communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills 
  • Experience working effectively and respectfully in diverse teams and communities around the globe 
  • Ability to meet deadlines, take initiative and accomplish work with minimal supervision 
  • Strong critical thinking capabilities with an ability to rapidly assess situational needs, develop problem solving strategies, and implement sustainable solutions 
Salary and Benefits: INR 11,00,000 to INR 13,00,000 CTC 
Salary shall be commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.
Duration: 1 year (extendable based on performance and project requirements)

Location: Jalandhar (preferred) / Chandigarh, India
Start Date: At the earliest

List of Documents to be attached:
  • Cover Letter (outlining your interest and suitability for the position)
  • Resume
Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. 
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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
Health & Nutrition: Personalized diet recommendation from a certified dietitian based on the physical health condition and lifestyle
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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