Raintree Foundation
Senior Program Manager, Environment
Program Manager, Program Officer, Program Associate, Program Assistant
Pune Maharashtra
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About Raintree Foundation:


As the philanthropic arm of Raintree Family Office, Raintree Foundation leverages catalytic philanthropy to strengthen the development ecosystem and amplify impact. The Foundation pools together a mix of resources from the ecosystem to develop successful and scalable programs and solutions to address India’s chronic social and environmental issues. It strives to co-create these programs along with leading non-profit organizations, technical experts, governments and the community as a whole.

The Foundation’s current thematic focus areas are Sustainable Landscape Management and Workplace Mental Health. Read more about our work here.


Position: Senior Program Manager, Environment


Location: Pune


Reports To: Head of Programs


We are looking for a Senior Program Manager to lead our Environment thematic /portfolio and help us develop and strengthen our conservation and its allied activities. At Raintree, we are looking to pilot models where rural development and community custodianship of the environment has a direct correlation to natural resources management, biodiversity conservation and restoring landscapes for sustainable ecosystems. The Environment portfolio at Raintree includes a comprehensive plan on driving ecosystem conservation and restoration in the Northern Western Ghats, alongside a core program on educating the local communities on environmental issues and facilitating practical and long-term solutions.  In addition,the environment portfolio also includes allied activities such as evaluation and implementation of alternate energy and waste management solutions.


This is a great opportunity for a highly curious, environment /biodiversity / natural resources conservation enthusiast who can lead, implement and work closely with the senior team and stakeholders such as Forest department & community to build a strong integrated development program at Raintree.


Roles and Responsibilities

  • Leads the development and implementation of Raintree’s Environment thematic, Conservation Strategy (community-led approach) and Ecosystem restoration in our identified geographies i.e. presently in Velhe Taluka of Pune district - part of Northern Western Ghats

  • Ensure smooth execution of the program plan and design on the ground with clear outcomes in coordination with the Program Manager, Field Implementation

  • Collaborates with the Program team for implementation of the Sustainable Landscape Management (SLM) program

  • Leads the team and coordinates all project and technical partners in line with the conservation strategy.

  • Responsible for all aspects of project management, including a robust monitoring and evaluation system for projects that ensures the best practice in program management and timely reporting

  • Ensures strategic engagement with relevant international and national stakeholders on environment and ecosystem conservation, and technical issues, including strong engagement on policy, advocacy and rights based approaches issues;

  • Hold a diverse portfolio incl. capacity building of the community on environmental and ecosystem components , sustainable waste management practices, developing an approach on accessible energy, implementation of village/cluster level environmental committees and more.

  • Develop multi-sectoral partnerships and ensure convergence with government schemes and programs

  • Lead effective planning for all program related risks and challenges

  • Collaborate with the program functions to meet their communication needs for the projects and initiatives

Candidate Profile


  • Master’s degree in an appropriate field (Conservation/ Environment /Natural Resource Management/Forest) and other related discipline

  • Additional training in management and development studies is helpful


  • Minimum 12 years of relevant experience in working on development and implementation of conservation programs incl. strong field implementation required

  • Experience in program and project management in environmental/biodiversity conservation is required, leading program and field teams is preferred

  • Prior experience in leading ecosystem conservation projects mountainous regions such as the Western Ghats is preferred.


  • Strong thematic understanding of environment and ecosystem aspects

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

  • Strong experience in project development as well as execution and on ground implementation 

  • Strong leadership acumen

  • Ability to handle difficult situations with the highest standards of professionalism and confidentiality.

  • Strong understanding and experience working with and in leveraging various government programmes and schemes (State and Central Govt.)

  • Ability to synthesize best practices and work to incorporate them in projects and program

  • Builds strong working relationships with all employees across multiple verticals to execute an integrated program

  • Be highly organized and most importantly, personable and approachable.

  • Proactive problem-solving abilities

  • Ability to present information to diverse stakeholders

  • Fluency in English and Marathi required

Application process:

Raintree Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal employment

opportunities without regard to race, colour, religion, caste, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law. Female candidates and candidates with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.