Grameen Foundation India GFI
Technical Project Director – FPO Strengthening Program
Technology Associate, Technical Assistant,
Varanasi Uttar Pradesh or Gurgaon Haryana
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Job Type

Full Time

Closing Date

Aug 18 2021


Position:          Technical Project Director – FPO Strengthening Program


Status: Full Time Employee (2-year contract)


Start Date:        Immediate


Location:          Gurgaon or Varanasi


About GFI: Grameen Foundation India (GFI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Grameen Foundation USA works with the mission to enable the poor, especially the women to create a world without poverty and hunger. GFI’s program portfolio spans the sectors of financial inclusion and livelihoods and is particularly recognized for its work on deploying cutting edge digital platforms and solutions to solve the most pressing problems faced by the poor and vulnerable.


About the Opportunity: GFI is implementing a program called Market Access through Digital Innovation in India that aims to "Strengthen FPO capacity to connect smallholder farmers, especially women, to markets and finance, in order to improve farmers' incomes and resilience."


Reporting and relationships: The position reports to the Chief Operating Officer.


Job Summary: The Technical Project Director for this initiative will be a seasoned FPO sector leader with deep domain knowledge in FPO strengthening, Digital Agriculture and Market linkage. S/He will provide strategic and operational leadership to the program team, consultants partners as well as FPO members in planning and execution of the program.


With rich experience specially in eastern Uttar Pradesh region on cropping patterns, challenges and potential the profile will work with global experts and establish a landscape study and further design key interventions, market linkages and capability enhancement practices to strengthen regional FPOs. S/he will support local project teams members and FPOs. Engage with local farmers specially women to improve their income and resilience.


The role requires the person to engage closely with senior leadership in financial sector organizations, convene and lead meetings and workshops, prepare high quality reports and documentation of best practices. S/He will oversee the implementation across multiple districts and manage a team of Project Managers who will be directly in-charge of different pilots.


Essential Job Functions Key Responsibilities

  • Provide Leadership in Program design and implementation, team recruitment, develop and manage partnerships, research and day to day operations monitoring and stakeholder engagements. .

  • Use strategic thinking to translate ideas and concepts from research and/or practice/policy into concrete actions and plans, and anticipate long term challenges and trends to develop appropriate strategies

  • Keep up to date on relevant research, policy and best practice related to FPO strengthening, Digital Agriculture and Market linkage and facilitate learning and dissemination activities to create wider sector-level impact.

  • As a member of the Senior Leadership team of GF, contribute to strategy development, representing the organization at external fora and strengthen organizational reputation.

Project Management

  • Develop detailed project plans with associated milestones and work with internal and external stakeholders to ensure goals are met using Project Management tools.

  • Adhere to the Project Management methodology and use the project planning tools for project implementation including but not limited to a Risk Management Plan, Partner Engagement Plan, Grants Compliance & Legal Agreement Plan, Communication Plan, Project Schedules and an M&E Plan.

  • Conduct regular weekly project updates with key team members and/or stakeholders to ensure relevant stakeholders are updated on all relevant details of the project. Updates on high risk events should happen immediately. Conduct kickoff meetings for each new project with both internal teams and partner teams.

  • Hire and manage resources needed to support the projects

  • Create and manage budget and ensure all spend is within guidelines. Manage internal budget review process on a monthly basis and donor reporting.

  • Manage field team to ensure Organizational objectives are met; educate and encourage team for skill up gradation and track teams performance

  • Work with institutions to spread awareness within FPOs on importance of price risk management

  • Act as a bridge between FPOs and financial institutions whenever required

FPO expertise

  • Provide leadership and expertise in designing and deploying strategies to work with agriculture market ecosystem institutions; individuals and Farmer Producer Organizations (Company formed by group of Farmers) for promoting price risk management

  • To Assist FPOs forging market linkages for fair price realization

  • Promote corporate image in terms of security and trust, provide strategic and leadership guidance to the program and partner team members.

  • To connect with relevant State and central Govt. institutions for policy discussions; building awareness for the Price Discovery & Price Risk Management amongst relevant stakeholders

  • Apply the GF innovation process to the workstreams, including identifying key research questions, deploying innovative research techniques

  • Provide subject matter expertise on industry and technology trends and opportunities to leverage FPO for the underserved communities specially women.

Partner Relationship Management

  • Act as primary contact for the partner FPOs

  • Proactively recognize and address concerns/issues and use established communication protocols to maintain an open, transparent and trusting relationship.

  • Prepare reporting documentation and lead regular stakeholder discussions with partners, including but not limited to Monthly Updates and Quarterly Reports. Ensure partners are involved throughout the process to create shared ownership of deliverables.

  • Prepare donor reporting in compliance with grant terms well thought out content for the institutional relations team to finalize and publish.

  • Actively participate in internal Knowledge Exchange to share lessons learned and key findings of project with external stakeholders (industry conferences, blogs, case studies, etc.) and support other GF representatives in internal and external communication.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Deep commitment to eradication of poverty and alignment with Grameen Foundation’s mission.

  • Outstanding project management skills with proven track record of achievement under challenging situations and multi-stakeholder arrangements. Managing a team of Field Project Managers who are deployed at various project sites, providing guidance on approach, structure & managing client expectations.

  • Deep experience in India and elsewhere on FPO strengthening, Digital Agriculture and Market linkage

  • Ability to act as a representative of the project in public forums.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Hindi.

Education and Experience

  • 15 years of relevant professional experience

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture and allied fields or MBA with specialization preferably in Agri Business Management from reputed Institute/University.

Additional Comment: The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances. GFI offers a competitive compensation package.


How to apply: GFI is an equal opportunities employer. Interested candidates may apply by sending their updated resumes and letter of motivation to mentioning “Technical Project Director – FPO Strengthening Program” in the subject line and confirming the current and expected compensation and earliest joining date.


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