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Project Coordinator – India (Mumbai and Kolkata) (deadline: 07 Jun 2020)

Seefar, in partnership with its local entity, The Ethical Recruitment Agency, is searching for two Project Coordinators; one in Mumbai and one in Kolkata. A Project Coordinator has responsibility for coordinating Seefar’s LIFT: Transformational Livelihoods for Survivors programme on the ground. You will recruit, train, supervise and lead a team under the guidance of senior leaders at Seefar. You will be the local face of the project, engage with stakeholders and enjoy being a valued member of the Seefar team. You will have demonstrated project management experience in the development sector; have thematic experience on, and a strong interest in, issues related to vulnerable groups; have management experience; be a natural communicator and always responsive; are results focussed; and have complete fluency in English.

This is a full time position, and travel to the project implementation site in Mumbai or Kolkata is required. Monthly salary range, depending on candidate’s experience = USD 800-900

You will be required to participate in an in-person training in Mumbai or Kolkata prior to the start of project activities. If this is not possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the training will be held online.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. For more information about us, please visit http://seefar.org/about-us 

The following are the primary responsibilities of the role, with estimated allocations of time and attention.

Deliver: Project and Mission Implementation

  • Recruit, supervise and develop local teams.
  • Carry out HR and finance functions, including reporting, as established by supervisor and finance team. 
  • Ensure logistical elements are in place at the training centre to meet project requirements. 
  • Ensure the project targets are achieved or exceeded.
  • Deliver regular performance reports, and make yourself reachable during your working hours to your Supervisor.
  • Liaise with local stakeholders and the broader community of interest, and represent Seefar and TERA as required. 
  • Act as a security focal point in the region and liaise with the Project Manager and Seefar’s Safety, Security and Resilience Advisor on any security developments in the region.
  • Assist the Project Manager and Safety, Security and Resilience Advisor in developing a robust TERA security framework.


Deliver: Lead Skills Coach and Mentor


  • Recruit, train, supervise, develop and lead local teams of freelance trainers and mentors. 


    • Assist in the development of training curriculum and provide training to participants as required. 


  • Provide pastoral care to team members.


  • Monitor the performance of your team, and provide regular and ad-hoc reports on the work, performance and progress to your Supervisor.

Develop: Capabilities and Program Portfolio 

  • Develop project teams, including mentoring teams and assisting in recruitment.
  • Learning, growing and developing professionally and personally.
  • Strengthen the Enterprise’s reputation and profile in our areas of expertise.

Working with Seefar

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as positive features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
  • You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
  • There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
  • The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
  • Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows.
  • You are never bored and always challenged.

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as negative features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
  • Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication.
  • Travel schedules can sometimes be heavy.
  • A high-growth phase means problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.

An Excellent Candidate

We are looking for someone with:

  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience, including coordinating projects and managing and developing teams in India
  • Hold an undergraduate degree
  • Fluent/Superior writing skills in English, Hindi, and either Marathi or Bengali
  • Based in Mumbai or Kolkata
  • Effective prioritisation and organisational skills, with an ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills and an ability to coordinate with teams and local stakeholders. 
  • Expertise in one or more of Seefar’s themes (commercial sexual exploitation, gender-based violence, modern slavery, migration, security/justice)

To apply for this Role

Please apply on or before June 7, 2020 by completing our online application form. Before you start, you should do the following:

  1. Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:
    1. Meet the minimum 5 professional experience requirements coordinating development projects
    2. Experience managing and developing teams in India
    3. Fluent/Superior writing skills in English, Hindi, and either Marathi or Bengali 
    4. Hold an undergraduate degree
    5. Are based in Mumbai or Kolkata
  2. Prepare a CV in Word or PDF format. You will upload this in our online application form.
  3. In Word or PDF format, prepare an introductory letter that includes ONLY the points below. You will upload this in our online application form.
    1. 2-3 paragraphs explaining your suitability for this role against the requirements in this job description.
    2. 1-2 paragraphs explaining what you have learned is a necessary attitude or approach when coordinating projects benefiting marginalised groups. What experiences taught you this?