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Project Manager Livelihood – India (deadline: 09 Dec 2019)

This role will lead two of Seefar’s LIFT projects, to give survivors of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) in Kolkata and Mumbai, skills and support to transform their lives by earning income through the global freelance economy.  You will be the local face of the project, manage field implementation, as well as engage with various stakeholders and enjoy being a valued member of the Seefar team. You will be an extremely dynamic, competent and inspiring manager, able to seamlessly jump from project management compliance to supporting survivors of CSE, to mentoring teams that deliver the key support and skills training to CSE survivors. You must have complete fluency in English, be empathetic and extremely productive. This consultancy is based in India, ideally in Mumbai or Kolkata and is for an initial 18-month contract.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a vision for a world where vulnerable people have more opportunities to advance themselves. 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 

To get a sense of the services we specialise in at Seefar, please visit http://seefar.org/services

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Seefar continues to grow and this role will be responsible for coordinating a new project on the ground in India. It requires someone with five years of professional experience in managing teams and implementing projects in the developing world. The role also requires someone who is smart, intrinsically motivated, worldly, interested in hard challenges, highly flexible and efficient and who represent and demonstrate the Enterprise’s values.


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

Deliver: Project and Mission Implementation

Approximately 80% of your time and attention:

  • Create two centers for providing counselling and skills to survivors of CSE, one in Mumbai and one in Kolkata
  • Build and lead a team that include counsellors and trainers
  • Ensuring financial compliance with donor guidelines
  • Build a mixed skillset team and lead them to achieve
  • Credibly liaise with stakeholders, other CSOs supporting survivors and the broader community of interest.
  • Provide pastoral care to team members.
  • Responsive to taskings and requests from colleagues and Project Board members 
  • Fulfilling project management and project financial responsibilities using our internal project systems and processes.
  • Provide regular and ad-hoc reports.
  • Provide regional inputs to programs relating to migration, displaced people, human trafficking and modern slavery.
  • Other tasks as directed.

Develop: Capabilities and Program Portfolio

Approximately 20% of your time and attention:

  • Develop project teams. For example, this would include mentoring teams and leading recruitment.
  • Learning, growing and developing professionally and personally.
  • Strengthen the Enterprise’s reputation and profile in our areas of expertise.

Direct: Global Management

  • Represent and demonstrate the Enterprise’s values.


You will work as a Project Manager in India and you will be required to undertake local travel to project implementation sites around Mumbai and Kolkata.

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

To excel in this role, you will have the following experience and capacities:

  • Five years of professional project and personnel management experience in India preferably in livelihood projects.
  • You have complete fluency in written and spoken English.
  • You have an undergraduate degree.
  • You are highly organised, communicate regularly and effectively, have the ability to prioritise and are highly productive.
  • You are naturally responsive and are client focussed, while also able to work autonomously.
  • You are motivated by an Enterprise performance framework focused on social impact.

To apply for this Role

Please apply on or before 9th December 2019, by completing our online application form. Please, do not include your name or your photo in your CV or letter. This is because we review your application based purely on your previous experiences and introductory letter.

Before you start, you should do the following:

  1. Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:
    1. A minimum of five years professional experience
    2. Experience managing and developing teams in developing countries
    3. Experience in project coordination
    4. Complete fluency in oral and written English, including clear and succinct English writing skills.
    5. An undergraduate degree.
    6. Be based in India
  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. 1-2 paragraphs explaining a similar project you have led. What was the project? What was your role? What were the project’s achievements? If it wasn’t successful, why?
    2. 1-2 paragraphs explaining what you have learned is a necessary attitude or approach when managing talented teams. What experiences taught you this?