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Programme Officer- Rural Livelihoods

Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation

New Delhi

1. POSITION VACANT: Programme Officer- Rural Livelihoods, Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation, New Delhi


Government of India (GOI) has initiated Bharat Rural Livelihoods Foundation (BRLF) as an independent organization under the Societies Registration Act to facilitate civil society action in partnership with State and Central Government, for transforming livelihoods and lives of rural households, with an emphasis on women, particularly in the Central Indian Tribal Region.

BRLF is a unique and first-of-its-kind initiative and the Foundation is constituted as a partnership between Government on the one hand and private sector philanthropies, public and private sector undertakings (under Corporate Social Responsibility) on the other. Major functions of BRLF will be to provide financial grants to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to meet their human resource and institutional costs for up-scaling of proven interventions, invest in institutional strengthening of smaller CSOs and capacity building of professional human resources working at the grassroots.

BRLF continuously facilitates smooth flow and utilization of Government funds to rural communities and poor households under the mega Centrally Sponsored Schemes for promoting livelihoods of the poor through direct engagement with implementing CSOs and CBOs located in the Central Indian Tribal Belt.
The General Body and Executive Committee of BRLF are constituted by eminent individuals as well as ex-officio representatives from private philanthropies, public and private sector organizations, financial institutions, State Governments and GOI.

A detailed note on BRLF is available at


BRLF engages actively with CSOs to reduce the gap between programme outlays and outcomes through strengthening of democratic institutions of governance at the grass-roots, improved quality of implementation of programmes and scale up of successful models of interventions through Grant support and Capacity Building initiatives towards achieving these goals.
The Programme Officer (PO) must have a track record of working on government-CSO collaboration with significant experience over the subject of rural development based on practical experience preferably in the Central Indian Tribal Region. The role requires the PO to have proven ability in capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, and developing, managing and fostering stakeholder relationships.

Key Job Responsibilities:
(1) Assess grant proposals and organization capabilities.;
(2) Regularly monitor programme progress and track budget utilization, both at programme partner level and for the overall programme which include regular field visits, and six monthly technical and financial reviews;
(3) Assess HR and capacity building needs of organizations for the sector;
(4) Review CSO narrative and financial reports and ensure compliance with contractual obligations with regards to implementation and reporting;
(5) Review and regularly monitor the work of programme partners, and provide (or source) technical inputs and guidance to strengthen field and outreach activities. Assess impact of various programme interventions;
(6) Assist in the development of Terms of Reference and identification of external consultants for rural livelihood research/impact studies;
(7) Facilitate smaller CSO/CBOs in proposal development, work plan and budget development;
(8) Review half yearly and annual financial and technical progress reports submitted by programme partners, and track programme progress as per the agreed indicators for the programme. Consolidate the annual technical and financial progress reports into overall annual progress reports for the CEO and the Board;
(9) Ensure timely submission of annual work plan, fund requests and progress reports to donor agencies;  
(10) Review fund requests from programme partners, and recommend release of funds;
(11) Assist in the conduct of the annual programme audit, including consolidating responses from programme partners to audit queries;
(12) Maintain and regularly update the project information and management system and ensure that it is responsive to programmatic needs;
(13) Develop and improve knowledge and understanding of donor trends, issues and preferences and maintain a databank of knowledge related to this.;
(14) In collaboration with the CEO, develop and maintain strategic partnerships with potential donor agency partners and related government departments, corporations, academia and other relevant agencies;
(15) Facilitate programmatic partnership of CSOs and State Governments;
(16) Be Instrumental in developing coordination mechanisms at State government for BRLF and for partners;
(17) Engage with Corporate, Banks and Donor agencies to explore programme partnership, Volunteer placements, technical support, and co-financing possibilities for BRLF and its partners;
(18) Day-to-day liaison with CSOs and other stakeholders to develop close working relationships towards the efficient and effective implementation of program activities.;
(19) Liaise with key government agencies and regular information sharing and inclusion in dialogue opportunities and joint ventures at the State level;
(20) Prepare project documents, progress reports and other background documents as maybe required;
(21) Facilitate capturing of knowledge and organize dialogues, reflection meetings to promote knowledge exchange, including on e-platforms;
(22) Assist in the preparation of documentation, budgets, narrative reports and presentations related to the programme for the BRLF Board;
(23) Assist in the development of funding proposals to potential donor agencies;
(24) Assist in arranging and coordinating meetings of the Project and Grantee selection committee and the Board and provide support in the preparation of agenda papers, reports and meeting minutes;
(25) Contribute and assist in the conceptualization and organization of rural livelihood thematic seminars and conferences;
(26) Facilitate and support external monitoring and review missions to the programme, including the preparation of relevant background material on the programme;
(27) The Programme Officer will also be required to work closely with and participate actively and in a fully co-operative manner as a member of a broader team.


Post graduate Degree from any recognized university; preferably in Rural Development, Social sciences, Development Studies and Development management.

(1) Minimum 10 years of experience in management and implementation of development programme in Rural development/ livelihoods;
(2) Experience of working with civil society, CSR, and philanthropic organizations;
(3) Demonstrable expertise in grants management, monitoring, assessments and reviews;
(4) Experience on local governance issues;
(5) Experience of building Human resources for CSOs/State Missions/others;
(6) Experience in development and delivery of training course desirable;
(7) Demonstrated expertise in capacity building of Local governments, PRIs desirable;
(8) Experience of working in Training institutes, academic institutions, designing academic course and curriculum, delivering MDPs, Executive programmes etc would be desirable;
(9) Experience of working with government, or in Government created missions/societies is desirable;
(10) Experience of working on rural enterprise development, income generation programmes, with producer companies, CBOs desirable;
(11) Experience of working on rights based development, Natural resource management, FRA etc. is desirable;
(12) Experience of working with Donor agencies is highly desired.

Essential Skills and Competencies:
(1) Strong report writing skills;
(2) Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Hindi.


The gross remuneration budgeted for the position is Rs. 14-15 lacs per annum. Offers shall be commensurate with the qualifications, experience and salary history, of the selected candidate.

6. LOCATION: New Delhi

7. APPOINTMENT: This is a full-time position and the initial contract will be offered for a period of three years, which shall be renewable based on performance.



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1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phones: 011-2684-2162; 011-4165-3612; 011-4101-1564 and 011-4101-1565


Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested apply to
with a cover letter, discussing their interest in and suitability for the position, along with an updated resume, giving details of three references, current cost to organization and expected compensation, by or before June 20, 2017. For further details, please visit

BRLF is an equal opportunity organization. Qualified women are encouraged to apply.