Program Associate- Across Progams

Shillong, Meghalaya, India

Job Type

Full Time

About the Role

About SMF-CFAD: 

Sauramandala Foundation is a non-profit established in 2018 with a focus on improving economic and social indicators in remote, vulnerable and disconnected communities through collaborative action.

Sauramandala Foundation’s Centre For Accelerated Development (CFAD) helps accelerate social and economic change to build the resilience of remote, vulnerable and disconnected communities through collaborative action. Our activities on the ground and our involvement with external and internal stakeholders follow the same approach. Our interventions follow an accelerator approach rather than that being an implementor.

Our work involves a simple 3-stage process:

Gain insights and build social capital > Aggregate NGO partners for collaborative action > Co-design and facilitate implementation of projects

We work in partnership with the government at the block, district and secretariat level to identify, co-design, aggregate partners and demonstrate solutions at various stages to the system. We aspire to build and design on the extreme end of the spectrum where the resources are scarce and work with the government to scale up programs to increase impact.

About the Role:

Sauramandala foundation is in its 5th year of inception. Over the years, we have worked across multiple domain areas with remote rural communities across many states in NorthEast India and Jammu & Kashmir. To make this happen, we have gathered a team of highly passionate and skilled individuals from varied educations and social backgrounds.

While the foundation does not necessarily implement projects on its own, the approach of the work demands extensive effort in building relationships/ partnerships, gaining field level insights backed by qualitative and quantitative data and stakeholder management. The Program Associate will work across many projects/ programs implemented by the foundation, ensuring the vision and  mission of the organizations are achieved.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support in strategizing, planning and implementing various programs undertaken by the foundation.

  • Support the program and field teams in building relationships and partnerships with government and non-governmental organizations.

  • Conduct field research, collect & analyze data as per program needs

  • Prepare field reports and other project related documents as required

  • Support the team in monitoring and tracking progress of work

  • Support the team in organizing internal and external events

  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Program Directors/ Leads

  • Coordinating administrative tasks as- responding to queries raised by stakeholders over phone, email etc, timely preparation and filing of documents


  • Postgraduate with a minimum of 1 year of work experience or graduate with atleast 2 years of work experience in field work, project management & implementation

  • Good writing and communication skills in English with a working knowledge of Hindi.

  • Strong organisational skills, attention to detail and the ability to manage a variety of tasks simultaneously and demonstrated ability to review and prioritise work independently and effectively

  • Strong interpersonal skills and stakeholder management.

  • Ability to maintain a calm and positive attitude and to work productively with heavy workloads, competing priorities, complex problems, and tight deadlines.

Whom are we looking for?

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving attitude

  • Should exhibit self-awareness, empathy and a passion for social change

  • Self-starter and ability to take initiatives

  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills.

  • Ability to complete multiple tasks under pressure and should be a team player.