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Associate Director – MyQuest

Published 2020-06-26

You will lead our employability program -- MyQuest -- in it's work across 10 states reaching out to students, trainers in the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and vocational training centres. This program is being delivered through a 60 member team and 25 program implementation partners. We currently reach out to 60, 000 young people and over 400 ITIs each year.

Role and Responsibilities:

PROGRAM PERFORMANCE
– Through the management of the Program Managers the A.D will hold ultimate oversight of the team’s performance and delivery, ensuring key performance and quality indicators are achieved.
– Ultimate oversight for financial management including budgeting and financial governance, ensuring strong accountability and value for money is achieved.
– As strategic lead of the unit, s/he will also drive a culture of program innovation and technical advancement – ensuring that Quest Alliance program portfolio remains at the forefront of cutting edge programming.

STRATEGIC PLANNING AND REVIEW
– Over two years into a five year strategy the Associate Director will provide oversight for the team in the development of its programmatic and financial planning for the years ahead.
– Will oversee the implementation, monitoring and review of strategy, with value-add and impact in mind
– The Associate Director will collaborate with theQuest team, executive leadership team and the Chief Executive Officer and team stakeholders in reviewing the strategic plan with a strong focus on impact and new models of delivery and partnership in a changing India.

PARTNERSHIPS, INVESTMENT & GRANT MANAGEMENT
– The Associate Director will drive the unit’s funding strategy working with the Business Development team and the Executive team
– S/he will provide oversight of the health and cultivation of the unit’s funding, partnership and grant portfolio in line with the unit’s strategic ambitions. As part of this s/he will ensure all major grants meet contract deliverables, while ensuring priority partnerships are developed and sustained.
– s/he will maintain effective networks and widely promote the role, ways of working, and profile of Quest Alliance by ensuring that brand is deepened, developed, visible, respected and promoted
– S/he will lead programs in challenging, new and changing environments and be able to use their excellent leadership, networking, negotiation, influencing and relationship-building skills to secure significant partnerships to deliver programs effectively with NGOS, education institutions and relevant Government departments.

PEOPLE
– The Associate Director will oversee the running of the state/ regional/ thematic specific teams, including fostering collective ownership of key organisational processes.
– S/he will line manage and support the professional development of the Managers in support of high performance against performance objectives, and through them will ensure strong employee development and performance of all employees in MyQuest
– s/he will Create and foster a strong, values driven organisational culture of shared learning, co-operation, commitment to improvement, and high performance

REQUIRED SKILLS
– Exceptional leadership, management, analytical, and critical thinking skills with the ability to work across a networked organization.
– Expertise in Program design, grant partnership management and knowledge of industry best practices.
– Demonstrated ability to develop and implement programs in multiple states in India.
– Proven experience of managing large funds and Corporate donors
– Ability to assume responsibility, make sound judgments, supervise and mentor diverse employees and teams, and work independently/ collaborate in a fast-paced environment.
– Exceptional oral and written English communication skills. Fluency in hindi or other regional languages a plus.
– Strong computer skills using MS Office,
– Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE
– Minimum of 12 years of progressively responsible experience in program design, management and implementation
– Knowledge and experience of donor management
– Knowledge of and experience with programs that support employability

LOCATION: Bangalore, India

Contact

The interested candidates are requested to fill the Quest Alliance standard job application form which is given​ here.​ No CVs will be entertained.

Women candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Due to the enormity of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We look forward to your application.

Program Officer – Secondary Schools Program

Published 2020-06-23

You will work as part of the program team and ensure that the program is being implemented as per plan. The program works with grades VIII to XII over a period of 3 years. The key thematic areas are: lifeskills, gender, digital literacy, coding (basic and advanced levels), career development. Technology is a key aspect of the intervention.

Program Implementation and Quality

  • Operational oversight of the partner implementation in state
  • Monitoring visits to partner schools in districts
  • Ensure operational plans are in place to achieve high quality delivery against program objectives, quality standards and targets
  • Lead the planning and review meetings in the districts with partner coordinators and facilitators
  • Support the Regional Coordinator to regularly review processes and progress.
  • Lead on identifying and evaluate potential risks related to impact of the program and take necessary steps to include risk mitigation in program reviews and design
  • Lead the planning and execution of state level events such as hackathon, summer camp or program events like facilitator trainings through the partner coordinators
  • Coordinate and Facilitate visits of donors volunteers and government agencies with support from implementing partners
  • Be part of the planning process for the team to ensure an effective plan and budget is in place and it is adhered to

Working with Partners and Government Functionaries

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with delivery partners and the government functionaries
  • Monitoring district orientations, centralized partner teacher trainings etc (need basis)
  • Represent Quest in joint monitoring visits at district level
  • Ensure all partners receive the appropriate support and updates to implement the program effectively.
  • Ensure additional support needs of the partners are identified, assessed and any reasonable adjustments are made to the Partner’s journey.
  • Facilitate cross learning among partners, replicating good practices.

Reporting, Documentation and Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Ensure all the relevant data from partner is available on time
  • Ensure submission of all the relevant partner monitoring reports on time
  • Continuous review of partner implementation, monitoring within the agreed parameters
  • Ensure the program process is documented and enough case studies,video documentation etc are in place to show the impact or progress of the program.
  • Monitor the dashboard, ensure that it is error-free and up to date.
  • Ensure the monitoring data including case studies, photographs of the implementation schools reaches relevant team members.
  • Coordinate capture of compelling partner implementation stories, artefacts from implementation

Required Skills and Experience

  • A Graduate/Postgraduate degree in any discipline (preferably social work, development, education, gender studies, rural development)
  • 3-4 years of work experience preferably in the Education sector
  • Proven ability to network and establish collaborative relationships with a variety of actors, including Education department
  • Willingness to travel extensively
  • A strong personal commitment to the values of Quest Alliance

 

Candidates with technology background, have direct work on ed tech projects or have previous experience of working on tech related work, will be preferred

Reporting to: Regional Coordinator – Karnataka, Secondary School

Job location: Bangalore, Karnataka

Contact

The interested candidates are requested to fill our job application form which is given​ here.​ No CVs will be entertained. 

Women candidates are encouraged to apply. 

Due to the enormity of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Technology Associate – Secondary Schools Program

Published 2020-06-22

You will provide technical support from assessment to deployment of the IT infrastructure and related peripherals. Your role will be a blend of technical skills, content development and facilitation skills. You will be key in supporting our innovation thought process and contributing to building the ed-tech strategy for the Secondary Schools program.

The role of the Technology Associate is going to be critical in areas such as:

  • Deployment and refurbishment of the Technology infrastructure in the schools where the programme is being implemented.
  • Development of advanced coding curriculum and facilitation of virtual sessions around coding.
  • Be part of the core team of hackathons and help in delivering the same at the level of facilitators, team and states.

 

You will be responsible for:

  •  IT Audit and Lab Refurbishment
    • Support in facilitating the IT audit process and validation with the vendors
    • Validate the audit process executed by the vendor with quality checks and process outline.
    • Prepare a plan for IT refurbishment or setting up of new labs as part of the programme roll out and implementation.
    • Oversee the refurbishment process across the different states and ensure quality in the process 
    • Write codes for software installation as and when required
  • Curriculum Development
    • Review and research around the existing curriculums around advanced coding.
    • Support in the design and development of the advanced coding curriculum for grades 10th, 11th & 12th.
    • Support in piloting the curriculum across field locations
    • Facilitation of sessions on coding during the ongoing capacity building activities.
  • Ed-Tech Strategy
    • Contribute to the strategy by collaborating with the state teams and bringing feedback from the field.
    • Contribute in building contextual technology innovations around parent, facilitator and virtual volunteer engagement.
  • Scratch Toolkit
    • Manage the bug reporting system and ensure timely resolution of the issues by working with respective teams.
    • Debug issues with the Scratch toolkit and contribute to the development of the same.
    • Ensure proper archiving of the code using a code repository
    • Make field visits to get feedback from students and facilitators on the toolkit 
  • State Hackathons
    • Participation in design and delivery of team and state level hackathons
    • Supporting the selection of partners and material procurement
  • Programme Support
    • Installation and testing of systems in all deployment locations (whether physically or remotely) of STEM for Girls programme. 
    • Creating SD cards for Learnpi server and client devices
    • Quality check of learnpi, accessories & SD card
    • Setting up “standard operating procedures” and following them with local vendors and support staff to ensure completion of the deliverables
    • Support in maintaining relationships with vendors / local engineers for maintenance, troubleshooting etc. 
    • Address issues that are logged via a ticketing system and ensure resolution within agreed SLA.
    • Support in facilitating logistical support for Scratch camps for the setup of laptops and related peripherals.
    • Preparing installation manuals and guides for the partner stakeholders to install the software or the programme in the computer systems of the schools.
    • Create a database of vendors for facilitating IT audits, laptops rentals and other IT material provision.

Required skills and Experience: 

  • Minimum 4 to 5 years of work experience, in handling curriculum delivery, content design and IT infrastructure deployment 
  • Excellent IT skills and Hands-on experience on coding
  • Is excited about the opportunity to integrate technology into education and other allied areas
  • Prior experience in vendor management and vendor database management.
  • Willingness to travel extensively
  • Must have – Basic Knowledge of HTML5, CSS and Javascript
  • Knowledge of Raspberry Pi board and Raspbian OS Knowledge in MySQL database management
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with other teams 
  • Good to have – Skills in GNU/Linux (Ubuntu and Debian) server management and experience in using Linux bash commands and Cron job

 

Job location: Bangalore, Karnataka

Reporting to: Technology Manager, Secondary Schools

Contact

The interested candidates are requested to fill the Quest Alliance standard job application form which is given​ here.​ No CVs will be entertained.

Women candidates are encouraged to apply.

Due to the enormity of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We look forward to your application.

Grants Manager

Published 2020-06-16

You will ensure that all deliverables across projects are being met and provides timely information and support for greater collaboration between teams and with funders. We run between 12-15 different projects each year. Each project comes with its own reporting requirements, monitoring frameworks and funder needs.

Role and Responsibilities:

 

  • Sub Grant Management 

Quest counts over 50 organizations as sub-grantees across various projects. These are crucial to Quest’s success as an organization. The end to end sub-grant management ranging from selection to onboarding to report management is going to form an important part of the grant manager’s work. Building an understanding of sub-grantees will be a big part of the role and providing oversight and support to the sub-grant coordinator, Finance, Administration & IT (FAIT) and project teams will determine success of projects. 

  • Funder Reporting

Quest works with a wide array of funders including CSR, foundations and HNIs. Each of these funders come with different expectations, expect different types of report formats and data sets and have different expectations of communication cadence. The grant manager will work closely with project leads, the impact team and the BD team to ensure funder reports are accurate, completed on time with internal reviews and sent out to funders in appropriate formats or uploaded on the correct portals as the case may be. The grant manager will also participate from time to time in funder meetings and calls as needed. 

  • Liaising with Intermediaries of Funders

Many funders work through intermediaries who act as collaters of information for the funder. The grant manager will need to build relationships with these intermediaries, understand their formats and portals and ensure that timely updates are being shared with intermediaries. 

  • Coordinate Project Planning and Reviews

The grant manager will be responsible to convene kick-off meetings when projects commence and put in place a cadence for project reviews based on the complexity, the size and the teams involved in particular projects. Different projects will require a different mix of the above and the grant manager will work closely with all internal stakeholders to ensure the right balance for reviews is found. The grant manager will be expected to provide mentoring and guidance to project managers on operational aspects. This will be done through the regular review cycles. 

  • Coordinate with Impact Team and Data Owners

Data will be a crucial part of the grant manager’s role. Ensuring that the right data is flowing through the internal system and in external reports is a key challenge the grant manager will have to address. This will mean coordinating with different owners of data across the organization including the impact team, state teams to name a few. 

  • Communication 

The stories of impact and change we are able to tell oftentimes determine how we are perceived by internal and external teams. The grant manager will work closely with responsible members across the organization and document high-impact, simple and powerful stories of change that are taking place across the country as a result of Quest’s work.

  • Servicing Ad-Hoc Requests

One of the realities of our work is the servicing of requests from funders and related parties. There are many pressures at work and funders too are subject to these pressures. This at times results in seemingly difficult timelines for information or updates for which we may not have full data visibility. However, the grant manager will work closely with the BD team to service these requests to the best possible extent. 

  • Monitoring Dashboard Management 

The grant manager will be the overall anchor of the project management dashboard. The dashboard will be a crucial tool for the grant manager to ensure success in project delivery. This will include data and coordination with the Impact team as detailed in point #4 above. 

 

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English 
  • Project execution experience 
  • Familiar with donor reports and consolidating progress reports 
  • High degree of digital literacy with strong competencies in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive Suite
  • Ability to host and facilitate meetings, both virtual and in-person. Diplomacy and tact will be added bonus skills!
  • Regional language skills will be a bonus 
  • Willingness to travel to field locations, as needed
  • An interest to look for newer ways of capturing learnings 
  • Comfortable working in situations with tight timelines or dealing with ad-hoc requests
  • Comfortable working remotely or with colleagues in diverse geographical locations

 

Reporting to: Chief Operation Officer

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka

Contact

The interested candidates are requested to fill Quest Alliance standard job application form which is given​ here.​ No CVs will be entertained. 

Women candidates are encouraged to apply.

Due to the enormity of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Finance Manager

Published 2020-05-08

We are looking for a dynamic individual to assist in managing and growing Quest’s growing list of corporate partners and foundations. Quest's existing partners include Accenture, Cisco, Bank of America, IBM, J.P. Morgan and LinkedIn to name a few.

You will support with the operationalization of the donor budgets, performance tracking on spends and lead compilation of financial reports for donors and for Quest Alliance.

Role Description

  1. Financial Analysis
  • Responsible for the financial reporting (MIS), Month end closing, quarterly and annual- Reporting & variance analysis in accordance with the budget.
  • Presenting monthly performance reviews, indicating key highlights, analyzing causes of unexpected variance and areas for improvement to team leads and budget owners
  • Analyze current and past trends in key performance indicators including all areas of revenue, expenses and capital expenditures and support in developing benchmarks for budgeting for each activity
  • Work with Asst. Director SS to develop financial models and analyses to support strategic initiatives
  • Analyze complex financial information and reports to provide accurate and timely financial recommendations to leadership team and budget owners for decision making purposes
  • Prepare presentations to Board and leadership Team

2 . Operationalization of Budgets and Report

  • Establish annual operational budgets by working closely with the Director – FAIT, COO and Asso. Director – Operations and recommendations for investment for growth
  • Finalizing project grant utilization reports as per budget proposal
  • providing support during the donor audits and financial data and documents review
  • Salary allocation as per the approved project budgets
  • Assisting in the yearly audit and finalization of annual accounts.
  • Providing support to management and program leads in project budget development
  • Bank and credit card reconciliation on a monthly basis. Assisting in the yearly audit and finalization of annual accounts.

3. Other

  • Other duties as required
  • You may be required to work on weekends and/or public holidays, for which compensatory leave will be granted
  • Participate and contribute to team meetings, reviews & staff engagement activities
  • Seek regular capacity building support from team
  • Adhere to all the finance and HR policies of the organization
  • Be a role model for others to uphold the values of Quest Alliance

 

We are looking for people who:

  • Are passionate about the challenges India is facing in education and employability domain
  • Can work independently, with minimal supervision and is a go-getter
  • Can deal with ambiguity and proactively explore solutions
  • Experience in managing multi-dimensional partnerships across regions and geographies

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 5+ years related experience.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Proficient in Excel
  • Knowledge of Quick Books accounting software will be an added advantage
  • Enthusiasm to take up challenges and lead from the front. Some exposure or work experience, preferably in the Education / youth development is an advantage.
  • Good communication skills. Knowledge of Kannada and Hindi is must
  • Candidate should be flexible, self-motivated, enthusiastic, and an energetic team player
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with other teams

 

Reporting to: Director  – Finance, Administration & IT

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka

Contact

This is a fixed term position in a consultant role. The interested candidates are requested to fill Quest Alliance standard job application form which is given​ here.​ No CVs will be entertained.

Women candidates are encouraged to apply.

Due to the enormity of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Communications Manager – Secondary Schools Program

Published 2020-05-08

The program works with adolescent girls enrolled in grades VIII to XII over a period of 3 years. The key thematic areas are: lifeskills, gender, digital literacy, coding (basic and advanced levels), career development. Technology is a key aspect of the program.

This will be a hands-on role where you will be expected to contribute both at a strategic level as well as at a functional, operational level.

You will be responsible for creating and producing communications material that is disseminated by Quest including writing content for annual reports, programmatic reports, case studies on projects and beneficiaries and profiling the impact of Secondary School Program’s initiatives.
In this role, you will contribute towards all aspects of Quest’s brand development and brand activation including:

Communication strategy, content and design
● Articulate the communication strategy for the secondary school program and
operationalise it. As part of the strategy anchor the communication campaign for the STEM For Girls program reaching out to different stakeholders
● Anchor the PR strategy for the secondary schools program. Provide content and ensure media presence about the program.
● Coordinate with the program team to set-up a steady flow of compelling case stories from the field across stakeholders – students, teachers, school facilitators, partners, government officials and schools. In some cases, travel to the field to capture in-depth stories that showcase impact and change in lives.
● Write, edit and craft case stories tailored to different audiences and platforms – i.e. funder reports, social media posts, partner events, website content and other collaterals like program brochures, presentations etc.
● Provide content (drafting) and editorial support for program communication materials including (but not limited to) quarterly and annual reports, funder reports, posters, flyers, invites and digital media messaging.
● Carry out basic design work for program communications materials and liaise with the MarCom team for larger design and/or video projects.

Coordination
● Be the SPOC for all program-related communications materials and adhere to content creation processes. Ensure written briefs are created collaboratively, completed and signed off; coordinate with program team for base content, follow-up on timelines for deliverables, field queries and clarifications from MarCom team, ensure early-warning in case content deadlines are not being met.
● Ensure compliance with Organization, program and partner brand guidelines on all program collaterals
● Liaise with MarCom to ensure program updates and activities are covered on Quest’s digital media channels.
● Work with MarCom to establish a social media calendar for the program and ensure content flow in a timely fashion. This includes digital campaigns around key days such as international girl child day and so on.
● Maintain a communication repository for the program – case studies, photographs, videos, quotes, media articles

Procuring and Maintaining Digital Assets
● Liaise with colleagues on field or external vendors and/or travel to field to source compelling images and videos that capture and effectively communicate the essence of the program.
● Basic photography and video documentation of program events.
● Ensure digital assets are systematically archived for future use.

Vendor Management
● With support from the Marketing & Communication team, manage external vendor relationships for program communications.
● Be the Program SPOC for all external partnerships like photographers, videographers, video editors and filmmakers, PR agencies and so on.

Event Support
● Provide event support as required to Program/Organization

Other Specific Skill Requirements
● Can work independently, with minimal supervision and is a go-getter and a great communicator
● Excited by the prospect of managing, growing and communicating a brand in a
hands on way
● Is passionate about the challenges India is facing in educating its youth population
● Is very comfortable with all aspects of digital marketing and has worked on digital marketing initiatives previously
● Can deal with ambiguity and proactively explore solutions
● Keen intellect with strong analytical skills.
● Demonstrated understanding of the technical areas of research, monitoring and
evaluation.
● Planning and Organizational skills.
● Highest integrity, maturity and professionalism
● Excellent communication skills both oral and written in English.
● Excellent computer skills including working knowledge of statistical packages.

Reporting to: Associate Director, Secondary School
Job location: Bangalore, Karnataka

Contact

This is a fixed term position in a consultant role. The interested candidates are
requested to fill Quest Alliance standard job application form.​ No CVs will be entertained.
Women candidates are encouraged to apply.
Due to the enormity of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be
contacted.