Communications+ PR Manager
21 May 2012
|About the Organization
WASH United, a registered non-profit limited liability company (gGmbH) in Berlin, is an international coalition of national and international civil society organizations, United Nations agencies, governments and leading actors from the world of sport. Together, we harness the positive passion for sport, games and the role model status of stars to promote safe drinking WAter, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for all. Key partners include GIZ, WSSCC, WaterAid, Bayern Munich and BMZ.
The WASH Problem In India
Despite great development over the last few years, India remains at the forefront of the sanitation crisis. In fact, with 638 million Indians living without sanitation, India is the country with most people living without toilets in the world. With more than 1,000 children dying from preventable diarrhea every day, India is the undisputed leader in world diarrhea rankings. The sanitation and hygiene crisis also has a staggering impact on the country’s economy - according to recent World Bank estimates, the consequences of inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene such as increased health costs, productivity losses and reduced tourism cost India approximately USD 53.8 billion - 6.4 % of GDP every year. To tackle this problem, WASH United has tied up with Quicksand and is in the process of implementing its flagship property, the “Great WASH Yatra”.
The Great WASH Yatra
The Great WASH Yatra (Yatra) is a multi-channel, awareness generation mega-campaign by WASH United and Quicksand that seeks to positively influence the perception of sanitation and hygiene among key target audiences in India. The Yatra will distinguish itself from other behavior change programs by harnessing the positive power of the things Indians love most - Bollywood, dance, song, but above all cricket - to achieve its goals.
Planned around the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup in 2012, the “Great WASH Yatra” will combine the enormous passion for cricket leading up to the World Cup, the massive role model status of cricket superstars in the country, exciting game-based WASH education, and highly innovative edutainment to create a veritable spectacle around sanitation and hygiene issues. People will engage with the issues of sanitation and hygiene in a playful and positive carnival-style atmosphere, instead of the normal queues of shame. An entirely new set of exciting interactive educational games, communication material, and WASH events will be developed.
We are looking for a dedicated, hard working and extremely talented individual to join WASH United (India) for assisting the Project Manager with the Yatra as well as other projects. You’ll need to be an enterprising individual with high energy levels who is able to understand and execute instructions. Your role will see you execute projects in urban as well as rural settings. You’ll have to be a team player, comfortable in working in structured as well as ambiguous environments, working collaboratively with people from diverse disciplines and cultures, multi-tasking, trying new approaches, and with working in startup settings.
As the Assistant Project Manager, you will report directly to the Project Manager, usually managing one to two large projects. Most of these projects will last between 4-12 months and will involve collaboration with multiple external partners depending on the project: the government, sector NGOs, multi-laterals, innovation firms, event management companies, designers etc.
For the projects you are involved in, you will be responsible for day-to-day execution of plans while maintaining a high quality and on-schedule execution. This will typically involve:
Supporting the Project Manager and being responsible for high quality delivery of the planned activities on time. This will involve interfacing with external andinternal stakeholders as appropriate.
Working closely with WASH United senior management and client stakeholders to understand project specifics, implementation and goals.
Executing the appropriate activity plan and supporting workflows in order to effectively and creatively meet project outcomes.
Implementing project management protocols / processes and constantly improving quality.
Ensure timely completion of all responsibilities over the course of the project to ensure quality.
Work with external partners and teams as needed by the project.
The Great WASH Yatra Specific Responsibilities
The Great WASH Yatra will be the first major project you will be engaged in. It will start in May 2012 and will last until Jan 2013. Though the Yatra itself will take place over 60 days, from September – Nov 2012, there will be significant pre-Yatra and post-Yatra project management.
As the Assistant Project Manager for the Yatra, you will be responsible for undertaking and delivering on daily activities to ensure seamless execution and perfect logistics of the Yatra. High quality and on-schedule execution are absolutely essential. This will involve:
Understanding and imbibing the Yatra goals, being responsible for high quality delivery of the planned activities on time.
Implementing appropriate activity plans and supporting workflows in order to effectively and creatively meet project outcomes.
Inspire and work together with the team to ensure efficient and effective execution in challenging environments.
Interacting with the various organizations and individuals involved in the Yatra, such as event management teams, members of state and central governmentorganizations, village panchayats, sponsors/supporters of the Yatra, the media, celebrities and other stakeholders and ensuring the interests and requirements ofeach are satisfactorily met.
Ensure the activities of the Yatra – The Traveling Caravan; Media activities; Activities in schools and residential communities run efficiently.
Assessing the impact of the Yatra, working with appointed agencies for such purpose, and ensuring documentation over the course of the project.
Undertaking such other activities and responsibilities as may be required by the organization, where the scope of work may not be directly linked to the currentprofile.
Successful candidates will be passionate about social innovation and would have worked in general management, supply chains, program management, logistics, entrepreneurship, or management consulting. Preferably, your experience would cover the private and the non-profit sectors.
You would be the kind of person who thrives in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, startup environment with minimal supervision. You would have worked in cross-cultural settings and would be equally at ease talking to people in an Indian slum and to an economics professor from Harvard or a graphic designer. You would be able to think on your feet and be resourceful and creative and have great attention for detail. You’d be skilled at working within time constraints and ensuring high quality outputs in fixed project timelines.
Some specific qualifications you would have are
A Master’s (or Bachelor’s) degree in engineering or management, or anything related and interesting from a top program in India or abroad.
3+ years of total work experience out of which at least 1 year of experience in managing project teams.
Deep experience in program management / project management structures and protocols / processes.
A great eye for detail and managing logistics for projects such as relief programs, large campaigns run by organizations such as UNICEF etc.
Experience working in BoP settings (across sectors) in India, Africa, or South Asia would be ideal.
Experience working in multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary settings would be preferred.
An established working relationship with the private sector would be viewed positively.
Ability to balance critical and creative thinking processes seamlessly.
An ability to learn really quickly.
A roll-up-your-sleeves attitude towards your work and the ability to work through the macro-picture as well as the nitty gritty.
A dedication to social innovation and a desire to make a difference.
A sense of humour will help.
In case this resonates with you, please get in touch with Karan (email@example.com) and Nirat (firstname.lastname@example.org) with an updated resume, and a thoughtful cover letter that highlights your personality. We look forward to hearing from you.
Apply by: 21 May 2012