The goal of the foundation’s Community initiative is to strengthen and leverage community institutions to the benefit of India’s health and development SDG goals. To date our investments have focused on Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and their federated structures. Self-Help Groups (SHGs) refer to groups of poor women (10-20) formed at a micro-local level through social affinity working towards a common purpose and providing access to savings, lending, and information with the aim of improving livelihoods, agriculture, health, and empowerment.
The Senior Program Officer (SPO) will serve as the lead for the foundation’s Community Initiative in India, providing overall leadership to develop, refine, and execute an integrated platform strategy that serves to advance health and development goals. The SPO will liaise closely with India Country Office Initiative Leads in vertical areas such as MNCH, Family Planning, Nutrition, Gender, Agriculture, WSH (Water Sanitation & Hygiene), and FSP (Financial Services for the Poor) to understand how the Community platform might best be leveraged to serve their goals. The SPO will also liaise closely with Seattle-based colleagues who curate global evidence and learning on SHGs. Working with and through a matrixed Initiative Team, the SPO will oversee the portfolio of Community investments and engagements that support the Community Initiative strategy, directly managing some investments and advising on others. The SPO will manage strong relationships with various stakeholders such as NGOs, state and national level political and administrative leadership, Indian institutions working in this space, academic and research institutions, and other development partners that promote community mobilization approaches, in order to ensure coordination and collaboration for greater collective impact.