is seeking a
Junior Programme Officer

Hivos is a non-governmental organisation, rooted in the Netherlands and guided by humanist values, that wants to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world where citizens, women and men, have equal access to resources, opportunities and markets and can participate actively and equally in decision making processes that determine their lives, their society and their future. Hivos' basic commitment is to poor and marginalised people - and their organisations - in countries of the global South. A sustainable improvement of their situation is the ultimate benchmark for the work and efforts of Hivos. The empowerment of women in order to achieve gender equality is a primary directive in Hivos' policy. To that end Hivos offers financial and political support for civil organizations and initiatives that share Hivos' goals. In addition to funding, Hivos is networking, lobbying and sharing knowledge in the national and international arena as well as in The Netherlands.

Hivos’ India Regional Office, based in Bangalore, is seeking a Junior Programme Officer. The Junior Programme Officer works under the guidance of Programme Officers. The Junior Programme Officer will be appointed for a maximum period of two years. The position is meant to give young professionals who have just graduated the opportunity to gain professional experience.

Main Responsibilities

1. Assist the Programme Officers (PO) in developing and managing their portfolios, and in mobilizing financial resources.
2. Assist the Director and Deputy Director of the Regional Office in strategic planning and reviews.

Specific Tasks

a) Project Management and Administration
i. Support POs in programme management.
ii. Assist POs in organizing evaluations, consultancies, and meetings
iii. Support POs in preparing concept notes, applications and proposals for fundraising
iv. Support PO in preparing reports to Hivos’ donors
v. Conduct desk research on sector development and funding opportunities

b) Personal development
i. Participate in limited duty trips within India to the extent deemed relevant by RO management
ii. Opportunity to attend relevant workshops, seminars and trainings in India


Hivos is looking for a young person (m/f), with excellent analytical abilities and preferably with relevant work experience. Age: 27 or below. We are especially interested in candidates who have recently completed postgraduation in a relevant field, such as rural management, sociology, social work, economics, or development studies. Candidates should be well organized, diligent, hard working and with excellent team player skills. They should show initiative, be motivated, have the ability to work under high pressure to meet deadlines, and be able to work independently on the basis of broad instructions. Applicants should be fully computer literate in MSOffice and have affinity with financial reporting. Demonstrable writing skills in English are a prerequisite. A competency test will be part of the selection procedure. Candidates are expected to have affinity to Hivos core values. The function is Bangalore-based, but may include limited travel within India (max. 1-2 duty trips per year). The contract will be for a period of one year and can be extended for another year if performance is satisfactory. The first year includes a three-month probation period.

Women are encouraged to apply.

Deadline for applications: 7 April 2008

To send a well motivated application letter stating why you would be suited for the position, along with the names of three referees and your updated CV, write to: All applications received will be acknowledged.

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