Head – Programmes (Job Code: HP)Reports to: Director

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Hours: 40 hours per week with a one-hour lunch break
Location: Bangalore

Job Purpose
The Head Programme will assist the Director in the development of VAANI’s overall programme, and for ensuring that VAANI contributes effectively to meeting the long-term and short-term needs of deaf children. This is a senior level position and the Head Programmes will be part of the senior Management team of the organisation.

VAANI’s vision is to advocate for the right of every deaf child to a full and complete life with respect and dignity.

The organisation’s mission is to promote the entitlement of every deaf child to total and complete access to communication, education, protection and personal safety, equity and equality in all spheres and information and knowledge to reach his or her full potential as an individual and member of society.

We work to achieve this by:
-Supporting the empowerment of families of deaf children to advocate for more accessible and sustainable services for deaf children and young people
-Promoting the exchange of clear and balanced information between  families of deaf children and professionals who work with them, and creating opportunities for them to come together, access information and develop their knowledge
-Influencing development practitioners and policy-makers to include the needs of deaf children and their families in their work
-Supporting the development of good models of practice in service delivery particularly in early intervention

For more on Vaani log on to www.vaani.in
Or visit us on our social media at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VAANIDeafChildrensFoundation/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VaaniDCF

Vaani has offices in Kolkata, Guwahati, Siliguri, Delhi and Bangalore

Job Description

Key Tasks

Functional Responsibilities

-Contribute to the development of strategic and operational plans
-Support the Director in identifying opportunities and undertake capacity building/advocacy initiatives at the central, state, district level and within NGO networks.
-Contribute to situation analyses for identifying and prioritising development needs in the context of the rights of families with deaf children, young deaf people and the mission of VAANI
-Support the Director in identification of suitable partners to develop programmes which empower parents of deaf children, influence policy at local, regional and national level and develop models of good practice in service delivery for deaf children
-Develop and implement appropriate engagement and exit strategies for projects with partners

In consultation with the Director, be responsible for
-Identification of appropriate projects with partners and development of appropriate proposals for approval
-Monitoring of projects to ensure achievement of envisaged objectives
-Producing high-quality projects reports and other periodic reports
-Identifying areas for research on specific issues
-Identification of capacity enhancement measures for partners
-Developing and implementing action plans for capacity enhancement of partners

-Support the Director in networking with other appropriate agencies working in the area
-Complement the Director’s efforts in networking with local media, civil society and government at central, state and district level
-Represent VAANI as required and maintain contacts in governmental, multilateral, bilateral, trust and corporate organisations in India
-Represent VAANI at meetings with partners
-Share learning and insights from fieldwork with professionals working in the sector
-Support the Director in the development of funding bids
-Assist in finalising budgets
-Prepare periodic reports on budgets and expenditure of individual projects, thereby tracking over-spend / under-spend and taking corrective action if necessary.
-In the event of absence of Director (either on leave or travel), undertake administrative responsibilities to ensure smooth functioning of the office
-Assist the Director in identifying training needs of staff
-Assist in providing training / facilitating workshops as required
-Respond to information requests when necessary

To ensure the overall management of projects for the development of the organization. This involves the being a part of the Management Team
-To assist the Senior Management team in making decisions for the team
-To be part of the team setting goals  and strategic plans for the growth of the organization
-To keep updated about what is happening in the deaf world and also on the legal front ( about the PWD Act)

As a Head Programmes roles and responsibilities are segmented in different categories –
-Fact-finding visits
-Decision making
-Choosing the right partner
-Correspondence and interaction with partner organizations
-As a representative of VAANI getting the right message across to the organisations for them to understand the importance of our systems and our ethics
-Monitoring and evaluating projects with the teamImplement exit strategies for the partners

Programmes team:
-The importance of a good rapport to get the best results from the team:
-Role clarity in the team
-Communication skills with the entire team
-Ethics of working together in a team
-Interaction with the team
-Weekly plan from the SPOs
-Establishing the importance of VAANI systems
-Listen to the teamSupport the team in their planning activities and making budgets
-Regular meetings with the team
-Appraisals of team members every six months
-Ensuring that all relevant documents required for website and funds reach the person concerned
-Updates of activities in the VAANI calendar
-Identifying team capabilities and needs, and executing plans to upskill team members
-Positive approach and building on relationship with each member of the team

Training team:
The Head Programme are required to build a professional relationship with each other to get maximum outcome of their combined work

-Government departments
-Corporate organizations
-Policy level contacts

General Responsibilities
-To abide by and promote the Foundation’s policy of informed choice, its vision and values and equal opportunities statement
-Compliance with VAANI’s policy and practice requirements with respect to health and safety, child protection, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures
-Ensure the efficient use of all VAANI resources in order to maximise use of resources for benefiting deaf children and their parents
-Contribute to a positive working environment

This list of tasks is not exhaustive and will be reviewed from time to time in discussion with the post holder.The emphasis on all areas of work in VAANI Deaf Children’s Foundation is a team approach.

Head – Programmes

Essential Skills and Experience
7-10 years’ social work experience in urban and rural settings
Educated to Masters level in social work or social sciences from a recognised institution
Work experience of having worked in a senior role in International and national level development NGO with working experience of working on projects proposals and budgets
Knowledge of or willingness to learn about the issues affecting deaf children, young people and their families across the world.
Experience of working across a wide range of partners
Excellent communication skills
Demonstrable leadership skills
Excellent financial skills, including budgeting and reporting
Fluency in English and a regional language
Computer literacy in MS Office
Ability to undertake travel including weekend stays if needed
Thorough understanding of CSR and programme finance-budgeting

A knowledge or understanding of the issues associated with deafness, including sign language, or a willingness to undergo training
Experience of working with the government and Corporate Social Responsibility
Experience of lobbying government on a specific issue
Experience of training or group facilitation
Experience of participatory methods

Remuneration would be as per the Vaani HR policy and according to the mid-size NGO’ salary. Interested candidates should mention the job code in the subject line and send their CV along with motivation letter ( in not more than 500 words) as an attachment at director@vaani.in by 30th, April 2017.

Vaani aims to be an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment and selection procedures & checks reflect our commitment to protect children from abuse


Head office: No.801, 2A Cross, 8th Main, HRBR 1st Block, Kalyan Nagar, Bangalore 560043 Phone: 080 2545 7124

Vaani, Deaf Children's Foundation is a Registered trust (no.4257) and works towards bringing language and communication into the lives of deaf children and their families across India.