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Open Positions

Thank you for your interest, we are seeking candidates for the following positions:


About Small Scale Sustainable Infrastructure Development Fund ( S3IDF):

S3IDF is an international non-profit organization that builds inclusive market systems to promote equitable economic and social development. Its current focus over the next 2 to 3 years is to work on Agricultural Livelihoods solutions and Waste & Sanitation Livelihoods solutions by partnering extensively with local NGOs and other groups including government agencies and equipment/technology suppliers as well as financial institutions. Through partnering that it arranges, S3IDF provides financing and technology know- how and capacity building assistance to small pro-poor infrastructure projects and enterprises. Its replication criteria and pro-active post- implementation monitoring and evaluation and best practices dissemination efforts are geared towards inducing financial institutions to increase support for such small infrastructure projects, which can be highly cost-effective in their poverty alleviation and environmental benefits. More information can be found at our website

Position: Assistant Manager Project Development/ Project Development Officer

(full time, 3 months’ probation period). Exact position will be determined based on candidate experience , profile and based on internal parity. 

Position Location: Bangalore , but with frequent field travel

Reports to: Chief Program Officer

No. of positions: 3 (Three vacancies)


Position brief

The work done by the Project Development (PD) team is the heart of S3IDF’s work. The PD team members travel, understands problems on the ground, conceives solutions in consultation with different stakeholders and develops projects that implement these solutions. The PD team member also ensures project development, management and monitoring processes and systems are designed, implemented and followed within the organization.

The role needs, firstly, a commitment to solving problems of poverty and the willingness to learn from the poor – how they leverage their entrepreneurial ability to solve their problems. Respect for this spirit of entrepreneurship is the value based on which the PD role and body of work will be built. The role itself needs a great deal of entrepreneurial spirit. It needs the ability to identify and get the multiple stakeholders of a problem to converge and make a project happen. The willingness to learn how to build conversations with people from low-income segments, grass roots NGO workers, technology suppliers and equally organization heads is an absolute must. The willingness to work with technical, financial and social disciplines all together is also an absolute must. The ability to do and learn, fail and persevere are very important qualities for the PD member to have.

The PD role at S3IDF has immense opportunity for growth. Space to   experiment and freedom for creativity and innovation is immense. The PD team member is the

eyes and ears of S3IDF on the ground and therefore is the most important human resource that will shape the evolution and growth of the organization. However, this has to be teamwork, and therefore the PD team member will be expected to integrate well with the whole team and be an excellent team player. The team will consist of different people with different expertise and disciplines – being able to work together and leverage each other’s strengths, and recognize one’s own weakness is important.

The PD member will have opportunity to interact with and get   mentoring   from highly experienced international and internationally known development sector pioneers of multiple generations. At the end of the day the PD member role needs to deliver outcomes – well functioning small businesses on the ground that create jobs, solve infrastructure problems for the poor and are financially & environmentally sustainable.

We want young, energetic, forward looking individuals who love India and its diversity and who love to travel to come be a part of S3IDF and make it a young organization in spirit.


Key Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct sectorial research on specific sectors such as Solid waste – Sanitation, Agriculture, Decentralized Energy, Water etc.
  2. Research, network and identify potential partners for S3IDF project development.
  3. Develop partnerships and nature relationships with partners by understanding the value that can be delivered to them and ensuring that value delivery.
  4. Along with partners identify problems and potential projects/entrepreneurs/business solutions, to solve these problems that fall within the purview and criteria of S3IDF’s mission and programs.
  5. Develop and design the project in its entirety identifying the different roles for different partners of the project and ensure convergence of all partners to achieve project objectives and outcomes.
  6. Financially design projects along with identified entrepreneur and partners. Develop strategies of financing these projects and implement the strategy along with partners and entrepreneurs.
  7. Identify capacity gaps in the entrepreneurs and help close   these   gaps through one-on-one mentoring and /or identifying capacity building partners who can become part of the project.
  8. Perform   market/value    chain    studies    relevant    to    product/service provided by the entrepreneur/business.
  9. Identify market players/buyers and facilitate their participation in the project.
  10. Engage with relevant S3IDF program team members to monitor and evaluate the implemented project.
  11. Ensure repayment of invested finances into the project with support from other relevant staff of S3IDF.
  12. Ensure appropriate documentation of the project is completed.   This   could be technical documents, audio-visual documentation, and documentation for social media / story telling.
  13. Proactively seek mentoring support from CEO, CPO, advisors and peers within the organization and its partner organizations.
  14. Based on project development experience feed into ongoing and evolving strategies for the organization.
  15. Undertake organizational development activities as CPO / CEO may instruct.
  16. Periodic reporting to the Program head /CEO on project progress, new concepts.
  17. Build and nurture strategic collaborations with large institutions like government bodies, ministries and large organizations to drive market level/systemic level change.
  18. Leverage existing State Govt /Central Govt schemes and demonstrate S3IDF thinking by implementing/influencing projects in such schemes.
  19. Be the spokesperson of S3IDF projects in suitable forums to enhance brand proliferation.
  20. Mentor / line manage JPDO’s /interns/associates on the job to build program bandwidth
  21. Become a specialist or spearhead in at least one crucial aspect of program work ( eg. Financial/ Technology/ Impact measurement/ Partnerships Institutional Collaborations etc) within 12 months of joining into the role.
  22. Perform and deliver as per co- agreed key results areas(KRA’s) and as documented with the CPO.
  23. Willingness to travel, sometimes to remote locations, 50% to 70% of the time is a must.

What do we expect:

  • Ability to work in a start-up like team environment
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity, persons of high integrity.
  • Capacity to gather, evaluate and present a variety of data in a concise manner
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet internal and external deadlines
  • Candidates are expected to join as soon as possible.

What do we offer:

  • At par salary in the development sector.
  • Opportunity to ‘influence the influencers’ at the systems change level.
  • Deep dive into sector specific learning’s on Agriculture and Waste, Sanitation Livelihoods solutions.
  • Mentoring by in-house international development experts.
  • International development perspectives
  • A professional yet relaxing work environment with strong values proposition focusing on equity, respect, fairness and transparency.
  • A platform to experiment and fail.

Compensation: Salary ranges from Rs 492,000 – Rs 720,000 per annum, depending upon experience, plus benefits. Compensation and position is commensurate with experience and within the S3IDF India pay grades philosophy and one that’s based on internal parity and fairness.


  • Spoken proficiency in Kannada is compulsory .In addition at least one of the following three southern Indian languages will be an advantage: Telugu/ Tamil /Malayalam. Do NOT apply if you do Not know Kannada!
  • Excellent English skills – both spoken and written is mandatory. Good proficiency in spoken Hindi is expected.

Education and Skill sets:

  • Graduate degree in any discipline, post graduate in relevant discipline preferred. Ability to comprehend local livelihoods & poverty issues and the social entrepreneurship ecosystem is a must.
  • A combination of relevant technical/ financial /development qualifications will be a clear advantage.

Work Experience: 2-4 years of experience for Officer grade,4-8 years for Managerial grade , some of it preferably in related sector(s)/pro-poor enterprise development/value chain development – however experience can be anywhere and individuals seeking a sectorial change are also welcome. Please note:

Candidates having experience in the agriculture sector with focus   on   incubating and Farmer Producer Organizations ( FPO’s) ,preferably in Southern India will have a distinct advantage (Karnataka,Tamil Nadu preferred)       


Candidates who have worked in / have knowledge in the sanitation sector and are familiar with fecal sludge management & sanitary workers issues in South India will be given preference.


Evaluation of qualified candidates for this position may include a substantive assessment which will include a face to face interview and may involve other steps of assessment.

S3IDF Consideration and Application procedures:

S3IDF shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and   subsidiary   organs. S3IDF office is a non-smoking environment. S3IDF is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications are screened, reviewed and contacted on a rolling basis. Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills.


To be considered all applicants must submit the following:

  • Motivation letter (Mandatory, without which the application will be rejected )
  1. Resume/CV ( maximum two pages)

Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection   will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.


Application should be sent to the mail id:

Last date of application is 6th June 2022  but candidates are urged to submit earlier as initial assessments will happen on an ongoing basis.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates shortlisted for the next stage of the selection process will be contacted.

Application Procedures:

S3IDF shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. S3IDF office is a non-smoking environment. S3IDF is an equal opportunity employer.