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HAIYYA IS HIRING

ABOUT HAIYYA
Haiyya is a grassroots campaigning and consulting organization that envisions transforming the leadership fabric of India by organizing ordinary citizens to come forward and create campaigns and movements on the issues that matter to them. Our aim is to strengthen democracy and governance through innovative and participatory civic engagement model.

Haiyya is a community-organizing outfit and have adapted Professor Marshall Ganz’s community-organizing framework from Harvard Kennedy School to empower young leaders, campaigners and social change projects. We drive change through campaigning and leadership development across issues of social-civic-political significance.

We are looking to hire for 2 positions “Communications Coordinator” and “Grassroots Campaigner”. The application closes on 5th April, 2018. Please find below the detailed job descriptions. For more information about our work, visit our website www.haiyya.in

COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Location: New Delhi
Duration: Full Time
Application Deadline: Extended till 20th April, 2018

 

ABOUT THE ROLE
Over the past 5 years, we at Haiyya have had the opportunity to run campaigns on various urgent social issues like health, gender and environment by organizing common people to lead and take action to stir a change. We at Haiyya are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, dynamic and creative Communications Coordinator to take our work to new heights and scale up our reach amongst existing and new stakeholders like individuals, civic bodies and Government across India, who are waiting and willing to step up instead of hoping for the government to make amends. You will play an important role in this, by helping us share our various community narratives, expand our reach, raise awareness and build visibility about our foundation’s pillar; campaigning and organizing by developing creative communication strategies and tools.

You will work closely with senior campaigners, volunteers, partners and donors. You will be the team expert providing day-to-day advice on strategic campaign related content and relationship with the media and vendors like designers, photographers and videographers.

We are looking for someone who can brief media, handle press during major public actions days, write inspiring blogs, newsletters, reports and press releases, create great content that will engage a variety of audiences with our campaigns and bring visibility to our work on creative digital and non-digital platforms . Above all, you should be a people person, able to build and maintain productive relationships with partner organisations and the media.

Time is an important tactic in campaigning and organizing. Hence we work in a fast-paced environment and you’ll be expected to cover a lot of issues across different department within Haiyya.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Essential skills & experience

  • 2-3 years of experience in a communications position for an agency or NGO.
  • A people-person who can build relationships with members of staff, volunteer network and press.
  • An exceptional communicator in English with a passion for language and a flair for writing and editing content for various media and audiences. Excellent Hindi speaking skills.
  • Creative communicator and problem solver who can generate new hooks and campaign ideas.
  • Experience working with and managing projects, teams, and volunteers.
  • Excellent time and project management skills.
  • Proficiency maintaining spreadsheets and databases, strong email communication, comfortable communicating via Skype, conference calls, and other online tools.
  • Expertise to use softwares like mailchimp, canva or openness to learn and having an eye for it.
  • Willingness to travel, sometimes at short notice.
  • An openness to advice, feedback and constructive criticism.

Desired (but not required) skills & experience

  • Graduate/MA degree in Social work/Development studies/Political Science/History/Sociology or any related field.
  • Prior experience of working on environment, health and gender campaigns and projects.
  • Understanding of urban city landscape in Delhi
    Content development – tech & design skills (e.g. design, video editing) and/or the ability to manage developers of multimedia content.
  • Familiarity with running PR and communications for large-scale events or protests.
  • Proficiency in Hindi.

COMPENSATION & REPORTING
This will be a full time role with a competitive compensation, based on experience. The Communications Coordinator will direct report to the Senior Campaigner.

To apply, send your a copy of your resume along with one page cover letter act@haiyya.in by April 5, 2018. You can include relevant web links in your cover letter. We are considering applications on rolling basis and encourage participants to apply at the earliest.

 

GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGNER

Location: New Delhi
Duration: Full Time
Application Deadline: Extended till 20th April, 2018

 

ABOUT THE ROLE
The Grassroots Campaigner will work with the Haiyya team to achieve its on-going campaign goals and strength the movement by raising awareness, empowering and mobilising individuals and building solidarity amongst communities of different cultures and backgrounds. Their role is to identify and establish new connections with key individuals and explore and lead opportunities to collaborate with different stakeholders.

The Grassroots Campaigner will also be responsible for coordinating on-the-ground campaign activities including maintenance and management of relationships with local partners, executing actions, expanding and managing volunteer community. As well as providing intermittent support to Haiyya staff with some department related tasks.

This is a full-time position based in Delhi. Time is an important tactic in campaigning and organizing. Hence we work in a fast-paced environment, we need someone who is enthusiastic, dynamic, creative, can play for the team and keep a cool head when it gets busy.

ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Lead and support the existing partnerships and building new connections with key-persons and organization to achieve campaign goals.
  • Lead online and offline recruitment of new volunteers and leaders.
  • Lead and support creative projects such as the creation of visual. products including event promotions, videos, flyers, logos, websites, and action props to amplify campaigns.
  • Organise logistics, registration, appointments for successful execution of workshops, events and actions.
  • Maintain Basic campaign budgets.
  • Drive trainings on ground.
  • Support the writing, editing, proofreading of blogs/articles/reports and social media.
  • Support the Communications Coordinator by providing input over direction, strategy and output.
  • Support team members with department related work and interns when and where assistance is needed and appropriate.

CANDIDATE PROFILE

Essential skills & experience

  • 1-2 years of experience of working with community/volunteer groups on ground.
  • Equipped with excellent organisational skills especially on volunteer engagement and/or community engagement and management.
  • Well versed in both Hindi and English as spoken languages and excellent documentation skills in English.
  • Has excellent communication skills and loves meeting and working with people.
  • Ability to carry out evolving and competing tasks to meet deadlines.
  • A strong desire to learn and constantly improve.
  • Highly responsive, and able to lead initiatives as well as take direction from others.
  • Flexibility and capacity to adapt to new and evolving situations / working environments.
  • Proficiency maintaining spreadsheets and databases, strong email communication, comfortable communicating via Skype, conference calls, and other online tools.
  • Willingness to travel, sometimes at short notice.

Desired (but not required) skills & experience

  • Graduate degree in Social work/Development studies/Political Science/History/Sociology or any related field.
  • Strong video editing skills and written documentation skills.
  • Knowledge and skills on using digital and media platforms for the campaign.
  • Ability to design and execute training programs as per campaign needs.

COMPENSATION & REPORTING
This will be a full time role with a competitive compensation, based on experience. The Grassroots Campaigner will report to the Senior Strategist.

To apply, send your a copy of your resume along with one page cover letter to act@haiyya.in by April 5, 2018. You can include relevant web links in your cover letter. We are considering applications on rolling basis and encourage participants to apply at the earliest. Preference will be given to women, trans folks and non-binary individuals.

 

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Leaping into the Void: How It’s the Best Decision You’ll Ever Make – Sharad Poornima’s Story

We all have doubts about what we can achieve and whether we alone can make a difference in this world. For many of us these doubts debilitate us from taking that first giant step toward action. But one day I took that step, and it changed my life completely.

I have always had an interest in the environment. I used to read the newspapers every morning and watch the news on TV every night. I thought I understood what was causing Delhi’s pollution and believed it would eventually get fixed, but I never understood the full extent of the issue. Following the news I witnessed the situation go from bad to worse. It was then I decided to do something about it.

While I never really believed that I alone could make a difference, I couldn’t sit back and watch us destroy our environment. When I thought about the legacy I wanted to leave for my children, and my children’s children I knew I had to try to do my bit to make the world they will grow up in just that little bit better. So when members from Haiyya’s Youth4Environment Fellowship approached me, I jumped on-board and decided I was going to do whatever I could to help save Delhi’s environment.

Deciding to take action was both one of the hardest and easiest decisions of my life. In our rapidly globalised world people are completely engrossed in their own lives and are unwilling to look beyond their homes and their own interests at the world and society surrounding them. It is easy to forget the environment is everyone’s responsibility. It is what provides for us, it is where we live, and yet we don’t seem to care that we’re destroying it. People’s initial resistance was incredibly disheartening. But eventually with persistence I found that people listened and followed and were able to achieve the unimaginable.

I have been overwhelmed at the support I have received from the youth in my community, who have gone above and beyond what I could have ever expected. I am immensely proud that I have been able to inspire young adults within my community with my own small actions and my own passion.

Joining the fellowship has not only taught me so much about how I can help the environment through simple everyday actions, but also about myself and my own potential. If you had told me that I alone could make a difference and lead an action across my community I would never have believed you. But I now know I can engage others and help them make an impact in their own lives, which has given me confidence in myself. I am proud of my own accomplishments, but I am prouder of what those around me have achieved. I believe that if we all decide to act we can leave this world better than we found it.

Taking action is always a sacrifice. But it is a sacrifice worth making as you will discover things about yourself and your own potential, abilities and passions that you otherwise would never realise you possessed. Through my journey I have realised I am not just a drop in an ocean and that I alone can make a change.