Team Manager – Program Finance

Posted By: Azim Premji Foundation Bengaluru


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Program Development & Management

Rights and Entitlement/Governance

Job Description


  • Support the program team members of grant portfolio during various phases of grant life cycle (initial phase of grant application, review of grant budget proposal, actual fund utilization reporting, renewal phase)
  • Plan, review and manage the efforts of finance team members for seamless operations of finance diligence and grant disbursements of grant portfolio.
  • Draw Scenarios, workflows (input, processes, output) with specific focus on key set of activities for the Grant portfolio:
  • Validation of grant budget proposal
  • Determine further information to be solicited – prior to due diligence, during the diligence as well as post due diligence.
  • Overall understanding of finance management and accounts for partner NGOs (Operating expenses, Capital vs revenue, Corpus funds / General Reserve etc.)
  • Be an “effective and efficient team member” vis-à-vis “a scorekeeper” to support the following:
  • Coherence between two forms of expression of grant proposal – Language (Program) and Numbers (Budget)
  • Anchor conversations on ‘Judgement questions’ – adequacy or reasonableness of the costs in the grant budget
  • Common (Shared) understanding of the program logic (design, execution and implementation etc.)
  • Arrive at key operating metric for a program / set of programs we support and the related cost benchmark for meaningful analysis.
  • Act as an expert for all aspects of financial management and accounting system framework which are critical for assessment of an applicant organization during the grant making process (policies, systems, documentation, compliance, internal control).
  • Engage with grantee organization’s finance and accounts team to understand and assess their existing operating level and scope of maturing therefrom
  • Develop effectiveness in the Philanthropy’s core grant making function (leveraging systems, technology to standardize processes)

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Eligibility Criteria

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Extensive prior work experience in Operational Finance / Business Finance - Qualified CA / ICWA
  • /MBA with minimum of 15years in a mid-sized organization to lead / anchor financial due diligence, Budget and Analytics preferably in the not-for-profit sector
  • Proficiency in applying Finance and Analytics 1-0-1’s (both operational and financial)
  • Ability to collaborate and demonstrate being a team Player with persuasive skills both one –on – on and group situations.
  • Ability to identify risks, challenges, issues and suggest alternatives that lead to a working solution.
  • Working knowledge of basic accounting and finance concepts, principles, conceptual understanding and application of financial prudence,
  • Demonstrate analytical aptitude and attitude (relevance and usefulness of information analysis and how it contributes to the evaluation process of grant making / grant management)
  • Strong verbal, written and analytical skills
  • Ability to systematically analyze and convey complex problems in a way that others can readily follow, recommend options / solutions / summarize relevant conclusions as they seem to emerge.

Desired Candidate Profile

Post Graduation - MBA/PGDM

Organization Details

  • Organization Name:Azim Premji Foundation Bengaluru
  • About Organization:Azim Premji Foundation is a not-for profit organisation that has been working since 2000 with the elementary education system in rural government schools. The Foundation began by implementing various programmes to improve educational quality across the country. By 2010 however it became clear that working on a “project” mode was inadequate and it takes continuous effort over many decades for any deep-rooted change to happen. This can only be achieved by establishing “institutions” which are embedded in the local context and can collaborate with local government structures. Thus the idea of setting up District Institutes in field locations came into being.