Assistant Lead, See to be Safe Program, Pune, Maharashtra

VisionSpring

VisionSpring

Maharashtra, India
Posted on Friday, October 6, 2023
Job Type

Full-time

Description

Are you a change maker who wants to play a pivotal role in restoring vision for millions of people in low-income settings across India? Would you like to work for an organization that is a pioneer in social impact practices?

We are seeking a highly motivated, dynamic, and self-driven candidate who would like to have a challenging and meaningful career path in the social sector. See to be Safe Program is a key focus area at our organization and requires a proactive and dynamic approach. The candidate must be dedicated and sincere towards her/his work and should always be open to learning new things. The candidate must have in-depth subject matter knowledge, expertise, and experience. Timely and high-quality delivery of goals would be essential and will be a key performance measurement criterion. S/he will develop and grow our See to be Safe Program, the aim of which is to improve the accessibility of affordable eyeglasses to truckers and drivers. S/he will establish and roll out technical protocols, corporate partnerships with sponsors and oversee seamless execution of all field activities and build evidence of the program’s efficacy. S/he will be based out of Pune, Maharashtra, India.

About You
  • You are passionate about improving the accessibility of affordable eyeglasses to truckers and drivers.
  • You are great at thinking on your feet. You recognize that programs in the field can sometimes deviate from plan, and are always able to quickly move to Plan B.
  • You are a project manager. Nothing gives you more satisfaction than flawless execution and bringing in deliverables on time and on budget.
  • “Prove it.” Ideas are nice. Evidence matters more. You love evaluating projects to find out what worked, what didn’t, and what you should be doing in the future.
  • You are a stellar communicator and can tailor messages to different stakeholder groups. You keep partners engaged at all phases of the project.
About Us
  • We are creating access to eyeglasses for low-income people. Clear vision creates opportunities for increased learning, work, safety, civic participation, and quality of life.
  • As a social organization, social change motivates us first. Our focus is on advancing our mission objectives - to increase functioning, productivity, and income earning potential for our low-income people by correcting impaired vision with eyeglasses.
  • We are working to transform the systemic dysfunction which has failed to deliver eyeglasses - a 700-year-old technology - to approximately 55 Crore people in India in need of vision correction.
  • We serve low-income people who are more than beneficiaries to us. The people we serve expect high-quality eye-screenings and eyeglasses.
  • To efficiently scale, we must deliver each new unit with less cost.
  • We run our operations on metrics and social impact measures. We leverage a range of processes and practices to get the work done.
  • We believe in scaling our impact, not our organization. We are a lean team of doers.
What You’ll Do

Program Support:
  • Assist the Lead Programs or Program Manager in planning, executing, and monitoring program activities.
  • Help develop and maintain program plans, schedules, and documentation.
  • Support the coordination of program resources and ensure they are allocated effectively.
Team Support
  • Provide support to program teams and project managers within the program.
  • Assist in assigning tasks and responsibilities to team members.
  • Foster a collaborative and productive team environment.
Stakeholder Communication
  • Assist in communication with internal and external stakeholders, including senior management, clients, and partners.
  • Help ensure that stakeholders are informed about program progress and any relevant updates.
Documentation And Reporting
  • Maintain program documentation, including project plans, status reports, and meeting minutes.
  • Assist in preparing regular program status reports for senior management and stakeholders.
  • Ensure that documentation is accurate and up to date.
Risk Management
  • Assist in identifying potential risks and issues related to program execution.
  • Contribute to the development of risk mitigation strategies and contingency plans.
  • Monitor and report on the status of risk mitigation efforts.
Quality Assurance
  • Assist in establishing and enforcing quality assurance processes to ensure program deliverables meet established standards.
  • Support program teams in adhering to quality and compliance requirements.
Task Execution
  • Take on specific tasks or responsibilities as delegated by the Lead Programs or Program Manager.
  • Ensure that assigned tasks are completed on time and within budget.
Program Governance And Compliance
  • Help ensure that the program adheres to organizational policies, industry regulations, and best practices.
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining program governance structures as needed.
Continuous Improvement
  • Contribute to the identification of opportunities for process improvements within the program.
  • Assist in implementing changes and enhancements to improve program efficiency and effectiveness.
Support For Program Closure
  • Assist in the closure process of programs, ensuring that all deliverables are met, and objectives are achieved.
  • Participate in post-program evaluations to capture lessons learned and areas for improvement.
Conflict Resolution
  • Help identify and address conflicts or disputes within the program team or between stakeholders.
  • Support conflict resolution efforts and maintain a positive team dynamic.
Program Integrity, Monitoring, and Reporting
  • Provide technical input for the See to be Safe Program design, delivery, and reporting framework.
  • Develop a process to monitor accuracy of diagnosis and glasses fulfillment against prescriptions.
  • Oversee field data collection and data analysis.
  • Identify program successes and areas for improvement, and tailor project design accordingly. Share learning across the team. Establish quality improvement processes.
  • Prepare basic impact reports to disseminate among all project investors and school administrators.
  • Manage the Profit and Loss statement and keep checks on program budgets.
Program Management
  • Lead stakeholder engagement and communications with all project stakeholders. These include: 1) Field representatives of project sponsors (corporations, NGOs, government agencies).
  • Create program collateral (documents, presentations etc.) to support program delivery.
  • Identify and share opportunities for strategic partnerships with state and district level government agencies and corporates in support of business development objectives.
Project Team Development & Implementation
  • Execute projects on time and on budget. Develop project schedules. Identify risks and develop field execution contingency plans.
  • Supervise the day-to-day operation of the See to be Safe unit. Manage project staffing and deployment to field posts.
  • Hire and train team members who have both optometric and project coordination experience.
  • Ensure all project staff are effective in creating a memorable and motivational experience for children and their adults.
Program Advocacy
  • S/he is the customer (Corporates, Governments etc.) relationship owners, it makes sense to convert that relationship and value into real advocacy. It could come in the form of external reviews, panel discussions, a case study, or referrals etc.
  • Help clients share their impact with stakeholders, including their upstream buyers, boards of directors and employees. Coordinate with Marketing to support clients in sharing their results externally.
Requirements
  • Master’s Degree.
  • Preference for trained optometrists or ophthalmologists, or relevant experience in the eye care sector.
  • At least 6 to 8 years of professional experience.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, Hindi, and Marathi.
  • Willingness to travel within India.
  • Must meet the highest standards of ethics and personal integrity.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (especially PowerPoint and Excel).
Compensation And Benefits
  • Salary based on experience and education.
  • Competitive benefits, including health insurance and generous vacation time.
To Apply
  • We want to know more than just what you have done. We want to know who you are. What are the passions and talents that draw you to this role?
  • Please submit an application, including a thoughtful cover letter and your CV/resume, to: hr.india@visionspring.org. Please ensure there is a short description of each organization on your CV/resume. Include your last name and “Assistant Lead, See to be Safe Program” in the subject line.
  • Please note that only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.
  • Evaluation of qualified candidates will include an assessment exercise, which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
  • We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.