Programme Officer – India

Deadline for application: 18 April 2021

Location: New Delhi or Bangalore, India

Reporting to: Head of Climate Change sub-programme

Salary: Highly competitive salary and benefits


About Oak:

Oak Foundation ( commits its resources to address issues of global, social, and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, and North America, Oak Foundation makes grants to organisations located in 41 countries worldwide.


This a great opportunity to join a diverse, international team within Oak Foundation’s Climate Change sub-programme. This a solutions-focused role to help tackle our greatest challenge: empowering communities to transition to a fairer, healthier, and safer future.

We are looking for someone with a strong, entrepreneurial and creative spirit, keen to innovate in order to enable some of the world’s most effective civil society groups to support climate ambition in India.

Passion, motivation and a commitment to efficiency and meeting tights deadlines are essential, as is a great sense of humour and desire to work as part of a team.

Major duties

  • Make a lead contribution to the portfolio level strategy related to India.
  • Provide input into the strategic direction of the Environment Programme and contribute to shaping the Climate Change sub-programme’s high-level goals. This includes managing, monitoring, evaluating, and leading grant-making across Oak’s India climate and energy portfolio.
  • Identify high-impact, innovative, and entrepreneurial grant-making opportunities to further strengthen Oak’s leadership role across Indian climate philanthropy.
  • Contribute to ongoing strategic development, implementation, learning, and evaluation.
  • Maintain a strong network of relationships with key players in the climate arena (not-for-profit, scientific and philanthropic organisations, as well as governments and private sector), and particularly within his/her geographical focus area.
  • Follow and assess key scientific, legislative, and regulatory developments within his/her area of geographical responsibility and internationally.
  • Manage all aspects of grant-making: conduct research; develop new grant opportunities and a cohesive portfolio; conduct due diligence and make grant recommendations; manage grant relationships; assess impact, including enlisting the support of technical expertise for monitoring and evaluation, when appropriate.
  • Review letters of inquiry and proposals received by the foundation and respond in a timely manner to all applicants, regardless of the foundation’s interest.
  • Review budgets submitted by applicant organisations as part of the due diligence process.
  • Assess organisational development needs and propose appropriate measures.
  • Conduct site visits to applicants, grantees and projects, as required.
  • Represent Oak Foundation at external climate change meetings and contribute to internal and key constituent communications on climate change.
  • Convene partner not-for-profit organisations, scientists, government and/or peers from other foundations when programme implementation so requires.
  • Work with Oak Foundation administrative and programme management staff to ensure efficient progress in grant-making, monitoring, and reporting, as well as other administrative activities related to the programme.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the head of the Climate Change sub-programme.


  • University degree (Masters’ preferred) in political, social and/or relevant environmental or natural sciences.
  • A minimum of seven years’ experience, and a track record of significant achievement in a discipline related to climate change.
  • A knowledge of the new India FCRA regulations is desired.
  • Strong personal and professional networks in the climate change and social movement arena across India.
  • Ability to translate from strategic imperatives to tactical realities.
  • Experience in field programme implementation and in making, managing, and measuring grants is preferred.
  • Understanding of not-for-profit and/or governmental financial reporting and budgeting.
  • Proven research and analysis skills; outstanding organisational abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; desire and ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills; comfort expressing opinions in a setting that encourages a vibrant exchange of ideas.
  • A strongly developed sense of integrity, humility and discretion, as well as poise, maturity, and a good sense of humour.
  • Available for international travel, up to 40 days a year, sometimes for extended periods.
  • Excellent written and spoken English required.


The position will be based in New Delhi or Bangalore and reports to the head of the Climate Change Sub-Programme. Frequent interactions with Oak’s President, Environment Trustee and the Environment Director are also required.


A competitive salary appropriate for New Delhi or Bangalore, as well as benefits – based on experience and adjusted to performance – is offered.

How to apply

Only applicants who have the right to work in the India will be accepted.

Interested candidates submit their Curriculum Vitae and a compelling covering letter to by 07 April 2021.  Please note that we will only be contacting shortlisted candidates.

By submitting your application, you confirm that you have read and understood Oak’s job applicant’s data privacy notice.

Oak Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, as detailed in our child safeguarding policy. We expect all staff to share this commitment. Please note that the successful candidate will undergo reference checks and be required to provide a police record prior to starting employment.

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