Senior manager, hr

Wadhwani Foundation

Job Summary

Scope the Entrepreneurship and SME development stakeholders and framework in the country for a strong understanding of current status, challenges and opportunities Help identify the needs and define the goals and scope of the program with clear roles and deliverables of the entities involved.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description

Wadhwani Foundation - Launched in 2000 by Dr. Romesh Wadhwani, the Foundations comprising of Wadhwani Charitable Foundation and Wadhwani Operating Foundation are working with the primary mission of accelerating economic development in emerging economies through large-scale job creation with presence in Asia, Africa and Latin America operating in association with governments, corporates, mentors, investors and educational institutes. Its Initiatives are driving job creation through entrepreneurship, skills development and innovation.

Job Description

Project Management for the GSN & NEN Program:

  • Work with the manager to create a detailed project plan, monitor actions and ensure timely completion of deliverables to meet the needs.
  • Liaison with all parties involved, ensuring common understanding and that deliverables meet the requirements.
  • In general, ensure WF involvement is properly utilized and resulting in valuable deliverables that meet the objectives of the program and WF NEN initiative.
  • Scope the Skills development stakeholders and framework in the country to develop a strong understanding of current status, challenges and opportunities.
  • Help identify the needs and define the goals and scope of the program with clear roles and deliverables of the entities involved.
  • Create a detailed project plan, monitor actions and ensure timely completion of deliverables to meet the needs.
  • Liaison with all parties involved, ensuring common understanding and that deliverables meet the requirements.
  • In general, ensure WF involvement is properly utilized and resulting in valuable deliverables that meet the objectives of the program and WF Skill College’s initiative.

Entrepreneurship Education Network:

  • Responsible for developing and managing the NEN institutions & other partner Organizations including Entrepreneur & Startup Associations in a given market
  • Qualify and sign up relevant institutes as per target & within timelines
  • Facilitating the capacity development of member institutes –this includes working with the head of the institution, faculty leaders, and students to help structure, design and execute the right experiential programs
  • Facilitate access to different resources from within and outside the Wadhwani Foundation.
  • Initiate and lead collaborations, networking & training programs on ground
  • Identify & develop local resource teams including key faculty, mentors & entrepreneurs
  • Work with individual institutions to visualize and build goals & annual road maps
  • Work with the Central Team in mapping the market training needs and help implement these programs on ground
  • Help administer the surveys on campuses at regular intervals
  • Catalyze interest in entrepreneurship amongst students on campuses
  • Drive participation for programs

Start-up and SME Network and Support:

  • Identify and enroll high potential startup entrepreneurs and SMEs for different kinds of programs
  • Identify and strategically engage all the relevant ecosystem partners such as mentors, investors, incubators, accelerators
  • Deploy the NEN service offerings intelligently to the respective target customers in each region
  • Monitor the impact of the program through jobs created
  • Identify critical needs of startup entrepreneurs in the region and provide recommendation to program and product teams for modifications or development of relevant programs and content.
  • Training Industry Sector Skill Councils (and possibly Companies/Association) Interface:
  • Be connected with designated points of contact from the Industry – Companies and Associations – to facilitate an industry driven program.
  • Obtain the specific jobs and their corresponding duties->Tasks->Skills composition – from within the industry as defined by the government and or relevant industry sector councils (if any).
  • Get Specification of requirements (National Occupational Standards) and validation of curriculum/ coursework from Industry Sector Skill councils) /Company subject matter experts.
  • If using own or specially developed curriculum, liaison between the Education partner curriculum/coursework development and the Industry sector skills council/companies’ point of contact
  • Ensure Curriculum covers all aspects of training – Classroom instruction material, Faculty Guide, Learners/Student guide.
  • In addition, help arrange Faculty Development training through Subject Matter Expert(s) from SSCs/Industry (with industry input/participation). This may involve identification, networking and development of Master Trainers who can deliver the Faculty Training courses.
  • Work with SSC/Industry to organize and deliver the training course logistics – schedules, venue, facilities, faculty registration and signup, etc.
  • Coordinate with all stakeholders including from industry, educational and training institutes and government as relevant to ensure success for the Program.

Candidate Qualifications, Skills & Experience

Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Business, Social Work or other equivalent Degree

Experience:

  • Minimum 8 years with at least 3 years in roles leading projects and people
  • Experience should include interfacing with Entrepreneurial ecosystem, higher educational institutes, government departments and other entities
  • Strong analytical, conceptual and strategic planning skills. Excellent interpersonal and supervisory skills.

Communications: 

  • Excellent oral and written English skills. Able to listen, understand and communicate effectively
  • Able to develop documents and other write-ups for communication on paper, via the web and other means
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a range of audiences including students, teachers, principals, government as well as industry personnel.

Project Management:

  • Strong program management skills. Ability to break up a complex deliverable into a project plan with realistic tasks
  • Ability to manage aggressive deadlines with ownership and required hard work to keep to deadlines.

People/Team Skills: 

  • Highly presentable and pleasant
  • Confident and able to interface with senior faculty/ industry experts/ Education Partners and government officials to derive results
  • High energy, exhibiting passion and drive for their work and able to rally other people around common

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