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 Director of Women and Land (Women Candidates Only)
 Rural Development Institute (RDI)

 Location: New Delhi
 Last Date: July 9, 2010
 Email:  (Reference:


Date: June 2010

Job Title: Director of Women and Land

Employment Status: Regular Fulltime

Place of Performance: New Delhi

Travel Requirements: Local, regional and international travel.

Supervisor: India Country Director

Basic Description of the Position

This position supports the India Country Director and works with the other professional staff of the Country Office which is designed to help poor, rural families obtain land and opportunity. Responsible for providing support and input on woman and land issues for the various RDI projects in India and beyond. Facilitate the communication, dissemination and implementation of RDI activities throughout the organization, the country and beyond.

Core Duties:
Manage and or provide technical support to programs or projects in conformance with RDI procedures on budgeting, work planning, cost monitoring and control, schedule monitoring and control, and product preparation and delivery. Initially these projects will include the following:
• Delivery of micro plots through the IAY rural housing scheme promoting larger plot sizes, titling in women’s name and livelihoods development.
• Promotion and advocacy for the liberalization of tenancy laws as they affect poor rural women.
• Specific RDI projects currently being implemented in the country.
Collaborate with government officials, other counterpart country nationals, and international aid agencies in the work.
Perform social science research, analysis, and synthesis of topics and issues related to RDI’s work.
Undertake fieldwork (rapid rural appraisal, key informant interviews, public meetings, workshops, surveys, and the like) in less developed countries to gather information about current land tenure conditions and the prospects for reform.
Make policy, and other kinds of recommendations that are practical, useful, and realistic, given the country realities and resources.
Create plans for implementation of selected recommendations.
Collect progress and performance data, assess progress and results, carry out or monitor evaluations/assessments of activities as needed; identify problem areas, and take corrective steps as needed to achieve program and project objectives.
Collaborate with and work under the guidance of fee-for-service clients and public sector grantors.
Contribute to the expansion and/or development of new RDI programs and projects, including related fund raising.
Participate in internal substantive development activities by conducting research and analysis and making presentations to other RDI staff.
Prepare and present public education and awareness presentations consistent with RDI’s educational strategic objectives.
Participate in the Global Women’s Land Right Center as a colleague.
Assist the Communications and Development department in preparing and presenting funding, educational and communication material.

Required Qualifications

Education: Preferably a degree in law, plus a graduate or professional degree in a related field such as sociology, agriculture economics, natural resource management, etc. An undergraduate degree in area studies, economics, geography, political science, sociology, or other field related to international development would be beneficial. Work experience may not be substituted for the degree requirement.
Experience: A minimum of 15 years of professional work experience in international development issues, institutions, laws, projects and policies. Bias will be toward individuals with field work experience, work experience on land related issues, work experience relating to socio-economics, or work experience related to women's access to justice.

Work Habits: Include but are not limited to accuracy, efficiency, thoroughness, regularity, timeliness and punctuality. A strong drive for excellence in work product and personal performance.

Interpersonal & Language Skills: Fluency in English and Hindi required; proficiency in other languages preferred. Ability to work in support of and collaboratively with a range of people at all levels, including RDI employees both foreign and domestic, the management team, donors, visitors, contractors and subcontractors, outside vendors and services suppliers, and other administrative staff members.

Teamwork Skills: Ability to both lead and work as a member of teams, including consensus building, communications, and leadership skills.

Communications Skills: Ability to communicate well in writing, orally, and non-verbally. Includes an ability to make and use distinctions as to types, frequency, tenor, and levels of communications, depending upon the circumstances, audience, recipient, and content.

Software Skills: Ability to proficiently use Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other software.


This job is open to women candidates only.


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