Skip to main content Phia

Career and Volunteers

Available Positions:

1) Finance Officer (2 positions)

Position:  Finance Officer (2 positions)

Reporting to:  Program Lead (Uttar Pradesh / Bihar)

Closing Date:  30/01/2019

Location: One Position each in Lucknow and Patna

Project Duration: 10 – 12 months fixed term contract. Renewal subject to the extension of the project


About Us

Partnering Hope into Action (Phia) Foundation is a Charitable Trust registered in India that works on the issues of social exclusion and poverty reduction. Phia through its affiliate and partners brings in a long legacy of experience and expertise in development and humanitarian work in India and globally and draws upon its wide portfolio of partnerships with grassroots civil society organizations.

This includes the flagship PACS Programme that reached over nine million people in seven of the poorest states, helping socially excluded communities claim their rights and entitlements. While the PACS program concluded, PHIA Foundation is helping take the processes and initiatives under PACS further into a new phase.

Phia strives to empower poor marginalized and vulnerable groups for non-discriminatory access to rights and entitlements: in essential services, gainful livelihoods, relief during emergencies and address inequality and inter-generational poverty. The issue of gender equality crosscuts all its work.

About the Role (Finance Officer)

Phia Foundation seeks to fill two positions of Finance Officer to take responsibility for the Accounts, Financial Management and Grant monitoring of the projects and associated Civil Society Organization partners in the States of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. S/He would be located in the Lucknow / Patna State offices and would report to the respective Programme Leads.

Key Responsibilities and Deliverables:

  • To ensure that administrative records and documents are maintained up to date as per agreed procedure.
  • Ensure effective functioning of accounts systems for the project.
  • Responsible for day to day maintenance of accounts and books of accounts as per accounts system.
  • Support in making logistic arrangements for various state level events.
  • Support the National Finance Manager in monitoring the utilization of funds and generate periodic reports.
  • Support National Finance Manager in Grant Management and ensure timely disbursement of funds to the CSOs.
  • Ensure that the CSOs comply with the project reporting requirements.
  • Project budget management and financial monitoring of the project expenses with the approved budgeted costs.
  • Review and analysis of the financial reports.
  • Maintain relevant correspondence with the CSOs on project matters.
  • Undertake periodical monitoring visit to CSOs.
  • Preparation of appropriate project closure report at the end of the project and audit processes.
  • To take up additional responsibilities as and when required.


Educational qualifications and skills required for the position:

A graduate or a post-graduate degree in finance, with substantial knowledge and experience (at least 3 - 5 years), preferably in the Social Development Sector, is required for this position. The candidate should be versed with the laws related to the Development Sector like provisions in Income Tax Act, Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, Societies Registration Act, etc. Excellent proficiency in Tally, MS Excel, and MS Word is required. Person should possess good communication skills, verbal and written, both in Hindi and in English.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter / note (maximum two pages) mentioning your suitability for the said position with an updated CV with two references (your direct line managers, one must be current employer) in a single document (MS Word or PDF format) to by 30th Jan 2019.

An indication of your present and expected salary should also be made in the CV. Please mention “Finance Officer – State name (Bihar or Uttar Pradesh)” in the subject of the e-mail.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Phia encourages applications from socially excluded communities, PwD and women.


2) Project Lead (1 position) – Digital Literacy Programme

Position: Project Lead (1 position) – Digital Literacy Programme

Reporting to: Program Lead (Bihar)

Closing Date:  30/01/2019

Location: Patna

Project Duration: 7 months fixed term contract. Renewal subject to the extension of the project

Remuneration: Up to INR 4,80,000 per annum (CTC) depending upon qualifications and experience


About Us
Phia Foundation is a developmental and humanitarian organisation working for the eradication of poverty, exclusion and discrimination. Phia works with the poor, socially excluded and vulnerable communities, with a focus on equity and inclusion. It does this by enabling poor and excluded communities to access their rights and entitlements; provision of basic services in healthcare, education, and water and sanitation; promoting resilient livelihoods and providing humanitarian relief and rehabilitation during emergencies. Promoting gender equality crosscuts all of our work. We were established as a Public Trust registered in Delhi. We work in partnership with grassroots organisations, the private sector and government to promote sustainable development and growth.

About the project
Phia Foundation has partnered with “Internet Saathi Programme” is a joint initiative of Tata Trusts and Google India focusing on creating awareness among rural communities especially women and adolescent girls about internet and its benefits for their own growth.

Under this initiative, dynamic women are selected as Saathi’s from their villages. They are then trained and equipped with Internet enabled devices like tablets and smartphones to further train the larger community in and around their villages, with special focus on women on how to use smartphones, access the Internet through phones and tablets and search for information online as per their need. The objective is to make community, especially women learn about internet and then use the same to meet their requirements. The Saathi’s are supported on ground by the partner organisation who help in training, troubleshooting and monitoring. With PHIA Foundation Internet Saathi project was launched across 7 districts of Bihar to increase awareness on importance and benefits of internet access amongst the communities and also to claim their rights and available entitlements (Government schemes at the HH level etc.)

About the Role (Project Lead)
Phia Foundation seeks to fill the Project Lead position to coordinate and implement the digital literacy programme in line with the deliverables mentioned below.


Key Responsibilities and Deliverables:

  • Project Lead would lead the state level planning review and monitoring for the internet saathi project in Bihar.
  • Coordinate with CSOs to ensure that all Project Managers and Supervisors are recruited.
  • Liaise with CSOs for delivery of project results as per the donor commitment
  • Support the Program Managers in technical troubleshooting and escalate technical issues to the technical team.
  • Undertake visits for concurrent monitoring and review the work of Program Manager and ensure the coverage is achieved as per the target.
  • Analyse MIS data and assess progress, flag issues on concern and undertake corrective measures to plug gaps.
  • Extend necessary support and guidance to the Program Managers in the effective implementation of the project. 
  • Assess the performance of the CSOs and provide mentoring support accordingly.
  • Responsible for donor reporting and donor compliances.
  • Undertake all activities necessary to fulfil the objective of the Internet Saathi project, convene periodic review meetings of the project level team.
  • Perform other related responsibilities as may be assigned or delegated time to time by the State Manager.

Educational qualifications and skills required for the position:


  • She/ he should have a minimum of 5 years & above of experiences in social work, consultancy assignments, community mobilization and institution building.
  • Should hold a MSW / Post-graduate degree in social sciences, rural/urban development from a reputed university/institute.
  • Fair knowledge on Internet uses, Applications and troubleshooting over technical software related issues.
  • Understanding on advocacy, networking liaison with administration transparency and accountability framework.
  • Experience in civil society partnerships.
  • Experience in programme monitoring and report writing, donor reporting.
  • Experience in organising training workshops.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A self-starter, able to work independently.
  • Ability to work with a range of people from diverse backgrounds in an open-minded, non-dogmatic manner.
  • Managerial, representational and inter-personal skills, and strong communication in Hindi and English (verbal and written).
  • Prior working experience in the state will be an advantage


IT competency required:

MS Office -  (MS-Word, Power Point, Excel)& Internet

How to Apply

Please send a note (maximum two pages) mentioning your suitability for the said position with an updated CV with two references in a single document (MS Word or PDF format) to latest by
30 January 2019.

An indication of your present and expected salary should also be made in the CV. Please mention “Project Lead – Patna” in the Subject of the e-mail. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Phia encourages applications from socially excluded communities, PwD and women.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  If you have not been contacted by 07th February 2019 please assume your application was unsuccessful.