Mr. Shubhasis Pattnaik has taken over as Executive Director of Gram Vikas with effect from 1st May 2014.  
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Job Opportunities
2014-05-23 03:24:48

At Gram Vikas we know that our mission and vision can only be realised through our people. Through their dedication, our people have contributed to making Gram Vikas an award winning NGO which works at the grassroots level. The Gram Vikas team is about working together in a participatory way to support each other and the communities which we serve. You will have the opportunity to be involved in a project and see it through to completion working with the villagers to guide them to building sustainable solutions for their very basic needs. This work will be hard, demanding and immensely rewarding. Gram Vikas’ unique 100% dignified solution approach will give you the opportunity to feel proud of the change which you will bring to people’s lives. We expect our people to work very independently using their own initiative and we will work with you to further develop your skills and experience. Your development is important to us and you will be encouraged to attend conferences, workshops, technical skills courses and undertake on the job training.

Present Vacancies



Programme Managers

Overall purpose of the role
To achieve organisational objectives under the MANTRA programme by management of field programmes and to extend the initiative to other areas.


  • Technically supervise the field teams in maintaining quality and timeliness of project implementation.
  • Ensure timely completion of projects and submission of project specific agreed deliverables. Prepare periodic progress and end term project reports as per programme/project targets, record requirement.
  • Plan, budget, implement and monitor all the project activities to achieve clearly defined and measurable indicators.
  • Train and build a team of highly motivated professionals and volunteers to undertake the project activities.
  • Coordinate with government organizations, civil society institutions, other non-government organizations, media and other institutions.
  • Develop project management systems, project operational schedules, project reports, status briefs and other communications for internal and external audience to monitor and manage Gram Vikas’s project implementation.
  • Communicate and coordinate with project partners effectively and efficiently with little management guidance.
  • Support developing Gram Vikas’s state and regional teams and visitor/experts/consultants who could be a part of the implementation teams of various projects.
  • Adhere to and actively contribute to the development and implementation of Gram Vikas administration and management procedures.
  • Develop PowerPoint presentations, training materials and teaching aids.
  • Provide logistics support for programme/ project implementation


  • Minimum five years experience in heading a project team implementing grass-root level development projects in rural areas.
  • Experience of working with international donors as well as with national/state government supported programmes/projects;
  • Strong management capabilities, including multi-tasking and working to tight deadlines under pressure.
  • Enthusiasm, a strong drive, an eye for detail, and commitment to production of exceptionally high quality work.
  • Ability to work in teams located throughout Orissa and other states.
  • Previous experience within the water and sanitation sector would be an advantage.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in English, Oriya and Hindi.
  • Good level of computer literacy skills and familiarity with MS Office suite.

How to Apply
You can send your CV/ Resume to or



Project Coordinators

Overall purpose of the role
To achieve organizational objectives under the MANTRA programme at the field project level and to extend the initiative to other areas.


Developing the Programme
Part of the startup team to initiate the programme at the project area and to extend to other villages by being lead motivator.

- Development, implementation and management (assisting practically where necessary) of annual project plan. - Monitoring and evaluation of programmes.
- Setting realistic timescales for project completion.

People Management

- Lead team comprising of supervisors, volunteers, and village representatives
- Assist in recruitment
- Develop supervisors/teams through formal and informal training to include mentoring
- Acting as an interface between field staff and senior management

Financial Management
- Manage and monitor budget for project
- Assist PM in preparation of annual budget
- Preparation of trial balance in conjunction with the project accountant

Liaison & Networking
- Acting as intermediary between GV, PRIs, government and non-government agencies
- Representing GV at appropriate fora.

- Social Work/ Rural Development / Management / Engineering education desirable
- Demonstrable track record (two years minimum) of development work at grassroots, field supervisor or
coordinator level
- Highly proactive and ability to use own initiative
- Ability to develop and build relationships with others
- Ability to develop innovative and creative solutions to problems
- Ability to influence and negotiate effectively to achieve win-win outcomes
- Effective communication skills (written and verbal) in Oriya/Hindi and English
- Leadership skills and ability to coach and develop others
- Strong IT skills i.e. Excel, Word, PowerPoint

How to Apply
You can send your CV/ Resume to or



Training Coordinator

Overall purpose of the role
To assess, deliver and follow up on effectiveness of training for our target groups (village communities and staff at project level) to equip them with the skills and knowledge required to develop and build their capacity.


  • Undertaking training needs analysis to assess what training is required and development of training plans to meet these needs in consultation with community leaders, project coordinators, the training manager and head office; undertaking follow up to assess the impact and effectiveness of training delivered and implementing interventions as required
  • Capacity development of staff (supervisors, PMED, engineers) through delivery of training sessions eg community mobilization and skill development for livelihood activities
  • Capacity development of community leaders and SHGs, through delivery of training sessions eg leadership skills, communication skills, PRA & PRI, RTI, hygiene education, electricity regulations, gender awareness etc.
  • Induction and orientation of staff at project level and head office.
  • Formation of women’s federation of the self help cooperatives as per the annual plans of the concerned projects
  • Coordination of other technical training as required
  • Any other training as required by the project from time to time


  • MSW or PGDRD desirable
  • Experience of delivering training in development work at field level essential
  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal) in both Oriya and English
  • Proven ability to coach and develop others
  • Ability to develop and build relationships at all levels especially with key clientele ie villagers
  • Ability to undertake critical analysis and to develop creative solutions to problems
  • High level of resilience and adaptability to cope with challenging conditions
  • Highly proactive and ability to use own initiative
  • Strong IT skills ie MS Excel, Word, Powerpoint

How to Apply
You can send your CV/ Resume to or



PMED Assistants

Overall purpose of the role
To collect, analyse and collate data from projects for Monthly Progress Reports (MPR) to ensure timely completion of projects. To supply project information to head office for production of quarterly funding reports. The role is predominantly field-based in rural areas and will require resourcefulness and adaptability as conditions may be fairly basic.


  • Collection, analysis, collation and inputting of data for monthly progress reports by working closely with key counterparts in the field, eg project coordinator, supervisor
  • Assisting project co-coordinator in project and village level annual planning and preparation of budgets
  • Preparing biannual reports and presentations
  • Data validation in MPRs through auditing of village records
  • Assisting and contributing to Gram Vikas’ annual report
  • Profiling villages to include obtaining demographic details, sources of income, village infrastructure etc
  • Compilation of baseline survey (household data) at project and village level both at commencement and completion of project
  • Production and translation (English/Oriya) of case studies from villages
  • Translation of meeting minutes, survey forms and other process documentation


  • MSW or PGDRD essential
  • Ideally should have previous related or field experience in development sector
  • Ability to plan and prioritise work according to deadlines
  • Ability to critically analyse and evaluate data
  • Ability to develop and build relationships with others
  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal) in both Oriya and English
  • Self-motivated and able to use initiative to complete tasks with minimal supervision
  • High level of resilience and adaptability to cope with challenging conditions
  • Strong IT skills ie MS Access database, Excel, Word

How to Apply
You can send your CV/ Resume to or



Civil Engineers (Junior/Senior)

Overall purpose of the role
To work with project staff to assist in the construction of infrastructure (primarily for sanitation needs) from start to finish including the compilation of necessary documentation for Gram Vikas, other associated organisations and government departments.


  • Survey villages for the preparation of plan estimates, drawings and designs for the construction of a piped water supply system, toilets, bathrooms and school buildings
  • Work with project coordinator to submit plan estimates in order to ensure the approval from government departments and Gram Vikas’ donors and funding agencies
  • To support field staff by providing technical guidance for the construction and maintenance of infrastructure
  • After completion of work, undertake checks and measurements on construction of work to prepare claim bills and measurement books to submit to the government for reimbursement
  • Ensure all work and materials are in accordance with guidelines laid down by the government
  • Work with project accountant and coordinator to ensure that all expenses are properly recorded and accounting procedures followed


  • BTech/Diploma in Civil Engineering is essential
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in construction is essential
  • Strong IT skills and experience of Autocad is essential
  • Able to build effective relationships and handle with tact/sensitivity eg. partner NGOs and government officials
  • Strong team player to work effectively with project coordinator and field staff
  • Effective communication skills (written and verbal) in both Oriya (state language)/Hindi and English

How to Apply
You can send your CV/ Resume to or












Physical Education Teacher
Gram Vikas is looking for a Physical Education Teacher for each of its four residential schools at Kankia (Ganjam), Koinpur (Gajapati), Rudhapadar (Ganjam) and Thuamul Rampur (Kalahandi)

•    Education: Bachelors/ Masters in Physical Education from recognised university OR certificate/ diploma in Physical
     Education from recognised institution
•    Age: 21-30 years
•    Experience: 1-3 years
•    Highly passionate about sports
•    Prior experience of working with students
•    Good working knowledge of different sports, including cricket, volleyball, badminton, football, kho-kho, kabbadi, athletics
     (track & field), archery etc.
•    Ready to relocate

Job Profile: Roles & Responsibilities:
•    Teach children the basics of different sports, including rules & regulations, techniques and tactics
•    Prepare and deliver lessons (theory and practical) to students of different classes
•    Select, coach and maintain teams in different sports
•    Inquire about different sporting competitions the school can participate in at the block, district, state and national levels
•    Accompany students to different sporting competitions
•    Plan and organise sporting competitions within school and also with other schools, in the different sporting disciplines

Remuneration will be based upon on experience and qualifications. Free accommodation will be provided by Gram Vikas.



Leadership Transition
2014-05-14 00:35:01

Mr. Joe Madiath, Founder-Executive Director of Gram Vikas, is now stepping down from this role with effect from June 30, 2014, after completing more than 35 years of service and contributions. Today, Gram Vikas is recognised nationally and internationally as a premier NGO working to imrpove the live and livelihoods of tribal and other marginalised communities in Odisha, and beyond. Its contributions in providing water and sanitation to rural households has been phenomenal.

The Governing Board of Gram Vikas initiated a search process for Joe's successor last year and Mr. Shubhasis Pattnaik has taken over as Executive Director of gram Vikas with effect from May 1, 2014.  Mr. Shubhasis is an engineer, MBA from XLRI (Jamshedpur) and has 12 years of experience at senior positions in Infosys. He brings with him considerable project management expertise and a commitment to improve the lives of the poor and the marginalised.  We do hope that Gram Vikas will scale new heights under his leadership and  you will continue to provide your valuable support to Gram Vikas and Shubhasis, as you have done in the past.

The Head Office of Gram Vikas shifts to Bhubaneshwar to enable better coordination with state government and other stake-holders by end of June 2014.

Joe wants to promote a Centre for Excellence in Academics and Sports for tribal children at Mohuda campus.

A Khel Vikas programme of sports has already been launched for the past 18 months. Under Joe's leadership, we look forward to an innovative initiative to provide opportunities for tribal children to excel in academics and sports.


Bihar Innovation Forum-II Award - 2014
2014-02-06 00:23:08

Bihar Innovation Forum-II Award - 2014 :  Gram Vikas has been Awarded the certificate of Excellence and 1st Prize in recognition of its innovative work in the area of Acess to Services on 31st January 2014 at Patna by the Chief Minister of Bihar.


STARS Impact Award 2013
2013-12-20 04:27:26

STARS Impact Award 2013 : Gram Vikas has been selected as a 2013 STARS Impact Award Winner in the category of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).  This award entitle to $100,000 of unrestricted funding, and upto $20,000 of Consultancy Support. 

Throughout the application process, Gram Vikas came across as a well-focussed organisation, with a clear vision and strong focus on empowerment and community ownership.  Both the STARS assessment team and the independent Panel were impressed by the strong accountability to the community, and the inclusiveness of  interventions, ensuring 100% inclusion at the community level so as to ensure maximum impact.

The organisation's relationship with Government at the State and National levels was very impressive, and Gram Vikas has clearly demonstrated great influence at policy level.  As an organisation we have pioneered a succesful and proven model, which offers great scalability, with the current strategic direction to scale up through government and NGO partners reflecting this.


Gram Vikas Fellowship
2013-10-04 01:02:17

Gram Vikas Fellowship is a 2 year journey to support young development workers who want to transform her/his village as a change agent. The fellowship is to support the initiative in every respect i.e. health, education, livelihood, governance, energy. For details Click here


Khel Vikas
2013-02-18 01:27:24


Khel Vikas, which literally translates to "sport development", seeks to provide the underprivileged and tribal youth in the state of Odisha access to participation in regular recreational sport. Moreover, Khel Vikas seeks to support highly talented and motivated athletes in their quest to achieve sporting excellence. Gram Vikas is implementing the project in partnership with Delhi-based sport development organisation, Pro Sport Development.

Pro Sport Development or ProSportDev uses sport as a means for the holistic development of youth, especially within the underprivileged sections of society who lack the resources and opportunities to participate and compete in sport. ProSportDev not only promotes the sustainable participation of youth in sport, but also provides those with the ability and desire, a platform to excel and progress to an elite level.

The project is currently working with youth in these Gram Vikas residential schools, as well as within several Gram Vikas communities.



“To provide every underprivileged (and tribal) child in Odisha the right to play that ensures their holistic development and fosters their growth as confident and competent learners, as well as to support those that have the talent and desire, to excel at an elite level.”

 How Khel Vikas Works?

Khel Vikas runs two broad types of programs – PE/ Recreational sports programs and Elite/Competitive sports programs. These programs run in two types of settings – firstly, within the Gram Vikas Schools, of which there are four all over Odisha. These are referred to as Khel Vikas Sports Academies. Secondly, programs are run in communities that are located in Gram Vikas areas of operation. These programs involve providing coaching and support for building local clubs, as well as training coaches. These are referred to as Community Sports Outreach Programs.

These programs combined will serve as feeder centres for the Khel Vikas Sporting Centre of Excellence.

To find out more about Pro Sport Development and the Khel Vikas project, please visit:


Global+5 Grand Prize
2012-10-10 06:08:03

GLOBAL+5 is an exciting competition awarding solutions to the most pressing global questions of the next five years.

The event  presented a selection of innovative and ambitious projects to a specially convened Jury of international leaders. This jury  met in Geneva on 9-10 October; the best projects were selected by the jury on 9 October and the results of the selection process is announced on 10 October. 

Gram Vikas' MANTRA Programme has won the Grand Prize  and the  project will be featured in a special end of year edition of The Global Journal.


Corporate Odisha Award 2012
2012-04-27 00:19:07

Corporate Odisha Award 2012 :  Gram Vikas is selected as one of the 10 Recipients of the “Corporate Odisha Award – 2012” for Local Business Leaders/Entrepreneurs for their outstanding performance and Exemplararyy Leadership Skills.