Director Land Policy for Land Records Initiative (LRI)

Organisation:  Landesa

Apply By:  03 Sep . 2018

Location:  Hyderabad(Telangana)

 Director Land Policy for Land Records Initiative (LRI)
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About Landesa:

Landesa is a global not-for-profit organization founded in 1992 that creates opportunities for the world’s poorest women, men and communities to improve their lives through strengthening their land rights. Recognized as a Top 10 NGOs in the world in the last two global rankings,  Landesa has worked in more than 50 countries and currently operates in ten, including India. The organization is widely supported by partners, including NGOs, foundations, donor agencies, educational institutions, and individual supporters throughout the world. Landesa is known for its advancement of pro-poor, gender-sensitive land rights reforms that have impacted millions of men and women across the globe.

Job Summary

The Director Land Policy (DLP) will lead an 18-month Land Records Initiative (LRI) project to identify the gaps and challenges in rural land records updation in several states, with an initial focus in Telangana state, India.  The project will work closely with government land administrators to assess recent efforts to improve land records, understand current processes, and  explore alternatives for ensuring that the land rights of the rural poor and women are reflected in government records.  The project will provide pragmatic, evidence-based suggestions and recommendations for the respective states to adopt. The DLPwill work within the framework of Landesa’s strategic priorities and across the teams based in Indian States as well as the national office and Seattle and Washington DC.

Reporting To: The DLP will report to the India Country Director with close coordination with respective State Directors and National Directors.

Staff Reporting to the DLP:  (1)Senior Programme and Research Manager, LRI, (2) Programme Manager/Research Officer, LRI

About the Project:

Landesa has embarked on an exciting yet challenging initiative to critically examine land records updation activities in Telangana, and also understand current status and plans for records updation in other states.  The outcome of the scoping study would determine the nature and depth and our engagement with other state governments based on predefined criteria around willingness and receptiveness, opportunity to meaningfully contribute, and the possibility of far reaching positive implications for the poor and marginalized. The 18 months project commences around September 2018 and the insights and recommendations may lead to a subsequent initiative spanning 3-5 years.

About the Position

The position would play a critical role in improving the lives and opportunities of rural poor women and men across several states.  The DLP will lead a small highly professional team to analyze land records updation processes in Telangana and other Indian states, understanding the perspectives and experience of land administrators and land users, especially rural poor women and men.  The DLP will develop close working relationships with government land administrators in Telangana at the state, district, sub-district and village levels to understand current processes.  The DLP will lead the team to identify the gaps and challenges in updation processes, and explore new approaches for ensuring that the land rights of the rural poor and women are reflected in government land records.  The DLP will lead the team to develop pragmatic, evidence-based recommendations for changes to policies, laws and practices, and advocate with state planners for their adoption.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Maintain a holistic and current understanding of policies, laws and social forces that influence rural land rights recordation in Telangana and other project states.
  • Spend considerable time in the field to understand how the records updation has been conducted and identify structural challenges that reduce participation by rural poor women and men.
  • Critically analyze laws and policies related to land records updation, including modernization and digitization, to identify areas where a policy or practice change would improve participation of rural poor women and men.
  • Design and propose changes to policies, laws and administrative practices.
  • Build and sustain strong relationships with government officials and other influencers to advocate for such changes.
  • To play a strong role in the gender-mainstreaming process and to incorporate the concept in the programme activities.
  • Work with Landesa’s teams within India and US to ensure the planned deliverables.
  • Create and foster strong working relationships with Landesa team members and external stakeholders.
  • To support a congenial work environment which enables women and men to work together in a equitable , effective and mutual respectful manner.Other responsibilities as and when assigned by the line manager.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to think critically and solve complex problems.
  • Proven ability to understand and analyze rule-based systems and the social forces that influence their operation.
  • Comfort interacting with and building trust with rural communities.
  • Comfort interacting with, building trust and building effective working relationships with state government officers at all levels.
  • Manages people with professionalism, respect and emotional intelligence.
  • Highly energetic, proactive and versatile in the face of ambitious goals and complex challenges.
  • Able to to think and work independently, with a track record of success in achieving organizational objectives and leading the thorough conception and implementation of new ideas.
  • Proven interpersonal skills, diplomacy and tact, and the ability to advocate and negotiate skillfully with both internal and external groups.
  • A strong commitment to teamwork and an ability to
  • Strong communication, presentation, and written skills. Ability to write clearly in a variety of communication styles and for a range of audiences.
  • Commitment to Landesa’s values: mission first, collaborative, constructive, and accountable.
  • Commitment to strengthening the social advancement of women.
  • Passion for land rights related work and bringing in positive changes to the lives of poor and marginalized women and men.

Education and Experience:

  • Advanced University degree in law, business administration or public policy.
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in law, business administration or public policy.
  • Basic working knowledge of land tenure systems.
  • Experience interacting with marginalized rural communities.
  • Experience interacting with state government officers at all levels.
  • Excellent language skills in English. Proficiency or familiarity with other Indian languages would be an added advantage.



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