State Head and Program Director

State Head and Program Director

Organization: Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD)

Apply By: 31 Aug 2019

Location: Bhubaneswar(Odisha)

About the Organization:

Precision Agriculture for Development is transforming agricultural extension in developing countries using the latest available technologies and research methods.  PAD works with partners to build, scale, and improve mobile phone-based agricultural extension with the goal of increasing productivity and income of 3 billion smallholder farmers and their families around the world.

Position: State Head and Program Director

Job Description:

Precision Agriculture for Development, Inc. (PAD) seeks a State Head for Odisha to support PAD research, operations, and scale-up activities with state governments, social enterprises, and other key partner organizations. PAD was established with a keen eye towards rigorous evaluation and constant experimentation.


  • Refine vision and strategy for the state with the senior leadership and effectively implement the same
  • Lead the overall operational and implementation activities, ensuring project milestones are delivered on time and within budget
  • Build, manage and strengthen relations with different partners and stakeholders: technology providers, agri-businesses, development organizations, non-profits and other service providers and implementation partners to facilitate scale-up of the PAD service
  • Understand end user's requirement and support the development of the optimum product for Odisha
  • Support the development and implementation of the technology platform to deliver the product
  • Build a strong personal and institutional working relationship with state government officials within all the program relevant departments
  • Build and implement a capacity building plan that facilitates the transfer of system management to government
  • Lead the overall hiring, training and management of staff across verticals
  • Manage contracts, grants and sub-partner monitoring functions at the state level including managing deliverables and spending rate
  • Preparation of progress and expense reports for the funders
  • Operationalize the 'Management Information Systems (MIS)' at the district and state level, undertake periodic analysis and report progress to senior leadership
  • Be responsible for submission of project reports, invoices/bills or any other documents to the concerned stakeholders
  • Represent PAD in government meetings and different state planning meetings and committees

Role of Program Director & Tasks:

  • In coordination with India Country Director, explore and as appropriate set up projects and activities in other states in India
  • Participate in relevant research and knowledge generation activities and exchange learning and tools with other PAD entities, partners in India, South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa
  • Follow relevant trends in precision agriculture, innovations and best practices in government extension services
  • Carry out any other responsibility as assigned by the India Country Director and the global management team

Qualifications and Experience:


  • Master's in Business Administration or an equivalent degree/experience
  • 5 to 8 years of relevant experience in business development, consulting and management in multiple sectors
  • Proven professional experience leading large programs and, bringing individual projects to scale
  • Self-motivated, with a strong ability and drive to lead the project independently at the state level
  • Ability to work effectively with Government departments and officials at all levels, with the energy, patience and proactive problem solving needed to overcoming obstacles and co-creating a customer (farmer) centric service
  • Excellent managerial, liaison and negotiation skills
  • Willingness to travel within Odisha and other states across India based on requirement
  • Excellent communications, written and presentation skills in English and Hindi; knowledge of local language, Oriya, will be an added advantage
  • Strong reporting and upward management skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to lead the team of diverse professionals


  • Experience and ability to work in multicultural settings
  • Experience working with start-ups and high-growth environment
  • Experience in smallholder agriculture and the developing world
  • Work experience in Odisha and local language skills (Oria) preferred
  • Familiarity with impact evaluation method
  • Consulting or other private sector experience
  • Fluency in at least one Indian language (Hindi, Gujarati, Oriya, Kannada, Bengali, etc.)

Location: Bhubaneswar, India

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