Project Associate Jobs in Delhi - The Nature Conservancy

Project Associate
The Nature Conservancy
Any Graduate, Other Course, M Phil / Ph.D
0 to 3 yrs
The Nature Conservancy
Last Date 15 Feb 2021
This Job is Expired

The Nature Conservancy - Job Details

Date of posting: 15 Dec 20

New Delhi, India

a Little About Us

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 74 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.


TNC’s India program was launched in 2015. TNC is registered in India as a not-for-profit Section 8 Company. The team is comprised of 25+ high-performing individuals with an annual operations budget around USD 5.5M. We are focused on eight initiatives that are advancing environmental solutions for some of India’s most pressing challenges. Currently our programs cover six States of India and we are working with more than 15 partner organizations. Both the program and budget are growing at a healthy rate. We are working hard to demonstrate conservation results and achieve early “win-wins” that promote equitable economic development while conserving natural resources for people and nature. We aim to meet increasing demands for energy resources, water supply and food production with low environmental impact, and in a mind-set where nature is seen as a critical input to these key human needs. We do this by engaging governments, the private sector and civil society to ensure that conservation is a critical outcome in economic development. We address challenges to nature with the goal of promoting healthy waters, lands, and oceans and promoting Climate Mitigation and Adaptation. TNC pursues a shared nature-people agenda and is working to demonstrate that conservation and development can be pursued in tandem.


We seek a Project Associate - Crop Residue Management to provide programmatic support to a major collaborative initiative to eliminate crop residue burning in Northwest India. This part of the country, which follows a predominantly rice-wheat cropping system, is considered as one of the most important regions for India’s food security. The growing pressure on land for food production and intensification of agriculture in Northwest India over the past few decades has led to serious issues of mono cropping, overexploitation of groundwater, wider adoption of practices like crop residue burning, land degradation, declining organic matter content of the soil, and loss of biodiversity, leading to the overall degradation of the fragile agro-ecosystem of the region.

Farmers in the key north-western states of Punjab and Haryana follow the practice of rice residue burning (post the rice harvest),in the months of October-November to prepare their fields for sowing of the wheat crop. This widespread burning of rice residue is a significant source of air pollution, particularly in the winter months. This practice of rice residue burning leads to emissions of greenhouse gases and harmful particulate matter (air pollution) that cause serious human health impacts, soil health deterioration, and is negatively impacting the long-term agricultural productivity of the region.

The Nature Conservancy-India (TNC-India),in partnership with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT),Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA),Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD) and Syngenta Foundation India (SFI) are supporting the adoption of in-situ (on field) crop residue management through use of conservation agriculture technologies like Happy Seeder (a tractor-mounted machine that sows wheat using a zero-till approach and spreads the residue over the sown area as a water conserving mulch that also prevents weed growth) to end crop residue burning. The collaborative initiative is being implemented in 7 districts across Punjab (Fatehgarh Sahib, Kapurthala, Ludhiana and Patiala) and Haryana (Ambala, Karnal and Kurukshetra),where our partners CIMMYT and BISA are setting up demonstration villages to generate awareness, training farmers on practices and promoting peer-to-peer learning; PAD is undertaking mobile phone-based behaviour change communication activities; and SFI is promoting agri-entrepreneurs for happy seeder based services and associated agronomical practices. TNC – India is leading activities in support of policy development, stakeholder engagement and communications, and leveraging technology, finance, and partnerships to achieve scale.

This position is based in Delhi with periodic travel to Punjab and Haryana. The position will directly support the Project Lead - Crop Residue Management in advancing the organization’s strategy to support climate, biodiversity, and human well-being outcomes. The Project Associate - Crop Residue Management is primarily responsible for program administrative oversight and partner coordination. This position will play a key role in the entire project management life cycle of the crop residue program, ensuring delivery of commitments on time and budget in collaboration with the Project Lead. This role will also undertake special projects, as assigned, to help advance the conservation goals, including some research and project development work.

This is a 2-year project-based position with TNC - India with possibility for renewal subject to funding & Project extensions.

Essential Functions

The Project Associate assists in advancing the crop residue initiatives in collaboration with the Project Lead. Essential functions include grants and contracts management, budget tracking, drafting monthly and quarterly progress reports, and providing overall administrative oversight to all the various aspects of TNC-India’s initiative on sustainable crop residue management. Project Associate will work to develop and collaborate with a network of TNC field colleagues to support the adoption of key crop residue initiatives along with partner engagement by managing the reporting process, monthly calls, planning execution and follow up from meetings, and coordinating the steering committee. This position reports to the Project Lead.

Responsibilities And Scope
  • Manages various aspects of crop residue management initiative, from developing and implementing work plans, coordinating events, managing grants and contracts, undertaking research, and reporting on projects, as well as other ongoing project management needs. Carry out project implementation activities in a timely manner and within budget as per the work plans of the assigned projects.
  • Establishes, tracks, and maintains optimal standards of performance for program to ensure high quality deliverables are met on time and budget.
  • Prepares project reports, memoranda, articles, papers, and presentations related to the program for internal and external audiences.
  • Plans and handles logistics associated with quarterly steering committee meetings and ensures steering committee is successfully engaged and informed.
  • Develops draft TORs and partner agreements, manages contractor hiring process, and ensures contractors meet all deliverables as defined.
  • Supports partner engagement activities, including coordinating regular partner meetings, overseeing grant coordination, reviewing reports, and identifying challenges and opportunities in collaboration with the Project Lead.
  • Prepares budgets in consultation with Project lead.
  • Organizes stakeholder consultations, workshops and other meetings as per requirements of project. Prepare agendas and minutes of the meetings. May act as a project liaison within and outside of the organization.
  • Undertakes special projects, such as research on scientific, socio-economic and financial aspects of relevance to the program.
  • Works with the Conservancy’s Communications Team and contractors to develop and disseminate various communication products related to the program.
  • Periodic domestic travel; may involve infrequent international travel as per program requirements.
  • Incorporates cross disciplinary knowledge to support project objectives. 

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Policy, Resource Management or related field and 3 years of related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience supporting complex projects and strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment.
  • Analytical and project management experience. 

Desired Qualifications
  • Master’s in Business Administration or degree in related field with 3-5 years of experience in similar profile.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience are appreciated.
  • Self-starter with ability to generate work plans with limited support in line with the overall conservation strategies.
  • Willingness to learn and develop expertise in new conservation strategies, economic drivers, management tools, and global affairs. Academic work/professional experience in agriculture and/or environment field is not essential but will be considered favorably.
  • Strong team player who can build relationships and work collaboratively across the organization and with partners.
  • Fluency in Punjabi language will be an added advantage.
  • Experience of preparing budget proposal, donor reporting and liaising with multiple partners.
  • Experience contributing to business plans and/or strategy development will be viewed favorably.
  • Experience of working on consortium projects is desirable.
  • Strong writing, verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Proficiency in Excel and strong quantitative abilities.
  • Go getter, quick learner and business acumen are desired skill sets. 

Additional Job Information


This is an exciting time at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as we are shifting our strategy for greater impact in the world—seeking to address some of the most complex challenges facing people and nature—issues such as climate change, conserving lands

this through the dedicated efforts of our 3,800 diverse staff , including more than 600 scientists , all of whom, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more resilient and sustainable.

Our Mission


The Nature Conservancy, a global non-profit organization with a million members, is dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Our Vision

A world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfil our needs and enrich our lives.

The Conservancy Team

We achieve support conservation in 70 countries and all 50 United States. We are striving to develop a workforce as diverse as the places where we work, and we have a deep commitment to diversity.

Job Summary

Job Type : Full Time
Job Role : Research/JRF/SRF
Job Category : Research
Hiring Process : Face to Face Interview
Who can apply : Freshers and Experienced (0 to 3 yrs )

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