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11 April 2015

1.  Programme Co-ordinator  

SLI is looking for a Programme Co-ordinator as a managerial level full-time position in the Institution. 

The following eligibilities are desirable for the person we are looking for:

  • Post-graduate academic background in Rural Development or Sustainable Development, and suitable working experience of minimum one decade in Rural Livelihoods in India, preferably in Tamilnadu, in the areas of designing, implementing, managing, measuring and researching on Rural Livelihoods. Non-academics with innovative and novel working experience in these fields will also be considered.
  • Understanding and commitment to issues of Sustainability. Knowledge including sustainable solutions, technologies and processes that are successful in various parts of India and the world. Hands-on experience in implementing sustainable solutions in rural areas will be given weightage. Dedication to, and carrying convictions on values and necessity of sustainability in rural development and livelihoods.
  • Experience in designing and delivering activity-centered training programmes for rural communities and government personnel, preferably experience in curriculum design, course delivery, coordination of such programmes, impact assessment and review. Experience in management of a similar institute will be considered an additional advantage.
  • Being a good team player with advanced leadership skills.
  • A love of continuous learning.
  • Capacity to write proposals, reports, convene and manage meetings with multi-disciplinary teams and stakeholders.
  • Capacity / experience in working with people of different cultures, languages and nationalities will be given additional weightage.
  • High degree of empathy and open heart.
  • Ability to handle multiple demands in complex situations; flexibility to changes.
  • Ability to trouble-shoot and finish tasks at high speed, and required competence in working with various technology gadgets, including computers, smart phones, tablets, etc. are necessary.
  • Fluent capacity to communicate in speaking and writing in English & Tamil is mandantory; any other Indian language will be an advantage.

The main tasks will include:  

  • Overall co-ordination of the activities of the Institute, in accordance with the goals & values of SLI
  • Actively leading the SLI strategic activity, jointly with the Director and consultants and the governing council of SLI
  • Using the strategic framework to create the Annual Action Plan and detailed programme plan for each year
  • Preparation of course plans for the various courses, and maintaining the details of all courses, course coordinators, course materials and field locations with the Executive Committee of the Institute
  • Liaison with the state and central governments regarding SLI in negotiating the annual budgets, follow-up on the same. Report on behalf of SLI to the government

2.    Human Resources

 The following attributes describe the person we are looking for:

  • Qualification and five years of relevant experience in Human Resource Management and / or Administrative position.
  • ‘People person’ may be the best way to describe you. Excellent people management skills and capacity to bond and work with diverse teams and people.
  • Facilitation skills including trouble shooting, high degree of empathy, solid background in adult education, group dynamics & soft skills; sensitivity towards social & cultural dynamics.
  • Commitment to continuous learning and personal growth, to working ‘outside the box’.
  • Good documentation and reporting skills.
  • Good command of English & Tamil.

The main tasks will include:

  • Recruiting & managing of Human Resources
  • Team building & soft skills training
  • In-house capacity building, knowledge updates & training
  • Monitor and nurture overall welfare & harmony within team; assist with in-house pulse-taking
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Help in creating and overseeing the SLI Fellowship programme
  • Guiding interns & volunteers
  • Helping with other tasks in the team, including the area of Innovation

The work may require some travel within Tamilnadu. A regular Auroville Maintenance is available. If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding opportunity, please do send your CV with any additional details and two references to sli@auroville.org.in .

3.  Communications

The eligibility for this position includes:

  • Qualification in any of the social sciences with a passion for communication, particularly written.
  • Excellent command over written and spoken communication in English and Tamil.
  • Capacity to sit through learning sessions and meetings, and being able to quickly generate meeting documents and summaries.
  • Capacity to maintain online status and updates of websites, blog, social media and groups through appropriate communication to various entities as detailed in the communication manual of SLI.
  • Dedication to, and inner alignment with deeper values of sustainability.
  • Good command over different communication technologies.
  • Ability to handle multiple and changing tasks under pressure.
  • A love for working with people of different backgrounds, cultures, languages.
  • Team-playing attitude, empathy, open heart &mind.

The main tasks for this role will include:

  • Managing correspondence & phone contacts
  • Responsibility for all communication with various stakeholders
  • Customised writing for various stakeholder groups
  • Help in content writing, teaching materials and event-related communication material
  • Facilitation of other documentation and social research activities of SLI
  • Work with graphic artists, web-designer, photo- & video professionals

A regular Auroville Maintenance is available for this position. If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding opportunity, please do send your CV with any additional details and two references to sli@auroville.org.in .

4.      Logistics Co-ordinator

Some of the attributes for someone to don this position include:

  • Some of the attributes for someone to don this position include:
  • Experience in managing continuous events and activities with diverse teams.
  • Background in hospitality or academic industry will be provided additional weightage.
  • Aptitude for practical organisation and teamwork.
  • ·Capacity for detailed and systematic work; patience & reliability.
  • Ability to handle multiple demands in complex, pressurised, and often changing situations.
  • A love for working with people of different backgrounds, cultures, languages.
  • Good communication skills and manners, both in English and Tamil.
  • Capacity to ‘think on the feet’ and quickly come up with alternatives to acute operational challenges.
  • Understanding of operational guidelines of state government will be seen as an advantage.
  • Knowledge of the Auroville region will be a big advantage. 

Tasks will typically include:
  • ·     Organising  & managing transport needs
  • ·     Organising  & managing accommodation; liaison with guest houses
  • ·     Organising  & managing food: catering, snacks, restaurants
  • ·     Organising & overseeing VIP, government visits etc.
  • ·     ‘Meeting & greeting’ of course participants & resource persons
  • ·     Negotiating conditions & rates where appropriate
  • ·     Liaison with finance department
  • ·     General assistance, help with errands etc. where needed
  • ·     Bicycle management & maintenance

A regular Auroville Maintenance is available. If you are interested in a challenging and rewarding opportunity, please do send your CV with any additional details and two references to sli@auroville.org.in .


The SLI is being set up as an autonomously managed institute, jointly formed and emerging out of an ongoing dialogue between the Tamilnadu Rural Livelihood Mission and Auroville, in response to the urgent need for new approaches and thinking in rural development based on the principles of sustainability.

Tamilnadu’s advanced standards of technology in urban areas are in stark contrast to its rural poverty, malnutrition and increasing unemployment, shrinking natural resources, loss of agricultural land and a steady decline in farming, tendencies made worse by globalisation and climate change.

Sustainable livelihoods are able to provide, without further destroying the fragile environment, the means for a healthy way of life, a holistic development, and overall happiness for individuals and communities. SLI believes that to create such livelihoods is not a utopia, but a necessity and a realisable aim.

The SLI aspires to be a bridge between Auroville and rural South Asia, confronting the challenges of globalisation through dynamic localisation, evolving solutions for a humanity in a rapidly changing world by drawing from the wealth of traditional sustainable knowledge as well as the inspirations of the future.

With Auroville as its wider campus, SLI aims to provide a place of learning, growing, teaching, research, experimentation and exchange in all aspects of sustainable livelihood. It will offer regular training programmes for government servants and communities, and platforms where new and pioneering approaches can be conceived and shared between practitioners, policy makers, community resource persons, and all those interested in solutions for a sustainable tomorrow.


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