Program Manager – Built Environment (Sustainable Habitat)

Bangalore, Karnataka

Job Description

In India, 20% of the population is in constant need of housing in both urban and rural regions and engineers and architects reach out to less than 3% of the population. A large percentage of population lives in homes that are either self-built or constructed with local assistance by those not formally educated. Most poor houses are self-built and it raises concerns of safety and healthy quality of living. Incorporating passive technologies (that bring in natural lighting and ventilation), appropriate materials that provide natural cooling/heating inside the structure, can result in buildings that are inherently efficient in its use of energy. The Built Environment team works with vulnerable communities (migrant, labourers, street vendors, low-income households), providing access to safer and healthier environments, which directly impacts their overall well-being. The solutions are community driven, combine user and designer expertise to come up with efficient spatial patterns, ecological design techniques, alternative material usage and innovative financial models. The Program Manager – Built Environment will help weave collaborative relations that enable SELCO Foundation to effectively fulfil its mission.


  • Map out gaps and opportunities in urban and rural poor housing along using the lens of energy access across India.
    • Manage and support the Program Implementation Team of the sector assigned.
      • Coordinate and network with other stakeholders to promote appropriate programs that enhance or complement their programs using energy access.
        • Design and manage partnerships.
          • Primary and Secondary research, data analysis with respect to the project.
            • Overseeing the operations, finance and administrative process of the project.
              • Team building for Institutional Partnerships.
              • Requirements

                • Minimum 7 years work experience in areas of management, team building and partnership development.
                  • Experience in managing programs in the development sector is desirable.
                    • An understanding of and desire to work proactively to promote sustainable energy access.
                      • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
                        • Ability to process information and create compelling communication channels.
                          • Willingness to travel.
                            • Knowledge and past experience in housing for poor is beneficial.
                              • Education Preference: Architecture/Civil Engineer/Designer.


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