Suvita is a startup nonprofit working to increase uptake of routine
childhood immunisations in India. We are impact-focused and currently
deliver two evidence-based programmes to boost attendance at vaccination appointments:
Identifying natural community influencers and supporting them to act as immunisation ambassadors.
Sending SMS reminders directly to new parents and caregivers, to help them remember when their child is due for a vaccination.
So far we have reached roughly half a million users and estimate that
we have saved hundreds of lives. We have been incubated by Charity
Entrepreneurship and by The/Nudge Foundation, and our funders include
Mulago Foundation, Schmidt Futures and Founders Pledge.?
About the role
Do you have a keen eye for detail? Do you love integrating
all the small details into a smooth-running whole system? Do you thrive
on making systems more efficient? ? We’re seeking an
operations specialist who will lead on delivering and strengthening
Suvita’s operations across administration, finance and programmes. You
will cover domains such as HR (onboarding & offboarding, contracts,
policies), compliance (for multiple entities across different
countries), finance, bookkeeping, funder reporting, infrastructure and
equipment, and programme operational improvement.
The role will be a mixture of:
establishing new systems that don’t exist yet (for example building our Section 8 entity towards achieving FCRA registration in India) as well as
maintaining core functions and making them more efficient (for example HR operations like team contract renewals, and programme operations like survey management).
You will encounter many novel tasks or problems for which we
don’t yet have an established protocol - so you must be comfortable
charting a course under uncertainty and bringing in your previous
experience where relevant. You will also encounter systems which have
been in place for a while - so you should be skilled at identifying
opportunities for further improvement, and at prioritising which areas
you should focus on to have the greatest impact.
requires a person who is highly organised, conscientious and proactive,
who has excellent problem-solving skills, high attention to detail and
the ability to quickly and effectively seek, absorb and process
information for decision-making.
What sort of things will you be working on?
Managing our finances across entities in India, UK and USA, and
making sure funds are moved efficiently between them to ensure adequate
cashflow while minimising transaction costs.
We have a Section 8 company in India for which we want to complete
12AA, 80G and FCRA registrations. You will lead on making this happen.
We recently registered as a CIO in the UK and you will prepare this entity to take on its first employee.
Ensuring that our entities across all countries meet their compliance and reporting obligations.
Carrying out HR operations such as contract renewals, onboarding,
offboarding, reimbursements, leave tracking. And iterating these systems
to make them more efficient.
Working with our Programme Managers to increase programme
efficiency. This could involve running internal experiments in
coordination with other colleagues such as Head of Tech and/or
Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist.
Generally identifying opportunities to make Suvita’s work as an organisation more efficient.
Where might the role go?
The scope of the role will grow alongside Suvita’s scale, e.g. over
time you will likely be working with a growing team; managing more
entities; holding more external partnerships and administering
increasing quantities of funds. This means that there’s a good chance
the role will also expand in future to include managing other operations
?Why it's awesome?
Your work will save lives.
You’ll be part of a mission-driven, impact-focused organisation with strong values, delivering programmes grounded in evidence.
It’s a high-leverage role in a young organisation. We are aiming for
huge growth of our programmes and impact in the coming years, so there
are plenty of opportunities for outsized personal impact.
You’ll have high flexibility about when/where/how you work.
Who we're looking for
We don’t have any hard requirements for the role in terms of education or experience. The ideal candidate will have many of the following characteristics:
Excellent planning skills (Do you often anticipate potential hurdles
or bottlenecks that others might miss when planning a task?)
Systems mindset (Are you good at stepping back from individual tasks
to think about how the whole system could work better to meet its
goals? Do you take pleasure in building systems that do their job really
smoothly? Would you be likely to spot an opportunity to adjust a
routine process in order to save everyone in the team 1h a week?)
Highly organised and conscientious (When you set goals, do you also create a plan of how you’ll achieve them?)
Excellent attention to detail (Are you particularly good at picking up on errors or crucial considerations that others miss?)
Flexible, enjoy a high task-volume (Do you like having a variety of
tasks on your plate which require you to frequently switch context?)
Quick learner: able to quickly and effectively seek, absorb and process information for decision-making
A team player who gets a thrill out of helping the whole team to increase its impact and who shares Suvita's values.
Hours: full time - the role will start as a fixed
1-year contract, with plans to become a long-term position subject to
performance and org plans and budgets.
Salary: competitive with other nonprofit salaries, and in line with the experience and responsibilities of the selected candidate.
30 days’ paid holiday leave per year plus 12 days’ sick leave at full pay.
Reimbursement towards an annual health insurance policy for all India-based team members.
Location: preferably India-based, but this is not a
hard requirement. We have team members based in Pune, Patna and London
but are open to fully remote or hybrid work models.
How to apply
If this all sounds exciting, please fill out this form (https://forms.gle/NqBJk8NWJ2aZVynY6)
to confirm your interest in the role. You will then be automatically
emailed a link to the application form. We look forward to hearing from