About the organization

At The Antara Foundation (TAF), we work to strengthen the last-mile delivery of public health solutions. Our core belief is that maternal and child health depends on access to timely and quality care. We work with and through the government system, helping build the capacity of frontline health workers, using data for better implementation and decision-making, and mobilizing communities to seek better health outcomes. Our solutions are designed to work at scale, are sustainable, and are simple to implement on the ground. We are a young, energetic, and passionate team, working across 8 districts, 39 blocks, and 5,700 villages, with 8,800 FLWs, reaching 379,000 women and 650,000 children in central India. Over the next few years, we see ourselves spreading across multiple locations in India to implement our solutions and to create an impact at scale.TheProgramLead(PL)atTAFwill lead our entire program across a district. This includes program management, team development, and stakeholder management. It is an ideal fit for candidates who prefer a fast-paced, impact-driven work environment with opportunities to lead a dynamic team and help solve some of the toughest public health challenges.


One of our intervention districts in Madhya
Pradesh (subjective to need) with interstate
travel and travel to Delhi (HO) as required

Reports to

Director-Programs / Senior Program Lead

Role specifics

As a Program Lead, your role will include (but not be limited to) the following

Team developmentand management

  • Guide and support the team to generate new ideas to improve program delivery and continuously
    introduce new initiatives in the district
  • Provide strategic and analytical guidance to the team on an ongoing basis; provide adequate apprenticeship
    on the field, and build capabilities and groom leaders
  • Ensure a positive and nurturing team environment; keep the team motivatedand be agatekeeper of
    organizational culture

Program management

  • Use our theory of change to design new solutions and/or contextualize existing intervention
  • Plan, implement, and monitor the delivery of our interventions end-to-end
  • Manage program budget for the district and troubleshoot as required
  • Support team to achieve committed deliverables, acting as an enabler; provide critical troubleshooting support as needed
  • Analyse monitoring data routinely and take steps to fill critical gaps in implementation

Stakeholder management

  • Maintain strong relationships and work closely with village/block/district government officials to ensure quality delivery and sustainability of the program
  • Contribute to overall organizational needs and vision outside the field (e.g., donor development, monitoring & evaluation, among others) and collaborate with team members from different locations/departments
  • Build new partnerships for more effective implementation, and nurture and manage existing partnerships as needed

Organizational leadership

  • Program leads are part of the core leadership group at TAF and are expected to contribute to the overall strategy and planning process for the organization, as well as brainstorm on new initiatives, partnerships, and programs
  • Represent TAF at external meetings, conferences, and events, as required

Why should you join the Antara Foundation?

The Antara Foundation grooms leaders; the Program Lead role is the first step to unleashing your leadership potential. The PL role is an opportunity for those who seek a managerial challenge. This unique experience blends hands-on practice of problem-solving and leadership with regular mentoring by industry veterans.You will learn to be an empathetic leader with the ability to drive innovation, own projects and outcomes, and build critical skills. You will also learn to work in a grassroots context, working with the last mile providers of public health in some of India’s most remote regions, building for yourself, a perspective of development challenges and solutions from the ground up in a safe, supportive environment. At TAF, our vision is to be the best place to work across all industries. Our culture and value system are at the core of this vision. We believe in investing in our teams and providing everyone with opportunities for growth.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a future leader who is a self-starter, humble, creative thinker, and who can embrace
cultural diversity with grace and empathy. An ideal PL can mix these with analytical rigor and strategic

They would also have the following credentials –

  • Masters or Equivalent degree in any field
  • Demonstrated program/project management skills, with at least a year of team management experience
  • Adequate MNCHN knowledge, and a willingness to learn as necessary
  • Strong strategic and analytical thinking abilities
  • Excellent communication in Hindi and English
  • Stakeholder management–government, donor, and other external stakeholders

If you like what we do and want to work with us, please send your CV with the subject line mentioning the position you are applying for, along with a Cover Letter (mandatory) to us at careers@antarafoundation.org

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