Volunteer Researcher to identify & develop Community Networks for rural Community organisations

Organisation Name : Drishtee

Organisation Description : Drishtee is a social organisation working with rural communities in 6000 villages across India, we have an extensive presence in Assam, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar, with few initiatives in parts of Rajasthan, West Bengal, Orissa, M.P., Maharashtra, Haryana, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and other North Eastern states. Drishtee aims to develop and nurture 500,000 sustainable rural enterprises in the next 5 years, the partnership is with local communities and in collaboration with other stakeholders. To accomplish the objective of formation of enterprises, Drishtee requires to play the role of a facilitator for community building within the villages, this entails a continuous and holistic understanding of rural landscape for sustainable development of enterprises and possibilities of forging partnerships.

Approach: Progress and development of villages is possible only when families realise and accept the value (intangible & tangible) of coming together as a community for fulfilling their basic common needs. It is important that they recognise that their economic unsustainability may have external influence but the core of the solution lies in their aggregation.

Drishtee is relying on the willingness of rural families to commit, invest, and contribute towards this common cause of unification and working towards their own empowerment.

When the village embarks on the path of organising themselves, the focus is on identifying their core needs, existing skill set and resource requirements. These would be broadly – capacity needs (training & development, design, management, planning & structuring) , capital needs (human capital, financial) and channel needs (marketing , networking , linkages) for accessing global markets.

Drishtee analyses these needs and connects with relevant stakeholders such as local government, civil society organisations and CSR of large corporations seeking partnership support on behalf of the community organisations.

Sectors Addressed: Agriculture and allied services, Apparel, Construction, Beauty and Wellness, Banking and Finance, Tourism and Hospitality, Plumbing, Handicrafts, IT.

Vision : Drishtee envisions a world where all communities are empowered to achieve shared prosperity.

Mission: To facilitate development of rural community organizations and delivery of business services to demonstrate a model of sustainable living on the planet.

*Community Organisation : An organised & registered collective of groups, where members are open to share resources & responsibilities in order to achieve sustainable common well being

Website: http://www.drishtee.org/

City: Noida State/Province: Uttar Pradesh Country: India

Description of Volunteering Opportunity

  • Job Title : Volunteer Researcher to identify & develop Community Networks for rural Community organisations.

  • What is the specific project : Development and Strengthening of community organisations.

  • Why is this important to your organisation? : Core of Drishtee mission is the development and empowerment of community Organisations. As part of it’s value proposition Drishtee needs to develop a network of PAN India relationships with governmental and non-governmental organisations that will offer subject matter expertise and other relevant support (e.g under various schemes or program ) to the Community Organisations to help resolve their challenge’s / achieve planned goals.

  • What is the goal? : To build a database of such agencies, understand their strategic alignment to the goals of community origination and establish Drishtee connect.

  • Job Function : Research & Database Management

  • What tasks will you want the volunteer to do? : Understand the generic problem areas or needs for community organisations in the various Drishtee location’s and research to collate database of local or national agencies that can support, example NGO’s working on providing water solutions to rural India, or government agencies with schemes for youth, housing /employment etc. Followed by establishing a connect for Drishtee to take on.

  • Location : Semi Virtual.

  • Duration & Time: 3 to 6 months, 40 hrs a week.

Desired Skills & Expertise : Keen interest in Rural India, analytical ability to identify a match /alignment between needs of the Company and offerings of the supporting agency .

Language : English & Hindi

Support :

  • Housing & meals : Yes (Shared Accommodation).

  • Certificate : Yes. Upon completion of the tenure.

  • Travel allowance : Yes Only official expenses as per company policy.

Application Process: Interested candidates to email their resume with a covering letter to volunteers@drishtee.in