Senior Programme Associate – Capacity Building

About SEWA Bharat:

Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) is a movement to empower women working in the informal economy. SEWA Bharat is part of the national SEWA movement. Established in 1984, it is a national federation of SEWA organizations of women working in the informal economy. SEWA Bharat emerged out of the need to address the SEWA movement’s challenges with geographical expansion and coordination. SEWA Bharat comprises a family of SEWA organizations to further informal women workers’ rights, livelihoods, financial independence, education, health and social security.

SEWA Bharat runs a programme to strengthen and build resilient women-owned collective enterprises which keep the shareholder i.e. the women worker at the centre of its operations, leadership and business model. SEWA Bharat is building an enterprise development team known as the Women’s Enterprise Support System (WESS) to help these collective enterprises scale, and become sustainable to ensure regular, continuous and dignified work for the women associated with the enterprise. WESS provides in-depth support to collective enterprises in the areas of access to finance, strategic planning, compliance, and marketing to make these enterprises profitable and sustainable in the long run. WESS has a small yet enthusiastic team of professionals who are passionate about promoting women’s economic empowerment with a network of industry mentors, working under the guidance of an advisory board of SEWA leaders and experts.

Scope of Work:

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced associate for Capacity Building/Trainer to support social enterprises in enhancing their organizational capabilities, and operational and other processes. In this role, you will design and deliver training programmes tailored to the unique needs of social enterprises, focusing on areas such as business development, financial management, strategic planning and operational efficiency. Your role will be pivotal in empowering social entrepreneurs and their teams to navigate challenges and maximize their social impact.

Tasks and Deliverables:

● Training Programme Development:
○ Provide training in an effective and impactful manner to the worker-owned grassroots enterprise teams
○ Assist in developing comprehensive capacity building aligned with the needs of social and collective enterprises, covering topics
such as business strategy, impact measurement, marketing and sales, financial literacy, and leadership development
○ Customise training content and methodologies to suit varying levels of enterprise development and participant backgrounds
○ Stay updated on emerging trends and best practices in capacity building for social enterprises and collective enterprises

● Delivery of Training Workshops:
○ Facilitate engaging and interactive training workshops both in-person and online
○ Employ adult learning principles to ensure effective knowledge transfer and skill development
○ Utilize case studies, group exercises, and simulations to enhance learning outcomes

● Individualised Consulting and Coaching:
○ Provide one-on-one coaching and consulting sessions to address specific challenges faced by grassroots enterprise teams
○ Offer strategic advice and practical solutions to strengthen organizational capacity within collective enterprises

● Assessments:
○ Conduct assessments of the effectiveness of capacity-building initiatives
○ Continuously gather feedback from participants to incorporate improvements and adaptations

● Reporting:
○ Maintain reports and other relevant documentation for all enterprises/collectives in the context of the capacity-building work
○ Updates, analysis and learnings to be shared with the WESS team, WESS Board, CSE (Collective Social Enterprise) Programme team and other stakeholders as and when required

Key Skills and Qualifications:

● Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a development-related field, social work, or in any relevant field
● Proven experience of 3-4 years in designing and delivering capacity-building programmes, particularly for
collective enterprises or nonprofit organizations
● Deep understanding of the capacity-building needs of worker-owned collective enterprises
● Strong facilitation and presentation skills with the ability to engage diverse audiences
● Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport with stakeholders at all levels
● Analytical mindset with proficiency in monitoring and evaluation methodologies
● Passion for social innovation and a commitment to driving positive change


Delhi (with frequent travel to enterprise locations in both rural and urban areas and for training sessions as required).

Additional Requirement:

Fluency in Hindi is essential; proficiency in other languages is an advantage.

Application Process:

Interested applicants with the required attributes are requested to send, a CV and a cover letter by email to [email protected]. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Female candidates are urged to apply for this role.