Arghyam was founded in 2005 to support sustainable water and sanitation solutions. We are a public charitable foundation based in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Our work rests upon a personal endowment from Rohini Nilekani.
A vision that speaks volumes
The word “Arghyam” means “Offering” in Sanskrit. We are fulfilling our vision of ‘safe, sustainable water and sanitation for all’, by funding and partnering with like-minded individuals and organisations to design and implement transformative solutions. Arghyam designs its initiatives through the lenses of social, institutional, technical, environmental, and financial sustainability.
Addressing India’s water and sanitation challenges calls for innovation, the ability to absorb risk, and work towards long-term systemic change. We have worked in 22 states to address the basic water needs of all citizens, especially the vulnerable communities.
We encourage communities to actively participate in local management of water and enable stakeholders in the ecosystem with the requisite capabilities. While our focus lies squarely on domestic water management, our projects take into account the broader issues surrounding availability of water.
Board And Advisors
Dr. Shiv Someshwar
A career at Arghyam
If you are driven to make a difference to the world, working at Arghyam can be a hugely enriching experience.
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About Arghyam and ForWater Platform
Arghyam is a registered public charitable foundation that has been working on safe and sustainable water for the last 13 years. It has 3 focus areas of intervention in water – groundwater, springs and water quality. All the 3 areas have built up momentum and created significant impact. But the need is to do much, much more- quicker, cheaper and better. We are looking to launch a Societal Platform for water. This new approach, disrupting the way we think about how social welfare organizations bring about change, at scale. The big thinkers, and the best minds are coming together to transform the way change can happen in social sector. This is the beginning of a transformational journey and you now have a chance to actively shape its evolution. Arghyam’s mission is to” Strengthen the ability of the ecosystem to enable water security for 100 million people by 2023″.
The ForWater platform will be focused on developing solutions and infrastructure to enable the ecosystem players (Community members, Civil Society organizations, Government, Research organizations and Funders) to access knowledge, data and services. These tools will help them to focus on solving the water problem in their respective areas of work while leveraging the technology to perform their work more efficiently, effectively with higher visibility and accountability.
The users of the ForWater platform will be the community members who would like to understand and solve for the water issues, the CSO’s who work closely with the community members and the government to build capacities at various levels, the government which understands the imminent water crisis and is funding infrastructure projects, the academia for research and the Funders who are playing a critical role in gap funding the needs of the ecosystem.
About the Position
Arghyam is looking for a passionate, hands on Engineering Manager to help the Water ecosystem to solve for the water crisis facing all of us. He / She bridges the technical and water worlds and create products for the end user and will have to work closely with a cross section of teams such as water experts, legal, design, and others. Key skill of the Engineering manager is to function in an action-oriented environment and the ability to break down complex problems into steps that drive product development at speed. A Engineering Manager at Arghyam, is driven by the passion to make a difference and fulfil the societal mission that is inspired by the committed ecosystem working towards solving for the water crisis in the country.
Role of Engineering Manager at Arghyam
- Owns and is accountable for all releases.
- Process oriented and ensure quality of the release.
- Liaison with the Product Manager, Architects, Design Council and Tech Managers / Leads (across teams and products) for planning of features and tracking quality of build
- Work with Technology partners to ensure quality timely releases.
- Design, architect and build of digital infrastructure and solutions.
- Build efficient processes to ensure releases are tracked.
- Identify, Manage and communicate Risk’s.
- Weekly showcase and status reporting.
- Release schedule for all products, modules in a release.
- Identify the crises dependencies across products and plan for the release .
- Schedule retrospectives and plan for the releases.
- Review deliverables for Design Reviews, Code Reviews completion.
- Solid foundation in software design with strong analytical and debugging skills.
- Comfort in working in short, agile, iterative development cycles.
- Understand the needs of the ecosystem and define engineering requirements.
Skills and Qualifications
- Minimum 5 years engineering management experience. Ability and openness to quickly learn the needs of the water ecosystem.
- Strong understanding of large scale distributed architectures, design patterns, application development processes and practices.
- Should have understanding of transactional databases, and of multiple types of NoSQL databases like Cassandra, Elastic Search, Neo4j, and others.
- Experience in the development of Cloud native systems.
- Ability to work with outsourced Technology Partners.
- Communicate effectively with ecosystem partners and other stakeholders.
- Managing projects under tight deadlines and involvement of cross-functional stakeholders.
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Attention to detail and ability to work with user interface; designers and usability experts to deliver highly usable and differentiated experiences.
- Preferably to have experience in dealing with Agile Software Development teams.
- BE / ME in Computer Science / Information Technology.
- Participate to build products for meaningful social impact at scale.
- Freedom and flexibility to participate in solution building process.
- Enabling working environment.
Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience and abilities.
Location: Bangalore Last Date of Application : 4th March 2019
To apply for this post, please e-mail your updated resume to: email@example.com with a mandatory subject line “Application for the post of Engineering Manager”.
Rohini Nilekani is the Founder-Chairperson of Arghyam. She set up the foundation with a private endowment, to work on water and sanitation issues in India. She is also the Founder-Chairperson of Pratham Books, a charitable trust which seeks to put "A book in every child's hand." An ex-journalist, author and philanthropist, Rohini has been deeply involved with development issues and is currently a member of the Audit Advisory Board of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. She sits on the Boards of many non-profits, notably ATREE (the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment) and Sanghamithra Rural Financial Services. Rohini has authored a novel “Stillborn” and also a nonfiction account of dialogues she moderated between social and corporate leaders in a book titled "Uncommon Ground".
Ananth Narayanan is the Chief Executive Officer of Myntra and Jabong, the country’s largest online platforms for fashion and lifestyle products. He leads the team with a dedicated mission to disrupt and transform the way fashion is sold and consumed in the country. His aim is to make Myntra the first profitable ecommerce company in India. Under his leadership, Myntra has made several strategic acquisitions including Jabong from Global Fashion Group; making it India’s biggest fashion shopping destination. Featured as one of “India’s Hottest 40 under 40 Business Leaders” in 2014, Ananth has deep expertise in driving performance improvement and product development. Prior to joining Myntra, Ananth was a Director at Mckinsey & Company for 15 years and has worked across four offices (Chicago, Shanghai, Taipei and Chennai). His role entailed leading the Product Development practice in Asia and working with companies on strategy and operations. Ananth serves as an Independent Director on the Board of Marico and is an active member of YPO, the global community of young leaders and chief executives. He is a part of the Champions of Change, Transformation Conclave set up by Niti Aayog, under the aegis of the Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. He leverages his vast experience and knowledge from years in consultancy and managing operations to mentor start-ups and has helped them to create systems and processes, build stakeholder communities, effectively reach out to markets and scale up their business. He regularly speaks at various summits organized by premier institutes such as The Economist, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, University of Michigan among others. Ananth has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Madras and a Masters from the University of Michigan, in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. He is an active member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and is also on the Industry Advisory Board of the University of Michigan.
Janhavi is a Ph.D. Student in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is interested in sustainable development and energy policies in developing countries, particularly India. She graduated from Yale University in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics and in International Studies.
Sonalde is a demographer whose work deals primarily with social inequalities in developing countries with a particular focus on gender and class inequalities. She studies inequalities in education, employment and maternal and child health outcomes by locating them within the political economy of the region. While much of her research focuses on South Asia, she has also engaged in comparative studies across Asia, Latin America and Sub Saharan Africa. She has published articles in a wide range of sociological and demographic journals including American Sociological Review, Demography, Population and Development Review and Feminist Studies.
Dr. Shiv Someshwar
Dr. Shiv Someshwar is a research faculty at Columbia University, New York. At the Earth Institute, he is the Director for Climate Policy in the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development, and the Senior Advisor for Regional Programmes at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society. An expert on climate and development policy, Shiv has led numerous multidisciplinary projects that build resilience to climate risks in developing countries. He advises governments on identifying and implementing climate action priorities, and served as an advisor to UNDP’s Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery to integrate climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction efforts. He has helped develop Columbia University’s graduate program in Climate and Society. Previously, he was at the Rockefeller Foundation and has also worked at the World Bank. Shiv received his Ph.D. in environment and public policy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and was a MacArthur Bell fellow at Harvard University.
Sunita Nadhamuni is Director at the Center for Transformational Innovations at EMC, India. CeTI is working with partners to develop technology-enabled solutions for addressing healthcare challenges in emerging economies. Prior to that, she was founder-CEO of Arghyam. She was also with the Asia Pacific Water Forum in several capacities networking with regional players from APJ countries. She has more than a decade of IT experience in the Silicon Valley at companies like Sun Microsystems, SGI and Healtheon/ WebMD and a decade of development sector experience in India leading initiatives with significant public impact. Sunita has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in NY and a BE degree from Andhra University in India. She is a former TED India Fellow, member of several national and international committees on water, founder of two voluntary initiatives in education and rural development, and has authored two books based on her work.
Mr. Keshav Desiraju recently retired from the Indian Administrative Service after an illustrious career spanning more than three decades. He held positions of Secretary to the Government of India in Ministries of Health and Consumer affairs, after serving as the Chief Secretary to the Government of Uttarakhand. It was during his tenure as the Health Secretary that India's first ever mental health policy took shape. He is known in policy circles for being a visionary with impeccable honesty and integrity. Mr. Desiraju was educated at the Universities of Harvard, Cambridge and Bombay.