Position: Program Manager (full time)

Team: Built Environment - Innovation
Location: Bangalore, Karnataka
Starting date: Immediately
Minimum work experience: 6 years

Job Description: The built environment team within the SELCO foundation works across a large spectrum of projects looking at infrastructure needs for the poor. The program types range from housing, livelihoods, healthcare and other public institutions. The Innovation team here conducts deep-dive studies, designs-prototypes and works towards creating evidence that brings out the need and impact of sustainable built environments. This includes critical R&D in the space of futuristic designing, need for structural innovation, automation, yet designing from the lens of the community - their aspirations and needs as well as the current impacts of climate change.

As the Built Environment - Innovation Team Lead, the applicant should have good sectoral understanding, experience in strategy planning, program design, managing a diverse team and partnership development and management. The role seeks further acceleration of the innovation work in the built environment sector globally.

About the Role & Responsibilities

  • Scoping and mapping the built environment sector for opportunities in innovation
  • Defining and justifying the relevant project types to be undertaken by the team through strategic planning including identification, engagement, building rapport, coordinating and co-developing programs with key stakeholders
  • Managing and building a team of 4-5 architects, designers and consultants to carry out projects and programmes in design, research and implementation where relevant
  • Anchoring design conceptualisation, review and carrying it to prototype/ implementation
  • Develop and conduct participatory processes of co-design with stakeholders
  • Research, both secondary and primary, and keep abreast on the sector - current developments in technology and architecture as well as rudimentary and traditional knowledge from the grassroot
  • Document and deliver critical learnings from the innovation/ design process and implementation work for the sector
  • Conduct regular team meetings with senior management and the implementation program team on best practices, learnings and continued way forwards thereby also ensuring coordination between the innovation and implementation teams
  • Develop and manage partnerships with long term strategic plans for each within the innovation space for sustainable built environments
  • Preparing and Managing budgets and cash flows of the team
  • Willingness to travel


  • Architectural Degree with minimum 6 years strong implementation experience
  • Adept at AutoCAD software, Sketchup or any 3D modelling software, Photoshop or equivalent and InDesign or equivalent
  • Adept at coordinating between multiple team members
  • Analytical in approach and problem solving. Possess strategic thinking
  • Strong organisational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritise multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills and ability to interact with grassroot stakeholders
  • Can ensure clarity of thought in design development and content curation. Ability to process information and create compelling documentation for the sector
  • Ability to stay motivated when working independently
  • Ability to structure, track and monitor tasks and their progress

How to Apply

Please send the following to apply@selcofoundation.org and CC be@selcofoundation.org with the subject “Application: Program Manager ‐ Innovation”:
          1. Resume
           2. Portfolio of Works

SELCO is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages all candidates from marginalised communities, genders, sexuality, religions, and abilities to apply to become a part of the organisation.