CIRCLE Alliance Country Coordinator

Manager/Assistant Manager (Research and Advocacy)
March 29, 2024
Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist
March 29, 2024

CIRCLE Alliance Country Coordinator


Come grow with us! If you are a passionate change agent who thrives in a collaborative, entrepreneurial and inclusive, culture committed to operational excellence, we would like to meet you.
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Resonance is an award-winning, Certified B Corporation consultancy that delivers market-based solutions to address the world’s toughest challenges. We enable a variety of donor, commercial, and investor clients around the world to catalyze lasting impact. Resonance seeks to catalyze large-scale social, environmental, and economic change by fostering new and dynamic forms of collaboration. We do this by fostering public-private partnerships, facilitating sustainable investment, and providing deep analytical insights in frontier markets.


The CIRCLE Alliance: Catalyzing Inclusive, Resilient, and Circular Local Economies is a public-private initiative to reduce plastic use and tackle plastic waste. Founded by Unilever, USAID, and EY, its aim is to support women entrepreneurs, improve livelihoods, and protect the environment by accelerating the development of a circular economy for plastics. CIRCLE will build on the successful approaches developed as part of impact enterprise accelerator TRANSFORM and by USAID’s Save Our Seas Initiative. CIRCLE will work across three key areas: developing a circular economy for plastics through grants funding and business consulting to social enterprises, supporting effective and transparent mandatory extended producer responsibility (EPR) policies and implementation, and advancing gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.
CIRCLE is seeking a Country Coordinator for India. The Country Coordinator will lead country-level project implementation, with an emphasis on creating a steady pipeline of SMEs, grantee selection; coordination with and between grantees, partner governments, and CIRCLE members organizations; and oversight. The Country Coordinator will partner with the Grants and Program Manager, Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Advisor, USAID AOR and Mission Activity Managers, the Unilever Project Leads and Country/Regional Leads, and key points of contact at EY to engage with grantees to identify priority acceleration needs and develop Tailored Acceleration Packages (TAPs), which are designed to strengthen business operations, gender inclusive practices, sales, etc. Engagement with Unilever may also include engaging with third party suppliers and helping targeted small and medium enterprises (SMEs) pursue opportunities to engage within the Unilever supply chain. The Country Coordinator will likewise lead the selection and management of local capacity builders and specialized short-term technical assistance resources when required. Lastly, the Country Coordinator will serve as an in-country point of contact for grantees, providing grant monitoring support and fostering cross-grantee collaboration and learning.

This is a full-time position based in Mumbai, India reporting to the Chief of Party. This position is expected to be hybrid and will align with Unilever office mandates.


  • Serves as the CIRCLE Alliance’s country representative and partnership liaison to USAID Mission, Unilever, and EY in-country teams; participates in country, regional and global coordination meetings as required.
  • Supports Alliance member in-country teams with the development of grantee pipelines, which includes collaborating with in-country peers, leveraging entrepreneurship ecosystems through extended networks, identifying viable grantees within the SME ecosystem, and representing the Alliance at in-person or virtual grants information sessions.
  • Supports the successful implementation of award and grants management processes, including engaging in the solicitation, pre-award risk assessment and due diligence, evaluation, implementation, communication, MEL/reporting/tracking, and closeout.
  • Manages grants evaluation and selection committee processes and chairs their respective country-level committee.
  • Maintains an understanding of USAID programming and grants, with emphasis in ensuring grants are well administered and implemented in compliance with donor regulations and Resonance policies and procedures.
  • Maintains responsive and clear communications with the CIRCLE COP, WEE Advisor and Grants and Program Manager on grants and grantee-related activities to ensure timely and responsible implementation of activities, as well as troubleshooting and remediation as needed.
  • Ensures integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment priorities across the activity, including grant administration and implementation.
  • Supports grantees with grant and financial management, milestone reporting, specific conditions compliance as part of the capacity building component, and general guidance.
  • Provides technical and management inputs into contractual and technical reporting needs of USAID, Unilever, and other applicable partners.
  • Conducts field monitoring visits to grantee locations to observe, understand, report, and improve the progress of grant project implementation, security protocols permitting.
  • Oversees and coordinates in-country CIRCLE Alliance consultants (in Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), MEL, WEE, Acceleration), including support to start-up assessments.
  • Supports the design of scopes of work and manages local capacity builders engaged through the grants fund.
  • As needed, provides targeted support to CIRCLE in the following areas: workshop logistics and facilitation, work planning, training, and assessments.
  • Engages with host government as needed to communicate delivery of CIRCLE with prior consultation with the CIRCLE COP and partners.


  • Master’s degree in international relations, public administration, business administration, natural resource management, or another relevant field and 5 years of experience; or a bachelor’s degree and 7 years of experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years of project management experience on a USAID-funded project and/or donor-funded project, including proven experience managing and supporting the full grants cycle and providing grants and/or subaward oversight.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience directly advising SMEs and/or social enterprises or designing and overseeing implementation of programming supporting social enterprises in India.
  • Proven experience working in one or more of the following technical areas: WEE, EPR, circular economy or solid waste management.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft software packages: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.
  • Fluent in English and Hindi reading and writing.


  • Experience in facilitation and meeting/workshop design and coordination.
  • Strong networks with the SME ecosystem within India.
  • Prior public-private partnership experience
  • Prior experience working for both donor and private sector clients
  • Prior experience and expertise in solid waste management
  • Prior experience implementing projects with gender equality and women’s empowerment component.

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