Sep 24

Vacancies of Manager and Field Officer for SHDF Scholarship Division

Detailed Information on vacancies of Manager and Field Officer for SHDF Scholarship Division
advertised by the Nishkam Sikh Welfare Council (Regd.), New Delhi

Nishkam Sikh Welfare Council – a registered NGO – with its offices in Nishkam Bhavan, Tilak Vihar, New Delhi has invited applications from eligible candidates to fill the position of

  • Manager; and a
  • Field Officer

for its newly created SHDF Scholarship Division.

Nishkam is the cooperating and implementing institution for the Sikh Human Development Foundation, Inc. USA ( in India since 2001 for its professional college degree scholarship program as well as the complementary skill and character building programs.  The funding is provided by the Sikh Human Development Foundation, Inc., USA. (SHDF)


1.  Last date for filing applications together with attested copies of all testimonials and the proof of income from the current job/business:    October 15, 2012. 

Address :

Nishkam Sikh Welfare Council (Regd.)
Nishkam Bhawan,
B-Block, Tilak Vihar,
Near Tilak Nagar,
New Delhi – 110018.

Note: Incomplete applications will be summarily rejected.
Alternatively you may send your application along with scanned copies of required documents at 

2.  Please do not apply if you are not
(i) computer proficient; and/or
(ii) cannot read, write and speak Punjabi.

3.   All applicants will be required to come for interview at the Nishkam Head office (Nishkam Bhavan, B Block in Tilak Vihar, New Delhi 110018) on the designated date and time. They must bring their original testimonials with them.

4. Salary will depend on the qualifications and work experience and is negotiable.

Job Requirements


Duties and responsibilities: The Manager will be responsible for the overall management and supervision of the (currently) five member SHDF Division and thereby the SHDF program inIndia. He will work under the guidance of the Nishkam management, who will designate a specific Nishkam official (or a member of the management board) to oversee the SHDF program inIndia and provide day to day guidance to the SHDF division, as appropriate. Basically, the SHDF program consists of two main activities:
(i) an SHDF scholarship program for higher professional education, which is expanding every year; this program begins with inviting applications and through a written test and interview at six centers across Punjab, Delhi and Chandigarh, leads to the award and disbursement of scholarships for professional college education. SHDF started with the award of 22 scholarships in 2001; this number has gone up to 504, out of some 1200 applications, in the year 2012 (About Rs. one crore) and is expected to expand further; and
(ii) improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the scholarship program through associated on-going or newly planned initiatives. These initiatives include, but are not necessarily limited to:

(a) a comprehensive annual analysis of the scholarship program to draw lessons for the future and make corrections in program implementation;
(b) establishing an alumni association of scholarship recipients;
(c) tracking the career paths of scholarship recipients over the longer term (new initiative);
(d) mentoring the scholarship recipients through grooming workshops (grooming for a career and grooming for life i.e. providing life skills – a new initiative) ;
(e) organizing annual Alumni association retreats (new initiative); and
(f) encouraging networking amongst scholarship recipients as well as with other reputable institutions (new initiative). In the future, there may be more such initiatives that will help develop the SHDF Alumni into a professional network for their mutual benefit.

Qualification Requirements: Candidates for the manager’s position must have at least five years’ experience, having worked in a responsible position with the government, or with the public or private sector or with a reputable NGO. He/she should have experience in leading and coordinating small teams with multiple responsibilities. The candidate should preferably have a Master’s degree/MBA and proven proficiency in related computer programs. He/she must be committed and passionate about promoting the SHDF human development program for the poor but bright students.


Duties and Responsibilities: The Field Officer (FO) would be responsible for visiting the families of selected scholarship recipients in the field to:
(a) test the veracity of statements made in the students’ applications about the income and socio-economic status of their families; and
(b) prepare write-ups for use by Nishkam and SHDF through electronic and print media to demonstrate the dire need to help families who, because of financial distress, are unable to provide professional college education to their bright and promising children.
These stories/case histories, grounded in reality as they would be, should help in mobilizing funding support for the SHDF scholarship programs. These stories must be so written as to have an emotional appeal. The Field Officer will also be responsible for supporting the success stories with appropriate pictures and videos of the students and their families.
The selection of the families to be visited in different months would be made jointly by the scholarship officer, Field Officer and the Manager. Based on FO’s findings, continual efforts would also be made to improve the application procedure and certification system, in order to minimize the possibilities of any misrepresentation by the applicants in the future. The Field Officer will work closely with the Manager and the Scholarship Officer in preparing his/her program and submiting tour reports as well as preparing an annual report on his work and recommendations.

Qualification requirement: The candidates for this position should preferably have a degree in journalism, must be experienced, with strong inter-personal and writing skills, passionate about the plight of youth mired in poverty, with some knowledge of photography and must be computer literate. In addition, the Field Officer must be sensitive in handling socio-economic details of the concerned students and families, maintaining confidentiality and never sharing the family details of scholarship recipients with anyone other than the SHDF and Nishkam.