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Maya is a 13 yrs old development organization addressing the right of children and youth, with a specific focus on the eradication of child labour through reform in elementary education and facilitation of collective learning and skills upgradation for employment of poor communities in Karnataka (MAYA ORGANIC). The institutional model of MAYA ORGANIC is designed to bring informal sector workers from six sectors (construction, domestic work, zari work, home-based work (Beedi, agarbathi), lacquerware and sericulture) into labour collectives that will take advantage of the membership-based structure or mutual benefit-sharing risk and organising for learning new skills and capabilities to present themselves competitively to markets. The collectives are supported by an external mechanism in the areas of marketing, product development, brand building & social protection. MAYA ORGANIC is currently operational in areas of Bangalore Urban & Rural districts and the size of each labour collective is envisaged to include at least 5000 members.

We are looking for people with a post-graduate degree in social science/management with work experience of atleast 5 yrs and specific knowledge/ideas in the areas mentioned below:

Managers for each of the sectors mentioned above: to facilitate the labour collectives for market orientation and setup an institutional structure conducive for continuous learning. This would include setting up a management systems, organising learning and skills assessment, placement and social security measures for the collective members. It would also include setting up of a client and marketing network which provides a continuous feedback on market needs, product and service quality.

Marketing Coordinators: to develop the presence of MAYA ORGANIC in the market and build a brand identity for the quality and values that MAYA ORGANIC stands for. This would involve seeking existing and new markets, building working relationships with clients, and setting up a marketing network.

Documentation and Research Personnel: To undertake documentation, data collection, data analysis and report writing jointly with the communities through a process of field work and research. Persons familiar with action research approaches are preferable.

As all of the above involve pioneering work, those applying would need to be willing to under take core activities with minimum existing institutional structure, and would apply themselves to the work before forming specific support teams. Active field-work would be essential. Knowledge of English and Kannada/Hindi would be useful. Salary is negotiable.

Please apply by 30 January, 2003, with a 100 - word note indicating your particular area of interest mentioned and your understanding of related issues, your personal career vision and expected salary. Also attach your CV and references.

The Administrator, MAYA,
Project: ORGANIC
111, 6th Main, 5th Block Jayanagar,
Bangalore - 560 041.

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