Field Associate / Senior Associate

Plastics For Change has developed an ethical sourcing platform to create sustainable livelihoods for the urban poor, while transitioning the industry towards a circular economy. Our deal process and mobile platform provides wastepickers with access to fair and consistent income opportunities.

Similar to fair trade agriculture, our platform creates transparency and accountability from the base of the supply chain to the store shelf. This results in more efficient shared-value chains and  higher quality recycled plastic. We provide expertise to help catalyse brands and manufacturers to replace the use of virgin plastic with ethically sourced recycled plastic, thereby immediately improving the social and environmental impact of their products.

Job Description

We are looking for a highly committed and a passionate individual who believes in bringing change in the informal recycling sector through community relations and capacity building. This individual should be passionate about grass-root field work. We are looking for people who share our values and are driven to create social and economic inclusion.

Duties and Key Responsibilities

Stakeholder Management:

  1. Identifying, networking, mobilising and engaging key stakeholders across the informal sector in plastic recycling industry to formal supply chain. Our key stakeholders are Home Based Workers (HBW), Waste Pickers (WP), Itinerant Buyers (IB), Van Units (VU), Dry Waste Collection Centre (DWCC), Waste Pickers Community Leaders, Scrap Shops (SS), Wholesaler etc.

  2. Enrolling and managing stakeholders on PFC platform.

  3. Building trust with stakeholders to maintain strong working relationship.

  4. Increasing plastic sourcing and supply from stakeholders by ensuring ethical sourcing and fair price.

  5. Facilitating management and client visits with stakeholders.

Capacity Building:

  1. Conducting one-to-one capacity building to strengthen stakeholders working capacity w.r.t PFC Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

  2. Conducting one-to-one CRM (mobile technology) training for stakeholders.

  3. Creating awareness and sensitising stakeholders on various social/govt. schemes and services, statutory compliances and policies with the help of NGO/Franchise partners.

  4. Facilitating stakeholder formalisation in the sector by enabling opening bank accounts, PAN, ensuring statutory compliances, policies etc.

Reporting and Documentation:

  1. Maintaining various due-diligence and other required documentation at stakeholder level, managing, monitoring and reviewing it periodically.

  2. Ensuring timely, concise and accurate reports on a daily, weekly and monthly basis on prescribed formats.

  3. Ensuring timely, concise and accurate CRM updates and also ensuring stakeholders are updating it regularly.

  4. Maintain case work and community work documents of stakeholders.

  5. Help managers and teams to capture information from the the field as and when required.

General responsibilities:

  1. Ensure professionalism at all times and demonstrate exemplary prioritisation of workload skills.

  2. Ensure that the PFC policies, SOPs and protocols are being adhered to at all levels of the company.

  3. Ensure strict adherence to data confidentiality and security.

  4. Willingness to travel frequently cross Bengaluru city, sometimes at short notice, including other places as per need of project or company.

  5. Work closely with PFC team and Partners.

Note: The roles and responsibilities outlined above are not meant to be an exhaustive list of tasks. Flexibility is required and the incumbent is expected to carry out any other   related duties that are necessary for the optimum functioning of the company as a whole within the employee's skills and abilities whenever a need is pointed out, becomes apparent or as reasonably instructed.

Knowledge, Experience and Qualifications

  • Freshers with any Degree or

  • 3+ years of field work experience in informal sector.

  • Good understanding of social and environmental concepts and methods.

  • Experience of being part of any program/project management or field work would be an added advantage.

  • Past Experience of working in the fields of  Urban or Rural Development, Environment, Community Relations / Interventions / Engagement, Plastics Recycling, Waste Management will be helpful.

  • Fluency in Kannada, Hindi languages (Tamil-optional) and moderate English working Knowledge.

  • Sound understanding of informal sector and vulnerable communities.

Skills

  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in field alone

  • Open to new challenges

  • Good data management, documentation and reporting skills

  • Good computer skills – MS Office and Working on CRM

  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise tasks

  • Eye for detail

  • Able to learn new systems, methods, processes and procedures

  • Able to meet deadline and produce quality outputs

  • Proactive and self motivated

  • Humility, honesty, transparency, integrity and ability to maintain confidentiality

CTC

INR 1,80,000-3,60,000/Annum, Performance Bonus, Medical Insurance and Fixed Travel Allowance

Reports To

Field Manager

Location

Currently hiring in Bengaluru with plans to expand pan India.

Disclaimer

PFC is an equal employment opportunity for all employees and provides employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at PFC are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. PFC will not tolerate any kind of discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. PFC encourages applicants of all ages.