Job Opening at Varthana, Bangalore

Job Description: Analyst – Integrated School Accelerator Program (ISAP)

What We Do
Varthana is the brand name of Thirumeni Finance Private Limited, an exciting Bangalore-based nonbanking finance company (NBFC) focused on the education sector. The company provides loans and support to private schools serving the low-income population to improve school quality, infrastructure, and learning outcomes.

With 450 million school-going students, India has one of the largest education markets. With 40% of enrolled children preferring private schools over government schools, and only 25% of schools being private schools, there is a growing gap that needs to be addressed. Access to capital is one of the most important requirements of school owners for addressing this gap. Money is needed to build additional classrooms, purchase benches, computers, to set-up labs and libraries, etc. Unfortunately, most private schools find it very difficult to raise money from formal sources. Varthana aims to fill this gap.

Varthana’s vision is to transform the affordable education landscape in India. To achieve this, Varthana will need to help provide more than basic financing to schools. We have also initiated a “Beyond Loans” effort through which we help connect schools with solution providers who have innovative and cost effective solutions that address schools’ major needs.

As the newest component of Beyond Loans, Varthana initiated the Integrated School Accelerator Program (ISAP) in late 2016. The objective of ISAP is to empower schools to define and realize their vision in consideration of the current market demand and context. ISAP draws on Varthana’s unparalleled knowledge of India’s education sector and works with clients on wide-ranging projects, from increasing school enrollment to expanding into new markets. ISAP clients are future looking and seek to develop a competitive advantage through the Program.

After a successful pilot with five (5) schools to date, Varthana is planning to expand and impact over 100 schools in 2017 through ISAP.

What does an ISAP Analyst Do?
 Conducts research and analysis (field research, desk research, analysis)
 Develops presentation-ready materials such as PowerPoint presentations, documents or spreadsheets
 Prepares basic recommendations, and successfully presents elements of materials to
stakeholders

Who we are looking for?
People Leadership
 Seen as a credible and contributing thought partner by colleagues

Knowledge
 Strong analytics, problem solving, research, and communication skills
 Shows an interest in Education and Affordable Private Schools, excited to learn and grow
 Has a grounding in relevant knowledge areas (e.g., education, BOP service delivery) through academic, work, and personal experiences
 Knowledge of areas relevant to Varthana
 Passion for and belief in Varthana’s mission

Education and Experience
 0-2 years of work experience with the following credentials:
o Required: Bachelor’s degree with analytical focus (Business, Economics, Engineering)
o Required: Excellent academic credentials with strong problem-solving, research,
analytics, and communication skills
o Preferred: Experience at a top tier consultancy, investment firm, or research firm
o Preferred: Experience or clear interest in mission-oriented work
o Preferred: Experience in research and analytics

This is a full-time, on-roll position based in Varthana’s Bangalore headquarters.

To apply, please send CV to: Srishti Singh at srishti.singh@varthana.com and Chandra Kumar at chandra.kumar@varthana.com

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