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About Us

Keystone Foundation is a not-for-profit registered Trust working with indigenous hill communities in Tamil Nadu since 1994. Keystone works across 3 states in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve (NBR) with tribal communities in 150 villages covering a population of 25,000 people. Keystone Foundation’s theory of change has been that the issues of natural resources and rural development are interlinked and are best addressed through eco-development initiatives amongst indigenous people in India’s mountainous and adjoining regions. The approach is of addressing the challenges of conservation, livelihoods and enterprise development through appropriate-knowledge and action, technologies, socio-economic innovations and institutions, thereby ensuring the well-being of both communities and the environment.

Why Kotagiri?

Kotagiri is one of the smallest and oldest of the three popular hill stations in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu besides Ooty and Coonoor. Situated at an elevation of 6000ft, Kotagiri was originally the home of the Kota community, hence the name Kotagiri (mountains of the Kotas). This quintessential town is ranked among the top ten destinations with ideal climatic conditions in the world; surrounded by numerous plantations of tea and coffee, vegetable gardens and native forests.

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    Manager – Communications 

    Job Description 
    To document various aspects of Keystone’s work and produce outputs in the form of books, brochures, reports, posters, slideshows etc.
    To produce the Annual Report of the organisation
    To produce and disseminate widely the monthly e-newsletter of the organisation.
    To keep the websites of Keystone updated
    To document meetings, workshops and other events organised by Keystone
    To produce press releases for important events and circulate them to the media
    To constantly update the social media streams on Facebook, YouTube etc.

    Excellent command of English language
    Working knowledge of Tamil would be desirable
    Prior experience of at least one year working in a role requiring documentation work, E.g. journalism, blogging etc.

    Keystone Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that encourages women, people with disabilities and those from economically and socially excluded communities with the requisite skills and qualifications to apply for positions.

    Place of work
    Kotagiri, The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu with occasional travel within the Nilgiris and nearby areas

    10th May 2017

    Interested persons may apply with CV and writing samples to bala[at]keystone-foundation[dot]org

    Programme Coordinator – Community Wellbeing & Empowerment

    Position Description

    At least 5 years’ experience of Livelihoods work at the grassroots level with local communities, preferably with tribal communities. Knowledge of Tamil essential and working knowledge of Malayalam & Kannada will be an advantage. Women candidates preferred. Ability to be a good team builder, worker, writing reports, proposals, conceptually clear and yet flexible with changing times, situations, contexts and developments.

    The Programme Coordinator will be working in the Keystone framework – where Conservation, Livelihoods and Enterprise go hand in hand. Community Wellbeing & Empowerment consists of Livelihoods, Environmental Governance and Health & Nutrition of / with Indigenous People. Urge to thinking out of the box beyond Agriculture, beyond Rights Based Work connecting to Climate Change Adaptation, new and innovative financial instruments and start-ups in rural areas.  You should be inclined and have flair to network with organizations in India and abroad. Those who have independent thinking and ability to raise funds will be preferred.

    Person Specification

    A Masters’ in any of the subjects: Development, Social Work, Social Studies, Geography, Ecology, Commerce, MBA or equivalent Masters’ degree will be required. We are looking for a multi-disciplinary potential leader, who would like to be in the field and do some cutting-edge implementation work be it with Forest Rights Act, Creating and setting up Village Savings Groups and Village Institutions. Travel in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve is a must – Nilambur, Coonoor, Hasanur, Ooty, Pillur, Coimbatore, and Chamrajnagar with base in Kotagiri.

    Structure and Reporting

    The Programme Coordinator will report to the Director at Keystone Foundation.

    Review and Assessment

    The role and performance of the incumbent shall be subject to normal review and assessment systems.

    Diversity Policy

    Keystone Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that encourages women, people with disabilities and those from economically and socially excluded communities with the requisite skills and qualifications to apply for positions.


    Apply before February 15th, 2017. Send three references and your statement of purpose of why are you interested in this post.

    Email to sneh[at]keystone-foundation[dot]org


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Keystone Foundation
Keystone Centre, PB 35
Groves Hill Road, Kotagiri 643 217
The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, India

Telefaxes: +91 (04266) 272277, 272977
Email: kf[at]keystone-foundation[dot]org

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