Manager/Associate Manager Impact Evaluation
India has become the 5th largest economy in the world, but 500 million are “poor” (using Government metrics) and 145 million live below the poverty line. This inequity is unacceptable. About 3.4% of our annual budget or 0.28% of the income of the top 1% of our population would lift everybody above the poverty line.
The/Nudge Foundation exists to alleviate poverty. We are a collective of some ofIndia’s best leaders and entrepreneurs from across industry, academia, government, and the development sector, passionately working on ways to address poverty sustainably and at scale.
In the five years since our inception, we have worked on a range of initiatives including developing innovative programs that enable underprivileged youth to lead flourishing lives, adapting evidence-based approaches to enable rural families to come out of extreme poverty, and incubating 60+ non-profits focused on solving India’s biggest challenges. We have also used the knowledge and networks developed through our work to impact policy, address ecosystem barriers and launch scale programs.
We are now building on our capabilities and work to embark on an ambitious effort to nurture six to eight “social transformations” (i.e., using effective solutions to create pathways to scale that address the underlying problem; examples of such transformations include microfinance and the white revolution). These transformations (or “programs” as we call them) will be anchored in “centers” which will provide domain expertise, connection to the broader ecosystem and thought partnership. The centers will also be thought leaders in their space and influence the broader ecosystem (including policy and practice). There will also be horizontal teams, e.g., Impact & Evaluation, Technology, and Data & Insights, that all the programs and centers will use. These teams will also be seen as exemplars in their space and will influence the broader ecosystem.
The Spirit of The/Nudge
Honesty towards our purpose | Empathy towards others | Continuous innovation |
Focused on scale | Impatience towards our goals
Role & Responsibilities
As a senior member of the Impact Evaluation team, you will be undertaking the following activities:
● Collaborate with the Centers and Programs to create, validate or refine their Impact strategy and Theory of Change. Drive the design of a common impact assessment framework to accommodate multiple programs.
● Define the monitoring and evaluation framework for each program including metrics and what is driving/hindering data collection.
● Drive evaluation (including third party and multi-player evaluation). The focus will be deep understanding of the outcomes to generate insights to help refine/enhance the work on the ground. The team will involve external stakeholders to make this most effective.
● Create access to external data sets and impact information (both government and non-government) and integrate them with our data and knowledge to provide learning for our work and insights to the broader field.
● Support the wider organization in thinking through and integrating (where relevant and possible) cross-cutting areas like gender, empowerment, SDGs, etc.
● Senior member of a team that is seen as a thought leader in the “Impact evaluation” space and influences it (from policy to practice) through a deep understanding of the practitioners’ perspective rather than an academic point of view.
● Have a deep understanding of the evaluation space and its evolution over time - from methodologies used and the practical aspects of executing them in the Indian context, to more importantly understanding what to measure to understand impact and what is driving/impeding it.
● Have strong relationships with key stakeholders including other operating organizations, funders, M&E organizations like JPAL and IDInsights, and organizations doing field data collection (traditional and new) that are interested/working in the evaluation and impact measurement space
● Master’s or a higher degree (focus on developmental studies, public policy, rural development, management, economics is preferred)
● 5+ years of experience in the development sector, ideally combined with 2-4 years of field work experience in India or the other developing countries (across rural/urban livelihoods, education, health, environment). Experience with incubation support, impact investing or government engagement is desirable as well.
● Strong analytical and synthesis skills; experience in formulating data design and establishing a sound analytical framework around it.
● Able to apply the knowledge of theoretical frameworks to practical situations.
● Able to combine macroeconomic understanding with microeconomic aspects of programs.
● Enjoys the challenge of working in a fast-paced, start-up environment.
● Strong communication skills and able to coordinate effectively with multiple stakeholders.
● Proven experience of building, nurturing and leading strong performing teams.
● Has a strong desire to make a difference and passionate about solving hard problems.
● Is comfortable with non-profit sector salaries.