India has become the 5th largest economy in the world, but ~360 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 and could bring everybody above the poverty line, however this is complex and we need the best of human intellects to be focussed on solving it.
The/Nudge Foundation exists to alleviate poverty. We are a collective of some of India’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+ nonprofits 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
Sourcing CSO Partnerships
Build a network of civil society organisations working on welfare access and/or sustainable livelihoods (urban or rural) (experience in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand is good-to-have)
Source proposals from CSOs for implementation of aforementioned thematic areas
Validate design, input-output-outcomes-impact framework of incoming proposals
Conduct due diligence and capability evaluation of CSOs
Program strategy & design
Identify and qualify geographical areas for focus in alignment with priorities of state rural livelihood missions
Work with government liaison team, M&E team and other functions to sharpen strategy and implementation design
Build and iterate overall theory of change for program implementation (welfare access and sustainable livelihoods)
Build integrated govt, CSO and private sector partnership strategy and design
Work with M&E team to translate outcomes framework to implementation via IT infra and solutions
Actively listen to feedback from CSOs other stakeholders to sharpen design
Implement design and ensure adherence to design, its processes and outcomes
Abstract key learnings from partners’ programs and identify improvements as well as potential new designs for experimentation
Work with M&E team to monitor progress of projects by CSOs - conduct frequent field visits to validate data received
Build capacity of implementing partners and help improve design and implementation
Work with government liaison team to help CSOs leverage government schemes, subsidies & resources
Engage with govt, private and other stakeholders to build win-win and long-term partnerships
We’re looking for a leader who is strongly motivated to make a difference and do meaningful work. Apply if you -
would be great if you have (not mandatory):
Experience managing orgs working on welfare access and/or sustainable livelihoods