Centre for Rural Development (CRD)

Manager/Senior Manager, Project Management Unit, ultra-poor program

Delhi, Delhi   |   Full Time

The Challenge:

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 focused on solving it. 


About Us:

India will continue to add 1 million to its workforce every month for the next 15 years, most of whom come from impoverished backgrounds. Our growing economy with a massive skill deficit provides a real opportunity for them to escape the cycle of poverty, through gainful employment but imparting livelihood training is proving to be insufficient.

The/Nudge Foundation focuses on sustainable poverty alleviation. The/Nudge Foundation is a collective initiative of some of India's best leaders and entrepreneurs, with a dream to see a poverty-free India within our generation.

Our goal is to pull 1 million people sustainably out of poverty.

The Spirit of The/Nudge:

Honesty towards our purpose | Empathy towards others | Continuous innovation | Focused on scale | Impatience towards our goals


At The/Nudge you will:

  • Support the Project Management Unit head in development of a national strategy and design to target the ultra-poor through graduation approach built on top of community institutions.
  • Support the Project Management Unit head in program design for implementation of action research in state(s) and help secure the approvals to implement.
  • Enable the convergence of various state initiatives (social security, livelihood promotion, financial inclusion, social empowerment) and programs towards the end goal of graduating women and their households living in ultra-poverty out of it.
  • Support in the implementation of action research of the graduation approach through a special project based on the strategy and design developed in consultation with key stakeholders.
  • Manage the implementation of the action research program.
  • Help review the progress of the action research periodically in order to iterate and scale.
  • Support on the use of data and technology to ensure continuous flow of data from the field.
  • Travel: Intensively in state and designated districts/block/panchayat & as per the needs of the program’s goals.

Apply if you have:

  • Experience in designing and/or managing multi-stakeholder development sector programs.
  • Experience in programs designed around or with SHGs, Community Institutions, and State Rural Livelihood Missions.
  • Qualification: Graduate, Post-Graduate
  • Work experience: 8-11 years
  • Written and spoken fluency in Hindi and English.


  • Excellent interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to learn continuously, collaborate, and be open-minded.
  • Demonstrated ability to keep aside personal bias and do what is right for the community.
  • Openness to stay and travel in deep rural areas.

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the following answers have a significant weightage in the application process

why are you interested to work in the development sector?

how many years of relevant work experience do you have?

what's your current designation and CTC (fixed) in lakhs per annum?

The/Nudge Foundation is a high-energy fast-growing non-profit and will involve significant involvement and time commitment.

compensation in NGOs, including The/Nudge, is unfortunately way lower than for-profits. are you prepared for a material salary cut, with this transition?