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
We are looking for highly energetic, passionate, and high ownership individuals. The team is outcome focussed and committed to supporting India’s governance ecosystem through the fellowship. The position is based out of Bangalore. The role will require the person to occasionally travel with the fellow for field visits.
You will flourish in the role if you are: multitasker, collaborative, results-driven, love to continuously improve, and have fun while working hard.
Apply if you …
Are a graduate with 4-6 years of overall work experience
Are a high-performer with a successful track record in taking ownership of tasks end-to-end
Can stretch beyond the call of duty, fully own your work and be responsible for outcomes
Are fluent in Kannada (preferred)
At The/Nudge IAF, you will…
Assist the fellow with managing their daily assignments, prioritize, and pursue tasks with the shared talent team.
Work across fellows/departments on understanding the projects, reviewing the current policy/project design to identify gaps, and then suggesting solutions to ensure the project-specific outcomes are achieved.
Drive critical projects across domains and provide key inputs for improving the project/program outcomes
Serve as a liaison between internal teams and create synergy to ensure all project targets and requirements are met
Work with fellow and departmental partners to identify performance gaps, prioritize opportunities and develop and execute process improvement plans
Understand and execute assignments on summarising policy/program documents, data analysis, and presentation.
Build institutional learning and insights for subsequent cohorts
You need to come with
Ability to work and problem solve under uncertainty
Project management, analytical ability, and comfort with numbers
Excellent organizational and multitasking skills
Excellent interpersonal skills and great written and oral communication skills
Strong passion for poverty alleviation
It would be awesome if you
Have prior experience in project management will be a great advantage.