Program Manager - Public Finance - Delhi

Position Summary 

CEGIS’ work in Public Finance covers both its constituents, i.e. public revenue and public expenditure. Revenue augmentation is a core area of work and we engage with all relevant revenue raising departments within the state government, including GST, Transport, Excise, and Revenue. In addition, we work with Municipal Governments to help augment all major tax and non tax revenue streams at the local level. The public expenditure workstream can encompass activities in any or all elements of (1) outcome based budgeting, (2) public finance management systems, (3) Financial impact assessment in the form cost effectiveness and rates of returns. 

Our projects can be of a wide variety and involve elements of research and analytics, advocacy, policy implementation and evaluation, and active support to line departments in reforms adoption. A large part of the work is by its very nature quantitative. 


Specifically, this will, among other things, entail: 

 

  • Conducting detailed budgetary analysis at different levels of government

  • Conducting situational analysis on a variety of economic sectors and subjects

  • Conducting forensic analysis to identify anomalous patterns in taxpayer behaviour

  • Mapping government budgeting and administrative processes and identify efficiency enhancing solutions 

  • Conduct financial impact assessment in terms of cost-effectiveness and rates of returns.

  • Design and implement micro RCTs on live policy interventions 

The Program Manager/Senior Program Manager - Public Finance is required to play an important role in contextualizing and executing the CEGIS vision in Delhi. The role will work closely with the Public Finance technical team and the relevant State team, and collaborate with other CEGIS teams (Outcomes Measurement; Personnel Management; Sectoral teams). The Program Manager/Senior Program Manager will be jointly reporting to the Lead, Public Finance and State Leads.

Role and Responsibilities 

  • Working closely with senior academics and government stakeholders to tailoring research/policy design and protocols to local contexts, and translating technical requirements to on ground implementation. 

  • Managing government relationships with bureaucratic leadership at the highest level from end to end and ensuring timely delivery of outputs and ongoing engagement with CEGIS projects. 

  • Managing a team of associates and supporting them in execution of programmatic projects and development of high quality outputs (presentations, reports, briefs) summarizing project progress, data analyses, research findings for both technical and non-technical audiences and for dissemination at various fora. 

  • Ensuring adherence to data quality protocols, including auditing enumerators, monitoring data collection, and conducting data quality audits in any data collection project 

  • Facilitating access to administrative data from relevant government line departments, review them using a prescribed template and conduct analysis as required 

  • Managing all the primary, secondary, and administrative data by strictly following data management and security protocols 

  • Assisting in standardization of protocols for projects 

  • Supporting the technical and professional development of reportees 

  • Keeping track of global best practices and research and assist in strengthening team’s capacity to adopt those

Education and Experience 

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, statistics, public policy, engineering, social science, or related fields from a reputed institution 

  • 4 to 5 years relevant work experience, including research, basic quantitative analysis, client management (preferably with governments) and managerial experience 

  • Some experience in quantitative data management and analysis using STATA, R (strongly preferred) or Python programming 

Required Skills and Abilities 

  • Excellent problem-solving and strategic thinking skills, strong research aptitude ability to analyse complex quantitative and qualitative data and formulate solutions 

  • Fluency in English and excellent writing and communication skills (ability to communicate complex ideas in a meaningful way and across different audiences) within and outside the organization. Some proficiency in the relevant local language will be a plus.

  • Demonstrated relationship-building ability and management of high-level relationships with partner organizations, ideally based on experience of working with Indian state governments 
    Strong planning and organizational skills, and an ability to be able to set priorities, plan timelines and meet deadlines 

  • Passion for improving the effectiveness of Indian States, and alignment with CEGIS’s theory of change/ impact 

  • Operating style suited to working independently and in a small-organization setting, where teamwork and resourcefulness are highly valued 

  • Ability to work under pressure by handling competing priorities, strong planning and organizational skills, and an ability to be able to set priorities, plan timelines and meet deadlines, maintaining attention to detail and delivering high-quality outputs 

  • Ability to think creatively, willing to take risks to experiment with new ideas and the ability to turn ideas into action 

  • High ability to collaborate and actively listen to others, understanding and valuing others’ views 
    Versatility to be comfortable taking on different projects and quickly dive into new sectors 
    Understanding of at least one of taxation, public finance management systems, or budgeting would be preferred. 

  • Understanding of experimental and non-experimental research methods, including design and implementation of field sample surveys is an added advantage.

Personal Characteristics and Desired Qualities

  • Fluency in English and excellent writing and communication skills (ability to communicate complex ideas in a meaningful way and across different audiences) within and outside the organization

  • Excellent problem-solving and strategic thinking skills, strong research aptitude ability to analyse complex quantitative and qualitative data and formulate solutions 

  • Fluency in English and excellent writing and communication skills (ability to communicate complex ideas in a meaningful way and across different audiences) within and outside the organization

  • Strong planning and organizational skills, and an ability to be able to set priorities, plan timelines and meet deadlines

  • Ability to manage teams from diverse backgrounds including working closely with Government (Department) stakeholders to ensure smooth project delivery
    Passion for improving the effectiveness of Indian States, and alignment with CEGIS’s theory of change/ impact

  • Operating style suited to working independently and in a small-organization setting, where teamwork and resourcefulness are highly valued 

  • Ability to work under pressure by handling competing priorities, strong planning and organizational skills, and an ability to be able to set priorities, plan timelines and meet deadlines, maintaining attention to detail and delivering high-quality outputs

  • Ability to think creatively, willing to take risks to experiment with new ideas and the ability to turn ideas into action

  • High ability to collaborate and actively listen to others, understanding and valuing others’ views

  • Versatility to be comfortable taking on different projects and quickly dive into
    new sectors

Location and Compensation

CEGIS is looking for suitable candidates for this role in Delhi. Remuneration will be competitive with Indian philanthropy and social sector pay scales and will depend on the candidate’s experience levels.

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application here

Pre-reads for the application process

To learn more about the type of reforms CEGIS is seeking to implement in states, please go through the following materials before sending in your application:

  • Concept note on CEGIS ​

  • Podcast episodes with Prof. Karthik Muralidharan – one each on education and healthcare in India.

  • Collection of Prof. Karthik Muralidharan’s work here.