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Head-Finance and Reporting - Delhi


The Centre for Effective Governance of Indian States (CEGIS – pronounced See-Jis) aims to enable a transformative improvement in the functioning of the Indian state in the coming decade. Informed by cutting-edge research and evidence as well as a practical orientation toward implementable ideas, CEGIS aims to provide Indian states with both an analytical roadmap for governance and expenditure reforms as well as strategic implementation support to deliver on this vision.

Position Summary 

CEGIS is looking to bring on board a Head to lead its finance, compliance and reporting functions.

The role involves working with the CEO and Leadership team of CEGIS and overseeing financial and MIS reporting functions including budgeting, planning, financial statements, receivables, payables, payroll, banking, managing administrative activities and office operations. This leader will also be responsible for building robust, seamless processes, effectively driving finance operations across CEGIS and managing the finance and administrative team members while working closely with vendors and consultants as needed. The person will also be responsible for ensuring all statutory compliances and periodic reporting of CEGIS performance including creating presentations for the board when needed.

The person will be responsible for ensuring that financial records are maintained in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Accounting Policies, grant/contract requirements, and monitor the use of all funds

Specific areas of responsibility for the role are as follows:

  • Annual budgeting and planning and periodic reporting against plan

  • Financial accounting and reporting

  • Audit and taxation

  • Ensuring compliance against statutory requirement

  • Preparing presentations for reporting to leadership/board

  • Leading the M&E activities

  • Preparing presentations for fundraising effort

  • General support to organization development as part of the leadership team

We are looking for a committed and collaborative individual, who will work in a highly dynamic environment with a closely-knit, highly motivated and entrepreneurial team. Hence, it is an amazing opportunity for individuals who are passionate about working in the social impact space.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities 

  • A CA or ICMA with a Bachelor's degree in business, accounting, finance, or related discipline.

  • 15+ years of work experience in business finance and controllership demonstrating strong operational and leadership skills, including the ability to build and lead teams from scratch

  • Ability to analyze complex qualitative and quantitative data, craft possible solutions, and recommend actions

  • Ability to build and maintain positive and collaborative relationships both within and outside the organization, including with colleagues, regulators, foundations, researchers, grantees, and education product/service providers

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, strong presentation skills

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

  • Technology savvy with experience selecting and overseeing software installations and managing relationships with software vendors; knowledge of accounting and reporting software

  • Professional attitude and time management skills

  • Flexibility and collaboration skills

  • Multitasking and time-management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks

  • Able to contribute positively as part of a team, helping out with various tasks as required


Location and Compensation

  • Location: ​Delhi-NCR

  • Depending on the candidate’s experience, CEGIS offers compensation that is at par with Indian philanthropy pay scales.

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


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

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

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