Program Manager - Telangana

Position Summary 

The Program Manager (PM) will manage CEGIS’s engagement with government departments (e.g. Women Development & Child Welfare, Rural Development, Health, Agriculture) in Telangana. Under the guidance of the Senior Program Manager and the State Lead, The PM would lead teams embedded in the assigned departments to demonstrate CEGIS’s theory of change. These teams will be responsible for designing solutions for improved governance using research, stakeholder consultations, and analytical techniques. The PM will manage day to day delivery of projects and must work closely with the respective government stakeholders during each phase of a project. 

Role and Responsibilities 

  • Identifying and structuring problems, synthesizing hypotheses and, developing and applying appropriate analytical frameworks and approaches 

  • Working closely with senior academics, CEGIS technical functions and government stakeholders to tailor data-driven solutions to local context, and translate technical rigour to on-ground implementation 

  • Providing management oversight on day-to-day activities in each project to ensure timely delivery of high-quality outputs

  • Ensuring application of organization-wide protocols designed for data protection, data management and project management on the assigned projects

  • Managing teams of individuals from diverse backgrounds and supporting reportees to plan and prioritize activities on assigned workstreams, including timelines, content, and deliverables 

  • Proactively identifying risks and issues affecting tasks or workstream delivery, and promptly communicating upward with proposed solutions

  • Drafting high-quality written documents and presentations

  • Identifying, obtaining, and collating relevant information and data, and performing quality control to ensure validity and accuracy of data

  • Overseeing field and desk research using qualitative and quantitative analysis, and relevant tools as necessary

Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities 

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

  • 4 to 6 years relevant work experience in one or more of the following areas: 

  • Management/strategy consulting or governance/development

  • Public service with a government or quasi-government body as a project manager, young professional, or fellow

  • Familiarity with governance interventions in education/ public health/nutrition/ local governance/ law and order/ livelihoods/ agriculture sectors would be a plus

  • Project/ program management or implementation roles with governments, advisory entities, multilaterals, international development institutions or strategic philanthropy firms

Personal Characteristics and Desired Qualities

  • Fluency in English and basic to intermediate proficiency in Telugu 

  • 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

  • This role will be based out of Hyderabad, Telangana. 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:

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

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