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Project Associate - Technology - Bengaluru/ Hyderabad/ Chennai/ NCR


About CEGIS 

The Centre for Effective Governance of Indian States (CEGIS Foundation – pronounced See-Jis) ) was co-founded by private equity investor turned philanthropist Ashish Dhawan and economist Karthik Muralidharan in 2019 to improve millions of lives by helping Indian state governments work better. CEGIS 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. 


The organization has a sharp focus on improving the quality of public expenditure, and through it, develops templates for achieving a step-function improvement in development outcomes across India. We strive to produce high-quality economic analysis to inform state-level policy-making and work closely with the Chief Secretary, and Principal Secretaries of Finance/Planning, with guidance from and close coordination with the Chief Minister and Finance Minister. Based on consultations with top officials in several states, we believe that there is a very high demand for such support – especially when backed by world-leading technical expertise and a deep understanding of service delivery in India.


CEGIS believes that states are the most important unit for addressing these issues. Therefore, we work with state governments to generate actionable insights, formulate effective solutions and facilitate measurable impact in terms of developmental outcomes. Currently, CEGIS is working with the governments of Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Bodoland Territorial Council, NCT of Delhi and a few Government of India entities. At the state level, CEGIS identifies sectoral priorities jointly with the state government, and then aims to integrate its four verticals (Outcome Measurement, Personnel Management, Public Finance, State(s) and Market into specific projects to improve governance, service delivery, and development outcomes.

CEGIS Approach and Model of Functioning 

Four key characteristics of high-performing organizations are (a) measuring outcomes for goal setting and monitoring progress towards these goals, (b) strategic use of personnel policy – including competency based hiring and training, skilling, and performance appraisals to determine job assignments, pay, and promotions – to achieve the goals above, (c) strategic budgeting where resource allocation is based on evidence and cost-effectiveness; (d) and creating efficient systems to leverage external actors (including for-profit and nonprofit organizations). The Indian state performs weakly on all four fronts above. CEGIS helps to improve the functioning of the Indian state by focusing on the four principles above.


CEGIS works with state governments through a dedicated state office that is co-created with the state and integrated with their Finance and Planning Departments. The staffing model includes CEGIS personnel as well as staff seconded by the state and fellows, if any. Thus, instead of being another Delhi-based ‘policy think tank’, we are building the organization in a “state-led” way, where we focus on deep partnerships with states with an iterative cycle of “thinking” and “doing”. We support states in implementing evidence-based ideas for improving state effectiveness while also continuously learning from state-level experiences of implementing these ideas. Each state-level CEGIS engagement features some core themes that are common to all state-level engagements, and others that vary by state. State-level delivery teams are supported by central technical teams that curate ideas based on both evidence and experience, support state-level experimentation, and accelerate adoption of successful practices across states.

Position Summary 

The Program Associate Technology will be responsible for developing and maintaining the front end pieces of our Web, Android and iOS applications. The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of front-end technologies, mobile app development, and some experience with back-end development. A high level of ownership and a genuine interest in the impact sector are essential for this role. Experience in a dynamic startup environment is highly preferred.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain responsive and user-friendly mobile applications for Web, Android and iOS platforms.

  • Collaborate with designers to implement visually appealing and intuitive user interfaces.

  • Ensure the technical feasibility of UI/UX designs.

  • Optimize applications for maximum speed, performance, and scalability.

  • Collaborate with backend developers to integrate front-end and back-end components.

  • Interface with project teams to understand the user profile and deployment scenarios.

  • Write clean, maintainable, and efficient code.

  • Participate in code reviews and provide constructive feedback.

  • Stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and technologies in mobile app development.

  • Troubleshoot and debug issues across the stack.

  • Contribute to all phases of the development lifecycle, from planning and design to deployment and maintenance.

Preferred Candidate Profile:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field

  • Proven work experience as a Mobile Developer or similar role, ideally in a startup environment.

  • Knowledge of JavaScript frameworks such as React, Angular, and Vue

  • Experience with JavaScript libraries such as jQuery and Bootstrap

  • Proficiency with HTML5, including semantic HTML5 elements

  • Experience with cross-browser compatibility testing

  • Proficiency in mobile app development for Android (Java/Kotlin) and iOS (Swift/Objective-C).

  • Experience with cross-platform frameworks (e.g., React Native, Flutter).

  • Basic understanding of back-end technologies (e.g., Node.js, Express, Ruby on Rails, Python/Django,PHP).

  • Experience with version control systems (e.g., Git).

Good to have:

  • Experience with server-side rendering and front-end performance optimization.

  • Knowledge of DevOps practices and cloud services (e.g., AWS, Azure).

  • Experience working in an Agile/Scrum development process.

  • Contributions to open-source projects or participation in community events.


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively communicate complex technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with a keen attention to detail.

  • Ability to thrive in a  dynamic environment and adapt quickly to changing priorities.

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.

  • Ability to manage time effectively and meet deadlines.

  • A strong sense of ownership and a passion for public service.

Additional Information:

  • Some travel may be required to meet with project teams across India

  • The role reports to the Program Manager - Technology

Note: CEGIS has zero tolerance to sexual harassment. We therefore expect each applicant to self-declare related to the same. CEGIS could, if required, initiate a prevention of sexual harassment-based background verification. If an applicant is reported of misconduct, appropriate action that may include employment termination would be taken.

Interested candidates are requested to submit their application here

Pre-reads for the application process

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.

You are also encouraged to read more of Prof. Karthik Muralidharan’s work here.

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