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Sr Program Manager - Operational Partnerships


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 Senior Program Manager, Partnerships at CEGIS would play a crucial role in developing and managing strategic partnerships to support our mission of partnering with state governments to deliver better citizen outcomes. This position reports to VP-Operations / State Engagements and requires a strategic thinker with strong relationship-building skills, capable of balancing multiple programmatic and sectoral requirements.


  • Develop and implement a comprehensive partnerships strategy aligned with CEGIS's mission and goals.

  • Identify and cultivate strategic partnerships with NGOs, academic institutions, and corporate entities to support CEGIS interventions that span across multiple sectors, including Public Finance, Education, Nutrition, Health, and Local Governance.

  • Manage strong functional relationships with existing partners, ensuring effective communication, collaboration, and mutual support.

  • Collaborate with program teams to seamlessly integrate partnership activities into project plans.

  • Monitor and evaluate partnership performance, track key metrics, and report on outcomes to stakeholders.

  • Represent CEGIS in external meetings, conferences, and networking events to expand partnership opportunities.

  • Stay informed about industry trends, funding opportunities, and best practices in partnership development.

  • Drawing from our work and from Prof. Karthik’s book, internalise and disseminate the CEGIS Theory of Change amongst key stakeholders and ensure there is resonance of the CEGIS narrative in the partner ecosystem.

Expected Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in a relevant field (e.g., Public Administration / Public Policy, International Relations, Business / Marketing).

  • Minimum of 10-12 years of experience in partnership development, fundraising, or related roles.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders.

  • Proven track record of successful partnership management and collaboration.

  • Experience in project management, including planning, implementation, and evaluation.

  • Knowledge of public sector programs, state government operations, or related sectors is desirable.

  • Ability to work independently, prioritise tasks, and meet deadlines.

Please apply if you are self-driven and would rate yourself exceptional on:

  • Strategic thinking: Ability to develop and execute a long-term partnerships strategy that aligns with our organisational goals.

  • Relationship building: Skill in cultivating and maintaining relationships with NGOs, research/ academic institutions and private sector partners across multiple sectors.

  • Constructive Collaboration: Enable smooth cross-functional collaboration across internal teams  and ability to effectively identify win-win solutions across diverse partners.

  • Results orientation: Track record of achieving measurable outcomes and impact through strategic partnerships.


The Senior Program Manager, Partnerships will report  to the VP - Operations / State Engagements and will collaborate closely with our project delivery teams, solution design teams, communications and other teams.

Location and Compensation:

  • Location: Flexible - Can be in any of these cities in India (Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru. Chennai or Hyderabad). The role may involve frequent travel to other locations within India.

  • 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

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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