Evidence Action- India Program
Job Title: Deputy Director, Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) Supplementation, Delhi Office, EAII Advisors Private Limited
Employment Status: Regular Fulltime
Duty Station: New Delhi
Reporting To: Director - Programs
Evidence Action aims to be a world leader in scaling evidence-based and cost-effective programs to reduce the burden of poverty for hundreds of millions of people in the poorest places. Last year Deworm the World reached 280 million people with deworming medications, partnering with governments to launch, scale, and sustain mass school-based deworming programs. Meanwhile, Dispensers for Safe Water provided 4M people across rural Africa with clean water, saving thousands of young lives. The approach relies on an innovative and human-centric design to deliver clean water at the source.
In addition to running these scaled programs, Evidence Action leverages its unique Accelerator to develop the next generation of programs. These programs are rigorously tested to ensure exceptional scale, cost-effectiveness, and clear evidence of impact. In 2019 we launched an ambitious new strategy, with the goal of doubling our impact over the next five years, with much of that impact coming from new programs identified and scaled through the Accelerator.
In India, Evidence Action’s technical service provider EAII Advisors, provides technical assistance to national and select state governments’ ministries of health, education, and women and child development to implement the school and anganwadi based National Deworming Day (NDD) and Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) supplementation programs to improve children’s health, education, and long-term development.
Evidence Action has programs across 10 countries, with major offices in Nairobi, Kenya and Washington, D.C. EAII Advisors’ main office is in New Delhi, India. Evidence Action’s programs have been recognized by GiveWell, the Skoll Foundation, the Life You Can Save, Giving What We Can, and covered in the Economist, NPR, and the New York Times.
The India program invites applications for the position of Deputy Director, Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) Supplementation to be based at the New Delhi office of EAII Advisors.
In 2019, given the strength of our technical support on school-based delivery of deworming medicines in India, at the request of government, Evidence Action launched a technical assistance program to support the delivery of IFA supplementation for children and adolescents 6 months – 19 years of age in India. The program is in a “test at scale” phase - it is being implemented across five states in India (Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Haryana) with a robust external evaluation design to measure changes in coverage. The Deputy Director, IFA will lead this program with the support of the Director - Programs and Country Director, India of EAII Advisors Private Limited.
The Deputy Director, IFA will be inspired by the mission of measurably improving the lifelong prospects of hundreds of millions of children across India through proven and scaled interventions. S/he will be a strong problem-solver, identifying solutions to increase the effectiveness and reach of Evidence Action’s IFA program. S/he will be adept at stakeholder management, including existing partnerships with the national government and five state governments, development partners supporting the Anemia Mukt Bharat (AMB) initiative and donors. S/he will be an exceptional people leader, empowering staff to take ownership and encouraging a culture of meritocracy. The Deputy Director, IFA will bring strong strategic and analytical capabilities, including comfort using data to continuously measure and improve highly successful and large-scale programming. S/he will also support the expansion of current programming into new health and health-adjacent arenas based on rigorous evidence of impact.
S/he will oversee program implementation of the IFA program in India, including strategic planning, operations, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, and policy advocacy. The Deputy Director, IFA must be proficient at handling state-based programs, managing donor-funded projects, liaising with government stakeholders, budgeting, program design and development, and review and evaluation. The Deputy Director, IFA will uphold Evidence Action’s core pillars of evidence, cost-effectiveness, and scale in the programs and will collaborate closely with Evidence Action global team members.
The Deputy Director, IFA will also support the Director - Programs and Country Director to facilitate transparent communication about progress and results to the global leadership team, donors, and other stakeholders. The AD will also play a leading role in expanding Evidence Action’s portfolio in India by identifying new program opportunities and engaging with prospective donors.
The Deputy Director, IFA will be required to travel to state-based programs for about 25% of time. Travel is primarily during business days, while occasional weekend engagements may be expected.
Scope of Work:
Partnership Development and Management
Technical Assistance and Program Management
Qualifications and Experience:
All contracting arrangements will be made through EAII Advisors Private Limited. EAII is an equal opportunity employer. Employment at EAII is based solely on an individual's merit and qualifications directly related to professional competence. EAII does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, caste, creed, colour, religion, gender, origin, disability, marital status, or any other basis protected by law.
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