Evidence Action - India Program
Job Title: Senior Program Associate, Global Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) Supplementation Program
Employment Status: Regular Full Time
Duty Station: New Delhi
Reporting To: Associate Director, Iron and Folic Acid
About Evidence Action
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 a presence across 10 countries, with major offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Delhi, India; and Washington, D.C. 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 Senior Program Associate, Global Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) Supplementation Program, Accelerator to be based at the New Delhi office.
About the Position
The Accelerator works to identify, research, design, and scale Evidence Action’s next generation of flagship programs. 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 (TA) program to support the delivery of Iron and Folic Acid (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 with a robust external evaluation design to measure changes in coverage. At baseline in 2019, the program reached 13.3 million children and adolescents in these states; with our assistance, we are aiming to reach an additional 8.2million children annually by 2022. In parallel, we are looking to expand and test this intervention in other geographies and with other target populations.
We are seeking a dynamic, highly entrepreneurial Senior Associate who can provide strategy, technical and project management support to the program in India and support the adaptation and scale up of the program to other geographies and populations. S/he will have strong strategic thinking and problem-solving capabilities and be adept with quantitative analysis. S/he will ideally have field experience and bring superb interpersonal skills and work collaboratively and effectively with Evidence Action team members and government and partner stakeholders across different countries.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Examine the evidence base, cost-effectiveness and Evidence Action “fit” of IFA supplementation, multiple micronutrient supplementation, and other nutrition or school-based delivery initiatives for current and new target populations. Conduct stakeholder outreach (study authors, implementers, other development partners) to solicit feedback on new programs, their design, key gaps, and potential areas for collaboration.
- Conduct remote and in-person scoping activities in Africa and Asia to better understand the potential impact and feasibility of program expansion in those geographies. Refine impact and cost-effectiveness modeling to inform the potential reach and impact of expansion activities.
- Support fundraising activities for expansion and new intervention areas, including mapping donor landscapes and developing concept notes, proposals and other pitch materials.
- Provide close support to the IFA program in India, including supporting the expansion of the program to new delivery channels, populations and geographies and driving strategic changes to the delivery model and implementation approaches to increase program coverage. Support the national team with workplanning, budgeting, and donor reporting activities.
- Provide project management support to other country teams where IFA programming is introduced, including leading setup activities, budget and workplan management, and donor reporting. This will include the coordination of diverse staff in separate time zones and departments within the organization.
- Provide strategy and technical support to country teams, including sharing and analyzing the impact of evidence updates and sector trends and supporting the design and iteration of delivery models to address barriers to program coverage.
- Work with cost-effectiveness and MLE staff to design, develop, and refine cost-effectiveness models, monitoring frameworks, evaluations, and theories of change.
- Coordinate stakeholders and manage work flow to efficiently and simultaneous drive multiple programs through the Accelerator development process.
- Lead and participate in high-stakes meetings; present the business case for potential programs to government stakeholders.
About the Candidate
S/he will be impassioned about improving the lives of hundreds of millions of people and making a measurable difference in people’s lives. Specifically, the ideal candidate will:
- Be strongly aligned with Evidence Action values; committed to evidence-based programming in the development field.
- Have an appetite for excellence and continuous improvement with an outstanding attention to detail.
- Be willing to travel internationally up to 30% of the time.
- Have strong critical, analytical, and problem-solving skills with a high degree follow-through.
- Be comfortable using data and evidence, often ambiguous or incomplete, to drive decisions for program design and implementation.
- Be a relationship builder with the ability to find common ground, build consensus, and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders, both internally and externally.
- Thrive in a matrixed, cross-functional team where implementation, monitoring, and research backgrounds intersect.
- Be adaptable, self-motivated, quick to learn on the job and quick to take initiative and ownership over their workstreams.
- Be culturally sensitive; familiar working across cultures and time zones.
- Have a sense of humor and excitement to be part of an engaged and intellectually stimulating work environment.
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related field, such as public health, international development, public policy, economics, statistics, or business; Master’s degree preferred.
- At least 5 years of work experience in a demanding, results-oriented environment; background in management consulting or public health delivery is preferred.
- Excellent project and team management skills; experience designing and implementing programs, preferably in international development. Preferred experience in health, nutrition, or WASH.
- Strong task management and organizational skills; proven ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously, including the production and management of budgets and work plans.
- Experience in effectively communicating and negotiating with, presenting to, and managing a variety of stakeholders in multicultural settings, including researchers, implementing partners, donors, and government officials.
- Advanced writing and presentation skills; ability to communicate complex research methodologies and findings to a non-technical audience clearly and succinctly.
- Excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills; experience using large data sets and quantitative analysis to drive decision making.
- Prior experience in conducting evidence reviews, reviewing academic literature, and synthesizing large quantities of data and evidence for decision making in program design and implementation.
- Ability to work independently, think creatively, handle ambiguity, and work in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to independently represent Evidence Action in high-stakes meetings with government stakeholders and major donors.
- High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Workspace; advanced Excel and familiarity with Stata, R, SPSS, or other statistical packages a bonus.
- Preferred experience living and working in developing countries.
- Verbal and written fluency in English.
All candidates applying for the position should upload a resume along with cover letter mentioning current and expected salary.