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PROJECT DELIVERY SPECIALIST- DATA ON DEMAND

Want to work at the intersection of data, technology, and business? Want your work to have a meaningful social impact? Want to help build a thriving social business unit enterprise and help define its culture? Want to work with highly motivated, fun, and talented colleagues from all over the world? - If yes, you belong here!

About IDinsight

We amplify social impact by partnering with leaders to develop tailored solutions. Our mission is to use data and evidence to help leaders combat poverty worldwide.

IDinsight is a mission-driven global advisory, data analytics, and research organization that helps global development leaders maximize their social impact. We tailor a wide range of data and evidence tools, including randomized evaluations and machine learning, to help decision-makers design effective programs and rigorously test what works to support communities. We work with governments, multilateral agencies, foundations, and innovative non-profit organizations in Asia and Africa. Our work spans a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, education, health, governance, sanitation, financial inclusion, and other areas.

We have expertise in a variety of rigorous approaches and methodologies, which we tailor to each client depending on their needs and constraints. To achieve a positive social impact we:

  • Support clients’ use of data and evidence for routine and major decision-making
  • Inform funding decisions – toward high-impact initiatives and away from less effective programs or approaches
  • Create and share tools, knowledge, and ideas that expand the use of data and evidence for social good

Our diverse, growing team of roughly 200 outstanding colleagues operate in nearly two dozen countries around the world.  Learn more about our mission and values at www.IDinsight.org.  

About Data on Demand (DoD)

 

The DoD initiative offers pathways to substantial social impact, as it enables both governments and NGOs to get rapid-turnaround, high-quality, and representative data to answer critical questions that inform policies and programs with significant impacts on economic and social well-being. DoD is a nimble initiative, well suited for both routine uses in major government programs and for rapid-turnaround decision-making on unanticipated issues. For example, DoD is already being integrated with administrative data to track socio-economic outcomes in 27 Indian districts, soon expanding to 112 districts. At the same time, during the first wave of COVID-19, DoD conducted seven rapid phone survey rounds to inform the Government of India’s response strategy. The time from request to results delivery for the first round was just 13 days and was representative of 80 million of India’s residents living in poverty.

 

Building on systems developed over the last four years to generate rapid-turnaround, representative survey data in India, DoD is now expanding to the Philippines and several African countries.

 

About the job role

A DoD Project Delivery Specialist must share our commitment to data quality and making data collection affordable. This means we are looking for people who want to drive, design, and own innovative solutions to the challenges we face on projects and in building the organization. 

Responsibilities

A Project Delivery Specialist, with support from a Project Manager and Field Manager(s), will manage the multiple work streams highlighted below:

 

  • Execute Data Collection Projects:
  • Contributing to field and project execution strategy 
      • Managing the field team training processes including conducting interactive workshops for field coordinators and designing training videos and quizzes
      • Coding survey instruments using ODK platforms such as SurveyCTO
      • Designing and executing data quality management plans 
      • Developing and deploying productivity and quality management tools using tools such as STATA, R, and other statistical softwares 
      • Designing interactive dashboards for easy visualization and interpretation of quality and productivity metrics
    • Continuously improve systems and processes to improve performance (Some examples are provided below):
      • Designing and testing incentive systems to improve surveyor productivity and quality
      • Building algorithmic assignment systems to reduce surveyor travel time
      • Developing cutting-edge solutions to better track improvements in performance over time
  • Contribute to organizational culture and growth
    • Thinking critically about organizational culture and contributing actively to policy discussions
    • Creating interest groups, book clubs, sports teams, movie viewing forums, or any other space with like-minded people 
    • Helping us define and build the office culture

Qualifications

Required:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills 
  • Critical thinking about systems and processes. 
  • Complex problem-solving abilities 
  • Creativity and attention to detail
  • Self-starter attitude and interest in organization building 

Preferred:

  • Prior experience of data management using Stata, R, or Python, with knowledge about additional scripting languages is a plus
  • Prior experience of coding ODK based forms in SurveyCTO
  • Strong excel/google sheets knowledge 
  • Prior experience in survey operations management

Professional development

Skill and career development are core to IDinsight's values and long-term impact strategy and have been noted highlights of teammates’ experiences. IDinsighters receive significant mentorship from IDinsight leadership, and support from talented peers, and are given considerable autonomy when ready. They maintain professional development plans and are given "stretch" opportunities designed to strengthen a variety of skills. Real-time feedback is embedded in our culture and a formal structure enables maximum professional growth. Additionally, teammates have access to an annual professional development stipend that they are encouraged to utilize to explore their career interests and develop their skills.

Nuts & bolts

Location

We are looking for two PDSs who will be based out of Hyderabad, Telangana. The rest  will be based out of IDinsight’s Delhi office or project offices, as needed. Please indicate location preference in the application form. Preference will be given to those with pre-existing work authorization in these countries; however, IDinsight will seek work permits where possible for exceptional candidates. 

The selected candidates should be available to start on an immediate basis. We also expect a 2-year minimum commitment, with regular professional development conversations and potential for a long-term career at IDinsight.

Work authorization

If you’re not willing to sponsor work authorization: IDinsight is not able to sponsor work authorization for this role. Successful candidates will not require IDinsight to sponsor their work authorization in the office in which they'll be based.

If you’re willing to sponsor work authorization: IDinsight is able to sponsor employment visas for all nationalities in these locations; however, we will prioritize candidates who do not require IDinsight to sponsor work authorization in the aforementioned countries. All candidates who are not currently located in our country offices listed above will be expected to relocate to their office locations at the onset of their employment. 

Compensation

Compensation and benefits are commensurate with the qualifications and experiences IDinsight is hiring for, and competitive within the global development sector. We are especially proud of the people-focused benefits we offer including comprehensive health insurance, including mental health coverage; paid vacation, sick, and parental leave; relocation benefits; a travel stipend; technology and work from home stipends; a professional development budget; and more.

Please note, as a non-profit, we are unable to provide compensation similar to leading private sector organizations. 

How to apply

Please click the "Apply for this job online" button at the top right. Applications are rolling and considered as they are submitted. The application asks various questions in order for us to get to know you, and requires a CV and cover letter

Please ensure that your CV includes relevant professional and personal experience as well as details on academic qualifications. CVs can range from one to two pages. Please note, headshot photographs, parental details, birth dates, marital status and other personal information not relevant to the application do not need to be included in your CV. Additionally, we strongly encourage you to use your cover letter to highlight why you want to work for IDinsight specifically, and what has prepared you to succeed in the role you’re applying for. A customized cover letter is an important part of IDinsight’s recruiting process as it allows us to understand your motivations for the position, relevant skills, and clarity of writing.

More information, including details on IDinsight’s hiring process and frequently asked questions, can be found online at IDinsight Careers. Any questions should be directed to careers@IDinsight.org

IDinsight’s commitment to reducing power asymmetries

IDinsight is committed to reducing power asymmetries in the social sector. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion reflects our understanding of the need for the sector to abandon unhealthy practices of the past. We wish to be part of a new generation of international NGOs who are honest about this history and transparent about our role in the present. Our commitment is also aligned with the impact of our work. 

We seek a workforce that is inclusive of a variety of perspectives that will help us refine and improve our methods and relationships, and strengthen the services we provide our clients and their communities or constituencies. The following commitments represent our vision for the IDinsight team:

  1. IDinsight will have greater representation from the populations with whom we work and clients we serve.
  2. IDinsight will have greater representation from the countries in which we work.
  3. Across all countries in which we recruit, we will seek greater representation from historically excluded communities.
  4. IDinsight will foster an inclusive work culture that empowers a diverse team to do their best work.

IDinsight is an equal opportunity employer and strives to create a diverse and supportive workplace. 

 

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