Location: India

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, and representative survey data in India, DoD is now expanding to the Philippines and several African countries.

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 250 outstanding colleagues operate in nearly two dozen countries around the world.  Learn more about our mission and values at www.IDinsight.org.  

About the Field Manager role

The Field Manager will manage survey teams in the field and will translate for and facilitate communication between the field team and English and Hindi-speaking IDinsight staff. Candidates must be experienced in survey protocol, spoken Hindi and English, and must be willing to spend extended periods of time in rural areas around India. Further, as we expand our operations in Southern India, especially in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala states we are also looking for candidates from the southern region.


IDinsight is looking to hire 2 field managers. In addition to the above-mentioned qualifications and skills, additional qualifications for each of the role respectively are as follows  - 

  • Position 1
    • Proficiency in Speaking, Writing and Reading of Hindi and English languages are required.
    • We are actively looking to hire female field managers for this position, and would encourage women to apply.
  • Position 2
    • Full proficiency in one OR more southern languages (Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam) along with understanding of English. Knowledge of Hindi will be an added advantage.


The Field Manager's responsibilities include, but will not be limited to:


  • He/she shall be responsible for the conduct, supervision and monitoring of the research studies. He/she shall be directly involved in data collection of quantitative/qualitative/FGD’s and the data quality.
  • He/she shall be responsible for overall execution of the field work, refining/providing inputs on tools designed for the data collection including piloting and testing of tools.
  • Plan and manage the entire study as per study protocol in consultation with the project team, hiring the field team for the study and provide overall project coordination for the field team during the field work.
  • Preparing the field work budget (involving the project team), managing the field work within the budget and paying the payments to the field team in team.
  • Providing the trainings to the field staff (Enumerators/monitors/DC/SC’s)
  • Closely monitoring the day-to-day implementation of the study and ensuring that deliverables are completed on time, following the protocols and collecting the quality data.
  • Working closely with the project team during analysis, supporting while drafting a final study report and its findings and providing inputs if needed.
  • Liaison with community stakeholders, local, district and state level govt. officials in the conduct and implementation of the study whenever it requires.
  • Travel extensively in the selected state/districts where the survey is conducted.
  • Further, assist with any additional activities relevant to the project, as delegated by the Associate/project team.
  • Manage all field staff in a direct or indirect manner, and this would involve, Enumerators/monitors/Regional Coordinators/Cluster Coordinators.
  • Participate in client meetings if needed and sometimes need to lead a few sessions as well if required.
  • Always follow IDinsight’s values, culture and vision including performing to an exceptionally high ethical standard and focus on integrity, collaboration and teamwork in all efforts.
  • Promote and contribute to a safe, secure environment for the field staff and to the project team.
  • Comminute effectively the need and purpose of the research to all the team members in a coherent manner so they can understand the value of the study to collect the quality of data.


  • Any Graduation, Bachelor/Master Degree in Social work will be an added advantage.
  • Must have atleast 5 years of experience in leading the larger teams in the field of Socio- Economic surveys.
  • Experience in data collection tools and questionnaires.
  • Experience of working on the mobile data collection Apps like (SurveyCTO, Survey Monkey and any other similar Apps).
  • Proficient in basic computer applications like, word, excel and powerpoint.
  • Experience in stakeholder management on the field.
  • Ability to consistently meet data quality and tight deadlines. 

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, 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 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


This position is based in IDinsight’s India office(s). 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. 

Start date

The start date of this position is flexible, with a preference for candidates that can start immediately. We expect a 2 year minimum commitment, with regular professional development conversations and the potential for a long-term career at IDinsight.


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 international 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 please send your updated resume to india.careers@idinsight.org mentioning the subject as “Application for Field Manager”. Please include information on language(s) proficiency in your resume.

The last date for the submission of the application is February 12, 2023.

Please ensure that your CV includes relevant professional and personal experience and 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.

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 committed to non-discrimination in our recruitment, employment practices, and organizational culture, regardless of people’s age, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable law.


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