(Senior) Specialist, India Operations

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

About the Role


Our India Operations team is the jet fuel creating and maintaining a uniquely dynamic and high-achieving multi-cultural team at the cutting edge of how evidence is used to improve global development programs. This team’s mandate is to attract top talent, play a critical role in managing IDinsight's growth and end-to-end hiring for all positions, create the best place to thrive at work, and build and improve the systems to allow IDinsight teams to maximize their impact potential.


A (Senior) Specialist, India Operations will have the opportunity to contribute to the running and growth of an ambitious organization in the social sector. We hope to invest in outstanding professionals who will become the backbone of our flagship India team for a minimum two-year commitment. We welcome you to submit an application and help us shepherd IDinsight through this unique and exciting period of organizational growth.


The (Senior) Specialist, India Operations will work closely with the Operations team and will execute the following:

  • Organizational Development Systems: Critically examine and optimize systems that govern how we work, from internal organizational development to our operational processes and systems. These systems include staffing, recruiting, immigration, onboarding and offboarding, people operations, regional policy, safety and security, compliance, and operations strategy.
  • Office Admin: Provide administrative support to manage office, logistics, and immigration support to foreign nationals, handle vendor management, office's budget and expenses, team benefits (such as health insurance), and other support that improves team effectiveness.
  • Policies & Systems: Make IDinsight the best place to work in international development. Specific work streams and systems include recruiting, onboarding, off-boarding, performance management, HR systems, alumni engagement, and policies.
  • Executive Support: Provide executive support to the team with multiple tasks such as scheduling meetings, drafting communication, editing documentation, conducting research, etc.
  • Culture: Maintain a culture of mastery, autonomy, and purpose. This includes driving our global culture and values, reviewing and maintaining benefits, team building activities and budgets, and executing employee surveys and improvements to the way we work.


  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Human Resources or related discipline
  • 2-4 years of relevant work experience in Operations, HR, Logistics and/ or Org. Building - previous experience in the development/policy sector or consulting firm is an advantage but not limiting if not available
  • Has a Get-things-Done attitude that drives operational excellence through processes and systems. Experience using a PM tool, is advantageous
  • Some working experience building and driving full life cycle hiring initiatives and knowledge of Applicant Tracking System for sourcing, tracking and managing candidates (experience with iCIMS preferred but all ATS experience welcome)
  • Passionate about global development and social impact
  • Ability to work with international, cross-cultural, and diverse teams
  • Demonstrated track record as a self-starter and leader, including comfort with ambiguity and dynamic environments and workstreams
  • High level of conscientiousness and attention to detail – can create multi-stakeholder work plans and finishes work to completion;
  • Strong communicator in multiple fora (written communications, public speaking, teamwork and upward management), including translating complex and multifaceted information into digestible materials
  • Strong desire for professional growth and development, with a track record of openness to give and receive feedback
  • Strong values aligned with IDinsight’s stated values.
  • Fluency in English and Hindi
  • Willingness to put in extra effort when required to meet deadlines

Candidates will be evaluated for a Specialist vs. Senior Specialist role based on their qualifications, previous experiences, and performance in the hiring processes.

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 Delhi, India office. 

Start date

We are looking for candidates who can start immediately. We expect a 2-year minimum commitment, with regular professional development conversations and potential for a long-term career at IDinsight.

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.


Compensation and benefits are commensurate with the qualifications and experiences IDinsight is hiring for. 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 that while we aim to be competitive within the global development sector, we are non-profit and, as such, are usually unable to meet compensation brackets 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 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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