Job Opportunity for Head Impact Livelihood at Magic Bus in Noida

Website Magic Bus

Department: Full time / Livelihoods

Location: Noida

The role would be based in Magic Bus Head office located in NOIDA and would be required to travel in line with the requirements of the project(s) , various external stakeholders like government agencies, funders etc. as well as for representing Magic Bus on outside fora if required from time to time.

About Magic Bus

Founded in 1999, Magic Bus works with children and young people living in poverty, in India, taking them from a childhood full of challenges to a life with meaningful livelihoods. We equip children and young people in the age group of 12 to 18, with the skills and knowledge they need to grow up and move out of poverty. Children on the Magic Bus programme successfully fend off destabilizers such as child marriage and child labour to complete school and become first-generation salary earners having secure careers in the organised sector.

Our youth-centered Livelihoods Programme connects the aspirations and potential of young people to available market opportunities. We build their employability skills and map job potential based on individual strengths and mobility. We work with support structures like parents, teachers, the community at large and local government institutions to ensure social, emotional and economic well-being for all young people living in that area. Our approach mobilises the entire ecosystem available to the child or young person to create transformational change in their lives.

Current Context

Magic Bus today impacts the lives of 4, 50,000 adolescents and more than 40,000 youths directly and thousands of families indirectly. Our Programmes have brought in a paradigm shift for the many families who earlier were constrained by financial compulsions, cultural norms and other adverse living conditions.

While our efforts could bring school drop-out rate to below 5%, child marriage is slowly edging for extinction in the communities where we work. We envision ourselves playing a significant role in touching lives of 1.6 million adolescents and 3, 00,000 youths directly via our Childhood to Livelihood programme by the end of 2023. Like us, many great organisations are today more than willing to invest their trust in our programmes and philosophy and partner with us in realising this dream of ours as well as more than 4,00,000 families.

We feel that being of service to needy is the biggest opportunity that an organization like us can even find and here, we have seized it. We wish to transcend nations and enable thousands of lives in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal who are reeling under poverty escape its vicious cycle.
As we grow, each individual assumes a higher level accountability. In this context, we seek to strengthen the evaluation process as well as knowledge management of the organization. The Director – Impact would Lead the research, monitoring and evaluation domain which form integral parst of the knowledge vertical (Program Development) at Magic Bus.

Key responsibilities

  • Design, develop and oversee all aspects of the performance measurement for the projects, including day-to-day tracking, reporting on activities, and data quality assurance
  • Draft and revise the project MEL plan and key performance indicators, including detailed indicator definitions and activity tracking tables
  • Develop data collection tools and procedures, oversee the project database and reporting to all Donors
  • Collaborate with regional MEL Coordinators, other staff and project partners on data collection, analysis, and ensure data is collected in a timely manner
  • Plan and participate in project monitoring activities through site visits, review of project reports, and analysis of performance monitoring and other data
  • Lead data quality controls and verification procedures
  • Foster a results-oriented and learning culture throughout the projects to ensure that M&E data and learning are used by the project teams to improve performance & impact
  • Contribute to the design of external project evaluation strategies
  • Manage the M&E budget efficiently
  • Write & release periodic MEL reports for review & sharing, and support the reporting of project performance to the donors
  • Develop and facilitate the development of concept notes/ papers for internal and external audiences
  • Work with the Communications Officer to ensure data and learnings are prepared for dissemination

The MEL Head will work in close cooperation with Director-Impact, Direct-Livelihoods, Chief of Programmes, Executive Director-CSR, Director-Communications, and other relevant stakeholders
Other duties as assigned

Team coordination

  • Livelihoods team – An ongoing collaboration within the team and create a conducive environment for sharing of information constructive criticism and suggestion alongside the regular progress of programmes.
  • Sustainability/Fundraising team – Extend support to the Fundraising teams in creating descriptive as well as narrative reports among other things.
  • Communications Team – To develop effective channel for internal as well as external communications, milestones achieved, success stories etc.
  • Other support functions – to ensure adequate manpower, fund allocation & accuracy, technology enablement are in place.

Reporting To : the Director – Impact with administrative reporting to the Director – Livelihoods


Qualification & Work experience

  • Post-graduation in any social science from reputed institution / university
  • 12-15 years’ experience in MEL, with a strong and demonstrated interest in evaluations, with minimum 05 years in planning, managing MEL for Livelihood programmes
  • Demonstrated experience in performance measurement, indicator selection and monitoring, and data collection/analysis
  • Database management experience

Desired Competencies

  • Proven skills in building capacities of staff and local organizations in Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • Strong skills in developing and utilizing results frameworks, logical frameworks, or similar tools for project design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Knowledge of Multi-type Donor (CSR, Institutional, Govt., etc.) reporting requirements, including experience designing and implementing Monitoring and Evaluation Plans and working with external consultants for third party evaluations
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet (preferably Microsoft Access and Excel), and presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint)
  • Proficiency in statistical applications (SPSS, SAS or STATA) or proven proficiency with open source big data analytics tools strongly desired
  • Proven ability to manage complex internal and external relationships

Mobility requirements:

The role would be based in Magic Bus Head office located in NOIDA and would be required to travel in line with the requirements of the project(s) , various external stakeholders like government agencies, funders etc. as well as for representing Magic Bus on outside fora if required from time to time.

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