Job Opportunity for Manager – Research & Evaluation at Akanksha Foundation in Mumbai/Pune

Website Akanksha Foundation

Position: Manager – Research & Evaluation

Function/Team: Organization Effectiveness

Location: Mumbai/Pune

Compensation: Based on skill sets, experience and sector standards

Position Summary

As Manager – Research & Evaluation, you will be expected to lead and execute program evaluations and research projects (both internal and external) that will lead to an understanding of the impact of Akanksha’s intervention on its students, parents and communities at large.

Reports to: Senior Director – Organization Effectiveness

What your role will entail

● Lead and execute end to end program evaluations and research projects (both internal and external) that will lead to an understanding of the impact of Akanksha’s intervention, right from formulation of hypothesis to formulating and executing research design including literature reviews, data collection/mining, analysis and documentation, managing external partners (if any) and produce high-quality powerful research outputs for different audiences: academic papers, short policy briefs, op-eds,
blogs etc.

● Strengthening and broadening Akanksha’s use of methods of evaluation and incorporating quantitative and qualitative data into its work.

● Remain current on developments in Akanksha’s areas of work – monitor, analyze, and report on emerging policy issues, maintain knowledge of government policy decisions and conduct quick market scans for policy responsiveness.

● Identifying initiatives within Akanksha that could be valuable research subjects for external researchers and designing and executing research studies as appropriate.

● Collaborating with academic institutions to identify opportunities for the organisation to engage with graduate/postgraduate students interested in research.

● Leading efforts with individual or group of researchers to gain research grants.

● Identifying, studying and sharing relevant external research as is appropriate across the organization and driving visibility at State and National level for advocacy based on research.

● Developing strategic relationships in the government, private sector, advocacy organizations and other NGOs to drive the advocacy agenda.

● Preparing reports and presentations for both internal and external use; write, commission and contribute to a range of reports, whitepapers, feature articles based on learnings from Akanksha’s work.

● Assisting internal stakeholders with research (interviews, desk research, literature review) on organizational priorities to assist in informed decision making.

What you need for this Position

Experience :

● 8 years of evaluation / research experience (Preference will be given to candidates who have handled social research projects from beginning to end)

● Experience analyzing large data sets using statistical software such as Stata, SAS, SPSS or R.


● Excellent verbal and written communication skills with proven ability to explain complex concepts in a crisp, clear, concise and graphic-rich style, using appropriate analytics and visualization tools

● Strong research and analytical skills and ability to pay attention to detail

● Strong time management skills, a keen sense of urgency and an ability to accommodate multiple projects simultaneously with tight deadlines

● Ability to coordinate with different functional teams and stakeholders

● Proficiency in the use of the MS office toolkit


● Master’s degree or above in a related field such as education, statistics, development studies

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