Job Opportunity for Program Manager, India at Michael and Susan Dell Foundation in New Delhi

Website Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

Title: Program Manager, India
Reports to: Director, India Programs

The Program Manager would seek opportunities and work collaboratively with social entrepreneurs, non-profit, private, and government agencies, and implementation and technology partners to design and sustain projects and programs that achieve results. The individual would focus on supporting our current grants and investments portfolio to accelerate the impact of the Foundation’s work and investments in India.
In addition, and as a result of our small organizational size and broad scope of work, each Michael & Susan Dell Foundation employee assumes a highly visible role in the work of the foundation and, as such, also assumes an important and unique responsibility for the effective articulation and communication of the foundation’s priorities and work.
The Program Manager will have an opportunity to engage with a wide variety of audiences ranging from investees, grantees, funding partners, bankers, raters, consultants & policymakers. The position requires a high-achieving individual who has demonstrated strong business acumen, top notch interpersonal and communication skills, and who possesses the maturity and judgment to be an effective representative of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Equally, the person will not only have the ability to offer effective solutions to complex problems of urban poverty, and the critical challenges faced by our existing and potential investees and grantees, but will also be able to quickly and concisely communicate complex ideas in engaging ways.


Program and Project Management: Deliver measurable (and sustainable) positive impact on children and families through various interventions, work closely with investees and grantees to solve critical business and organizational challenges, and facilitate the overall program implementation of MSDF India.
Strategic Value-creation: Proactively work with grantees and partners, as well as mission-aligned entities and related stakeholders to unlock value and enhance effectiveness of these organizations in key areas that can drive growth and impact of MSDF grants and investments. The work will also require close collaboration with partners to develop new innovations that further the Foundation’s portfolio strategies.
Portfolio Assessment and Knowledge Management: Conduct clear-eyed, rigorous appraisals of foundation-supported projects, driving active projects for maximum success and making hard choices to move away from ineffective initiatives, as appropriate.  Make active use of external evaluation data to drive internal decision-making. Synthesize key findings and drive adoption of lessons learned within the foundation and beyond.


Education & Experience:

Professional / Masters qualification from a leading university / institute with 15+ years of work experience in a strategy consulting firm or leading business entity.
Experience in Strategy Consulting, P&L Leadership, Investing or Strategic Project Management is desirable.
Desirable competencies for the role include demonstrated ability to think conceptually using strong analytical skills, effectively influence a wide cross-section of people across organizations, and to identify and implement solutions to address complex business problems

Functional & Soft Skills:

  • Strong business acumen/ understanding of business financials/ private equity/ impact investing
    Analytical, fact-based problem solving and implementation. 
  • Well-developed project management skills
  • Exceptional leadership/management        
  • Strong communication (written & verbal)
  • Entrepreneurial & risk-taking ability
  • Strong “end-product” orientation
  • Passion about social impact (readiness to look at seemingly intractable social challenges in new ways)
  • Unquestioned values and ethics
  • Drive to create/initiate/support in launching new initiatives and partnerships
  • Strong execution focus with a drive to achieve measurable results and impact
  • Position Parameters

Office Location: New Delhi, India, Travel requirements: 30% domestic travel; potential international travel every other year

Operating Network:
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation uses business-based practices to accelerate our global philanthropic work. We align performance management principles with our mission of transforming the lives of children living in urban poverty. We seek engaged and experienced people who want an active role in that mission and can thrive in a multinational environment. The foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating a diverse workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Read more about our values & culture.

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