Job Opportunity for Senior Manager, Research & Impact at ISDM in Noida

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About ISDM

ISDM got seeded as an idea in early 2016 when its founders came together with a common vision to launch a first-of-its-kind educational institution that would develop and groom the next generation of professional leaders and managers for the development sector. ISDM envisions building Development Management (or Management for the Social Sectors) as a stand-alone domain and an aspirational choice for professionals in the development sector. The belief is that Development Management will significantly scale up the positive impacts on the lives of people in sustained ways.

By 2025, ISDM aims to become the go-to management institute for top professionals wanting to transform the development sector for greater impact on people’s lives.

In order to achieve this aim, ISDM has identified three broad focus areas

  • Continuously building the one-year long Post Graduate Program in Development Management (PGP-DM)
  • Creating a strong research function that will lay the foundations for Development Management and leadership as a unique domain and discipline
  • Launching Strategic Capacity Building Programs aimed at influencing and up- skilling middle to senior leaders in the social sector through special workshops, short-term courses, and customized convening.

Since launching its flagship (and India’s first) PGP in Development Management (equivalent of a one-year MBA) in 2017, the Institution has placed 200 young professionals on an accelerated path to build, manage and lead Social Purpose Organisations (SPOs). ISDM has successfully executed 46 short-term Open Programs across three cities inducting 142 development professionals from 49 SPOs as ISDM alumni who are now redefining what “impact at scale” means in the development sector. ISDM has created a national character for itself, attracting a diverse range of student and recruiting organisations from across the country. Over these years, ISDM has also built strong partnerships with leading philanthropists, academicians, advisors, and practitioners.

ISDM has audacious ambitions to build a world class institution, become a global fountainhead of development management knowledge, and define the domain of development management for the Social Sectors.

ISDM is entering a new phase of growth with a revamped program and renewed focus on establishing itself firmly as a preeminent institution in its domain. This requires strategic and energetic institutional leadership.

About Strategic Capacity Building (SCB)

Strategic Capacity Building (SCB) at ISDM began with a view that while the 1-year PGP is impacting fresh graduates and young professionals, Body of Knowledge is focused on curating and building knowledge, there is a great need to work with the mid and senior management and leadership in the sector today, to be able to evangelise the change we want to see and build the society we envision. 

SCB includes programs for middle and senior management in the sector across roles and segments, courses specifically for women leaders, entrepreneurs, senior govt offices, volunteers etc. and can be delivered in a variety of ways comprising bridge programs, short and medium duration courses, online courses and immersions etc. 

The Role

We are looking for a passionate professional who will work with the Lead SCB to establish and expand the SCB practice for Research & Impact Assessment. The role holder will work with stakeholders from corporate (CSR/ESG), foundations, government to drive projects in domain of impact assessment, M& E and research.

Key Responsibilities

  • Understand the philosophy and approach of Strategic Capacity Building work, it’s background and contribute towards achieving the 3-year vision and targets
  • Build and manage external customer engagement to identify and close opportunities for Research & Impact solutions
  • Build strategic collaborations to setup and expand the practice of Research & Impact
  • Provide consulting support for custom solutions in overlapping areas of monitoring, evaluation, research needs for other customers
  • Work with internal teams (GKH) and external partners to drive end to end projects in domains of Monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment etc.
  • Provide the technical lead for research& impact assessment portfolio, encompassing work at the project, program and institutional levels.
  • Co-develop appropriate methods, tools and protocols to enhance ISDM’s ability to robustly assess complex, long-term programs, as per needs of the customers. Work with internal and external partners to design appropriate frameworks.
  • Design, oversee and/or lead impact assessments as required.
  • Support project and programmatic design to ensure that transdisciplinary research quality principles are reflected.
  • Develop and oversee the implementation of project and programmatic evaluation and assessment plans, including conceptual framework, methods and tool development.
  • Account management for successful delivery of the project
  • Document success of the project and engagements for building the narrative of impact of research & impact initiatives on individuals, organizations and sector
  • Provide support in developing communications material, managing campaigns and related tasks to support outreach for SCB programs
  • Ensure all project deliverables are being met as per the defined process and quality
  • Preparing project plan, grant charts and implementing projects as per timelines

Experience & Qualification Required:

  • The candidate should preferably have 12-15 years of work experience 
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment and in project management and partnership roles
  • Superior knowledge of best practices and current trends in large project portfolio management, monitoring and evaluation
  • proven track record of working with diverse partners to solve problems and achieve shared goals
  • good interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to effectively interact with people in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment
  • excellent facilitation and team-building capacity.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Project management and analytical Skills 
  • Result Oriented/ Outcome Focussed 
  • Planning and Organising skills 
  • Adaptable and flexible including ability to manage pressure, ambiguity and change
  • Proficiency in MS Office, content authoring tools such as Articulate etc
  • Ability to collaborate and work with other people 
  • Willing to unlearn, learn and practice new tools and techniques 
  • Good time management skills

ISDM is an equal opportunity organization with a particular emphasis on affirmative action. The culture of the organization is one of professionalism while also one that greatly values relationships.

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