Fellow Operations Associate, India Data Capacity Accelerator Program - J-PAL South Asia

J-PAL South Asia
  • India
Start Date (Earliest):

Joining Location: Remote/Hybrid

Name of the Project: India Data Capacity Accelerator (IDCA)

About the Organization:

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global research center working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of 194 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL South Asia, based at the Institute for Financial Management and Research in India, leads J-PAL’s work in the South Asia region. J-PAL South Asia conducts randomized evaluations, builds partnerships for evidence-informed policymaking, and helps partners scale up effective programs. Over more than ten years of existence, J-PAL South Asia has conducted 193 ongoing and completed randomized evaluations.

About the Project:

The India Climate and Health Data Capacity Accelerator (IDCA) is a collaboration between J-PAL South Asia and data.org. The Accelerator aims to create a sustainable and scalable model to strengthen the data capacity of the social sector in India by providing social impact professionals and organizations with the tools they need to catalyze the application of data to address systemic challenges. The IDCA fellowship is a year-long commitment and is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about leveraging technology and data to drive positive change and wants to contribute to the growth and impact of innovative nonprofit organizations. Trained data professionals will be placed on carefully selected data projects across a variety of social impact organizations addressing priority policy issues at the intersection of climate and health.

Position Overview:

As Associate, you will be working closely with the Director of Strategic Initiatives at J-PAL and the Project Manager of IDCA fellowship to manage operations related to outreach, selection and placement of candidates through the CAN program. You will act as a primary support to the Project Manager in coordinating and scheduling candidate interviews, implementing onboarding activities, managing communications related to relevant HR matters, and liaising with other J-PAL staff from administration, finance and human resource verticals on a need basis. This is a full time position.

Responsibilities: The Associate will perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

Fellow Operations

  • Be the liaison between CAN university partners, stakeholders, host organizations and the students applying for fellowship/internships to manage intake of fellows through the fellow selection process and their placement with the host institution
  • Support and collaborate with relevant J-PAL stakeholders to prepare offer letters, consultant contracts, and any other official documents related to placement and onboarding of selected candidates
  • Support with creation and dissemination of JDs for fellow recruitment through internal J-PAL staff and other operations
  • Schedule and maintain status of monthly check-in calls with the fellows and the partner organizations throughout the fellowship tenure
  • Support and archive fellow check-in status through tools and templates created such as fellow tracker, reports and other progress report templates
  • Support fellows with any troubleshooting around internal J-PAL processes 
  • Maintain fellow time booking on various projects and manage fellow payout
  • Support the creation and execution of fellow orientation and development process through managing tracker of their learning journey
  • Support interaction of mentors and fellows by organizing regular check-ins

HR Management

  • Ensure all the recruitment and onboarding for CAN fellowship happens as per J-PAL internal policies and code of conduct
  • Maintain a reporting tracker to keep a regular track of the candidate’s onboarding status throughout the recruitment process
  • Prepare formal documentation of all important HR related processes to the CAN fellowship program 
  • Support the IDCA Program Team in rolling out JDs for any CAN specific roles within both internal J-PAL network and external job market
  • Coordinate and provide all HR process-related support in any other staff recruitment for the CAN Program
  • Maintain regular communication with CAN Project Director and Project Manager for project updates and hiring process
  • Act as the liaison between IDCA Program Team and internal J-PAL teams of Human Resources, Admin, and Finance.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any stream, preferably in human resources/MBA
  • Preferred minimum 1-2 years of work experience in HR, communications, or talent acquisition
  • Exceptional communication skills, including writing, conversing and presenting in English
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information with discretion
  • Ability to effectively managing employee relations and resolving conflicts
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational and time management abilities.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong project management skills such as maintaining trackers, coordinating tasks, and prioritization of competing priorities

Please apply on the link and send your resume and cover letter to the IDCA team at [email protected].

We embrace diversity and inclusion in the recruitment process and strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please click on the apply button on the JD here; the first-time users will be asked to sign up and upload the CV, cover letter, and academic transcripts (optional).

For any queries, please write to [email protected].