Policy Manager, Finance - New Delhi

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



New Delhi


The Policy team at J-PAL South Asia (J-PAL SA) at the Institute of Financial Management and Research (IFMR) disseminates findings of J-PAL’s research; develops relationships with government, civil society, and academic stakeholders; catalyses scale-ups and replications of effective projects; and assists in conceptualizing new research projects. The team works closely with the global J-PAL office based at MIT to align the regional strategy with broader organizational objectives.

J-PAL SA seeks a Policy Manager to contribute to its mission of promoting evidence-informed policy in J-PAL’s Finance sector, and to support the scale-up of the evidence based Graduation programme (also known as Targeting the Ultra-Poor or TUP). Description of the programme, key responsibilities, and other requirements for the role are as detailed below:


1. Support J-PAL’s Policy Team in its mission of promoting evidence-informed policy in the Finance Sector: This will entail understanding, summarizing and supporting the dissemination of J-PAL evidence in the finance sector; coordinating and communicating with the global policy lead for the sector; and working with government, civil society partners, and donors to promote the production and use of rigorous evidence in the Finance sector:

  • Evidence Generation: Lead networking and follow-up with relevant government partners, civil society partners, donors and media to understand their policy priorities and promote the use and production of rigorous evidence. Catalyse new randomized evaluation research by matching innovative projects in the region with J-PAL affiliated professors in the Finance sector.
  • Evidence Synthesis and Dissemination: Draft internal reference materials and policy outreach materials summarizing evidence from J-PAL evaluations related to finance (e.g, summaries, briefs, concept notes, letters, presentations). Write about J-PAL’s evaluations in relevant documents with clear, accurate, and non-technical language. Represent J-PAL SA at policy-relevant events and in meetings with relevant stakeholders, to share and present evidence.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Build and maintain relationships with key partners in governments, NGOs, foundations, and multilateral aid agencies in the region.

2. Evidence-based scale-up of a Livelihoods Programme: This will entail working on scaling up the Graduation Approach (also called the Targeting the Ultra-Poor Programme) in India, which is one of the key priorities of J-PAL SA. The Graduation programme targets improving the livelihoods of ultra-poor households through a holistic, multi-dimensional approach, which includes an asset transfer, a temporary consumption allowance, savings services, skills training and coaching. Currently, the TUP programme is being scaled up in four states in India through Policy team’s support. The Manager will be responsible for building area expertise, and leading the stakeholder management, policy outreach, evidence synthesis and dissemination around this programme. This would include:

  • Engaging with relevant Government and NGO partners to lead dissemination and building support for the scale-up of the programme. Work closely with the partners (by ensuring coordination and communication with the top state-level officials) to identify and set up processes and systems for scale-up in the state.
  • Liasoning with funders, other stakeholders and international organisations working on the programme to identify dissemination and fundraising opportunities. Prepare proposals, other notes, presentations etc. as required for the above purposes.
  • Supporting on-going scale-ups of the Graduation Approach (TUP) programmes in India by providing relationship management support to the implementing and Government partners. Prepare knowledge products required for institutionalising scale-up processes.
  • Working closely with the implementing partner to provide them management support, process monitoring and evaluation and other technical advisory and support required for setting up the scale-up systems.

3. Others:

  • People Management: Manage and mentor P&T Associates and/ or Sr. P&T Associates, giving them support to perform better and prioritizing their learning and skill development.
  • Cross-vertical collaboration: Participate in cross-vertical collaboration opportunities such as providing systematic support to an ongoing research project, capacity building of internal staff, etc.


  • Education: Master's degree (preferably in economics, public policy or international development). A strong technical understanding of economics and/or evaluation is necessary to ensure that J-PAL SA’s findings are translated into general policy conclusions in a way that is both simple to follow but also accurate and undistorted.
  • Experience: This position requires three or more years of relevant experience in addition to a relevant Master's degree - experience of working with state/central governments in India and previous managerial experience will be an added advantage.
  • Understanding Randomized Evaluations: Demonstrate a keen understanding of the value of randomized evaluations and their usefulness for policy decisions 
  • Previous work experience in livelihoods, finance, and related sectors would be an advantage.
  • Skills and Competencies
  • Communication: Attention to detail and excellent writing and presentation skills for communicating policy lessons from academic papers in ways that policymakers understand. This requires clear, precise, non-technical writing, and creativity in presentation. 
  • Proven ability to handle several different projects/tasks at one time, successfully complete tasks assigned, and meet deadlines;
  • High level of attention to detail;
  • Strong interest in international development policy, South Asia development, and/or programme evaluation as demonstrated by coursework and professional experience. 
  • Language: Fluency in English (written and oral). Fluency in Hindi will be an added advantage.
  • Travel: 7-10 days of travel in a month within India on average.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

  1. Complete the J-PAL/IPA common application . On the ‘Submit Application’ page, select the “Policy Manager – Finance New Delhi” position. 
  2. On the documents page, please upload a PDF files for cover letter, CV, transcripts for Policy Manager position with the filename “Policy Manager_Finance SA_Last Name_First Name”, and click submit.
  3. In addition, we require two letters of recommendation. If you think your references will not be submitted before the application deadline, please submit your application without the recommendation letters. However, please be advised that we will be requiring them should you be invited for an interview. 

Short-listed applicants will be asked to complete a written test and may subsequently be called in for an interview.