National Policy Researcher

Position: National Policy Researcher
Start Date: Immediately
Job Location: New Delhi (South Delhi)
Salary: Negotiable (based on experience)
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Educational Experience: Master’s degree in Business Administration (with a focus on Business, Organizational Development, Human Resources, or Finance) or Masters degree in Humanities/Social Sciences/Social Work from tier one college with impressive grades.

Application Process: The review of application materials will begin on or after July 15th, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. Interested individuals should submit a cover letter indicating how the applicant meets the requirements listed in the position announcement, a current resume, and names and contact information for a minimum of 3 professional references.

Required Skills

The person should have a deep understanding of Indian Culture and governance, the complex social issues that face modern day India, with a good historical perspective. Proven track record of successful social research and fund raising activities, public relations, volunteer coordination, donor relations and organizational development functions. The role will require some travel in order to work with and forge partnerships with organizations working in similar areas.

The ideal candidate will possess superior communication skills and a strong understanding of the role of development in a non-profit organization. Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess:
• MBA or Masters in Humanities/Social Sciences/Social Work from tier one college with impressive grades
• The ability to clearly articulate the mission, vision and goals of a social service agency
• Ability to analyze complex problems, and visualize operational and program implications in a variety of situations, experience in research and data analysis
• A high level of integrity, energy, initiative, and creativity
• Experience in community outreach programs and previous work with similar non-profit organizations
• Has strong interpersonal and organizational skills with a proven ability to troubleshoot and work in a team and to lead a team.
• Has the ability to make fast decisions and to work in a self-driven fast paced environment.
• Willingness to work also in evenings and weekends as the job may require.
• Native level fluency in Hindi is a plus, but not required

Job Responsibilities

Policy Researcher’s duties include but are not limited to the following:

Social and Policy Research

• Create, edit and publish research papers, develop publications, reports, presentations for international conferences and journals
• Review the social research reports created by our interns, edit them and collaborate with various central ministries to make them available to them
• Work with the management to organize high level national seminars and workshops on social issues
• Work on our Parliamentary bill research and create extremely high quality memorandums to be presented to Parliamentary Committees.

Research Development and Implementation

Work independently to plan, manage, and implement activities in these areas:

• Involve in the hiring process of interns.
• Handle all aspects of Rakshak Foundation’s prestigious Internship program
• Handle events organized by the foundation
• Research and evaluation of social issues
• Grants and donor management
• Establishing / maintaining relation with other organizations and corporations.
• Identify opportunities for marketing programs and services and implement promotional activities
• Track relevant activities in social research space done by other organizations
• Able to think creatively and broadly to conceive, enable and implement a project

Research Strategy and Planning

Develops and leads the strategy of the organization within the broad context of the local and national landscape to implement strategic and operational decision-making
Takes a leadership role in implementing the development of goals, objectives and operational plans for the organization.
Leads, motivates and develops staff and board so that they are passionate about what Rakshak Foundation has achieved and are committed to working effectively towards continual improvement
Participate in long- and short-term program development and planning.

Organizational Management

• Supervise project staff, interns, and consultants who will assist and/or carry out these activities
• Negotiation of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with universities, other non-profits, corporate entities for Rakshak’s initiatives
• Adhere to the organization’s administrative and recordkeeping guidelines to support accurate bookkeeping and documentation of activities
• Develop and effectively manage timelines to ensure timely completion of program deliverables.
• Monitor program activities to ensure quality and accuracy of work outcomes.
• Ensures that organization has the appropriate resources to operate efficiently and effectively

Public Participation/Advocacy

• Identify partnership and funding opportunities and promote relationship-building and manage relationships with other organizations, agencies, and/or individuals
• Develop and disseminate programmatic and marketing materials.
• Identify partnership and funding opportunities and promote relationship-building

Candidate must successfully pass a pre-employment background check. To be considered for the Rakshak Foundation team, working positively with other staff and other local professionals and community members is a must.

About Rakshak

Rakshak Foundation is a non-profit organization, which researches different public policy issues and creates awareness about them. We sponsor Seminars on public policy matters, sponsor activities to involve youth in building strong communities, including volunteerism and support programs to help the needy. Through the dedicated efforts of our volunteers around the globe, we at Rakshak Foundation bring our perspective on various issues to the attention of the decision-making bodies and institutions in the United States and India. To learn more, visit: