Action - India Program
Job Title: Senior Program
Associate, Global Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) Supplementation
Employment Status: Regular Full Time
Station: New Delhi
Reporting To: Associate Director,
Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) Supplementation Program
Evidence Action aims to be a world
leader in scaling evidence-based and cost-effective programs to
reduce the burden of poverty for hundreds of millions of people in
the poorest places. Last year Deworm the World reached 280 million
people with deworming medications, partnering with governments to
launch, scale, and sustain mass school-based deworming programs.
Meanwhile, Dispensers for Safe Water provided 4M people across
rural Africa with clean water, saving thousands of young lives.
The approach relies on an innovative and human-centric design to
deliver clean water at the source.
In addition to
running these scaled programs, Evidence Action leverages its
unique Accelerator to develop the next generation of programs.
These programs are rigorously tested to ensure exceptional scale,
cost-effectiveness, and clear evidence of impact. In 2019 we
launched an ambitious new strategy, with the goal of doubling our
impact over the next five years, with much of that impact coming
from new programs identified and scaled through the
In India, Evidence Action’s technical
service provider EAII Advisors, provides technical assistance to
national and select state governments’ ministries of health,
education, and women and child development to implement the school
and anganwadi based National Deworming Day (NDD) and Iron and
Folic Acid (IFA) supplementation programs to improve children’s
health, education, and long-term development.
Action has a presence across 10 countries, with major offices in
Nairobi, Kenya; Delhi, India; and Washington, D.C. Evidence
Action’s programs have been recognized by GiveWell, the Skoll
Foundation, the Life You Can Save, Giving What We Can, and covered
in the Economist, NPR, and the New York Times.
program invites applications for the position of Senior Program
Associate, Global Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) Supplementation
Program, Accelerator to be based at the New Delhi office.
The Accelerator works to identify,
research, design, and scale Evidence Action’s next generation of
flagship programs. In 2019, given the strength of our technical
support on school-based delivery of deworming medicines in India,
at the request of government, Evidence Action launched a technical
assistance (TA) program to support the delivery of Iron and Folic
Acid (IFA) supplementation for children and adolescents 6 months –
19 years of age in India. The program is in a “test at scale”
phase - it is being implemented across five states in India with a
robust external evaluation design to measure changes in coverage.
At baseline in 2019, the program reached 13.3 million children and
adolescents in these states; with our assistance, we are aiming to
reach an additional 8.2million children annually by 2022. In
parallel, we are looking to expand and test this intervention in
other geographies and with other target populations.
seeking a dynamic, highly entrepreneurial Senior Associate who can
provide strategy, technical and project management support to the
program in India and support the adaptation and scale up of the
program to other geographies and populations. S/he will have
strong strategic thinking and problem-solving capabilities and be
adept with quantitative analysis. S/he will ideally have field
experience and bring superb interpersonal skills and work
collaboratively and effectively with Evidence Action team members
and government and partner stakeholders across different
Duties & Responsibilities:
Examine the evidence base, cost-effectiveness and Evidence Action
“fit” of IFA supplementation, multiple micronutrient
supplementation, and other nutrition or school-based delivery
initiatives for current and new target populations. Conduct
stakeholder outreach (study authors, implementers, other
development partners) to solicit feedback on new programs, their
design, key gaps, and potential areas for collaboration.
Conduct remote and in-person scoping activities in Africa and Asia
to better understand the potential impact and feasibility of
program expansion in those geographies. Refine impact and
cost-effectiveness modeling to inform the potential reach and
impact of expansion activities.
• Support fundraising
activities for expansion and new intervention areas, including
mapping donor landscapes and developing concept notes, proposals
and other pitch materials.
• Provide close support to the
IFA program in India, including supporting the expansion of the
program to new delivery channels, populations and geographies and
driving strategic changes to the delivery model and implementation
approaches to increase program coverage. Support the national team
with workplanning, budgeting, and donor reporting activities.
Provide project management support to other country teams where
IFA programming is introduced, including leading setup activities,
budget and workplan management, and donor reporting. This will
include the coordination of diverse staff in separate time zones
and departments within the organization.
• Provide strategy
and technical support to country teams, including sharing and
analyzing the impact of evidence updates and sector trends and
supporting the design and iteration of delivery models to address
barriers to program coverage.
• Work with
cost-effectiveness and MLE staff to design, develop, and refine
cost-effectiveness models, monitoring frameworks, evaluations, and
theories of change.
• Coordinate stakeholders and manage
work flow to efficiently and simultaneous drive multiple programs
through the Accelerator development process.
• Lead and
participate in high-stakes meetings; present the business case for
potential programs to government stakeholders.
S/he will be impassioned about improving
the lives of hundreds of millions of people and making a
measurable difference in people’s lives. Specifically, the ideal
• Be strongly aligned with Evidence Action
values; committed to evidence-based programming in the development
• Have an appetite for excellence and continuous
improvement with an outstanding attention to detail.
willing to travel internationally up to 30% of the time.
Have strong critical, analytical, and problem-solving skills with
a high degree follow-through.
• Be comfortable using data
and evidence, often ambiguous or incomplete, to drive decisions
for program design and implementation.
• Be a relationship
builder with the ability to find common ground, build consensus,
and strengthen collaboration among diverse stakeholders, both
internally and externally.
• Thrive in a matrixed,
cross-functional team where implementation, monitoring, and
research backgrounds intersect.
• Be adaptable,
self-motivated, quick to learn on the job and quick to take
initiative and ownership over their workstreams.
culturally sensitive; familiar working across cultures and time
• Have a sense of humor and excitement to be part of
an engaged and intellectually stimulating work
or Master’s degree in a related field, such as public health,
international development, public policy, economics, statistics,
or business; Master’s degree preferred.
• At least 5
years of work experience in a demanding, results-oriented
environment; background in management consulting or public health
delivery is preferred.
• Excellent project and team
management skills; experience designing and implementing programs,
preferably in international development. Preferred experience in
health, nutrition, or WASH.
• Strong task management and
organizational skills; proven ability to manage multiple complex
projects simultaneously, including the production and management
of budgets and work plans.
• Experience in effectively
communicating and negotiating with, presenting to, and managing a
variety of stakeholders in multicultural settings, including
researchers, implementing partners, donors, and government
• Advanced writing and presentation skills;
ability to communicate complex research methodologies and findings
to a non-technical audience clearly and succinctly.
Excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills;
experience using large data sets and quantitative analysis to
drive decision making.
• Prior experience in conducting
evidence reviews, reviewing academic literature, and synthesizing
large quantities of data and evidence for decision making in
program design and implementation.
• Ability to work
independently, think creatively, handle ambiguity, and work in a
• Ability to independently
represent Evidence Action in high-stakes meetings with government
stakeholders and major donors.
• High level of proficiency
in Microsoft Office and Google Workspace; advanced Excel and
familiarity with Stata, R, SPSS, or other statistical packages a
• Preferred experience living and working in
• Verbal and written fluency in
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Applications received after the close date will
not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No
phone calls please.