Senior Associate, Bihar BIU

Apply by 15 May 2024

: Full Time (1 year) with the possibility of extension

: Patna, Bihar

: CV and cover Letter

Reports To

Senior Manager, Bihar BIU, CSBC

The Centre for Social and Behaviour Change (CSBC), Ashoka University

Centre for Social and Behaviour Change (CSBC) was founded by and is part of Ashoka University, India's leading liberal arts university, and is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. CSBC is a leading Indian behaviour science institution that drives behavioural change measures for people and communities in need. CSBC advances the science and practice of behaviour change, harnessing cross-disciplinary expertise in nutrition, sanitation, maternal health, family planning, and financial services. The Centre executes this vision through behavioural change programmes, foundational research, and capability building.

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Roles and Responsibilities

We are looking for someone for the role of Senior Associate who should have excellent communication and design skills, enjoys working with a diverse range of people, has an instinct for problem-solving, and is equipped to deal with complex and large projects. The position will have a crucial role in ensuring that the team’s work is informed by the local context of the policy ecosystem and a good understanding of the operation of government systems. Our team requires deep evidence analysis and clarity of the landscape we will work in to strengthen our understanding of problems and how we may innovate solutions and evaluate impact. The Senior Associate will support various behaviour science-informed projects under BIU in Bihar, including diagnostic studies, briefing the design team, and supporting stakeholder engagement and field research. Accordingly, the role includes:

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  • Analytics and Intelligence briefings: Collate, analyse, review data, synthesise results and disseminate them internally and externally through presentations, reports, briefs, etc. Prepare evidence reviews and briefings on the policy ecosystem to inform our overall strategy and work, drawing on government data, academic papers, field studies, and interviewing experts, as required.
  • Government and stakeholder engagement: Support maintaining our relations with partners and stakeholders, especially Bihar government agencies.
  • Project documentation: Prepare comprehensive project reports for internal and external stakeholders, including meeting minutes, project logs and progress updates, stakeholder analysis, and support on analysis and content for external presentations and reports, etc.;
  • Fieldwork and project management: Coordinate with vendors and other internal teams towards the production of intervention materials, support diagnostic qualitative work evaluation studies, assist in finalising vendors, maintain data quality, etc. Prepare drafts of tools/forms/checklists for monitoring BIU project activities and support to collect data for project output and outcome indicators.
  • Supporting project administration: managing financial reports and contracting requirements, analysing government systems to inform scale-up planning, and preparing updates for stakeholders so there is alignment and clarity on the next steps.
  • Travel to Project Sites: Travel to and stay in districts as per project needs. Travel for team meetings outside Bihar, such as our annual team meeting.
  • Organise events and meetings: Including workshops, seminars, and public events, under the guidance of the reporting manager and coordinate with other partners.
  • Any other tasks based on needs and assigned by the reporting manager/organisation.

At least two years of relevant work experience in analytical, consulting, or policy roles.

Education Qualification:

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, sociology or related fields.

  • A minimum of 2 years of work experience in project management or policy projects;
  • Strong writing and documentation skills, especially in producing executive briefings and presentations.
  • Experience working in Bihar is an advantage but not necessary;
  • Fluency in English and Hindi (essential).
Skill Sets
  • Sound primary and secondary research skills
  • Strong organisational and project management skills
  • Proactive and ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
How to Apply

Send your application to with the subject line – (Senior Associate, Bihar BIU ).

Kindly ensure the application includes the last compensation, expected salary, and notice period.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Candidates applying after the due date will not be considered.

Ashoka is an equal opportunities employer. Remuneration will be competitive with Indian non-profit pay scales and depend upon the candidate’s experience levels and the overall organisation’s salary structure.

Closing Date

15 May 2024

We recommend that you apply early, as applications will be processed as they are received, and the position may be filled before the closing date.

We are an equal opportunity organisation and promote diversity. Women, differently-abled persons, and SC/ST/OBC candidates are encouraged to apply.