Research Manager for Impact Evaluation of REWARD Program via DevNetJobsIndia

Sambodhi Research and Communications

Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India 🇮🇳

Job Description
Research Manager for Impact Evaluation of REWARD Program

About us

Sambodhi Research and Communications helps create high-impact knowledge and catalyze accountability in the public domain through its project management and monitoring and evaluation solutions. At Sambodhi, we offer objective, evidence-based support to implementers, government, donors, and corporates. Over the past decade, we have emerged as a pioneer in developing cutting-edge methodologies for the evaluation of large-scale development interventions. With a close-knit team of 100 professionals, we work across South Asia, South East Asia, and Sub- Saharan Africa. Headquartered in Noida (Delhi National Capital Region), India, we have full-service regional offices in Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and Dar-eSalam (Tanzania).

Sambodhi provides services to federal agencies, donors, foundations, and corporates, in areas of public health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, water and sanitation, environment, and renewable energy. We have made valuable contributions to monitoring, learning, and evaluation programs and have influenced development policies and improved implementation efficiency.

Why Sambodhi

Sambodhi offers an exciting and challenging opportunity to contribute to high-quality multiinput development programs and to work closely with the government, and with key development actors like the World Bank, UN, Bilateral agencies, philanthropies like Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, etc. Being one of the leading and largest M&E service- providers in South Asia, Sambodhi offers an extraordinary platform to learn, mentor, and innovate in a perceptive environment. Driven by the deep-rooted wisdom of “Equity in Knowledge”, learning is integral to our work; be it investing in peer-driven intensive professional development within Sambodhi or field building on M&E globally. In line with it, it offers an enabled environment for professionals to write, publish and network; to locate themselves in the contemporary discourse on M&E and be a part of the global think-tank.

About the Project

Rejuvenating Watersheds for Agricultural Resilience through Innovative Development (REWARD) program is implemented by the Watershed Development Department (DSCWD), Govt. of Odisha to “Strengthen capacities of national and state institutions to adopt improved watershed management for increasing farmers’ resilience and support value chains in selected watersheds of Odisha. Around 169 watersheds across five pilot districts namely Sambalpur, Dhenkanal, Nayagada, Deogarh, and Koraput have been selected for the study. Sambodhi will evaluate the socio-economic impacts of the project based on data from around 4000 households using descriptive and econometric data analysis to provide comprehensive site-specific cadastral level information useful for appropriate Natural Resources Management (NRM) planning at farm level and integrated development of the area. Sambodhi will also support the design and collect data for the impact evaluation comprising –

1. Listing
2. Baseline assessment
3. Midline evaluation
4. Endline evaluation

The impact evaluation will be conducted across the five pilot districts (169 MWSs) to investigate the impact of biophysical investment on public and private land as well as farmer-level interventions including LRI training, complementary interventions in the form of value chain development via Farmer Producer Collectives (FPCs) and livelihood protection investments via SHGs.

Job description

Job Title
Research Manager for the Impact Evaluation of the Rejuvenating Watersheds for Agricultural Resilience through Innovative Development (REWARD) program

Job Location
The base location for this position is Bhubaneswar. As a part of this assignment, the candidate must travel to different parts (remote locations) of Odisha. Also, the candidate must be able to travel anywhere in the country based on the requirements of other projects undertaken by Sambodhi.

Language
The candidate must be fluent in Oriya and willing to relocate to Bhubaneswar as the base location.

Essential Functions
The candidate will perform the following key functions:

• Preparation and submission of all project deliverables (inception reports, concept notes, study tools/interview guidelines, pilot reports, survey completion reports, status update reports, PowerPoint presentations, findings reports, infographics, etc.)
• Prepare and lead the presentation(s) on the findings of the study to World Bank, DSCWD and the Government of Odisha teams
• Analyze both qualitative and quantitative data (using R/Stata, SPSS, ATLAS.ti/NVivo)
• Must have excellent MS Excel, MS Word, and MS PowerPoint skills
• Coordinate with District Process Monitors in data collection/other relevant field activities on other assignments in Odisha.
• Attend all meetings and coordinate with World Bank and DSCWD teams.
• Collect qualitative and quantitative data for at least 20-30 days every quarter while adhering to the standard ethical protocols and field manuals/guides
• Travel to Delhi-NCR, training locations, or any other locations in Odisha and project states of other assignments (need-based)
• Conduct trainings for survey teams for at least 5-7 days as and when required in Bhubaneswar and other locations.
• Ensure timely data collection, data monitoring, share status updates and submit cleaned data files regularly to the data team
• Translate/Transcribe documents/data in Hindi and English
• Report to Sambodhi Noida research team regularly
• Liaison with DSCWD & World Bank representatives and Sambodhi research team
• Manage Odisha Project office, expenses incurred by District teams, travel plans, and other logistics associated with the project
• Other relevant deliverables of the assignment

The above essential functions are representative of the major duties of positions in this job. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary. Other duties may be assigned similar to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the job.

Desired profile

Education
Master’s in Operational Research/Statistics/Rural Development/Social Work from Premier Universities.

Experience
• At least 3-5 years of work experience in social development projects with pertinent fieldwork experience in process/concurrent
monitoring being a necessary criteria.
• Experience of working on watersheds/agriculture/rural development assignments, is desirable.

Personal Competencies
• Should have excellent understanding/knowledge of the relevant policy landscape and regulatory environment.
• High level of involvement, engagement, and ownership.
• Flair for building quality relationships with clients.
• Demonstrated competence in managing large teams.
• Strong time management skills and ability to prioritize.
• Willingness to travel extensively.
• Should be a team player, enthusiastic, possess good analytical abilities and storytelling skills.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Interested applicants may send their updated resume to debjyoti.roy@sambodhi.co.in or hr@sambodhi.co.in

Job Email id: debjyoti.roy(at)sambodhi.co.in


POSITION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED

IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development