Work at EPIC-India

EPIC-India’s staff and researchers are passionate about driving change in India. Currently, we are hiring for several positions with varied expertise. Be part of our team! You can also send your resume to contactepicindia@uchicagotrust.org if you want to be part of the talent pool.

Senior Research Manager

EPIC India is seeking a full-time Senior Research Manager to execute innovative ideas related to energy and environmental policy, manage research and field teams, and play an instrumental role in leading and managing EPIC India’s partnership with the Transport Department of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi. This position offers the candidate an opportunity to work closely with EPIC India affiliated researchers to manage important research projects and programme initiatives focused on identifying and implementing innovative policy solutions for vehicular pollution governance in Delhi.

The ideal candidate possesses a mix of economics, analytical, managerial & communications skills and is passionate about working with cross-functional groups to drive large-scale impact in the energy and environment sector.

Location: New Delhi Start Date: May 1, 2024

Reports to: Research Director, EPIC India

About the Trust

The University of Chicago Trust (the Trust) is a charitable trust in India, established in 2008 by alumnus of The University of Chicago. The objectives of the UChicago Trust are to provide opportunities for grants to support educational programs, research programs and activities for the betterment of India.

About the Unit

India faces the dual challenge of rapidly improving living standards—through sustained economic growth and expanded access to reliable and affordable energy—while simultaneously reducing pollution for a cleaner and healthier environment. EPIC India researchers work hand-in-hand with government and industry partners to identify innovative ideas, pilot them on the ground, and rigorously measure outcomes

Position Description

EPIC India is seeking a full-time Senior Research Manager to execute innovative ideas related to energy and environmental policy, manage research and field teams, and play an instrumental role in leading and managing EPIC India’s partnership with the Transport Department of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi. This position offers the candidate an opportunity to work closely with EPIC India affiliated researchers to manage important research projects and programme initiatives focused on identifying and implementing innovative policy solutions for vehicular pollution governance in Delhi.

The ideal candidate possesses a mix of economics, analytical, managerial & communications skills and is passionate about working with cross-functional groups to drive large-scale impact in the energy and environment sector.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Principal Investigators and local research teams to drive project planning and support (including but not limited to) guiding research design, field planning, data collection, data management, power calculations, and preliminary analysis.
  • Manage relationship with the Transport Department and communicate effectively (both in writing (incl. presentations) and verbally) with internal and external stakeholders to drive progress on existing research projects and foster new high-value research partnerships.
  • Manage and mentor nior staff members including Interns, Research and Senior Research Associates. The Manager will support their teams and PIs in all areas of project execution, maintaining integrity of research design and generating high-quality research outputs.
  • Assist in the preparation of detailed project budgets and work plans in coordination with operations team and PIs.
  • Ensure project activities are aligned with project budgets.
  • Lead or assist in writing technical proposals, donor deliverables, work on budgets and work plans, be responsible for ethical compliance on the research projects and will be overall responsible to drive forward different workstreams independently.
  • Provide support EPIC India on other research, policy and communication-related tasks as needed, or as assigned by EPIC India’s senior leadership.

Qualifications

Education

  • Master’s degree (or higher) in Economics, Finance, Business, Development or related fields, with strong interest in international development policy as demonstrated by coursework and/or professional experience

Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of work experience in research and project management, with substantial client-facing components, and at least 3 years of direct project management or academic research experience
  • Experience managing and supervising junior staff members
  • Experience in social science or economic field research or experience conducting experimental field research in developing countries is preferred

Competencies

  • Strong track record of outstanding academic/ professional performance
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • High degree of ownership and ability to drive forward workstreams, independently
  • Attention to detail and ability to execute patiently, and diligently
  • Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and a team player
  • Strong communication, and presentation skills
  • Fluent in English and Hindi

Working Conditions

Candidates must be legally authorized to work in India.

Location

Delhi, India

Possible travel to research field sites.

Application Documents

Resume

Cover Letter

Three References

Length of Commitment: 2 years