Sesame Workshop, New Delhi, India June 2011 – 2013
Manager, Research & Digital Initiatives (2011 to 2013)
Research Manager (2009 to 2010)
ØLed policy and advocacy efforts around Early Childhood Education (ECE) in India at international and national forums including the dissemination of knowledge vis-à-vis technical and educational policy environments.
ØManaged all research for Sesame Workshop in India including television and outreach evaluations.
ØData and programme design support for all proposals, concept notes and fundraising pitches including media analysis of television ratings to support business plan related strategy.
ØManaged all contracts, budgetary allocations and deliverables of a wide range of research vendors, market research agencies and digital programmes.
ØTranslated evaluation research results into communication briefs, white papers and country brochures etc., for a wide variety of audiences including donor agencies, newspapers, television media and public relations agencies.
ØBuilt and maintained an electronic database of research resources and reference materials for staff and external audiences with a view to disseminate research protocol, methodologies and understanding of evaluation research to staff members.
ØLed all programme, research and content design with digital components including low-cost and cutting-edge technology dissemination and adoption in ‘under-served’ communities.
ØManaged all social media and web-presence including leading the development of a digital asset management and institutional knowledge management process/system.
Key Successes Include:
Led and managed relationships with high-level donors including Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach, USAID and World Vision in the context of grant management of grants sized up to $300,000.00.
Digitization of 230 episodes of television content, establishment of a world-class CDN system for three international quality websites and the development of a suite of local-language Android games for low-cost smartphones leading to the development of an integrated digital strategy.
Youngest member of senior management and the organizational management committee.
Led and executed dozens of research projects for less than 10% total grant budget consistently and on-time using a variety of cutting-edge technologies and research methods including participatory ethnographic research, data-collection using phones and multi-leveled cluster randomized control trials.
Absolute Return for Kids & Freelance Consultant, Delhi, India
Jul 2010 – May 2011
Project Head (2010)
Freelance Consultant, Education & Development Sector (2011)
As freelance consultant: Editor of science textbooks for Oxford University Press (India), undertook a qualitative impact assessment of Rajasthan’s Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI) in Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur for ICICI Foundation, designed the implementation strategy of the affordable-private-school (APS) rating system for Policy Innovations, designed the implementation strategy of the integrated school health project for primary schools in India for Policy Innovations, edited and compiled a Producer Organizations directory for Pradan. Undertook questionnaire piloting and revision, focus group discussions and FGD guide revision for the Micro Insurance Academy in Madhya Pradesh and also undertook a qualitative study of agricultural policy and its impact on small-farmers for the National Skills Foundation of India.
oDesigned an access-to-quality-education programme for children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Implement a voucher based school choice programme for 900 children across 125 low-cost private schools.
oManaged India's first international quality Randomized Field Trial evaluation study on school vouchers.
oLead and documented communications and advocacy efforts for parental choice in schooling.
oDesigned and planned local events with stakeholders including parental information sessions, school owner meetings and policy meets.
oThought through and designed a voucher allocation algorithm including endorsement from technical agencies.
oDocumented and presented project processes including reasons why, learning, outcomes, and suggestions etc., for potential partners.
oDemonstrated a scalable model to implement RTE compulsory reservation quota in private schools.
HiH Microfinance Services & IFMR, Chennai, India Sep 2008 – May 2009
Coordinator – Fundraising, Hand in Hand Microfinance Services (2009)
Project Manager - CIFD, Institute of Financial Management and Research
At HiH: Managed a three million dollar donor- funded project for expansion of microcredit based interventions across four districts in Tamil Nadu including donor-relationships with Swedish, South African, American and British corporate donors for projects run in rural India, Brazil and Afghanistan. Created advocacy and marketing material for five intervention categories including literacy, child labour, enterprise development, health and environment using social media, video, audio, still photography, web based material and publications.
At IFMR: Designed, tested and implemented innovative financial products addressing lack of credit access issues from a development economics perspective. Project manager of a randomized evaluation study on ‘Financing for Predictable Expenses’ – which studied if financial access for pregnancy could increase institutional delivery rates. Refined and designed research questions -- including testing the hypothesis that savings behavior can predict repayment behavior in small lending and savings micro-credit contexts. Managed savings and repayment data of over one hundred data points generated from the study. Designed and maintained a database management information system containing data on over six hundred individuals. Trained, hired and managed survey and mid-management field based staff for a pilot study across rural Tamil Nadu. Liaised with the project’s partner organization to ensure successful execution of the project on time and under budget to create scalable financial innovations in rural contexts.