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Head : Behavioral Scientist

Gurgaon (India)

  • Organization: Save the Children
  • Location: Gurgaon (India)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Youth
    • Banking and Finance
    • Economics
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Human Resources
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-13

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Job id : 134755 Apply by: 13 Dec 2019 Relevant Sectors Social, Gender, Education, Youth, Child Trade, Finance, Economics, Cooperation, Global
Job DESCRIPTION
Job Title
Head : Behavioral Scientist
Grade
D
Department
Programme & Policy
Reporting to
SC India Director – Programmes & Policy and SCI CUBIC Director
Location
National Support Office, Gurgaon
Contract
Regular
Email Id to send applications
Last date to apply
13th December 2019
Job Code
H-BS
 
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Background:
Save the Children is a global non-profit organisation which was founded in the year 1919. It is India's leading independent child rights NGO – with offices in 12 states of India. Save the Children believes that every child deserves the best chance for a bright future and that’s why we are committed towards ensuring that children survive, learn and thrive. We run programmes in the remotest corners of India and urban areas in the areas of Health & Nutrition, Education, Child Protection and Humanitarian Response, in order to provide quality education and healthcare, protection from harm and abuse and life-saving aid during emergencies to children. Globally, Save the Children is present in more than 120 countries and works to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children.
Function:
This position will dedicate 75% of time to supporting the launch of Save the Children’s Asia regional Center for Utilizing Behavioural Insights for Children (CUBIC). CUBIC will guide Save the Children country offices and Members – particularly those in Asia – in learning and applying a new approach, namely Behavioural Insights (BI), to increase the effectiveness of our programs and enhance impact for children. CUBIC will be the first “nudge unit” in the world to focus specifically on the most marginalized children’s rights, and it will allow us to rally the world’s leading behavioural science experts around this cause.
 
This position will also dedicate 25% of time to support the Programme & Policy department which covers Programme Implementation (with partners or direct implementation), Thematic Expertise (technical knowledge in areas of specialisation), and Policy & Programme Impact (advocacy, research, monitoring & evaluation, and quality). The function links grass-roots work with policy changes at the highest level, and manages an ecosystem of partnerships including, but not limited to, community organisations, donors, peer organisations, academic institutions, media, and the state.
Role Purpose:
Serve as the lead behavioral science technical expert within CUBIC and the global Save the Children community, and design and test behavioral interventions that improve the most marginalized children’s lives
Role & responsibilities:
  • Leads on Country Office and Member workshops that introduce teams to behavioral insights, and support them in diagnosing behavioral issues and designing behavioral solutions; ensures workshops are engaging and inspiring
  • Supports the development of behavioral insights training materials
  • Designs trials and evaluation methods, and advises on application of behavioral insights to increase likelihood of intervention impact
  • Ensures country offices and Member staff play leading role in co-designing interventions to increase ownership and learning
  • Ensures trials and evaluations proceed as planned, and proposes adjustments when needed
  • In collaboration with Members and country offices, recruits partners from government departments, academic institutions, private companies and social enterprises and manages these relationships
  • Meets with current and potential donors and nurtures donor relationships
  • Identifies funding opportunities, contributes to fundraising efforts and proposal development
  • Supports qualitative and quantitative behavioral research, including advising on Randomized Controlled Trial design, A/B testing, or other evaluation methods
  • Analyzes trial results and portrays results in easily understood manner
  • Disseminates results and prepares project reports, compelling presentations, academic articles and case studies
  • Maintains strong and positive relationships with Save the Children India colleagues, Save the Children country offices, Members, and all external parties
  • Conducts literature review exercises on relevant topics
  • Continually builds skills in applied behavioral science
  • Promotes CUBIC and SC India behavioral science work in public forums and to media if required
Measures of Performance:
  • Country Office and Member workshops result in positive participant feedback as well as promising initial intervention designs
  • Training materials are simple to use, easy, and compelling
  • Trials are co-designed with country office and Member colleagues, and behavioral interventions selected based on strong analysis
  • Trials and evaluations proceed smoothly and are adjusted when necessary, allowing achievement of objectives
  • Relationships with academic institutions, BI organizations and donors built and remain fruitful
  • CUBIC becomes financially sustainable by end of 2021 via effective fundraising contributions
  • CUBIC becomes a “sought after” unit within Save the Children that country offices and Members are excited to work with
Approval Authority:
  • Strategic objectives for function
  • Design of functional interventions/frameworks
  • Applicable people systems (recruitment, performance, administration etc.)
  • For budgetary authority and similar matters, refer to Scheme of Delegation
Reporting:
Direct (solid-line) to (administrative): CUBIC Director
Matrix (dotted-line) to (functional): SC India Director – Programmes & Policy
Direct reports (line management responsibility if any): none
Key relationships: (Internal & External stakeholders)
Internal Stakeholders (collaborates with): All functional leads, Save the Children country office and Member colleagues
External Stakeholders : Governments, donors, peer organisations, academic institutions
 
Candidate specification:

 
 
Essential
(Required)
Desirable
(Asset)
Experience
>7 years of relevant experience;
>3-5 years of middle to senior management experience
 
Qualifications
Master’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, international development or related fields.
 
Skills & Knowledge
Technical
  • Experience applying behavioral insights in developing countries and designing and implementing trials, including Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Experience driving multiple large scale projects simultaneously
  • Strong quantitative skills including knowledge of and experience working with data analysis methods and software
  • Excellent management and organizational skills
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English
  • Strong and engaging trainer and presenter
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations
Behavioural (refer to competency framework)
  • Leading and inspiring others
  • Delivering results
  • Developing self and others
  • Applying technical and professional expertise
  • Working effectively with others
  • Networking
  • Exhibits a “growth mindset” and positive, supportive, and solution-oriented attitude at all times
  • Flexible, self-motivated, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and work independently, and meet deadlines
  • Willingness and ability to travel in India and within the Asia region (approximately 1 week/month)
 
  • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values, and principles is essential along with the willingness to abide by Save the Children’s India’s Code of Conduct and Child Safeguarding Policy
  • Save the Children aims to be an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all applications irrespective of age, race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or creed. Women candidates are encouraged to apply. We are also open to applications from people who want to work flexibly.
  • Recruitment and selection procedures, which include rigorous background checks, reflect our commitment to the protection of children from abuse
  • Child Safeguarding level required/ appropriate for the role:
Job level
Statement
Level 1
 
 
The role holder will not have contact with children and/or young people, or access to personal data about children or young people, as part of their work; therefore a police check will not be mandatory unless the content or location of the role changes, in which case the Child Safeguarding level will be reviewed.
Level 2
 
 
Either the role holder will have access to personal data about children and/or young people as part of their work; or they will be working in a ‘regulated’ position (accountant, barrister, solicitor, legal executive); therefore a police check will be required.
Level 3
 
The role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

 

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