Description

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Impact & Data Associate
Oorja
Location: Remote work-from-home (India based)


Job Description:

Position: Impact & Data Associate
Full-time
Base Location: Remote work-from-home (India based)
Reporting Line: Senior Manager
Earliest Start Date: 1 January 2022 

About Oorja 

Oorja (www.oorjasolutions.org) is an award-winning social enterprise based in New Delhi. We are on a mission to empower 10 million farmers globally by 2030 with the agricultural solutions they need to sustainably increase their income and quality of life.  

Oorja is a Farming-as-a-Service company working at the intersection of sustainable agriculture and renewable energy. Our focus is on powering beneficial appliances that help users to generate stable incomes, create jobs, and mitigate carbon emissions. Despite urgent need, around 90% of marginal farmers cannot afford to invest in solar technology for their farms. Oorja wants to close this gap. We finance decentralised solar energy systems for community use. Oorja sells irrigation, milling and cooling as affordable services on a pay-per-use basis to smallholder farmers, without any upfront cost to them. We operate in rural areas of northern India where farmers are currently reliant on polluting and expensive diesel motors for their energy needs.  

Our core strengths are our inclusive, farmer-centric business model and a diverse and driven team with shared passion for sustainable development. Some of our funders and partners in this mission are:

Role Background 

Are you a committed development sector professional with a passion for measuring tangible impacts on people’s lives and livelihoods? If so, this M&E-focused role may be for you! Oorja is seeking an Impact  Associate with 2 to 4 years of relevant experience to join its Project Management team. Your focus will be overseeing impact measurement and evaluation (M&E) across all services and geographies, data management and analysis, and recommending and implementing strategies to strengthen M&E and to increase project impact. You must have outstanding project management skills and analytical skills, an ability to present data in an effective and visually appealing way, and be able to communicate effectively at all levels of the organisation. You should be comfortable working independently in a mission-driven start-up environment. We strongly encourage candidates of any gender to apply for this position. 

Key Duties 

  • Data management and analysis; managing and updating Excel records and dashboards 
  • Leading end-to-end impact monitoring and evaluation across all services and geographies 
  • Establishing and implementing M&E work plans, targets, timelines and calendar 
  • Overseeing baseline, midline and endline surveys (preparing questionnaires, verifying data  quality, etc.) by the field teams 
  • Cleaning, analysing and presenting impact data; analysing key changes and patterns  
  • Presenting results in impact reports for funder/investor reporting 
  • Helping with data-driven decision-making 

Roles and Responsibilities 

The Impact Associate’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

Impact Measurement & Evaluation  

  • Design the logical framework, procedures, work plans, targets and timelines for M&E across all  services, activities and geographies 
  • Define the key performance indicators (KPIs) and impact metrics to be monitored 
  • Maintain and implement a calendar for data collection; allocate and supervise data collection  by the field teams  
  • Review and streamline the data collection formats (KoboToolbox questionnaires) and  procedures (data flow chart, M&E manuals) to reduce the effort spent by the team on collection  and analysis 
  • Train and supervise data collection by the field teams; implement steps for quality control;  monitor the quality of data collected; take steps to rectify data quality, if needed 
  • Oversee baseline, midline and endline surveys (preparing questionnaires, verifying data quality,  etc.) by the field teams 
  • Clean, analyse and present impact data to measure the impact of Oorja’s work; analyse key  changes and patterns 
  • Identify areas of improvement in service design and the organisation in general
  • Present recommendations to the management with the gaps and future expected outcomes 
  • Collate qualitative data, stories and testimonials from the field; prepare and present customer  testimonials 
  • Remain informed of developments in funder/investor changes and progress; advise and  recommend strategies to increase service performance and results in light of these changes

Data Management and Analysis  

  • Inputting monthly data into Excel files(Impact Tracker, etc.) and Google Data Studio and updating  dashboards; calculating and presenting key performance indicators (KPIs) and impact metrics 
  • Supervise and coordinate with the field teams to ensure regular updating of internal databases  for project, equipment and customer data 
  • Digitise, clean, analyse and present customer and site data for use in demand assessment, site  selection, business development and evaluating business decisions 
  • Clean, store, visualize, present and manage data in Excel, Google Drive, and other central  databases 
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in existing data collection and management systems and  implement solutions 
  • Assist the team in developing targets and M&E work plans during the drafting of project  proposals and fundraising applications as well as throughout project implementation 
  • Conduct research, assess, recommend and implement new digital technology and tools, including for customer relationship management (CRM), billing, payments, surveying, routine  maintenance and project monitoring 

Reporting  

  • Prepare high quality impact reports for internal and external audiences in designated format 
  • Support other team members to ensure that high quality impact reports are submitted accurately  and on time 
  • Address donor, partner and senior management data queries in an accurate and timely manner 
  • Perform any other task assigned from time to time by supervisor or management. 

Qualifications, Skill & Experience 

  • Graduate or postgraduate degree in social sciences or relevant field (preferred) 
  • A least 2 years of experience in impact measurement and evaluation (preferred) or  other related areas of project/program management 
  • Confidence; ready to grow into a leadership role in heading M&E 
  • Excellent project management skills 
  • Collaborative nature; ability to coach and train others 
  • High degree of computer literacy with an excellent command of data analysis tools (MS Excel);  experience working with surveying tools (KoboToolbox) would be a plus 
  • Cultivate an independent understanding of agriculture, livelihoods, energy,  environmental and/or social development issues in rural India 
  • Proficiency in English and Hindi 
  • Ability to work independently to meet deadlines and adhere to high quality standards 
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary, international team with sensitivity and respect for diversity 
  • Curiosity, team spirit, commitment and passion about changing the world through  social and environmental impact delivered by social enterprises 
  • Ability and willingness to travel to rural areas of India for fieldwork from time to time.

What We Offer 

  • A highly enthusiastic, self-driven international team 
  • A melting pot of diverse talents – development professionals, researchers, engineers, farmers,  scientists and community mobilisers 
  • Competitive remuneration package 
  • Comprehensive health and accident insurance 
  • Interesting field of work where you will build your understanding of solar technology and the  development sector 
  • Close mentorship for career development 
  • A flat and open work culture and friendly work environment 
  • Experience and responsibility at an award-winning company in the renewable energy and agri-tech  industries, among the fastest-growing segments of the global economy 
  • The change to make a difference and to help improve people’s lives. 

How to Apply 

If this exciting opportunity appeals to you, please send your application by filling the online application form by November 30th, 2022 – www.oorjasolutions.org/apply-now. Note: Even if you do not meet all of the qualifications, skills or experience requirements set out above, we encourage you to apply for this role anyway if you meet most of the criteria, are strongly motivated and feel that you are a good fit. 

Application Process 

For this role, Oorja will conduct a two-stage evaluation process. First, a short preliminary interview (45  min) about your background, experience and motivation. Second, a longer interview (2-3 hours) is arranged including assignments to further assess your skills and adequacy for the role, interactions with the team  and fit within the organisational culture, and learn more about your long-term aspirations and alignment with the company’s growth plan. Both assessments will be conducted remotely over video call at this time.  We regret that due to high applicant volume, we will be able to reach out only to successful applicants. Successful candidates in each stage will be notified by email. 

Equal Opportunities and Non-Discrimination Statement 

Oorja Development Solutions India Private Limited is an equal-opportunity employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit,  hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to religion, race, caste, gender, place of birth, sexual orientation, marital status or disability status. Oorja endeavours to provide a safe, diverse and comfortable workplace. Oorja will not adversely discriminate, and prohibits other adverse discrimination at the workplace, against any person on its premises, whether that person is in its employment or otherwise. If you can contribute to our organisation, you are welcome, regardless of your roots, religion,  age or gender.