Senior Manager – Financial Inclusion

POSITION: Senior Manager – Financial Inclusion
LOCATION: Chennai, Delhi
REPORTS TO: Head – Financial Inclusion
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

We are actively seeking a self-driven Senior Manager to lead and oversee the Financial Inclusion function at IFMR LEAD. He / She will steer research staff and work in close collaboration with both in-house and field teams to present avenues for new research ideas and address policy relevant questions.


The candidate will be expected:

•      To execute the objectives of the Financial Inclusion vertical at IFMR LEAD through operational and project management support.
•      To provide Leadership direction to staff in the research team and oversee subordinate staff with programme responsibility
•      To focus on initiatives to fund projects that aim to strengthen the capacity and social performance management practices of financial service providers.
•      To provide technical inputs to research staff on policy relevant research questions and identify knowledge gaps in the research work carried out on this theme.
•      To manage advocacy work including design, implementation, relationship building and partnership management.
•      To work in close collaboration with the team to discuss new research ideas, recent and relevant sector trends and brainstorm on possible ways to expand the financial inclusion agenda of the research team at IFMR Lead.
•      To diligently motivate teams and implement activities such as events, trainings, and research by working collaboratively with local stakeholders to achieve mutual goals
•      To liaise with policy makers, regulators and academia to identify knowledge gaps and expand the research agenda of the financial inclusion team at IFMR Lead.
•      To Contribute to policy briefs, blog posts and other publications as required


•      Master’s degree in economics, development studies, rural management, finance, or related field
•      Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the subject of financial inclusion
•      Solid understanding of social science research methods, research project management, design and processes
•      Proven analytical skills, including, specifically, skills working with quantitative data using econometric methods
•      Excellent oral and written communication skills
•      Proven ability to manage multi-tasking and propose solutions in a timely manner with nominal supervision
•      Capacity to maintain an organized and structured work style in a fast-paced environment
•      Ability to adapt quickly to changing environments and work with multiple stakeholders
•      Strong interpersonal skills, and willingness to interact with a wide range of individuals including Research Associates, Research Managers, etc. as well as the academia, donors, funding agencies, research organisations/think tanks, development practitioners, etc.

Application Instructions:
Deadline: Interested candidates can submit their Resume and a cover letter to . Applications are being accepted until position is filled. Please send your queries to .