Senior Research Manager

Posted 1 month ago

Location: Chennai

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Contract type: Full-time

About LEAD at Krea University

LEAD, an action-oriented research centre of IFMR Society (a not-for-profit society registered under the Societies Act), leverages the power of research, innovation and co-creation to solve complex and pressing challenges in development. LEAD has strategic oversight and brand support from Krea University (sponsored by IFMR Society) to enable synergies between academia and the research centre.

About the position

We are seeking a qualified, motivated, self-sufficient and thorough Senior Research Manager. The person is expected to lead the development of a steady stream of high-quality research outputs (briefs, articles, infographics, blog posts, etc.) from all project activities.

The successful candidate is adaptable, quick-to-learn, and comfortable working under pressure and meeting tight deadlines without compromising quality and attention to detail. She or he will also have excellent communication skills (both verbal and written) in order to be able to present their research to various stakeholders and in various national and, possibly, international platforms through a wide range of mediums.

The Senior Research Manager will support and expand the team’s research agenda and grow the overall research portfolio, with the opportunity of leading and pursuing other research activities.


Project Management:

  • Develops and updates the project plan, assigning tasks to complete the same, and ensures compliance with project requirements
  • Keeps track and is accountable for the development of detailed project reports
  • Is accountable for day-to-day project management and completion of project deliverables
  • Reviews budgets and updates project budgets
  • Conducts monthly field visits to assess progress on the project and gather first-hand insights and feedback on the same
  • Leads hiring process of project-related positions
  • Oversees subgrantees, reviews their deliverables and ensures compliance with project requirements

Stakeholder Management:

  • Develops and maintains a good working relationship with partner and donor organizations
  • Keeps an open channel for communication with partner and donor organizations and policy makers
  • Presents research & project findings to partner organizations and larger audiences through workshops and conferences

Evaluation, Research, and Learning:

  • Leads the analysis of research results and the development of research outputs
  • Is accountable for planning and implementing the development of a steady flow of learning outputs
  • Leads the development of research summaries, policy briefs, blog posts, presentations and other forms of outreach as required
  • Ensures that data collected through research tools are complete, accurate and comprehensive
  • Oversees data analysis and visualization
  • Develops learning outputs from subgrantees’ research results
  • Liaise, seeks inputs and shares insights with the Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE) team
  • Contributes to the work of LEAD as required



  • Master’s Degree in Economics, Environment Economics/Policy/Science, Finance, Development or related fields is mandatory
  • Strong analytical skills and a solid understanding of evaluation methods and quantitative and qualitative research methodologies

Work Experience:

  • 7 to 8 years of management and/or research experience in international development or related fields
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain an organized and structured work style in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with grant writing and budget management
  • Previous experience of managing a team

Key Competencies and Attributes

  • In-depth knowledge and experience implementing social science research methods, including experimental research and data collection methods
  • Experienced in in-depth systematic review and synthesis of research
  • Independent worker; takes initiative to lead and manage multiple tasks and propose solutions
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Capable of translating research insights into actionable insights
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and willingness to interact with a wide range of individuals ranging from State and Central government officials, donors, research think tanks, banks, etc. bankers and financial regulators
  • Has the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Preferred: has a good track record of academic and non-academic publications

Application Instructions

  • Deadline: Applications are being accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Please collate resume, cover letter and writing sample in one PDF and apply in the form here.

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