Ultra-poor Program, Product Management, CRD

Nudge Foundation , Jharkhand, India
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Ultra-poor Program, Product Management, CRD

Lohardaga, Jharkhand   |   Full Time

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the challenge:

India has become the 5th largest economy in the world, but ~360 million are “poor” (using Government metrics) and 145 million live below the poverty line. This inequity is unacceptable. About 3.4% of our annual budget or 0.28% of the income of the top 1% of our population would lift and could bring everybody above the poverty line, however this is complex and we need the best of human intellects to be focussed on solving it.


about us:

The/Nudge Foundation exists to alleviate poverty. We are a collective of some of India’s best leaders and entrepreneurs from across industry, academia, government, and the development sector, passionately working on ways to address poverty sustainably and at scale.

In the six years since our inception, we have worked on a range of initiatives including developing innovative programs that enable underprivileged youth to lead flourishing lives, adapting evidence-based approaches to enable rural families to come out of extreme poverty, and incubating 60+ nonprofits focused on solving India’s biggest challenges. We have also used the knowledge and networks developed through our work to impact policy, address ecosystem barriers and launch scale programs.

Since 2018, Centre for Rural Development at The/Nudge has been implementing Ultra-poor program in Jharkhand. At present, we are working with 1100+ ultra-poor households (mainly PVTGs) in 3 districts of Jharkhand - Lohardaga, Latehar, and Gumla. We are using sequenced and multifaceted interventions to enable families to come out of ultra-poverty sustainably in a defined time period, while ensuring that the didis are neither socially nor financially excluded at the end of the program. The program puts regular handholding at the centre of its success. The ultra-poor are highly food insecure and so the program first provides 'breathing space' by ensuring food security and then offers a 'big push' - a substantial investment to kickstart livelihood activities. These two followed by intense handholding gradually pulls the family out of ultra-poverty.


The Spirit of The/Nudge

Honesty towards our purpose | Empathy towards others | Continuous innovation | Focused on scale | Impatience towards our goals


At The/Nudge Center for Rural Development, you will:

  • Research

    • On-field

      • Household economics of ultra-poor households

      • Economics of village/panchayat level markets 

      • Communities' livelihood patterns, traditional occupations, sources of income 

      • Unit Economics, cost-benefit analysis, of various livelihood

      • Government services that households access & do not access

      • Social development challenges facing them

    • Overall

      • Development challenges of Communities

      • Development pathways

      • Potential livelihood interventions

      • Case Studies/examples of other tier-1 non-profits (India/World)

      • Potential technological interventions, new age pathways

      • Systematic change pathways

  • Design

    • On-field

      • Livelihood training models, life skills training models

      • Collateral to help field staff implement models

      • Training plans & training collateral to train staff

      • Training plans & training collateral to train women in ultra-poor

      • household

    • Overall

      • Program

      • Iterate design based on feedback & results

      • Conduct targeted pilots to improve results of programs

      • Processes to translate design to implementation

      • Study, track & build relationships with non-profits ecosystems to form partnerships

  • Implement

    • On-field

      • Handhold team to Implement Design

      • Break down designs to doable parts

      • Train field team to implement program elements

      • Set-up tracking mechanisms to ensure adherence to designs

    • Overall

      • Activate partnerships with other non-profit organisations to implement design (livelihood training partnerships, sourcing partnerships, data & tech partnerships)

  • Monitor & Evaluate

    • On-field

      • Conduct field visits to assess implementation 

      • Take feedback & iterate design of overall program, processes & monitoring process 

      • Monitor use of data collection tools, dashboards, collaterals

    • Overall

      • Design surveys, baseline assessments, midline assessments, endline assessments

      • Implement surveys via digital tools

      • Set up dashboards & monitor progress of field team, manager & overall levels

  • Other

    • Research study & publish insights & opinion pieces on internal & external media


We’re looking for a leader who is strongly motivated to make a difference and do meaningful work. Apply if you are:

  • Experienced in data analysis related to agriculture, livestock, poverty evaluation. 

  • Have a deep understanding of research tools & methodology.

  • Capable of designing data collection, MIS, & dashboard development tools.

  • Must be able to develop easy to understand & adoptable tech tools


Would be great if you have (not mandatory):

  • Experience of working in tech agencies working in development sector, research agencies