India Country Director JD
Precision Agriculture for Development (PAD) is a Global international social enterprise, developing and deploying technology to provide customized agricultural advice via mobile phone to help smallholder farmers improve their livelihoods. Co-founded by one of this years’ Nobel Laureates, we currently reach 3.5 million farmers in seven countries, with a goal of rapidly scaling to reach 100 million.
PAD is seeking a values-driven, people-oriented, and entrepreneurial leader to serve as India Country Director. The Country Director will be CEO of a company which delivers PAD’s services in India. Its operations include offices across several states, and an annual budget of USD 1 Million. In addition, the CD will play a lead role managing the relationship with PAD India Foundation (PAD-IF), a Section 8 non-profit organization.
The India Country Director’s primary roles are: 1) to lead and manage the India team, including direct oversight of 4-7 managers and directors, and indirect oversight of a growing team of 200+ staff, 2) to ensure strong program delivery, including ongoing iteration of products and program, 3) to develop and nurture partnerships with state and national governments, NGOs, agribusinesses, and donors that allow us to sustain and scale our user-base while securing the necessary resources to do so, 4) to develop and communicate vision and strategy for the India team, aligned to our global strategy and in partnership with colleagues on the India team, 5) to supervise operations functions, ensuring strong HR, compliance, and budget management, and 6) to coordinate with PAD’s global research function to ensure that our programs use and contribute to the global evidence base in development economics.
Only Indian citizens or candidates holding OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) status will be considered for this role. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.
Management and leadership:
- Manage and mentor 4-7 direct reports, primarily at the manager and director level, spread across several state offices. These staff include the deputy country director, program leads, state heads, research managers, and our director of partnerships and strategy.
Build and manage an effective country leadership team.
Ensure that we recruit, select, and retain high-performing staff.
- Work effectively in a matrix management structure.
- Support teams with monitoring program performance indicators and identifying opportunities to improve our impact, scale, cost structures, or operations.
- Ensure teams are thinking critically about identifying and iterating on opportunities for research, innovation, and product development. The CD does not need technical expertise in these areas, but should be able to engage effectively with technical staff.
- Ensure that our programs are sustainable through successful handovers to government and other partners.
Secure the necessary resources for program pilots and delivery at scale. You will have support from additional staff in developing funding proposals, but should expect to play a key role in relationship development and resource mobilization in India.
- Identify new program opportunities within India, and to develop pilots and scalable implementation partnerships with state and national governments, NGOs, agribusinesses, and research institutions.
- Manage external relationships, and represent PAD as needed at a variety of external functions, including with senior government stakeholders and donors.
Strategy and Vision:
- Play the leading role in developing and refining India strategy.
Weigh in on PAD’s global strategic questions.
- Communicate a motivating vision and strategy to India team members.
- Develop and manage the country budget, in collaboration with the Deputy Country Director.
- Along with our India operations lead, hold ultimate responsibility for operations, including staff security, financial management, risk management, and HR.
- Ensure that our program designs are rooted in rigorous evidence, and that program impact continuously improves.
- Support identification of opportunities to generate evidence with our programs, including RCTs (randomized control trials).
- As appropriate, support relationships with academic researchers and research institutions.
We recognize that our strongest candidates may meet many but not all of the requirements below, and encourage applicants who consider themselves to be a strong overall fit to apply.
Preferred qualifications: 7+ years of relevant work experience, including 3-4 years in a management position and experience managing managers. Master’s degree in management, international affairs, public policy, development economics, agricultural economics, or related field. Exceptional candidates who do not meet these criteria may be considered.
Project management: Experience leading large programs, ideally including managing relationships with governments and multiple stakeholders, managing large grants, and managing budgets.
Team leadership: Stellar team leadership skills, including strong mentorship skills, ability to delegate and manage effectively, and experience building a positive team culture.
Interpersonal skills: Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills, including comfort interacting with senior internal and external stakeholders, and representing the organization at external events. Strong verbal communication and writing skills.
R&D experience: Data-driven and focused on continuous improvement of our programs. Ideally, CD has experience in at least one of the following: development economics research, innovation, process improvement, or product development. Basic understanding of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and development economics is strongly preferred, but technical research skills are not required.
- Technology: PAD uses voice messages, text, mobile apps, WhatsApp, and other channels to reach the poorest farmers in India. Experience in the software/technology sector is highly desirable.
Personal Qualities Sought
- Excited to work with and through others, and to embrace a non-hierarchical team structure.
- Commitment to leading a diverse team in a multicultural environment.
- Humble, open-minded, and curious. Genuinely eager to spend time with our farmers and in our field offices and interested in learning from the views of staff at all levels.
- Ability to work under tight timelines, and flexibility to engage in multiple projects.
- PAD is a young organization, and the right CD for us at this time understands and is excited by the challenges and opportunities this presents, including being flexible and solutions-oriented, and pitching in on tasks not listed here as needed.
- Contract: Full time
- Start date: As soon as possible
- Location: New Delhi preferred, but open to any city in India
- Travel: Frequent travel to state offices (25-30%); occasional travel globally
- Compensation: Commensurate with experience
- Language: English required. Knowledge of additional languages is welcome.
About PAD Global
PAD is a fast-growing global non-profit that uses tech, data science and behavioural economics to provide targeted information to farmers in developing countries on their mobile phones. Providing the right information to the right people, in the right way and at the right time, increases incomes, protects the environment and improves well-being. We are evidence-based: we test our interventions with randomised control trials to prove our impact and cost effectiveness, and also to demonstrate our value to funders and partners. We use human centred design to ensure that our messages meet farmers’ needs, and A/B testing to ensure continuous, data-driven improvement of our approach. We focus on delivering impact at scale, with an aim of reaching 100 million farmers in the next 10 years, and we aim to build sustainable programs through partnership with governments, NGOs, and agri-business. There are few programmes in international development that are as demonstrably cost-effective as ours. We are growing rapidly while continuing to hone our program and products; although we are only 4 years old, we currently work in eight countries in Africa and Asia, and serve 3.5 million farmers.
PAD’s senior leadership team draws on years of experience working in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, with expertise in business, development and behavioral economics, technology, data science, and monitoring and evaluation. PADs co-founders and board members are 2019 Nobel Laureate for Economic Sciences Michael Kremer (Harvard University), Shawn Cole (Harvard Business School), Daniel Björkegren (Brown University), Heiner Baumann (PAD), and Amrita Ahuja (Douglas B. Marshall, Jr. Family Foundation, Evidence Action, and Global Innovation Fund). PAD is led by CEO Owen Barder, who brings to the organization more than three decades of experience as a development practitioner, scholar and advocate.