The goal of the Global Development Program (GDP) is to increase opportunities for people in the developing world to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty and to help deliver targeted healthcare solutions in these regions. Our strategies focus on Polio, Agriculture Development, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Financial Services for the Poor, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Family Planning and Nutrition. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Vaccine Delivery and Integrated Delivery. GDP also has Special Initiatives that focus Urban Poverty, Emergency Relief, Global Libraries and Value for the Money.Our India Country Office (ICO) works closely with India’s central and state governments and collaborates with nonprofit organizations, community groups, academic institutions, the private sector, and development organizations to achieve our shared goals. With a particular focus on Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the ICO develops innovative solutions to improve the quality and coverage of key services.The ICO focuses on key areas that will affect the future of India’s most vulnerable communities: reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition; sanitation; agricultural development; and financial services for the poor (FSP).
India is poised to become a global demonstration model for improving governance through payment connectivity. One critical enabler for this transformation is a 21st century identity and payments architecture called “the India Stack.” The India Stack includes several pieces of shared technology infrastructure, including the Aadhaar biometric identification system, electronic Know-Your-Customer (KYC), electronic signatures, the Immediate Payments Service (IMPS), the Aadhaar Payments Bridge (ABP), and an electronic consent system. The India Stack has the potential to enable banks to digitally onboard poor customers, cut operational costs for each provider, trigger competition among financial service providers at the application (rather than infrastructure) level, provide a central data repository to inform credit scoring algorithms, and enable the conversion of paper-based social welfare programs into digital, direct benefit transfer (DBT) systems. The Government of India has expressed commitment to achieving this shift to digital payments and the foundation’s FSP team is working actively to support government-led initiatives at central and state levels, focusing on key social sectors like health and nutrition, education, agriculture & sanitation.Acting as a “philanthropic venture capitalist”, the PO will be deeply involved in leveraging the India Stack and related components to expand the reach of digital financial systems among excluded populations. The areas of deep involvement will be:• Developing and scaling public sector-led solutions which leverage India’s digital identity and payments infrastructure• Partnering with central and state government departments to support the migration of cash and paper-based social welfare payment systems into digital DBT payment systems• Conducting research and analysis to inform the government’s DBT strategy and implementation• Partnering with central and state government departments to structure India’s DBT flows in ways that maximize household welfare.• Leveraging the India Stack to foster a competitive and open financial services ecosystem in service of the poor• Identifying and supporting digital financial innovations that augment the delivery of health, agriculture, and sanitation, services to poor households• Improving government fuel, fertilizer, and food subsidy programs using digital payment technologies• Conducting regulatory and policy analysis to shape the development of an enabling environment that expands the poor’s access to digital financial services, while preserving the safety and soundness of the financial systemThe PO will be based in the Gates Foundation’s India Country Office (ICO) in New Delhi and will be positioned within the Financial Services for the Poor (FSP) Digital Enabling Environment team. Specifically, the PO will:• Work closely with the India FSP lead to shape and refine FSP’s India strategy• Develop and manage grants, contracts, and other interventions to advance the FSP team’s goals in India and globally• Partner with other ICO teams, particularly Agricultural Development, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WSH), Nutrition, and the Uttar Pradesh and Bihar health delivery teams, to develop joint strategies which maximize the collective impact of the foundation’s innovations• Write and produce analyses which advance the world’s understanding of how to build a 21st century digital identity and payments architecture and how to leverage this architecture to improve public service delivery and expand digital financial inclusion• Publically represent the foundation among key partners• Develop and manage monitoring and evaluation systems for grants in collaboration with the India Country Office Measurement Learning and Evaluation team ICO MLE team• Consult with grantees and other partners to maximize impact of projects and ensure optimal learning.
We are looking for people who enjoy solving complex problems using a hypothesis- and data-driven approach and have experience delivering innovative solutions in challenging environments. The qualified candidate should have the following experience:• Ten to fifteen years relevant work experience. Experience in information and communication technologies (ICT) project management preferred. Outstanding record of achievement required• Background in ICT, government payment systems, financial services, telecoms, and/or mobile financial services strongly preferred• Undergraduate degree in a technical, business, finance, or economics discipline. Advanced degree strongly preferred• Innovative, out-of-the box thinker who is hands-on and willing to go as deep or broad as necessary to achieve outcomes• Fluent in English with excellent written and oral communication skills; oral skills in Hindi / other regional India languages preferred• Exceptional results orientation combined with strong relationship management skills• Comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic, and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people• Experience leading and working with a range of clients, colleagues, consultants, and other partners with a broad exposure to private and public stakeholders• Solid team player who can operate independently, with a demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy in a fast-paced environment• Ability to question and challenge colleagues, including managers, in a constructive manner• Ability to travel up to 30-35% of time as needs dictateAs part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.