Position: Program Manager - Knowledge & Research (full time, 6 months’ probation period)
Location: Bhubaneswar
Starting date: Immediately
Experience: 5 -8 Years
Travel: 5 - 10 days in a month Application
Process: On Rolling Basis

About the Role

SELCO Foundation is looking for a highly motivated individual who is passionate about working in the development sector with focus on providing access to sustainable energy for livelihoods and health for last mile communities in Odisha. The broader goal is to use decentralized renewable energy to facilitate dignified living, increased incomes, reduced drudgery and improved work productivity through the integration of climate inclusive technologies into livelihood practices for the underserved communities in Odisha.

As the Senior Knowledge and Research Manager, you should have a good sectoral understanding, local ecosystem awareness, experience in conducting research studies as well as proven experience in team management ; who is able to adapt to diverse situations and organizational requirements.

The Knowledge & Research team expected to conduct deep-dive studies and work towards creating evidence and knowledge products that bring out the organization’s approach. It also conducts landscape studies which help inform the strategy and direction of the Odisha programs. The team also anchors some key tasks that aim towards improved dissemination amongst the team members and other stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities

  • Anchoring and managing (end to end) the Knowledge & Research division of SELCO Foundation’s Odisha Team.
  • Keeping abreast with trends and narratives emerging in the livelihood and health sector in Odisha and planning for the team's activities accordingly.
  • Building a complete understanding of the livelihood and health sector in Odisha and mapping nodal points to ensure successful implementation and integration within the Energy nexus.
  • Anchoring critical research and learning exercises to communicate key practices, approaches and strategy for various programs planned by the Odisha team.
  • Anchoring and managing all research-led interventions in Odisha to ensure a seamless flow of information consistent with the organization’s philosophy.
  • Developing critical content by accumulating information from the program- implementation team, through literature studies, consultations and field visits- based on priority and relevance to external stakeholders.
  • Analyzing the information gathered in a quantitative and qualitative manner in order to convert them into knowledge products for the Odisha team and the organization as a whole.
  • Identifying and documenting lessons learned through past programs and implications for the Odisha team’s next steps. Analyzing the data and preparing reports and decks for the program team.
  • Anchoring and delivering on new and innovative ways to communicate key learnings, concepts, processes and approaches for improved uptake within the organization and outside through increased cross-sharing.
  • Working with the communications team to determine how best to share these learnings and knowledge with internal teams and external stakeholders.
  • Encouraging a culture of knowledge-sharing and collaborative work within the Odisha team.
  • Conduct regular team meetings as well as program specific meetings to update all members on best practices and continuing expectations and vision.


  • Minimum of 6 years of work experience in the development sector with focus on sustainable energy and rural livelihoods is preferable, experience in regional level leadership and effective team management will be preferred.
  • Based out of Odisha or having significant experience working in Odisha with good understanding about grassroots communities, languages, livelihood practices etc. will be preferred.
  • Ability to learn quickly and engage with internal and external stakeholders across multiple subject areas- energy, development, livelihoods, health.
  • Ability to analyze data and derive meaningful learnings and insights from the information gathered in order to create knowledge products.
  • Strong leadership skills that reflect the ability to perform, prioritize as well as delegate tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
  • Experience in budgeting and forecasting.
  • Demonstrating proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision- making capability and ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Willingness to learn, grow and develop at personal and professional front, at a rapid pace with a steep learning curve.
  • Willingness to travel extensively within and outside the State as and when required


Applications will be processed on a rolling basis.

Please apply here