Specialist – Research, Learning and Strategy

About Samhita

Samhita is a social impact consulting firm, with a vision to build a ‘better normal’. The better normal reimagines business environments where social value is an integral aspect of growth, putting stakeholders and environmental guardianship at the centre of business strategy, a strategy that evolves from inputs to outcomes, from individuals to ecosystem, and from delivering services to building capacity and enabling the market.

To do this, we support companies to align their core competencies with the needs of the social sector, and build catalytic partnerships with stakeholders with in-depth knowledge and networks to execute sustainable, outcome-oriented social impact initiatives. This approach bridges the gap between purpose and action, and forges business responsibility strategies that balance people, profit and planet, thereby creating a better normal for communities, environments and businesses.

Role Overview

The candidate will work closely with the Head of Research, Knowledge and Strategy at Samhita on 3 key areas – Research, Learning and Strategy. We are looking for someone who has an ability to be a thinking doer, who thinks laterally and entrepreneurially, and has both passion and a method for problem solving.

Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Lend conceptual, methodological and analytical rigour to applied research studies.
  • Anchor learning and knowledge initiatives for clients, internal employees and the sector as a whole.
  • Aid and advise private sector clients on formulation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Strategy, assist with Sustainability Reporting and co–create pathways for thought leadership.
  • Support in writing international grants, CSR proposals and contribute through regular publications and build innovative and relevant knowledge products.
  • Develop learning modules and design and execute capacity building programmes for social sector professionals.

Qualifications, Skills & Experience:

  • Possesses an advanced degree in social research from a reputed institution and is well versed with development stakeholders and development challenges in India. 
  • Has at least 7+ years of combined experience in Social Sector Research and/or Social Impact Consulting.
  • Has knowledge of all the latest qualitative analysis softwares like NVivo, Dedoose etc, in addition to the latest quantitative analysis softwares.   
  • Possesses strong conceptual, analytical, writing and communication skills and is familiar with the CSR ecosystem both in India as well as in some other countries.
  • Has strong project management skills managing complex projects and teams.
  • Has demonstrated success in proposal and grant writing and is familiar with grantmaking practices.
  • Is familiar with evaluating both CSR programmes and CSR implementing agencies.
  • Has experience of successfully designing and executing training and capacity building programmes for social sector professionals.
  • Has the ability to connect dots and create strategies for Samhita and clients, based on insights garnered through secondary research and interactions with stakeholders.
  • Candidates with prior experience in conducting social/environmental impact assessments, gender audits, ESG evaluations, Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis, will be given preference.

Work Location: Mumbai

Why Samhita?

We believe that great companies are built by great teams. So we value and nurture our people, and recruit those who share our passion for impact and excellence. 

We are young and dynamic, and believe in creating opportunity for individuals and ideas to grow. At Samhita, we invite initiative and innovation, and solve problems through collaborative action. You can make a difference in this mission-driven organisation, by using your skills to solve some of the toughest challenges facing modern India. We are looking forward to hearing your ideas.

How to apply:

Send us your resume with a one-page cover letter telling us what excites you about joining Samhita to [email protected]

Application Deadline: Monday, 8th November 2021