Senior Manager, Strategy & Design – GDI

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Location New Delhi (preferred) or Mumbai
Posted 09/ 16/20
Application Deadline September 25th, 2020 (India Standard Time)
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When you join GDI, you join a unique team of mission-first pioneers who build start-ups, programs, funds, and partnerships to create impact at scale. We work with our partners end-to-end: from strategy to execution and incubation. We roll up our sleeves and work together with our partners for an average build phase of 12-36 months.

We have a growing portfolio in India focused on migration & livelihoods, technology and health, and we are looking to recruit a Senior Manager to be part of our Strategy and Design team, based in New Delhi or Mumbai. This role is perfect for ex strategy consultants who also have entrepreneurial / operational experience. We’re looking for proven engagement managers, now looking to get into venture building and scaling impact together with our partners on the ground.

Job Summary

For the first 1-2 years, this role will focus on our migration & livelihoods portfolio in India, working with our long-term partners to design and build a collaborative to drive systems change to benefit millions of migrant workers.

Migrant workers already faced an extremely challenging situation, and COVID-19 has exacerbated the problem. We are working with partners on a long term systems change effort to answer two big questions: 1) how can we scale delivery models of social security and entitlements for migrant workers and their families from tens of thousands per year to millions per year?; 2) How can we build an industry of responsible recruitment for migrant workers, starting with the construction and textile industries?


  • Lead the strategy / hypothesis based problem solving together with our frontline partners to rapidly iterate and test design (people, process and technology) changes to achieve game-changing scale
  • Design and support the day to day execution of field-based pilots to prove / disprove our hypotheses and develop an evidence-base on what works
  • Develop thought leadership and proposals to influence policy and mobilise resources
  • Build trust and form deep collaboration with our partners
  • Support the leadership and talent development across all our partners
  • Do whatever else is needed to get things done on the ground


  • Demonstrated passion and experience in India’s social sector
  • 7-10 years professional experience with the following:
    • Experience in strategy consulting, with at least 2 years in an engagement manager / project leader role
    • Expertise in our core issue areas highly preferred (migration, livelihoods, social security / social protection, responsible recruitment)
    • Experience getting things done on the ground, with at least 1-2 years in start ups or in-house innovation teams; preferred experience in growth-hacking, design / user experience
    • Prior experience with government engagement and technology deployment a plus
  • Outstanding interpersonal presence and communication, demonstrated ability to build senior-level partner relationships
  • Proven team player and strong mission alignment with GDI
  • Spoken/written fluency in Hindi and English is required


  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and close on September 25th, 2020 (HK Time)
  • Please send your cover letter and resume in one PDF document (in English) to using “Senior Manager, Strategy & Design” as the subject line.
  • In your cover letter, please cite where you learned about this position.

What’s in it for you to join?

  • Opportunity to be part of building and scaling the largest grassroots migration focused programs in India in a critical time in response to the COVID crisis
  • Dynamic start-up culture and opportunity to work directly with senior leaders to get things done at scale

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