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Position: Special Assistant to the Director General Qualification: PhD, Masters degree or equivalent experience in economics, law, public policy, or business management.
Job Location: NCAER, New Delhi Experience:
Functional Area: Director General Office    

Roles and Responsibilities

Job description  

The Special Assistant works closely with the CEO of NCAER in every aspect of his managerial and research responsibilities, including strategic planning, written and oral communication, programme development and monitoring, board operations, fund raising, staffing, legal matters and financial management. You will be a lead part of the Director General’s front office, working with ease with NCAER co-workers at all levels, and often shadowing the Director General’s work. This high-energy and high-commitment position will allow you to immerse yourself fully in a comprehensive management, research, strategic, and operational experience of running one of India’s largest and most respected economics think tanks. The position offers unique opportunities for learning by doing as you work side by side with the Director General in meeting major institutional challenges and in making NCAER’s vision come alive every day in some form or the other.  



  1. Working closely with the Director General, formulate, implement, monitor and evaluate strategic, institutional initiatives and projects of an immediate-, medium- or long-term nature
  2. Help the Director General manage and develop donor, client, and sponsor relationships
  3. Research and prepare briefs, background papers, speeches, and presentations for the Director General
  4. Support the Director General with NCAER’s external outreach, fundraising, and communication work through the print and digital media, seminars, conferences, and media events
  5. Help the Director General anticipate issues, concerns, and risks across legal, HR, finance, facilities, operations and construction matters
  6. Work seamlessly with NCAER staff, consultants, and vendors at all levels to ensure excellent coordination, collaboration, and communication with them
  7. Maintain complete confidentiality of all information and communication
  8. Perform other functions as assigned by the Director General


Qualifications and skills

  1. PhD, Masters degree or equivalent experience in economics, law, public policy,  or business management. Superbly trained lawyers with corporate, litigation and/or policy experience and a commitment to law and economics are particularly encouraged to apply, in which case they will also serve as a legal assistant to the Director General
  2. Authoritative and inspiring writer in English with the ability to listen, absorb, and write fast and persuasively
  3. Strong research and problem solving skills in economics, law, or public policy and a rapid learner
  4. An obsession for excellence and attention to detail without missing the big picture
  5. Able to measure and take risks, and to make mistakes and learn from them
  6. Able to work extended hours and on weekends to keep up with the pace of activities, travel schedules, unforeseen work, and urgent deliverables
  7. Able to state ideas and judgments and offer alternatives without deference to rank or age, while remaining respectful of others’ views, open to accepting diverse viewpoints, and willing to convince, and be convinced, with humility and good humour
  8. Able to cope with criticism and work calmly under pressure, prioritizing deadlines and maintaining inner balance
  9. Strong project management skills, able to multitask, excellent working knowledge of IT, digital platforms
  10. Able to exercise sound judgment in complex ethical, institutional and social situations; sensitive to and able to champion diversity issues



A salary that is competitive and commensurate with your abilities and experience, with annual merit increases based on your performance  



Your appointment will be initially for one year, renewable thereafter with a three-year contract by mutual agreement. If  interested you should email your CV indicating qualifications, experience, names of three references, and current compensation to hr@ncaer.org with the subject line “Special Assistant to the Director General”. 


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