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Head of Finance and Administration

Qualification: CA/CWA/CPA/MBA with a specialization in accounting or finance.
Job Location: NCAER, New Delhi Experience: Fifteen years of progressively responsible management experience in Finance and Administration.
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Roles and Responsibilities

NCAER, the National Council of Applied Economic Research, is India's oldest and largest national, non-profit, independent economic research institute, set up in 1956 to inform policy choices for both the public and private sectors. Over the past 65 years, NCAER has served the nation well with its rich offering of applied policy research, unique data sets, evaluations, and policy inputs to Central and State governments, corporate India, the media, and informed citizens. It is one of a few independent think tanks world-wide that combines rigorous economic analysis and policy outreach with deep data collection capabilities, particularly for large-scale household surveys. As a highly networked institution with an impressive number of overseas and domestic affiliated researchers, NCAER maintains extensive research links in India and outside.


NCAER is looking for a Head of Finance and Administration. The ideal candidate for the post will be a results-oriented executive with strong managerial, communication, and leadership skills, notable business acumen, and proven problem-solving capabilities. The HFA will work closely with the Director-General and senior faculty to develop and achieve the institution’s long-term vision of enhancing rigour, relevance, and impact of its policy research. This is a vital role that will spur growth, enhance visibility, and improve the overall efficiency of the institution. The position is based at NCAER office in New Delhi.


Job responsibilities

  • Spearhead the development, and implementation of effective growth strategies and processes, and new initiatives;
  • Reporting and accounting as per regulatory and compliance requirements including applicable taxation laws, Foreign Contribuion Regulation Act,  and annual audited report and accounts;
  • Create and manage a robust MIS reporting process covering all the operational and administrative needs of the organization. 
  • Lead the section heads who collectively oversee a team of about 35 operational staff across finance, HR, IT, communications, publications, and facilities, to implement innovative practices in budgeting, forecasting, and human resource management; 
  • Manage and build a high-performing team that is accountable to the instiutitional policies, procedures, and guidelines;
  • Execute the institution’s business plan in accordance with the business model and help grow it to twice its size in the next three years; and 
  • Managing the processes for financial forecasting and budgets, and overseeing the preparation of all financial and administrative reporting.

Qualifications, demonstrated experience, and skills

  • CA/CWA/CPA/MBA with a specialization in accounting or finance. 
  • Fifteen years of progressively responsible management experience in Finance and Administration.
  • Sound knowledge of Indian Taxation Laws and filing of statutory returns in the think tank arena in relation to FCRA.
  • Strong Analytical skills & Out of the Box thinking.
  • High degree of Accountability, Integrity & Responsibility.
  • Solid interpersonal skills, fostering teamwork, with discernment for sensitive/confidential information.
  • Proven leadership, Team player & Team builder.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Strong Commercial Astuteness
  • Proficient in MS Office, exposure to Accounting systems and BI Tools
  • Experience in managing a research institution/think tank, or social sector organisation, preferably in a not-for-profit environment;
  • Ability to work effectively with high-profile researchers, academic partners, government, and donors;
  • Talent for critical thinking and multi-tasking;
  • Understanding of advanced business planning, risk management, compliance, and regulatory issues;


A salary that is commensurate with NCAER’s policies and the experience of the right candidate.  

Appointment term

The renewable appointment is for a period of three years. Interested applicants should send a detailed CV, with a covering letter highlighting their areas of primary interest and past work, three references to hr@ncaer.org latest by January 31, 2022 with the subject line “Head of Finance and Administration”.


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National Council of Applied Economic Research
11, I. P. Estate, New Delhi-110 002

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