Manager, Rural Innovation and Farming (Full Time)
Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
The primary role of the program manager is to help advance Ashoka’s understanding of the problems in agriculture value chains as well as the effectiveness of various solutions, both from an economic and social impact perspective.
1. Research and analysis:
- Identify and study new initiatives being undertaken by social entrepreneurs (Ashoka Fellows and non-Fellows) for economic development in rural India.
- Identify initiatives and business models that have been successful in rural India o Study published research on the role of local business and entrepreneurship in rural economic development.
- Travel to locations where innovative initiatives and business models are being tried.
- Identify common themes and cross-learnings that can be brought together to form new initiatives
2. Work with Ashoka Fellows to further develop and refine ideas and solutions:
- Understand the work of Ashoka Fellows working in rural areas, especially in India.
- Identify common patterns and successful models.
- Help create events and online platforms for interactions among Ashoka Fellows working on topics related to RIF.
3. Spread the ideas and knowledge:
- Participate in online platforms and forums.
- Help organize events to promote dialogue with government bodies, industry associations, food sector companies, civic sector organizations and the general public.
What we look for in an ideal candidate:
We are looking for an exceptional individual, with a background in business as well as a passion for social change.
- Masters in Business, Economics or related field, with 2-5 years experience (more senior position also available)
- Experience with start-ups or small enterprises is desirable
- Exposure or experience in rural India is desirable
- An interest in understanding issues and challenges at a deep level
- A demonstrated ability to solve complicated problems with multi-dimensional solutions
- Ability to think clearly and logically
- Self motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
- Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people from different backgrounds (NGO/non-profit, business, etc.)
- Good communication skills
- Commitment to bringing about social change