Foundation for Economic Development

Years of experience

6-10 years


Chennai Lucknow


Analytical Program Design Project Implementation Research Stakeholder Management Strategy

About Us 

Foundation for Economic Development (FED) is a Delhi-based non-profit organization that aims to bring about a sustained and broad-based economic growth of over 10% in India. The evidence clearly shows that economic growth is the best tool to lift people out of poverty and improve the quality of life for everyone. Until 1991, India’s poverty rate remained unchanged at ~50%. Post reforms, poverty reduced from ~50% to ~20% with 35 crore (350 million) fewer people living in abject poverty. Since 2010, sustaining fast growth has been challenging as the easy gains have been realized. It is critical for India to maintain a growth rate of over 10% for long periods of time if we want Indians’ quality of life to improve rapidly and sustainably.  FED will identify select sectors of the economy which have the highest potential for generating incremental growth and jobs and then work with policymakers to make it happen. The organization has Dr Aravind Panagariya, Naushad Forbes, Gurcharan Das, Jerry Rao and Ashish Dhawan on its advisory board who are helping shape the thinking and execution. 

Our Work 

FED has identified Export Led Labor Intensive Manufacturing, Tourism and Construction as the highest opportunity sectors for generating incremental growth through aggressive reforms over the next few years. Immediate focus is on labor intensive manufacturing and tourism as these areas are of highest upside if right reforms can be brought about. 

Our Approach 

FED work streams are divided into three primary areas. 

  1. Research and Strategy: Deep dive into identified sectors, speak to relevant stakeholders, study practices from other countries and build data backed evidence for change. 
  2. Communication and Outreach: Build salience for opportunity in target sectors and need for reforms through op-eds in relevant channels, social media as well as one on one engagement with key bureaucrats and policymakers. 
  3. Implementation Support: Work with select state governments in helping implement specific actions to promote the target sectors. The team is currently working closely with the UP Government on its “Mission Trillion Dollar” economy. The team is also working with Telangana and Tamil Nadu governments on their economic growth agenda. 

Position Summary 

We are looking to hire an exceptional Project Lead to join the team in an exciting time of organizational growth and development. The SPL will work on creating actionable plans, sharpening priorities, and ensuring delivery of high-quality outputs in a timely manner. The role will involve undertaking research and scoping exercises, establishing, and maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders, creating organizational growth and strategy plans, and ensuring that the organization has the strategic support necessary to achieve its goals. Overall, the PL will provide project design and execution support,  aligned with the missions, goals and targets of FED. This is a high-energy, entrepreneurial role and a great opportunity for those who enjoy working in a start-up environment and care deeply about economic growth and the impact sector. This role includes working with senior stakeholders and engaging with them on strategic projects that have the potential to solve key challenges of economic development in India.  The FED team works with internal and external stakeholders on cross functional projects. The PL should have demonstrated capabilities in project, team and stakeholder management, as well as excellent oral & written communication skills. The ideal candidate is a self-starter with a bias towards action and the ability to work with ambiguous requirements. 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Work with the leadership to execute work plans, with the aim of achieving the agreed targets and goals, in line with the budget. 
  • Stakeholder mapping/ providing inputs into advocacy plans. 
  • Work closely with the leadership team on creating and maintaining deep engagement with the government and private sector leaders. 
  • Take on diverse operational tasks to ensure organizational success. 
  • Prepare structured documents and other collaterals (including presentations, excel sheets etc.) as per the requirements for the project. 
  • Prepare progress reports from time-to-time for internal and external reviews. 
  • Project manage and coordinate with stakeholders concerned with various projects. 
  • Analyze publicly available data/ information and provide relevant insights. 

Required Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Masters or equivalent degree, preferably in Economics, Public Policy, Business Administration, or Public Administration from a top tier institution. 
  • 6-10 years of experience; with at least two years in a managing project teams.
  • Exceptional analytic and technical skills. 
  • High attention to detail, accuracy, protocol, and deadline. 
  • Highly analytical thinker with sound business judgment. 
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and stakeholder-facing skills including solid presentation and facilitation skills. 
  • High level of flexibility and responsiveness with the ability to shift priorities quickly and as organizational demands require. 
  • Proven self-starter (comfortable with what could be a remote team) with demonstrated problem solving and organizational skills.