Director, CRISP

Centre for Civil Society, New Delhi, India

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
Above 15 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th November, 2020

Job Description

About CCS:

The Centre for Civil Society, a highly regarded public policy think tank based in New Delhi, advances social change through market liberal policy reforms. Our work in education, livelihood, and policy training promotes choice and accountability across private and public sectors. To translate policy into practice, we engage with policy and opinion leaders through research, pilot projects and advocacy.

About CRISP:

Furthering over two decades of CCS’ commitment to advance social change through public policy, the Centre for Reimagining Innovation and Science Policy [CRISP] has been conceptualised as a non-profit institution of excellence dedicated to advancing policy solutions that foster scientific enquiry and research, and facilitate the creation and dissemination of new scientific knowledge. The Centre will work with all stakeholders to develop and strengthen the science ecosystem in India in order to advance scientific research and its translation into economic value and social good.

CRISP is backed by Varun Aggarwal, who is a successful entrepreneur and researcher. Varun is passionate about building science for India and wrote a book on the science ecosystem of India. He believes that India needs to be a pioneer in scientific research to have sustainable social and economic progress. He recently founded India Science Fest, as an initiative to build the ecosystem.

Job Profile:

CCS is looking for a full-time Director of CRISP to join their team in an exciting time of organisational growth and development. The Director of CRISP will lead a small and dedicated team to provide the necessary vision, leadership, and skills which will enable the organisation to achieve its larger goal and create societal wealth from the adoption of STEM-based R&D in the public, private, and social sectors of India.

We are looking for a policy entrepreneur who is driven to transform the STEM ecosystem in the country. He/She will:

  • create an independent entity named as CRISP, and lead efforts to bring in funding, build a team, and execute a long term sustainable business plan.
  • raise the level of debate and awareness amongst government, industry, academia and students about the essential role of STEM research in economic development, and how it is best fostered
  • frame policies that help bring efficiency in scientific R&D financing and dismantling regulatory barriers to innovation and science entrepreneurship in India
  • establish CRISP as a thought leader by building a robust network of partners, collaborators and supporters
  • undertake programmatic interventions with science institutions in the ecosystem and consolidate best practices for change

Educational Qualifications: A degree in STEM; preference will be given to a Masters or PhD. A degree or course-work or experience in public policy will be an added advantage.

Specific Experience/Skills: 15+ years experience in technology, research or applied sciences. It will be helpful if the candidates possess additional experience in areas related to the following, (including but not limited to) IP creation, technology policy framing, technology transfer, technical writing/journalism, Economics, Development Studies, Public Policy.

Soft Skills: Entrepreneurial attitude, resilience, public speaking, writing skills and interpersonal skills.

Reporting: The Director will report to the Governing Council, CRISP and CEO, CCS.


  • CCS recognizes that the right candidate will have a significant impact on the success of the organization and is prepared to offer an attractive compensation package for the non-profit sector, commensurate with experience.


  • The position will be based at the CCS office in Delhi. Frequent travel around India with potential for international travel to partners and conferences will be expected.


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