Project Lead for AI – NITI Project

The International Innovation Corps (IIC) is a Fellowship program based at the Harris School of Public Policy in Chicago and operates out of the University of Chicago Trust in India. In the IIC’s 2018-19 fellowship cycle, the IIC is embedding a 3-person team with NITI Aayog. The IIC team shall serve as the core Project Management Unit in fostering partnerships with academic institutions, state governments, established corporations, as well as startups. Specifically, the IIC team will work on the areas mentioned below:

  • Natural Language Processing Library – As a Project Management Unit, the IIC team will work directly under NITI’s senior leadership to systematically develop and drive this project. The team will ensure coordination between all the different stakeholders by aligning expectations and charting the exact deliverables. The core focus of the team will lie on developing work plans through identifying priority areas of work and reviewing the constant output of the project. The NLP library project will be further guided by an expert panel of academics from UChicago and IIT who shall help design the entire initiative and provide insights into the process.
  • Diagnostic of Health, Education and Agriculture sectors for AI – The IIC team will be involved in extensively assessing the specific progress indicators of the sector and will identify gaps in the current systems spanning across the 3 sectors. They will assist with the creation of crucial processes, guidelines, and standards application of AI in health, education and agriculture. They will coordinate with experts, states and the center to identify areas of implementation.The IIC is seeking to hire a Project Lead to manage and oversee this project engagement with NITI-Aayog.


Position Summary

The Project Lead’s (PL) primary responsibility will be managing a team of IIC Project Associates and overseeing the engagement between NITI and IIC to ensure the success of the AI-NITI project collaboration. The PL will play a key role in maintaining stakeholder relations, identifying new partners and mentors, providing management and strategic support to their IIC team as well as working with core IIC management team on driving the organization’s goal in India.


Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to)

Project Support and Team Management

  • Drive AI/NLP project at NITI

–  Identify and establish relationships with the right partners to drive forward the AI/NLP agenda

–  Coordinate with different stakeholders such as central agencies, state governments,

academics/researchers, corporates and start ups

–  Chart deliverables, create work plans, assign deadlines and ensure that the project is


–  Create and maintain network of experts and mentors

–  Identify global best practices and research to feed into critical thinking for domestic market

 – Conceptualize events and round tables to drive discourse on AI

  • Work with teams on setting goals for maximum impact

–  Use professional insights to coach teams on quickly identifying work streams with realistic and significant outputs and outcomes

–  Be a creative problem solver, helping the teams think outside the box

  • Provide year round oversight on project progress and team management

–  Review deliverables prior to submitting to external stakeholders to ensure high quality products

–  Provide oversight with regard to timelines and strategies to consistently meet deadlines

–  Give support in creating communication plans and streamlined practices for engaging with

resources, including stakeholders and mentors

–  Hold project update meetings to ensure deliverables are on track

–  Provide feedback on progress, problem solving with teams as necessary


 Maintaining Stakeholder Relations

  • Regularly participate in stakeholder update meetings with the project team

  • Ensure the Associate Director of Projects (AD) is consistently and appropriately informed on Project

    Associates and project activities

–  Communicate regularly with the AD

–  Share all necessary information with the AD

–  Act as a bridge between the AD and the stakeholders


Professional Development and Year Round Training

  • Communicate and ensure professionalism standards to Project Associates including areas of:

–  Meeting etiquette, setting and sending agendas, taking and distributing minutes

–  Quality of client ready documents, attention to detail

–  Teamwork challenges and ability to maintain work quality in high stress environments

  • Provide on-going training to address any gaps that may arise

–  Advanced Excel training

–  Data Analytics training

–  Basic AI/NLP/ML insights


Start Date: 19th August

Application Deadline: 15th July

Location: This position is located in New Delhi, India

Compensation: Rs 16.5 L annually

How to Apply: To apply, please submit a resume and one-page cover letter to



The ideal candidate is a creative problem-solver who is motivated, passionate, entrepreneurial, self-sustaining, driven by a desire to make the world a better place, and excited to help build and shape the IIC initiative into a platform for matching human resources with social and development problems being tackled by the Indian government.

Other qualifications include:

  • Minimum 3 years of total work experience, with a minimum of 1 year in program management or similar

    leadership roles

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Experience in Machine Learning/ Artificial Intelligence

  • Experience in program management or similar professional work

  • Experience working with the government preferred

  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and the ability to manage a variety of tasks


  • Thrives in high stress situations with multiple stakeholders, and a consistently changing, ambiguous


  • Work well under pressure; ability to work independently as well as to be a flexible team player

  • Professional demeanor, including tact, discretion, and a sensitivity to working in a cross-cultural context

  • Willingness and ability to travel




The University of Chicago Trust is registered as a “Charitable Trust” under Section 12A(a) of the Income Tax Act 1961, w.e.f. April 1, 2008. The registered address for the Trust is L-9, East Wing, Raheja Towers, MG Road, Bangalore 560001, Karnataka, India. The Trust also conducts activities in Delhi at DLF Capitol Point, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi, India 11001. The University of Chicago Trust, together with the University of Chicago, which has long-standing ties to India, is committed to supporting dialogue among scholars and researchers from the University, India, and around the world and to building upon the rich history of intellectual collaboration between Chicago and India.

The International Innovation Corps (IIC) is a Fellowship program that runs as a part of the University of Chicago Trust and the Harris School of Public Policy. The IIC, founded in 2013, recruits and places high-performing young professionals with up to five years of experience and top-tier academic backgrounds from Indian and U.S. universities, on teams that work on-site with governments and foundations to implement large-scale projects to address India’s most critical development challenges. The program aims at creating scalable, sustainable, and long-term social impact. IIC teams design interventions, pilot solutions, implement and iterate, and record and scale best practices by engaging stakeholders. Through having direct impact on the ground in complex multi-stakeholder environments, the IIC Fellowship ultimately seeks to cultivate future leaders of policy and international development.

Since its inception in 2013, the IIC has worked on 22 projects, with governments and foundations across India. Our teams have worked in a range of critical development areas, including education, skilling, health, and water and sanitation. Our implementation partners have included the Department of Education, Government of Rajasthan; the Department of Health, Government of Karnataka; the Swachh Andhra Corporation, Andhra Pradesh; the Administrative Staff College of India; the National Skills Development Council; SEWA; The Rural Electrification Corporation; and The Department of Irrigation and Desilting, Government of Maharashtra. Our projects have been supported by the Tata Trusts, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, EdelGive Foundation, and Yes Bank.