Data Associate, State Reform, Tamil Nadu

About The Education Alliance

The Education Alliance (TEA) is a non-profit organization that warmly welcomes all those who share our passion for providing high-quality education to every child in India. Headquartered in Delhi, we are committed to promoting system reform projects that help to ensure that all children in India have equitable access to quality education.

We support state education departments by deploying highly qualified teams that work with state and non-state actors to co-create solutions to improve the quality of education in government schools. We currently operate in five states (Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, and Punjab) and are proud to have a dedicated team of 40+ young professionals.

Why TEA?

Joining TEA provides you with a rare opportunity to drive meaningful and lasting change within the education system, working alongside top politicians (ministers) and bureaucrats (IAS officers) who are leading education reform in the country. As a member of our team, you’ll have the chance to help deliver statewide education projects that make a real difference to the lives of children and their families.

At TEA, we believe in creating a positive work environment that fosters growth and development, and we’re proud to be certified as a ‘Great Place To Work®. We offer some of the most progressive work policies in the not-for-profit sector, with a strong focus on employee development and well-being, ensuring that young professionals have every opportunity to build a fulfilling and successful career with us.

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for passionate, driven, and highly qualified young professionals who are eager to build a career in public policy and public administration, with a focus on education. If you have excellent project management and problem-solving skills, we’d love to hear from you. Our rigorous recruitment process ensures that we find the right candidates for the role and the culture of our organization.

Joining TEA is an exciting opportunity to make a meaningful and long-lasting impact in education. 


About the Role

The current opportunity involves working with the Tamil Nadu School Education Department on a System Reform project in Chennai. A new data team has been formed with the vision that the work done by this team will contribute towards improved learning and development outcomes for a large set of students and teachers and for efficient digital governance by the state government. The Associate will understand reporting requirements from officials in various capacities and other partners and use the data to create accurate and reliable reports that will be used in various levels of decision making. Where the associate feels the need, analysis of reports are to be supplemented through visualizations. Additionally, the Associate is expected to evolve their contribution through learning skills in programming and Excel. There is further scope in this position to move to a data analyst role if the candidate so desires.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to


  • Requirements: Understand reporting requirements, talk to the concerned people about the use of data and document requests.
  • Report: Work with various sources and forms of data to create reports that are accurate and reliable. Going a step further and including data that might give deeper insights is encouraged.
  • Visualization: Visualize results of data analysis for easy understanding by people from various backgrounds.  
  • Automation: Identify reports that can be automated to reduce the burden on the data team. Propose and work on automating reports, taking the help of other data team members when required.


  • Usage: Identify discrepancies between requested report requirements and actual use of such reports. Propose changes that can be done for effective use of reports.
  • Observed trends and issues: Identify patterns in data that are getting missed in regular reporting. Highlight issues in data or narrow focuses that miss crucial information.

Communication, Documentation & Training

  • Follow standard practices of thorough research, collaborative thinking and clear documentation.
  • Train various department coordinators in using reports and data already available to them. 
  • Periodically propose changes in the usage of reports for more effective use of data.
  • Document and communicate program achievements / outcomes and program implementation through concept notes, presentations, reports, approval letters, etc. 

Required Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Graduates or those with 0-1 years of experience looking to advance their career in the development sector. Those who are interested in the value data can play in improving the public school education ecosystem are encouraged to apply.
  • High quality of work through attention to detail and care for accuracy.
  • Inquisitive, asks questions and is eager to learn.
  • Working knowledge in Excel and keen to learn more skills in using Excel for reporting and analysis.
  • Interest to learn or prior programming knowledge in Python, R or others.
  • Good written and oral communication skills,  interpersonal skills and networking skills.
  • Experiences working with government and in education sector is desirable, though not necessary
  • High level of spoken and written fluency in English and Tamil

Salary: 3.6+ LPA

Expected date of Joining: Immediate

Employment Type: Permanent / Full Time

Location: Chennai, TN

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