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Research Associate

  • New Delhi
  • Deadline: 18-April-2021

Location: New Delhi (Involves travel to other states depending on projects)

Status: Full-time

Deadline: 18 April 2021

About Accountability Initiative (AI)

We are a research group which works on strengthening transparency and accountability in governance. We identify and analyse the reasons that work against efficient public services delivery in India. We provide evidence to policymakers, development practitioners, academics, the media and the public for positive transformational change in government systems.

Our vision is to enable Responsive Governance. We believe this can be achieved if institutions are designed in a transparent and accountable manner and are responsive to citizen demands, and there is an informed and mobilised citizenry which can draw upon these platforms. Our mission is to increase both through research and dialogue.

We are a part of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), one of India’s leading public policy think tanks. We currently have operations and staff in over five Indian states.

Role Summary

The selected candidate will facilitate AI’s works in three areas. Firstly, we intend to understand public administration and the implementation gaps in key social sector schemes. The position involves engaging in studies on budgetary and administrative research on government schemes and programmes. It will entail working with both the research team at Delhi office as well as the field teams in different states where projects may be operational. Some part of the work will require coordinating with clients as well as external partners such as various government officials, multilateral agencies etc. The RA is expected to provide functional research and project support budgetary analysis and public finances related to the social sector.

Secondly, we believe that research findings need to be taken beyond published papers to actual practice and scale. This requires identification of learnings and thinking deeply of how practitioners can scale their practices that demonstrate effectiveness. The selected candidate is also expected to contribute towards communications activities and learning courses. The selected candidate will collaborate and work as a team with other Research Associates (RAs), to complement their respective tasks under the larger project objective.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and support research projects:
    • Support the Senior Research Associate to develop appropriate research design
    • Coordinate and support primary and secondary data collection and analysis and report-writing
    • Plan, implement and monitor project progression and outputs.
    • Analysis of public finance data including Union and State Budgets

The position requires a large amount of quantitative research. The table below gives a brief snapshot of expected skills:

Interested candidates should apply to info@accountabilityindia.org with the subject: “Application for the post of Research Associate – New Delhi”.

Application should include:

  • A cover letter describing your background, work experience, interest and suitability for the position;
  • A CV, which specifically lists your relevant experience and skills;
  • Two writing samples (one short 4-5 pages and one longer);
  • 2 references (preferably one professional and one academic) along with contact information

Note: The documents should be enclosed in a zipped file, with your name clearly mentioned in the file name as well as the contents of the file.

To apply for this job email your details to info@accountabilityindia.org