Inclusion Economics India Centre at IFMR/Krea University.
They are currently recruiting a Research Associate to support a portfolio of several field-based research projects on gender and education in Delhi, India. The Research Associate will provide support and oversight for these projects from the Delhi office. It is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in a career in academic research, whether in university or a research/policy think tank. This position requires a self-starting candidate, who enjoys working on cutting edge research that informs policy. The candidate will have a unique opportunity to drive efforts to ensure that government policy priorities inform research agenda and vice versa. The candidate will conduct in-depth interviews and scoping activities with government counterparts, manage field activities and coordinate field staff for the execution of surveys and RCTs. She/he will support high quality cleaning and rigorous analysis of both primary and secondary data. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to join a team of leading economists and public policy experts from University of Konstanz, Yale University, and Inclusion Economics India to work on cutting-edge development research and gain first-hand experience working with policy partners, implementing surveys and field experiments, and conducting rigorous data analysis.
About the Organisation
Inclusion Economics at Yale University is a policy-engaged research initiative based out of the Economic Growth Center and the MacMillan Center, collaborating with Inclusion Economics India Centre at IFMR and Inclusion Economics Nepal at Governance Lab – as well as colleagues at other leading universities. The initiative builds on a number of multi-year studies and policy engagements that began at Evidence for Policy Design at Harvard Kennedy School, as well as new projects. Program-affiliated hub offices based outside of Yale are independent research centers accountable to their home institutions. Yale Inclusion Economics draws upon economics, political science, and related fields to conduct cutting-edge research to understand how policy can promote inclusive, accountable economies and societies. Their core research focuses on gender as it relates to labor economics and broader economic empowerment, political economy and governance, and environmental economics. They also aim to build a culture of evidence and increase data literacy in the public sector, strengthening leaders’ ability to identify and implement evidence-informed policies. Throughout the research life cycle, they engage closely with policy counterparts to ensure they address questions of immediate relevance, and they regularly communicate data-driven insights with policy counterparts and the general public.
Oversee the day-to-day implementation of field-based research (scoping, surveying, project implementation) – including the management of field personnel, procurement, budgets, and reporting for the project.
Support research professors in ensuring all field and data activities are in compliance with IRB and field safety protocols.
Assist in the design and field-testing of survey instruments (paper and digital) and develop and implement appropriate structures and systems for a larger randomized intervention, including the procurement of supplies; development and oversight of field and quality control protocols; recruitment, training, and leading of field staff; and coordination with local partners.
Seek out and collect administrative data from policy partners and government agencies.
Conduct data cleaning, manipulation, and analysis using multiple primary and secondary data sources for several Inclusion Economics India-affiliated policy research projects.
Review and report on academic literature of requested topics in support of policy briefs and research projects.
Contribute to analysis and writing of policy briefs for various government partners and case studies on Inclusion Economics India project components.
Manage day-to-day relationships with national, state, and lower-level government officials and other potential partners (academics, policy organizations, NGOs, etc.) as requested.
Provide appropriate inputs for project management (budgets, reports, etc.) for Inclusion Economics India and for program monitoring and reporting to the management hub at Yale.
Others, as required.
Bachelor's candidates with at least 2 years of experience with data-based research, preferably in economics or a related field.
Data collection experience is a plus.
Strong interest in public policy and economic development in low-income countries.
Excellent oral and written English and Hindi communication skills and proficiency in Stata and the Microsoft Office suite.
Mature, self-directed individual with ability to balance multiple tasks and prioritize effectively to meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment.
Intellectually curious with a growth mindset.
Interest and ability to contribute to a dynamic research and policy team.
Demonstrate commitment to uphold Inclusion Economics’ organisational values.
Master's degree in economics or related field and experience in Stata and preferably coding in SurveyCTO is highly desired.
Candidate should have strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to engage with policy partners of various levels.
This position will be based in Delhi in India, with regular travel.
How to Apply
If you are interested in this position, please fill out our Screening Questionnaire; you will be asked to upload a single PDF containing your CV, cover letter, and academic transcripts. Label your file “Last name, First name – Research Associate, Delhi-Based”.