Consultant : Infosys Foundation Assessments


Job Description
Job type: Full-time
Contract period: Consultant for eight months
Reporting to: Research Manager
Location: Chennai

Purpose of the role

Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR) – LEAD seeks a Research Associate for an ongoing all India evaluation based in Chennai. IFMR LEAD is an India based non-profit research organization.

Project Description:
Study design: Mixed methods evaluation/assessments
Study: IFMR LEAD is currently working on a national level evaluation of the Grantees of the Infosys Foundation Funding for the year 2014-15 and 2015-16. The project is a continuation of the third round for 17-18. This is an Impact Assessment of grants awarded to the grantees of the Infosys Foundation, Bangalore.

The assessment seeks to gain an insight into the grantees scope of work and the accomplishments of the programs and evaluate the progress towards the stated objectives and the long-term goals. The intention is to make available for the Foundation actionable, timely and comprehensive data and insights useful for decisions and funding priorities. In this funding cycle we are focusing on econometric analysis including trying to arrive at cost effectiveness of projects.

The Research Associate engages with the various stakeholders, conducts evaluation/costing /qualitative research on specific projects funded by the Infosys Foundation as indicated by the manager and prepares reports to be submitted to the Foundation

Duties and responsibilities

Responsibilities for project
1.     Conducting assessments using a variety of methodologies including cost effectiveness analyses, short surveys, web based surveys, participatory appraisals, qualitative methods, and secondary data analysis.
2.     Liaising with funder, partners, grantee organisations and managing subcontractors and field researchers as required.
3.     For econometric/quantitative /qualitative research assist in designing sampling strategies, instruments to ensure that they meet evaluation needs.
4.     Carry out desk research, including literature reviews and secondary data analyses based on academic publications and grey literature.
5.     Data management and analysis including managing transcripts, collating, managing and cleaning data sets to ensure accuracy and objectivity.
6.     Assist in making recommendations and reports based on the evaluation findings. Produce written and numeric outputs including but not limited to research reports.
7.     Ensure data collection, analysis and archiving is in compliance with organisation policies, internal working practices and regulatory requirements.

Responsibilities for organisational development

1.     Assist in proposal writing, budget preparation, literature reviews and co-ordinating work for other projects as and when required to.
2.     Work collaboratively with other teams as and when required to.

Skill and experience requirements
Expected:

1.     Familiarity with and understanding of the core principles of econometric, quantitative and qualitative research and skills in research methods, and data handling, analysis
2.     High level of competency in Microsoft Word, Excel
3.     Excellent writing skills and ability to present research evidence innovatively
4.     A high degree of self-motivation and resourcefulness combined with a willingness to adopt a ‘hands-on’ role
5.     Ability to manage multiple demands, adjust priorities and negotiate timescales as necessary

Desirable:

1.     Competent user of at least one statistical software package (preferably SPSS but also including Stata, R, or SAS)
2.     Experience of writing proposals
3.     Ability to network with external partners and stakeholders

Academic:

Bachelor’s degree with 1-2 years of research experience or Master’s degree in Economics/Health Economics/ Public Health/ Development Studies etc.

To Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to recruitment-lead@ifmr.ac.in Please indicate in the subject line that you are applying for the “Consultant position, Infosys”. We will contact you shortly after submission if we are interested in interviewing you.