Research Associate, IWWAGE at IFMR, New Delhi

REPORTING TO: Associate Director
ASSIGNMENT LENGTH: 6 months (extendable)
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience


The Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE) at IFMR LEAD aims to support solutions and transformative policies using evidence and research to ensure inclusive and equitable access to employment markets, financial services, economic resources, and social protection for women. Women form a majority among economically disadvantaged group and remain disproportionally affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation as compared to men. Research suggests that investing in women’s economic empowerment has important linkages with gender equity, poverty alleviation and inclusive growth. Several efforts have been devoted to studying the issue of women’s economic empowerment, however, evidence remains fragmented and work done in silos. IWWAGE aims to work towards adding to the existing efforts. The current project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

Position summary

We are seeking qualified, self-sufficient and thorough researchers, for carrying forward the research agenda of IWWAGE. The candidate is expected to have a clear understanding of the gender issues and women’s collectives/self-help groups (SHGs). The candidate should have knowledge of research methodologies and qualitative and quantitative techniques to analyse evidence and research studies/data.

The researcher would be working closely with the Associate Director to meet research deliverables


•     Support in establishing the broader research agenda of IWWAGE
•     Conduct and assist in carrying out secondary research
•     Support in conducting research activities, including planning, organizing and
conducting research studies
•     Develop survey design, questionnaires etc. specific to research requirements
•     Collate, organize and maintain research databases
•     Contribute actively in managing project deadlines, maintaining timelines, reviewing outputs and coordinating with funders/research/academic partners.
•     Develop policy briefs, factsheets and short research outputs for IWWAGE internal publications
•     Coordinate and assists with activities on data collection, analysis and documentation
•     To perform other related duties relevant to the above tasks


•     MA, MPhil in development studies, gender studies, sociology or related disciplines
•     Minimum of 2 years of experience in the development sector in a relevant role. Work with Self Help Groups (SHGs)/Federations is an advantage
•     Solid understanding of gender in India
•     In depth knowledge of social science research methods, especially quantitative;
•     Proven analytical skills, including working with quantitative data using econometric methods;
•     Excellent oral and written communication skills;
•     Strong interpersonal skills and willingness to work in a team

Application Instructions:
Deadline: Applications are being accepted until the position is filled.
Please submit: Resume and cover letter.
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