IFMR LEAD seeks a Research Associate for its project on Impact Evaluation of secured and unsecured loans by a financial institution for small and medium business’ needs. The research project is being conducted in collaboration with Giorgia Barboni at Princeton University.

IFMR LEAD is an India-based research organisation housed at Institute of Financial Management and Research (IFMR). IFMR LEAD conducts high-quality, scalable research and evidence-based outreach to promote inclusive and sustainable development in India and other Low and Middle Income Countries. IFMR is a not-for profit society established in 1970 and is head quartered in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. IFMR Lead has extensive experience in designing and implementing large-scale impact evaluations which comprise of quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches. IFMR LEAD’s focus areas include Financial Inclusion, MSME and Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Governance, Environment and Climate Change, Public Health, Agriculture, and Data Analytics.

Job Description:

•     Hire, train, and manage survey, qualitative researchers and implementation teams in collaboration with the Field Manager.
•     Oversee daily data collection activities and ensure adherence to data quality protocols, including data quality audits and frequency checks.
•     Help with the design of the questionnaires.
•     Perform data management and data analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data and communicate results to PIs.
•     Regularly communicate updates and troubleshooting challenges with the Research Manager and PIs.
•     Conduct focus groups and semi structured interviews with households as required in project design.
•     Represent IFMR at state and national conferences.

Qualifications and Skills

•     Master’s degree in Economics/Public Policy/Development Studies or any other related discipline.
•     Previous experience in development research and managing field teams or work in developing countries is preferred. Previous experience in working with Government projects is an value addition.
•     Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
•     Excellent management and organizational skills.
•     Flexible, self-motivated, detail orientated, and able to manage multiple tasks efficiently.
•     Fluency in English and Hindi.
•     Familiarity with Quantitative and qualitative software packages (e.g. SPSS, STATA, R, NVIVO, Atlas TI).

IFMR LEAD provides a highly competitive salary in the industry.

Estimated Start Date
August 2017

Delhi / Bangalore, India

To Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to Please indicate in the subject line that you are applying for the “Research Associate (VISTAAR)”. We will contact you shortly after submission if we are interested in interviewing you.