Research Director

Posted 1 month ago

Type: Permanent 

Employer: LEAD at Krea University

Location: Chennai (Preferable)

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Reporting To: Executive Director

About LEAD at Krea University

LEAD is an action-oriented research centre of IFMR Society (a not-for-profit society registered under the Societies Act), that leverages the power of research, innovation, and co-creation to solve complex and pressing challenges in development. LEAD has strategic oversight and brand support from Krea University (sponsored by IFMR Society) to enable synergies between academia and the research centre. LEAD is a collaborative hub that brings experts from diverse disciplines and sectors together to develop innovative solutions by harnessing innovation, technology and analytics. 

About the Position: 

We are seeking a qualified, motivated, self-sufficient, and thorough Research Director. The Research Director is expected to lead the development of a steady stream of high-quality research outputs (briefs, articles, infographics, blog posts, etc.) from all project activities. The successful candidate is adaptable, quick-to-learn, and comfortable working under pressure and meeting tight deadlines without compromising quality and thoroughness. She or he will also have excellent management and communication skills (both verbal and written) in order to be able oversee a dynamic research team. Finally, the Research Director will support and expand the team’s research agenda and grow the team’s research portfolio, with the opportunity of leading/pursuing other research activities.

Key Responsibilities:

Project Management

  • Develops and updates the project plan, assigning tasks to complete the same, and ensures compliance with project requirements.
  • Keeps track and is accountable for the development of detailed project reports.
  • Is accountable for day-to-day project management and completion of project deliverables.
  • Reviews budgets and updates project budgets.
  • Conducts monthly field visits to assess progress on the project and gather first-hand insights and feedback on the same.
  • Leads the hiring process of project related positions.
  • Oversees subgrantees, reviews their deliverables and ensures compliance with project requirements.

Stakeholder Management

  • Develops and maintains a good working relationship with partner/donor organizations.
  • Keeps an open channel for communication with partner/donor organizations and policy makers.
  • Presents research/project findings to partner organizations and larger audiences through workshops/conferences.

Evaluation, Research, and Learning

  • Leads the analysis of research results and the development of research outputs.
  • Is accountable for planning and implementing the development of a steady flow of learning outputs.
  • Leads the development of research summaries, policy briefs, blog posts, presentations and other forms of outreach as required.
  • Ensures that data collected through research tools are complete, accurate and comprehensive.
  • Oversees data analysis and visualization.
  • Develops learning outputs from subgrantees’ research results.
  • Liaise, seeks inputs and shares insights with the IWWAGE team.
  • Contributes to the work of LEAD as required.



  • PhD or Master’s Degree in Economics, Environment Economics/Policy/Science, Finance, Development or related field is mandatory.
  • Strong analytical skills and a solid understanding of evaluation methods and quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

Work Experience

  • 12 to 15 years of management and/or research experience in international development or related fields.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain an organized and structured work style in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience with grant writing and budget management.
  • Previous experience of managing a team.

Key Competencies and Attributes

  • Excellent management skills.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience implementing social science research methods, including experimental research and data collection methods.
  • Experience in in-depth systematic review and synthesis of research.
  • Independent worker; takes initiative to lead and manage multiple tasks and propose solutions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Capable of translating research insights into actionable insights.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and willingness to interact with a wide range of individuals ranging from State and Central government officials, donors, research think tanks, banks, etc. bankers and financial regulators.
  • Has the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Preferred: has a good track record of academic and non-academic publications.

Deadline: Applications are being accepted until until November 15th 2022. Please collate your resume, cover letter and writing sample in one PDF and apply in the form here. Please direct queries and applications with the title “Research Director” in the subject line.

Note: We are an equal opportunity employer and all candidates will be considered for employment. However, due to the large volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each candidate individually regarding the status of their application. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview purposes.

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