Research Associate – Financial Inclusion

Employer: LEAD at Krea University

Location: Hubli, Karnataka

Assignment type: Full-time position

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

About Krea University

Krea University is an emerging liberal arts institution offering multidisciplinary undergraduate programs which equip students to find their niche in the fluid, interconnected world of development. ‘Krea’ means an action-oriented approach in Sanskrit. The world-class University is home to the School of Interwoven Arts and Sciences (SIAS), IFMR Graduate School of Business and LEAD.

LEAD at Krea University

LEAD, an action-oriented research centre of IFMR Society (a not-for-profit society registered under the Societies Act), 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 Project

Evaluation of Farm Pond program 

About the Role

The Research Associate (RA) will be engaged in the project from the designing and implementation of the data collection phase through to the data management. The role will be a combination of field-based and office-based work. The RA will work closely with academic researchers and other senior staff to perform a variety of tasks including: designing survey questionnaires, managing survey teams, collecting secondary data from published sources and government institutions, checking and analysing data, coordinating with local programme partners, working with data sets, cleaning and running checks to spot errors, and generally preparing data for analysis. Depending on the study requirements, they might have to conduct relevant statistical and econometric analysis using the data collected. Furthermore, the RA will also be expected to contribute to writing proposals. 

This position is ideal for those who are seeking to pursue a career in research, academia and public policy. 

Background and Qualifications

  • Bachelors in Economics, Environmental Economics/Policy/Science, Finance, Development Studies, or related field is mandatory. Masters in the same is desirable.
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis packages (e.g. SPSS, STATA, R), basic data (NSSO, NFHS, Census and other environmental/socio-economic indicators) preferred.
  • Previous experience in development research or work in developing countries is strongly preferred with special preference to projects with focus on rural and agricultural development. 
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines.
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in another Indian language is strongly preferred (in the context of the project speaking skills of Kannada/Telegu will be desirable).
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Flexibility and ability to deal with uncertainty. Adaptability to project needs and schedules.
  • Ability to work independently, to be well organized and detail oriented.
  • Flexible to travel and relocate to a remote location.

Application Instructions

  • Deadline: Applications are being accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.
  • To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample.
  • For queries, please write to sabina.yasmin@ifmr.ac.in or recruitment-lead@ifmr.ac.in
  • Please direct queries and applications to recruitment-lead@ifmr.ac.in with the title “RA-Farm Pond Project” in the subject line.