Research Associate, Catalyst

Employer: Catalyst-AIC

Location: Jaipur

Assignment type: Full-time position

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

About Catalyst AIC

LEAD under Krea University has set up Catalyst Atal Incubation Center (AIC) in Jaipur under a grant from the Government of India’s Atal Innovation Mission. Catalyst AIC is a startup incubator, with a core mandate to support and accelerate innovative products in the inclusive tech domain, with a focus on rural and semi-urban demography. The first cohort of the program will focus on artisanal communities, with an initial target consumer base in Rajasthan and later expanding across India.

The Catalyst AIC incubator is unique in its value proposition as it provides start-ups with real-world test environments, data-driven insights on their target consumer groups and necessary infrastructure to rapidly test, iterate and deploy their solutions. The core idea is to help scale high-impact, last mile inclusive tech products, in close coordination with our implementation partners and LEAD’s deep on-ground research expertise.

The incubator will work in close coordination with the LEAD ecosystem, which includes IWWAGE, Financial Inclusion lab among others. LEAD’s decade-plus experience in Research will help Catalyst AIC’s work with relevant stakeholders to do fundamental on-ground research, largely around current behavioural patterns of rural entrepreneurs as well as employees, their income sources, current gaps and opportunities etc.

LEAD at Krea University.

About the Role

The Analyst will be engaged with Catalyst AIC, right from the program design phase to the induction of the first cohort of startups, post which the role would evolve to helping incubated startups with areas of Research, Market Insights, partner connects, business presentations etc. The Analyst will also work closely with academic researchers and other senior staff to perform a variety of tasks including: designing market insight survey questionnaires, managing survey teams, negotiating contracts with survey firms, collecting secondary data from published sources and government institutions, checking and analysing data, coordinating with local program partners, working with data sets, cleaning and running checks to spot errors, and generally preparing data for analysis.

Key Responsibilities of the Position:

Research Activities

Startups Management

  • Assist in startup requirement gathering; understanding the requirements, pain points and solution needs of incubated startups and associated partners with assigned programs/projects and activities.
  • Work with startups to help them in conceptualising and designing their product decks, pitching presentations, product demos etc. Closely coordinate with relevant team members for the same.
  • Connect startups with relevant mentors, partners and investors from the pool that Catalyst AIC has. Additionally, scout for other possible mentors, partners and investors if any.
  • Work closely with the incubation manager to periodically organise relevant startup events.
  • Ensure fulfilment of all compliance related requirements for incubated startups.

Writing

  • Write reports, blogs on the project they are working on.
  • Provide up to date summaries of project they are working on for website and other promotional activity.

Research

  • Literature reviews
  • Identify and understand research questions.
  • Designing surveys questionnaires.
  • Conducting Qualitative and Quantitative Research.
  • Assisting RM in study design and survey instruments.

Communication

  • Effectively communicate to different stakeholders – written and verbal – i.e. to Principal Investigator, Survey Teams, Incubation Manager, Partners.
  • Keep senior management informed on all relevant changes/developments in the project.

Partner Management

  • Develop and maintain a good working relationship with partner organizations – field level and management level.

Data Management & Analysis

  • Ensuring encryption and safe storage of data; confidentiality measures are in place and working.
  • Work with raw datasets, proficient in data cleaning and presenting summary stats.
  • Collect data from published secondary sources like NSSO, NFHS, Census, or relevant government institutions.
  • Undertake data cleaning and preparing data for analysis.

Background and Qualifications:

Educational

  • Bachelors in related fields is mandatory. Masters from similar disciplines will be preferred.
  • Familiarity with startups, terminologies and concepts associated with the same, along with knowledge on inclusive tech startups and interventions.

Work Experience

  • Experience of working with startups, preferably in the inclusive tech domain, as an employee/founder/partner etc.
  • Experience and maturity in relationship management and ability to work within tight deadlines expected.

Key Competencies / Attributes

  • Fluency in English required; fluency in another Indian language is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent writing and analysis skills.
  • Excellent skills in Microsoft Office Suite (Excel/Powerpoint/Word etc.).
  • 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.

Please direct queries and applications to recruitment-lead@ifmr.ac.in  with the title “Research Associate – Catalyst” in the subject line