Senior Research Associate – Financial Inclusion

Employer: LEAD at Krea University

Location: Delhi or Chennai

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

CGIAR Gender Equality In Food System Research Platform

About the Role

The Senior Research Associate (SRA) will be engaged in the project from the designing and implementation of the data collection phase through to the data management. The  SRA is expected to work closely with academic researchers and other senior staff to perform a variety of tasks including: designing of the study, developing survey questionnaires, managing Research Associates, Research Assistants, Interns and survey teams, working with data sets, cleaning and running checks to spot errors, and generally preparing data for analysis, coordinating with local programme partners.  The SRA is also expected to help the team in expanding the focus area by writing grant proposals and other Core activities.  The SRA is expected to work independently with minimal supervision while working across multiple projects. The role will entail both fields based and office-based work. This position is ideal for those who are seeking to pursue a career in research, academia and public policy. 

Background and Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Economics, Finance, Environment Economics/Policy/Science, Development Studies, or related field is mandatory; with a minimum of 2 years of significant related work experience post Masters. 
  • Familiarity with statistical analysis packages (e.g. SPSS, STATA, R) preferred
  • Previous experience in development research or work in developing countries of at least 2 years is strongly preferred with special preference to projects with focus on rural and agricultural development. 
  • Experience and maturity in relationship management.
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines and supervise 1-2 RAs.
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in another Indian language is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Flexibility and ability to deal with uncertainty. Adaptability to project needs and schedules.
  • Ability to work independently on multiple projects, to be well organized and detail oriented.
  • Willingness to travel required.

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 or
  • Please direct queries and applications to with the title “SRA-CGIAR Gender Equality” in the subject line.