Consultant—Research Assistant (for Hindi speakers)

Posted on: 06 May 2022 Deadline: 15 May 2022 (Ongoing)

Background

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) promotes evidence-informed equitable, inclusive, and sustainable development. We support the generation and effective use of high-quality evidence to inform decision-making and improve the lives of people living in poverty in low- and middle-income countries. We provide guidance and support to produce, synthesize and quality assure evidence of what works, for whom, how, why and at what cost. 3ie is registered as a non-governmental organization in the United States. It has offices in New Delhi, London and Washington, DC.

3ie’s evaluation office, based in New Delhi, is responsible for developing new programs for impact evaluations, reviewing and quality assuring 3ie-funded impact evaluations and conducting in-house evaluations. Currently, the office supports projects and programs across thematic areas like aquaculture, agricultural innovation, sanitation, immunization and livelihoods. 3ie recently launched a new program focused on promoting women’s economic empowerment by supporting the implementation and evaluation of innovative interventions for women’s collectives- and group-based enterprises in India.

3ie seeks a Hindi-speaking consultant research assistant to support the women’s economic empowerment evidence program, Swashakt. This is a part-time consultant position for 6 months, with the possibility of an extension.

Key responsibilities

The research assistant will report to the senior evaluation specialist and/or evaluation specialist. The core responsibilities and tasks are listed below, but the candidate may be assigned other tasks depending on the organization’s needs.

  • Accompany and assist the 3ie team and/or the data collection agency during field visits to rural parts of Rajasthan
  • Translate Hindi documents to English
  • Translate English documents, including but not limited to tools for qualitative data collection, to Hindi
  • Attend training of qualitative researchers on data collection and coding conducted by 3ie
  • Conduct in-depth interviews (IDIs), key informant interviews (KIIs) and focused group discussions (FGDs) in Hindi
  • Transcribe KIIs and IDIs and produce detailed notes of the FGDs in English
  • Code qualitative data with the 3ie team
  • Provide copy-editing assistance on transcripts and translations
  • Take copious field notes and submit weekly fieldwork reports
  • Produce a brief based on the research conducted

Required qualifications and skills

  • A Master’s or equivalent in development studies/social sciences, sociology, political science, public policy, gender studies, or related fields
  • Proficiency in written and spoken Hindi and English
  • Prior experience, preferably 1-2 years, of doing qualitative data collection (conducting interviews and focused group discussions) and fieldwork in rural India
  • Willingness to travel within Rajasthan, including to rural areas
  • Ability to take copious field notes and overall good documentation skills
  • Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative research methods; candidates with relevant fieldwork experience will be given preference
  • Prior experience in writing and producing articles, reports, and briefs is desirable
  • Familiarity with and understanding of concepts in gender studies and women’s empowerment-related research is desirable

Eligibility

3ie will recruit one individual with the right to work in India and the willingness to travel to Rajasthan for fieldwork and data collection. Applications from firms will not be accepted. 3ie is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all current and prospective staff members and will not discriminate based on sex, age, religion, caste, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or medical conditions (with certain exceptions based on job role).

Terms of employment

The selected candidate will be required to start work from June 2022 (tentatively), on a part-time basis for a period of 6 months, working 3 days a week for 8 hours each. Travel and accommodation for field visits will be reimbursed separately. Our policies and procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults from abuse. We follow a zero-tolerance policy for any form of bullying or harassment in the workplace.

How to apply

Please apply by email to jobs@3ieimpact.org with a copy to ep1@3ieimpact.org mentioning ‘Consultant Research Assistant (Hindi) - Swashakt’ in the subject line. Please attach the following documents in one email, and do not attach other documents beyond those requested below:

  • A one-page cover letter highlighting experience most relevant to the job description
  • Curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages)
  • Contact information for two references

The deadline for applications is 15 May 2022. Due to urgency to fill this vacancy, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position will remain open until filled. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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