RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES AT FOUNDATION FOR DEMOCRATIC REFORMS

Foundation for Democratic Reforms (FDR) is one of India’s leading think-tanks and research-resource centers for formulating and promoting fundamental reforms in political, electoral and governance spheres and in critical areas of state policy. It was established in 1996 and is based in Hyderabad, India. The goals of FDR are
furthered by the activities of LOK SATTA (People Power), which was established in 1997 and quickly grew into India’s largest citizens’ movement.

1. Research Associate :
Work and responsibilities at Research Associate position include:

  • Research, analysis, advocacy and communication on governance issues (electoral and political reforms, local government, judicial reforms, administrative reforms, education reforms and the public policy issues)
  • Research Associate is expected to prepare high quality issue briefs, background notes and advocacy material on various policy issues
  • Evaluation of various government policies and outcomes in defined sectors with focus on AP.
  • Background Research and Advocacy support to Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, General Secretary, and Foundation for Democratic Reforms Requirements High level research and analytical capability
  • Good understanding of politics (AP/India)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English and/or Telugu)
  • Ability to take initiative, to work both independently and as a member of a team, and to lead projects
  • Ability to multi-task and complete projects within a given time

Positions are based in Hyderabad.

Qualifications
Master’s degree in Social Sciences/Public Policy is preferred. However, we equally welcome motivated individuals with strong fundamentals in policy issues to apply for the role irrespective of their graduating discipline.

Email your CV, Statement of Purpose and a presentation (15 slides) on any of the public policy topics listed at the end of this document and email to communications@fdrindia.org

Statement of Purpose should address broadly the following questions in around 600 words:
● Why do you want to join FDR?
● How do you think you can contribute in realizing Lok Satta’s reform agenda?

Apply on or before 1st January 2018

2. Internship
Foundation for Democratic Reforms (FDR) is one of India’s leading think-tanks and research-resource centers for formulating and promoting fundamental reforms in political, electoral and governance spheres and in critical areas of state policy. It was established in 1996 and is based in Hyderabad, India.

The goals of FDR are furthered by the activities of LOK SATTA (People Power), which was established in 1997 and quickly grew into India’s largest citizens’ movement.

Who are we looking for:
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about making a positive change to the society. Interns will be involved in research, analysis, documentation, coordination or event planning as per the assigned projects. Broad areas of research include governance reforms (political, electoral, judicial, police, local governance) and public policy.

Our Requirements:
Postgraduates, Graduates and undergraduates who are looking forward to widen their perspective with exposure to current issues are encouraged to apply. Candidates need to have an understanding of the social and political issues confronting India and a desire to promote public good.

Location : Hyderabad
Minimum Duration : 5 weeks (unpaid)
Start date : ASAP

Apply online at http://www.fdrindia.org/online-application/ and submit your CV along with a write-up or a presentation on any one of the topics listed on page 3 of this document

List of Topics
1. Current challenges in public education sector in India with respect to primary school education – may choose a specific state or India as a whole
2. Analyse MHRD’s policy on ‘Establishment of World Class Institutions’ and suggest how India can foster innovation
3. Describe the key elements of one existing Union healthcare scheme/program, and discuss the challenges the scheme faces (in the last 3 years).
4. Challenges facing public healthcare facilities in India, with specific references to news reports in the last 12 months.
5. Describe some measures to improve doctor-patient relationship and rebuild trust in the healthcare system.
6. Analyze the continuing sanitation challenges in India, accounting for the efforts made under the Swatch Bharat Mission.
7. Analyze Tamil Nadu’s healthcare model, along with its benefits and challenges.
8. Instruments of transparency and accountability with respect to Right to Public Services, along with FDR’s recommendations regarding the same.
9. Examine affirmative action policies in India in light of FDR’s framework on the same.
10. Analyze the 73rd and 74th amendments of the Indian Constitution and their shortcomings.
11. “Local governments exist in India only on paper, but have no real power.” Present your opinion about this statement, supported with evidence.

Research Opportunities at FDR

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