Research Associate in VBS-CPR Project

Job Description 
Vidya Bhawan Society (VBS), Udaipur and Centre for Policy Research (CPR), Delhi are
researching the sanitation marketplace in urban settlements of Udaipur. The research will include supply and demand perspectives as well as hygiene-related practices and behaviours.

For the project, VBS seeks a full-time Research Associate for one year. The Associate will be based in Udaipur with occasional travel to Delhi and field sites, will report to the Project Lead (senior researcher) at VBS, and provide research, technical and administrative assistance. The key responsibilities of the Research Associate will be as follows:
1) The Research Associate is expected to develop a research proposal, carry out literature reviews, develop qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, carry out field work, and collate and analyse data.
2) S/he will assist in the preparation of technical reports, policy briefs, research articles, and other material for disseminating research findings.
3) S/he will assist in developing learning/knowledge materials covering innovative and best practices that can support the knowledge base of the broader stakeholders active in the sanitation sector.
4) S/he will build and maintain partnership with internal and external partners and organise seminars and workshops.

As part of the work, the Research Associate will participate in research communities of practice and networks, develop knowledge around the topic of urban sanitation, and assess the sector’s needs and main concerns in the cities of Rajasthan.

The qualified candidate must possess following qualifications:
 Masters or equivalent degree in sanitary engineering, urban planning, water resources engineering/management, public health, economics, or development studies
 Some prior knowledge / experience in the urban sanitation sector
 Experience in writing quality reports or position papers

Preference will be given to candidates with
 experience of working on interdisciplinary research projects and in multicultural teams
 experience with data analysis software and GIS software

If you are a committed and creative professional looking for a stimulating research / work environment and interested in broader themes of sanitation and development, we encourage you to apply.

How to apply: Please send an email to vbs@vidyabhawan.org (subject heading “VBS-CPR project”) with your CV and a one-page cover letter explaining how you meet the qualifications as well as your motivations to apply for this job.

Application deadline: March 30, 2018.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further consideration.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications and will be in the range of Rs. 40,000 – 50,000.

About Vidya Bhawan: Vidya Bhawan was established in the conviction that quality education, for young and old, is important for responsible citizenship and leadership that values social justice. Beginning with the founding of a school in 1931, VB today consists of three schools, two teacher education colleges, an Education Resource Centre, a Polytechnic, a Rural Institute offering graduate and post-graduate courses, a Krishi Vigyan Kendra for farmer outreach and innovation in agriculture, and a Prakriti Sadhna Kendra for ecological preservation and study.

In 2014, VBS partnered with CPR, a premier public policy think tank based in Delhi, to explore the reasons for poor sanitation and develop policy options and strategies to support and inform Udaipur’s local government in formulating and implementing programmes for urban sanitation. This was part of a larger CPR project (“Scaling City Institutions for India (SCI-FI) Sanitation”) with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In that context, CPR had conducted action-research projects in two selected case study areas: Balasore in Odisha and Udaipur in Rajasthan. In the second phase of the project (SCI-FI 2), CPR plans to expand the capacity of institutions in Rajasthan to independently develop a strong body of knowledge around the topic of urban sanitation. The VBS-CPR collaboration is based on VBS’s strong knowledge of the Udaipur region, prior successful partnership and institutional commitment to accelerate evidence-based policies for improved sanitation.

 

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