Research Associate

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Centers for International Projects Trust (CIPT)
Delhi, India
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)
Languages Required: 
Hindi and Punjabi


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The Centers for International Projects Trust (CIPT) seeks to design and implement water solutions in some of the country's most challenging settings. In collaboration with government agencies, civil society and private sector partners, CIPT is developing new models and research paradigms for effective water and energy management along with food security and climate resilience in various States of India. CIPT aims to provide rigorous, research-based knowledge as the foundation for its various field-based initiatives involving the local communities, government, non-government and private partners and pursues a holistic approach to water sustainability assessment, sustainable agriculture and farmers livelihood and ecological systems management.


1.             Position Summary


CIPT is currently involved in Global Challenges Research Fund project titledTransforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable Food Supplies (TIGR2ESS), which is a multi-institutional research collaboration led by the University of Cambridge, examining the Water use and Management in a Changing Monsoon Climate of the overall project. The research will explore the trends in food production practices and the use of inputs with a special focus on the use of water and energy in agriculture. With the major focus on such input-output relationship, the research will explore the intra and inter-sectoral relationships with the major indicators of the economic growth of a region. Such an examination in different scenarios may help the policy makers for relevant decisions for better economic performance.


CIPT is also implementing Hindustan Unilever Foundation’s funded project titled Solutions for responsible water use and long-term viability of agriculture in Punjab.  In the pursuit of returns from agriculture; farmers in the Punjab region continue to follow the unsustainable paddy-wheat cycle in cultivation despite awareness of its impact on ground water. Absence of water savings practices, access to water saving technologies and incentives to diversify their crop mix has pushed farmers into making unviable choices. The project aims to work with Punjab’s robust farmer cooperatives to promote digital water measurement solutions for efficient paddy-wheat cultivation; financial tools to track input costs with optimum water use and economic tools to trigger large scale adoption of conscious water practices. 


The Centers for International Projects Trust (CIPT) seeks to recruit two Research Associates who will contribute to the research on Water use and Management in a Changing Monsoon Climate and development of digital water measurement solutions, financial tools to track input costs, develop markets for diversified crops by expanding the role of cooperatives beyond input supplies (support) and business viable value chains for alternative crops in agriculture.


2.             Duties & Responsibility (Research Associate)- The RA will report to the Director, CIPT and will work closely with CIPT personnel and collaborators to conduct and manage various research programs within the Center. The incumbent will also work with other scientists at University of Cambridge and must represent CIPT in a professional and conscientious manner. The incumbent will be the co-lead researcher for designing and developing project concept and implementation framework, while exploring the economic viability of the project. You will work independently to manage the in-house research portfolio, assess the impact of CIPT’s program interventions, suggest strategies to enhance the impact as well as take initiative in scoping out new projects.


3.             Job requirements: We seek a candidate with strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skill. The successful candidate will have a master degree in economics, water resources, environment and supply chain development or a closely related field, and a minimum of two years of interdisciplinary research experience with a focus on at least one of the following:


Large scale quantitative and qualitative research, data management, technical report writing, assessment of field interventions, supply chain development, digital tools, project conceptualization and impact assessment. Incumbent must have advance knowledge of SPSS, STATA and data quality assessment.


Candidate with experience in public policy analysis, quantitative research or economics may also be considered. Demonstrated organizational ability, including ability to work under pressure and on deadline; sensitivity in handling confidential material required.


4. Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree or its equivalent in economics, water resources, environment and/or supply chain development and a minimum of two-year’s experience. Candidates with Ph.D. will be preferred.


5. Languages: Excellent English writing and speaking and good command of Hindi/Punjabi.


6. Additional Position -Specific Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in collaborative, project endeavors is required as is the ability to prioritize tasks.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, written and oral communication and analytical skills.
  • Excellent organization skills and the ability to function independently in fast-paced environment are required. 

7. Post Location: New Delhi.


8. Salary Range: 4.5 lakh to 6 lakh per annum.


9.Duration: One year with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance.


10.Applications: Applicants should apply through e-mail with the curriculum vitae including telephone and email of two referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience should be included in the curriculum vitae. Indicate your current salary. All applications should reach CIPT by December 17, 2019 at with subject line – Application for Research Associate.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.