Research Consultant– MSME

Posted By: IFMR LEAD


Middle Mgt (Regional/ Zonal Manager, AVP, State /Regional Head)

Research/Policy Advocacy

Social Sector

Job Description

This study explores a potential source of friction in markets for casual labor: high worker absenteeism. Markets for casual labor are important in low-income settings as firms primarily hire from these markets, and households rely heavily on casual labor wage earnings.

Despite unemployment rates being high, casual laborers appear to frequently renege on existing work arrangements with employers. Subsequently, firms incur various costs in dealing with high rates of unplanned absenteeism. The study aims to test the existence of a demand for flexibility in work arrangements among casual laborers using a field experiment in Odisha, one of India’s poorest states (Raghuram Rajan Committee Report, 2013).

– Oversee the day-to-day implementation of field-based research (scoping, surveying, project implementation) – including the management of field personnel, procurement, budgets, and reporting for the project.

– Assist in the design and field-testing of survey instruments and develop and implement appropriate structures and systems for a larger randomized intervention, including the procurement of supplies.

– Development and oversight of field and quality control protocols; recruitment, training, and leading of field staff; and coordination with local partners.

– Must work in close coordination with PIs of the study as well as the project manager to ensure effective and seamless implementation of the study.

REPORTING TO:Research Manager
ASSIGNMENT LENGTH:6 months (extendable)
SALARY:Commensurate with qualifications and experience

How to Apply:
If you are interested in this position, please email with the subject line “Research Associate: MSME”, your CV, academic transcript, and a statement of interest.

Desired Candidate Profile

Graduation - Graduate-Other

The candidate
(i) must be willing to move to Odisha for the duration of the study,
(ii) must be fluent in Hindi (knowledge of Odia is desirable but not essential), and should ideally have some fieldwork experience,
(iv) They must be self-motivated and willing to travel extensively.

Organization Details

  • Organization Name:IFMR LEAD
  • About Organization:

    IFMR LEAD is an India based non-profit research organisation. Through our rigorous research efforts, we provide practitioners and decision-makers scientific evidence to devise effective solutions for pressing development challenges in South Asia.Our work addresses vital socio-economic objectives to foster the economic growth of individuals, low-income households, and small enterprises. We collaborate with leading academics, development specialists, government agencies, and industry experts for research design, implementation and dissemination, in areas that are integral to accelerate the socio-economic and financial development of poor households.