Re-Advertising for the Position of Research Assistant in Rajasthan

The Centre for Budget and Policy Studies (CBPS) Bangalore is a research organisation working in the areas of policy, education, governance, and health service delivery. CBPS is currently undertaking a project titled Gender violence in public spaces: Studying the approaches and theorising the pathways of change. This study is examining the approaches of three different organisations in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Telangana to understand and map the process of change that each of the organisations are trying to influence to address gender violence in public spaces. In Rajasthan, we are working with Doosra Dashak which focuses on the ecological environment of adolescent boys and girls and tries to enhance their participation in public spaces through the use of technology and collectivisation.

In relation to this, we are looking for a full-time Research Assistant (preferably women) who can help us with qualitative data collection, for a period of two years starting from December of 2021 in Rajasthan. The RA will be required to be based in the field, will have to undertake extensive travel within the state and is expected to undertake regular interactions and engagement with local communities and women.

The job description for the project includes the following:

  1. Is based in rural Rajasthan for the entire period of employment.
  2. Undertaking extensive ethnographic data collection across the identified sites within the state: As part of the ethnographic data collection process, the RA will be required to coordinate and work closely with the partner organisation, observe their working practices, identify key informants, develop a close working relationship with the recipients of the programme, and provide detailed documentation of daily research observations. The RA might also be called upon to conduct (or assist in conducting) focus group discussions, interviews, and case studies (as required). The major part of the work will be to regularly send field notes and meta-notes based on research observations done in the field (in English).
  3. Assisting in any workshops conducted with the organisation, or any additional data collection process within the state.
  4. Any other job related with CBPS research in the respective state or project. Sometimes, this may include responding to the respective partner organisation’s needs as well.

Qualification, Experience and Skill
Individuals applying for the post must have:

  1. At least a Master’s degree, preferably in a Social Science discipline
  2. MUST have interest / experience / training / knowledge of gender issues.
  3. Some experience of field-based research
  4. Fluency and working knowledge in Rajasthani and Hindi
  5. English writing skills
  6. Basic computer skills such as ability to write using MS Office

Remuneration will be according to industry standards and therefore, comparable with academic/ research organisations. The duration of this post is for two years. The selection process includes both written and oral assessments.

Please email your statement of interest (no more than a page), your resume or CV (in MS Word Format), two writing samples and two references with their contact details to with the subject line: Research Assistant for Rajasthan. Applications will be reviewed in a rolling basis until filled.

The job description can be viewed here.


CBPS needs a Visual Designer

Centre for Budget and Policy Studies (CBPS) is an independent, non-partisan, research institute based in Bangalore, India. Our vision is creation and sharing of knowledge for an empowered, equitable, just and democratic society. We work towards our vision through: (a) Research and evaluation in the areas of policy, budget, governance, and public service delivery; (b) Evidence based policy advocacy and (c) Dissemination of research findings through a variety of approaches.

We have an opening for an in-house (part-time or full-time) visual designer who will work on visual content for both the digital and print medium. The in-house visual designer is expected to be able to draw out narratives from different projects and represent it in the visual medium. The designer must also be able to use visualisations to make sense of data, elucidate processes and represent systems. The primary job of the in-house designer will be to dependence on written form for better accessibility, considering the Indian context. Some of the work might include producing specific visual content such as infographics, visualisations, web interfaces, dashboards, presentations, booklets, posters, brochures, and more. So, knowledge of web page interface and front-end development will also be immensely useful.

The following are the desired qualifications:

  • Preferred educational qualifications are – Degree in Design or associated fields.
  • Knowledge and understanding of basic social data, both in quantitative and qualitative terms.
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Excellent management and organisational skills.

The remuneration will be comparable with the academic/ civil society based research organisations, and commensurate with the individual’s qualification / experience. Interested individuals should submit their latest resume (MS Word format) with two references and two samples of visual design, data visualisation or any other associated work to Queries can be directed to Mrinalika R Pandit at 080-26560735 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.



Students entering the final year of their Masters Degree programme in economics, policy studies, public health, development studies, sociology, finance, rural management, design and allied disciplines can apply for short-term internship positions when they are called for, usually for two months between May-July each year.

We accept interns for summer and winter breaks, usually for 8 – 12 weeks. Please send in your applications to along with your resume (MS Word format), a brief statement of purpose and an academic writing sample in Microsoft Word format. We do not take undergraduate students at our Centre.

This year we are looking for interns in the broad areas of:

  1. Budget Work
  2. Grant Management (Looking for call for proposals, funding opportunities, etc…)
  3. Public and Private Governance
  4. Data Visualisation

Interns will receive a monthly stipend and a certificate of internship upon successful completion of the assignment. Candidates should possess good communication and interpersonal skills.



Some of our past employees


Shreekanth Mahendiran 

Shreekanth Mahendiran worked with CBPS from November 2011 to July 2019. His work at CBPS mainly focused on education related projects. He has a Masters in Economics from Madras School of Economics, Anna University.




Puja Minni

Puja Minni worked with CBPS from September 2012 to July 2019. Her work at CBPS mainly focused on education related projects. She has a Masters in Economics from Mount Carmel College (Bangalore) and Masters in Public Policy and Administration from University of Massachusetts (Amherst) on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for Low Income Countries.




Varun Sharma

Varun Sharma worked with CBPS from July 2012 to December 2013 in various public health related projects. After CBPS, he pursued his Post-Doctorate from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Currently, he is working with Oxford Policy Management in New Delhi.



Shobha Veigas

Shobha has been a Consultant with CBPS since July 2009. She has a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Mangalore University and in Kannada Literature from Mysore University. Currently, she is freelance trainer, working with CBPS on specific projects.



Shubhashansha Bakshi

Shubhashansha worked at CBPS from March 2009 to March 2013, focusing on education related projects. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and also working with Ernst & Young.




Anaka Aiyar

During her stint at CBPS (from April 2009 to June 2011), Anaka worked on public health related projects. Currently she is pursuing her PhD at the University of California, Riverside.




Sandeep MS

Sandeep was largely focused on empirical work in the drinking water sector during his tenure (March 2009 and August 2011). He is currently at University of Loughborough and has submitted his PhD thesis.



Some of our past interns:

Dr. Praveen Nidagundi
Institution: SRM University, Tamil Nadu
Duration: January to August 2016

Nikita D’cruz
Institution: SRM University, Tamil Nadu
Duration: February to August 2016

Manoj C
Institution: Central University of Rajasthan
Duration: June – Mid-July 2015

Siddharth Sarbapriya
Institution: Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB)
Duration: April – June 2015

Franklin R. Dolo
Institution: Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
Duration: June – July 2014

Lipi Goyal
Institution: Delhi School of Economics
Duration: June – July 2014

Saurabh Kulkarni
Institution: Delhi School of Economics
Duration: June – July 2014