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CBPS is looking for a Research Assistants and Research Associates

We have multiple openings for Research Assistants and Research Associates. The selected candidates are expected to work on various research projects undertaken by CBPS in the thematic areas listed here. The job encompasses engagement in all stages of research including conceptualisation and design of research projects, conduct of field work, data collection and analysis, writing and dissemination.

Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Contribution to conceptualisation and design of research projects
  • Contribution to the implementation / execution of research projects (including review of literature, collection of data, conduct of field work, analysis of data and report writing)
  • Contribution to writing of research proposals
  • Contribution to organisational activities such as recruitment and selection of interns and organisational communication
  • Contribution to writing and publication of journal articles / newspaper articles / high-impact blogs

Apart from fulfilling these responsibilities, selected candidate are expected to actively collaborate within teams and participate in various capacity building initiatives undertaken for enhancement of skill sets. They are expected to contribute to organisational development activities, as required.

Required qualifications and skill sets:

  • Masters in Economics / Statistics / Development Economics / Public Policy / Sociology / Development Studies or related disciplines.
  • Knowledge and understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Knowledge and interest in social science and policy research / public finance and governance / education / gender / livelihoods / health and nutrition and related areas.

Preferred skill sets:

  • Knowledge of Excel and proficiency in handling large data sets in MS Excel
  • Knowledge of econometrics with experience of working on Stata or similar packages such as R
  • Knowledge of qualitative data analysis software such as NVivo and ATLAS.ti
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent management and organisational skills

Our remuneration packages are competitive with academic positions in various Indian institutions and universities. In addition to salary, we also provide Provident Fund, Gratuity, Health Insurance and a few other allowances. We encourage and cherish diversity.

Please share your resume (in Word Format) with mrinalika@cbps.in with the following:

  • A cover letter for the position you are applying for and stating the reasons for your interest in the position
  • Two samples for research writings or publications
  • Two references including your current/most recent employer/ supervisor/teacher

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For any related queries, you can write to Mrinalika R Pandit.

The job description can be viewed here. For application process, click here.

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CBPS is looking for a Research Advisor for Public Finance

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 the position of Research Advisor who can lead the projects on Public Finance and other related subject areas. In addition to carrying out designated responsibilities at senior levels in existing projects, the Research Advisor will be responsible for conceptualising new research projects (in the areas of Public Finance and budgets, primarily), undertaking research analysis, and writing etc.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Lead projects related to Public Finance and Public Policy (Economic analysis, Budget and Policy analysis, Fiscal analysis) by coordinating and communicating with the team on timelines and work progress. Assist the team in project planning and execution including tasks like data collection and analysis. Produce and publish outputs like technical reports, research reports, research papers, blogs etc.
  • Act as a subject matter expert in Public Finance within the organisation and be able to represent the organisation externally. Stay updated on latest research, best practices, and polices related to public finance issues and integrate them into research.
  • Contributes to the interdisciplinary conception and execution of projects both in economic and social policy areas
  • Actively collaborate and network with like-minded organisations for research and advocacy purposes.
  • Actively develop and procure proposals and effectively communicate with the funders and partner organisations.
  • Identify the capacity building needs of the researchers and develop training modules or conduct short-term training exercises to enhance their understanding and skills in delivering research outcomes, particularly in the context of public finance and research methodologies.
  • Work towards institutional building by contributing to organisational policy development and administration.

Required Qualifications

  • Preferred educational qualifications are PhD in Economics/related areas with exposure to Public Finance/Public Policy and related streams with at least 7-10 years of experience in the field of research. Candidates with PhD and work experience in research (knowledge of budget analysis, fiscal issues) are preferred.
  • Robust knowledge and understanding of econometric research methods including the use of software (STATA, R etc)
  • Must possess excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Proficient in using software tools like STATA, R, Excel, MS Office etc.
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and projects.
  • Excellent management and organisational skills.

Our remuneration packages are competitive with academic positions in various Indian institutions and universities. We provide Provident Fund, Gratuity, Medical cover, and a few allowances in addition to salary. We encourage and cherish diversity. 

Please share your resume (in MS Word Format) with mrinalika@cbps.in with the following:

  • A cover letter for the position you are applying for and stating the reasons for your interest in the position.
  • Two samples for research writings or publications
  • Two references including your current/most recent employer/supervisor/teacher

The final date for submission of applications is on 30th of April 2024. Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. 

For any related queries, you can write to Mrinalika R Pandit.

The job description can be viewed here.

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Internships

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 mrinalika@cbps.in 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.