Doctoral Research Fellow

Governance Lab (part of Daayitwa Abhiyaan) is a research center carrying out evidence-based research works in Nepal.Our cutting-edge research examines questions related to governance, financial inclusion, skills training, gender, and it draws from a network in Nepal and around the world. We collaborate with experts in Nepal and around the world to examine research questions especially related to governance in Nepal.

Doctoral Research Fellow

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Basic Job Information

Job Category : Research and Development
Job Level : Senior Level
No. of Vacancy/s : [ 1 ]
Employment Type : Full Time
Job Location : Kathmandu, Nepal (with regular domestic travel)
Offered Salary : Negotiable
Apply Before(Deadline) : Aug. 15, 2020 23:55 (3 days, 6 hours from now)

Job Specification

Education Level : Master
Experience Required : Not Required
Professional Skill Required : Analytical Communication Interpersonal
Other Specification

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Nepali language skills are a must
  • An in-depth understanding of key frameworks in development economics and political economy
  • A PhD in political science, economics, public policy, or a related field such as social anthropology of development
  • Strong quantitative research skills (including comfort with analyzing large primary and administrative data sets using STATA, R, or python)
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills essential
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Solid understanding of research project design and processes, experience with various identification strategies including RCTs

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Previous experience of working in Nepal or engaging with Nepal-based projects
  • Experience of conducting complex and long-term research engagements in developing countries (Nepal strongly preferred)
  • Understanding of Nepali history and culture preferred, as well as a deep interest in developing this expertise is a must. 

The position is expected to be based in Nepal with frequent domestic travel and potential international travel. 


Job Description

Responsibilities: 

  • Working with international researchers and in-country teams to help identify and conduct scoping for research questions across broad themes of federalisation, economic growth, and inclusion
  • Oversee field-based team to manage research project activities, including intervention implementation, and contribute to field-based scoping, survey design, and survey testing. 
  • Drafting and finalizing research documents in consultation with principal investigators; may include scoping plans, questionnaires, literature reviews, as well as synthesizing findings into summaries for both academic and non-academic audiences
  • Identifying and liaising with potential partners and stakeholders, including governments, development organizations, and other researchers
  • Manage and supervise technical aspects of select research projects in collaboration with the research team
  • Carry out data analysis under the direction of senior researchers using statistical and econometric tools
  • Provide appropriate inputs and support for administrative requirements of the project portfolio, upon request, which may include financial management, budgeting, procurement, contract set- up and compliance, grant reporting, deliverable tracking, etc
  • Contribute to our team’s overall management and strategic vision by identifying new research projects and partners and applying for additional sources of funding in partnership with research team
  • Manage relationships with funding organizations and partner institutions; work with partners in the government to set strategic priorities as well as coordinate project administration and logistics
  • Support with publication of research articles and policy briefs, and other such publications, as 
  • directed by lead researchers
  • Support the team in conducting and leading research and insights dissemination activities such as seminars, webinars, etc. 
  • Supervision and mentoring of 2-3 junior research staff
  • Other tasks, as required

What We Offer: 

  • A competitive salary by local standards 
  • The opportunity to develop research skills in the field 
  • A dynamic and engaging environment which involves multiple stakeholders 
  • An opportunity to grow within the organization 
  • An opportunity to directly influence policies in Nepal 
  • Regular travel within Nepal 


Applying Procedure

If you are interested in this position, please email [email protected]. In the subject line, put “Post- Doctoral Fellow - Kathmandu” followed by your first and last name (e.g., “XXX – FirstName LastName) and attach the following documents: 

  • Cover letter (maximum one page) 
  • CV 
  • Academic transcripts 

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