Recruitment of Research Assistant at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)

ORG- Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
Closing Date- 2nd October, 2019

About the Organization
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) was established in 1936 and is a deemed university fully funded by the University Grants Commission, Government of India. TISS offers over 50 Master’s Degree programmes from its Mumbai, Tuljapur, Guwahati and Hyderabad Campuses. Masters’ programmes are offered in a range of socially relevant inter-disciplinary areas.

Research Assistant

Job Description
The Research Assistants will be responsible for carrying out research and supervise the activities of Research Interns. The Research Assistants would be reporting to Program Manager. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned by the Program Manager. Weekly work requirements and schedules must be discussed with the Program Manager to ensure that the work priorities can be accomplished within the scheduled time.

No of Post
There are total of 8 positions for the Research Assistant

Essential Qualifications
Master's degree in Social Sciences, Project Management, Development Sector or in relevant areas plus up to 2 years of relevant experience with exposure for surveys and report writing, preferably in the social development sector/public policy/journalism

The candidate is expected to work on the following aspects:

  1. Work in teams to design evaluation tools and formats based on pre-defined goals and indicators
  2. Conduct training and monitor survey pilots on the field
  3. Design, conduct and coordinate field level surveys, focus group discussions
  4. Collate and analyse findings from the data collected
  5. Present Reports on findings to diverse stakeholders


  1. To be able to perform the above tasks effectively, the Research Assistant shall be expected to work in close coordination with the Program Manager and with the Research Team.
  2. Comfortable and adept at building strong relationships with a wide range of stakeholders including elected representatives, bureaucrats, civil society organisations, think tanks, and NGOs.
  3. Develop or assist in the development of interview schedules; contact potential stakeholders to introduce and explain study objectives and protocol and to arrange interviews, either in person or by telephone;
  4. Conduct and record face-to-face and/or telephone interviews with subjects, in accordance with predetermined interview protocol, data collection procedures and documentation standards;
  5. Review and edit data to ensure completeness and accuracy of information; follow up with subjects to resolve problems or clarify data collected;
  6. Maintain documentation for data intake, processing, analysis and reporting;
  7. Maintain a log of issues faced during the survey and or/reporting so results can be replicated/verified;

Preferred Skills

  1. A good understanding of Social, political and governance aspects
  2. Good computer skills: Microsoft Word/Excel/ PowerPoint and Internet
  3. Report writing and Presentation

Engagement period and Remuneration
The selected candidate will be based in Maharashtra. Engagement will be for the duration of 120 days. There will be no TA/DA will be provided. Research Assistants will be awarded an appreciation certificate and remuneration of INR 30 to 33 thousand per month according to competencies skill.

How to apply
The Test and Interviews will be conducted on Communicated via Call or an email

Please drop an email to with the Subject: ARRP- Position Name – Name of the candidate, along with your resume, attach one written sample of any work/Report and one reference for the position of Research Assistant 

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