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Position: Research Associate (Full time)


  • Movement Building and Claims Making
  • Gender and Digitality
  • Precarious Work and Care


Organizational Profile:

Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST) is a non-profit organization registered in 1980. ISST has been consistently working towards bringing social change with a focus on the livelihood, work, and well-being of vulnerable communities. It attempts to visualize gender dimensions of labor through a public-spirited inquiry especially focusing on issues concerning women, children, and other marginalized communities through a gender transformative approach. It does so through empirical research as well as community development programs. Presently ISST is engaged in a range of macro and micro-level research including community development programs directed towards social justice, equity, and economic empowerment of women, adolescents, and children (for more information please visit

Position Overview:                                                                                                                 

The Research Associate will play a crucial role in conducting research using mixed methods, policy analysis, and program development from a gender transformative lens aimed at advancing gender equality and social justice.

The ideal candidate should have a strong background in gender studies, social sciences, or related fields and 2-3 years of work experience.


The position is based in Delhi (on-site), India.


Research and Analysis

Support in-depth research on the selected programmatic theme, examining relevant literature, best practices, and lessons learned from similar policy initiatives. Collect primary data, organize, and interpret data from diverse sources.


Assist in organizing consultations with key actors relevant to the programmatic theme. Including partner organizations, practitioners, academics, policy shapers and experts in the field, to gather insights and perspectives to design the programmatic theme at ISST.

Writing Reports and Papers

Based on the research and consultations, contribute to developing a comprehensive strategy paper that outlines clear goals, objectives, and strategies to address the identified challenges and capitalize on opportunities relevant to the programmatic theme. The paper would include a theory of change and indicators for measuring progress and impact, ensuring that the strategy paper aligns with the ISST's organizational statement and priorities. Collaborate with relevant teams to integrate the programmatic theme into the broader organizational framework.

Program Design of Innovative and Qualitative Program

Propose innovative and evidence-based program design elements, including interventions, methodologies, training tools, and potential partnerships to achieve the desired outcomes.

Communication and Documentation

Keep abreast of the latest developments and trends in feminist scholarship, gender issues, and women’s movements, and share knowledge within the organization and outside. Develop strategies for effective dissemination of research material, methodologies, and pedagogies within and outside the organization.



Master's or MPhil degree in gender studies, sociology, anthropology, social work, or a related field. A solid understanding of feminist theory and its application is essential.


Minimum of 2-3 years of experience in the development field in research, policy analysis, or advocacy related to gender and women's rights. Experience of working with feminist organizations, and women’s collectives will be advantageous.

Research Skills

Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research using qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Proficiency in data analysis tools and software is preferred.

Analytical Thinking

Strong analytical and critical thinking skills to identify and articulate solutions to complex gender-related issues.


Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. The ability to present research findings in a clear and compelling manner is essential. Hindi or knowledge of an Indian vernacular language will be an added advantage.

Team Player

Ability to work collaboratively in a diverse team environment, sharing ideas, and contributing to collective goals.

Passion for Gender Equality and Social Justice

A deep commitment to feminist principles, social justice, and gender equality issues in India and globally.


Flexibility to work on multiple projects simultaneously and adapt to evolving research priorities. Quick turnaround time – the ability to scan relevant online and offline content.


This is a full-time 11 months contract which is extendable upon mutual agreement. The compensation depends on educational qualification and experience within the range of 40,000 – 60,000/- per month.

 Selection process:                                                                                                                   

To apply, please submit your CV, cover letter that includes the SoP, and a writing sample showcasing your research abilities through the Google Form link shared below. The application deadline is 27th August 2023. Please select the theme for which you are applying in the Google Form itself. The candidate should apply through the Google form only. No application in any other format will be accepted. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview and a written test in person.

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