Research Associate


Multiple in all BIGD research clusters- Economic Development, Gender and Social Transformation, Governance and Politics, and Urban and Climate Change.

Job Context

BIGD is a post graduate institute of BRAC University. We believe that governance and development challenges are interrelated and needs rigorous evidence based search for smart entry points with a focus on implementation. We believe that solid research, quality capacity strengthening, and sustained advocacy need to work together and build on each other to create big impact. This is what we do and constantly strive to do better.

We are stepping up. We are looking for people at various levels to work with us in different functions. We need people with hunger to learn and improve, grit to work hard and not give up, and ambition to excel and build a new kind of knowledge institution that is relevant to our context and challenges.

Major Responsibilities

Research Associate (RA) is an entry level research position at BIGD. As an RA, your responsibilities will include:

  • Work closely with senior researchers and support them in project development and in ongoing projects
  • Assist in study design, instrument development, and quality assurance and monitoring of all aspects of fieldwork
  • Assist in write up and deliver report/article from analysis
  • Organize seminars/workshops/conferences
  • Additional task as and when they are assigned

Educational and curricular requirements

  • The candidate/s must have at least honors degree (preferably a post graduate degree) with CGPA 3.5 and above in Economics/ Development economics/ Public policy/ Urban economics or studies/ Gender studies/ Social science from a reputed national or international institute.
  • Interested and adept at analytical development work (qualitative and/or quantitative) and skills in relevant tools.
  • Prior research experience in the above-mentioned fields is not required but some experience would be welcomed.
  • Active interest in national and global current affairs, economics and politics.

Other Essential Requirements

  • Excellent oral and written English skills.
  • Ability to think critically and analytically
  • Ability to work well within a team.
  • Independent enough to work with minimal supervision and oversight.
  • General Ability to handle multiple concurrent projects and perform under pressure
  • S/he should have a practical and flexible approach to duties and have excellent time management skills.
  • Expected to maintain good interpersonal relations with fellow researchers and staff members.

Job Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh but frequent field visits will be required. Openness to travel and live in modest but safe conditions will be required.  

Salary (monthly): We are willing to pay a salary commensurate with your skills and qualifications.

Job Nature: Full time contractual

Application Information:

If you think, YOU are the person we are looking for please apply

Application deadline: November 30, 2018

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please Note that BIGD is an equal opportunity employer.