Research Associate

Location Delhi, India
Date Posted April 1, 2019
Category Research Associate
Job Type Full-time


Project Name:

Addressing the Urban Drivers of River Health in the Ganga River Basin

1.  Background and context
The National Institute of Urban Affairs is seeking to hire two research associates for a project “Addressing the Urban Drivers of River Health in the Ganga River Basin”. The project is supported by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) and aims to promulgate sustainable urban development that makes judicious use of vital riverine resources. The project has three specific objectives and related activities.

  • Develop strategic guidelines to mainstream urban river management into a city’s Master Plan.
  • Support one Class-1 town of the Ganga River Basin for the systematic preparation of an Urban River Management Plan.
  • Roll out three unique capacity building modules (leading to 21 training programmes) for selected urban local bodies and other stakeholders in the knowledge and application of aspects related to river health management.

2.  Duties and responsibilities
The successful candidates will work in a multi-disciplinary team to carry out a mix of research and administrative responsibilities that include:

  • Conduct a thorough and systematic literature review (including that of grey literature) for various elements of the project.
  • Prepare reports and other written products for the events organized as part of the project.
  • Support in the identification and preparation of quality knowledge products on specific topics, in consultation with the project coordinator.
  • Establish strong communication channels with diverse stakeholders for different activities such as data collection, stakeholder workshops, and training programmes, among others.
  • Present selected project activities and outputs in workshops, meetings and conferences.
  • Lead the organization of the various capacity building programmes in different states of the Ganga River Basin.

3.   Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in water resource management; environmental planning; environmental science; or a related field.
  • At least 3 years of work experience in water management or environmental planning related areas. Some experience in organizing capacity-building programmes will be added advantage.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of river management related challenges and issues in the Ganga River Basin.
  • Work experience with government agencies in India in river management related areas is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work with geospatial information and packages will be an asset.
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to multitask.
  • Exemplary writing skills (in English). Evidence of high-quality publications will be required. These must be mentioned in the motivation/cover letter, and one sample must be sent along with the application.
  • Excellent oral communication skills in English and Hindi.

4.   Terms and conditions of appointment

  • The position is contract-based, with the same terms and conditions as applicable for contractual employees at NIUA.
  • The appointment on a full-time basis is for an initial period of 1 year, which may be renewable subject to satisfactory performance.
  • The candidate will report to the Project Coordinator.
  • The position requires a fair amount of travel within the country.
  • The salary payable will commensurate with qualification and experience.

5.   Application procedure

The application package for this position will include:

  • A motivation/cover letter, explaining the candidate’s suitability for this position.
  • A brief CV of no more than four pages.
  • One writing sample. This could be a journal paper, conference proceeding, knowledge product or a report. Unpublished work is also acceptable. However, kindly refrain from sending a thesis or dissertation.

The application package, as three separate PDF files should be uploaded on the NIUA job page against this position. For any queries regarding this position, candidates may reach out to Dr. Victor R. Shinde ([email protected]). Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Last Date to Apply:

Friday, 12 April 2019