Program Research Associate, Gender and Mobility— Sustainable Cities and Transport, WRI India

World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India · Mumbai, Maharashtra, India · New Delhi, Delhi, India
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 2024

Research Associate, Gender and Mobility— Sustainable Cities and Transport, WRI India
Who we are and what we do?
WRI India, an independent charity legally registered as the India Resources Trust, provides objective information and practical proposals to foster environmentally sound and socially equitable development. WRI India’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. Through research, analysis, and recommendations, WRI India puts ideas into action to build transformative solutions to protect the earth, promote livelihoods, and enhance human well-being.
We are inspired by and associated with the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research organization. Currently, over 250 researchers are working with WRI India in our offices in Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.
Programme Overview for Sustainable Cities and Transport
At WRI India Ross Center we focus on 10 integrated solutions to urban challenges. Through applied research, tools, and hands-on advice, and by tapping our network of global experts, we accelerate transformative urban initiatives that have the power to change Indian cities into thriving, equitable, and low-carbon places that are good for people and the planet.
Working at WRI India Ross Center offers you the unique opportunity to learn and grow as you collaborate with a diverse set of change agents across Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai. As India’s biggest urban-focused think-and-do tank, we seek thoughtful, enterprise-minded, and sensitive individuals who can help us support this transformation and make a positive difference in citizens’ everyday lives.
About your role:
WRI India is seeking an experienced researcher with excellent analytical and writing skills and knowledge and interest in urbanization, development and gender equity issues in India, to work on a study on Gender and Mobility in urban India. You will work with a multi-discplinary team spanning WRI India’s Sustainable Cities and Transport and Research Data and Impact teams (RDI), on the following tasks:
How your day will unfold:
You will support the Director RDI and project research team with planning, conducting and managing the research project. Under the guidance of the research lead, the work will involve collating, reviewing and analysing literature and data, organizing regular review meetings and collaborating with internal and external partners and experts. As research associate, you will:
  • Systematically review, summarize and draw out insights from relevant literature related to gender relations, mobility, cities and public transport in India and where relevant, globally.
  • Review and analyse, secondary data sources as well as WRI’s existing primary data related to gender and mobility in Indian cities, and help organize and conduct interviews and FGDs as required.
  • Write and share regular analytic notes related to key emerging themes and findings
  • Assist in writing and revising key documents including research and publication plan, and manuscript drafts, in line with WRI knowledge product standard and guidelines.
  • Support sharing and dissemination of research insights and findings , through project-related seminars/ presentations, research papers, and associated infographics and communications pieces.
  • Any other tasks as assigned by the RDI Director/ and Associate/Director, Sustainable Cities and Transport related to gender and mobility research, analysis and policy work.
Qualifications and Requirements we seek:
  • An advanced degree in a relevant social science discipline, such as economics, sociology, development, urban planning or public policy, and 3 + years of relevant experience ( A PhD will count for years of experience).
  • A clear understanding of the research process, methods, and standards, and experience working on interdisciplinary and applied research using mixed methods.
  • Excellent writing, reasoning and communication skills, with an ability to structure and organize research papers and write clearly and succinctly for diverse audiences.
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and systematic, with an ability to work independently and manage tight deadlines.
  • Experience writing and publishing peer-reviewed research papers and/or high quality research and evidence-based policy reports

  • Strong computer skills. Experience with referencing, research management, statistical and geo-spatial software is a plus
  • Good interpersonal skills and comfort working with staff at different levels of experience in a diverse and global organization.
  • Self-motivated, proactive, and learning-oriented.
  • Demonstrated interest and knowledge of urban, as well as gender and development issues in India, and a commitment to sustainable and equitable development.

Salary & Benefits: INR 8,00,000 to 9,00,000
Salary shall be commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Location: Delhi/Bangalore/Mumbai, India
Duration: 1 year as term hire (extendable based on performance and project requirements)
List of Documents to be attached:
  • Cover letter explaining how your academic background, interests and skills meet the requirements of this position.
  • Resume
  • Two relevant writing samples
  • At least three references
Note: Short-listed candidates will be called for an interview and maybe required to take a written test.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) @WRI India
WRI India values and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion across all areas of our work and workforce. Integrating these values into our actions fosters a progressive and collaborative culture and can also enhance our impact. It is our responsibility to create a welcoming working environment for people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and experience to learn together. We are responsible for fostering a safe and inclusive workplace where questions, concerns and information about diversity, equity and inclusion are part of our ongoing dialogue and development.
Learn more about WRI India’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Click Here

People-centric to the core:

We keep our people at the centre of everything we do - from a welcoming work environment to benefits and a culture that encourages staff to stay healthy, happy, engaged, and growing.
Some of the non-monetary benefits that our staff get:

Health benefits:
We cover health insurance for you and your loved ones for up to INR 8 lakhs
Term Insurance: Our term insurance policy covers life coverage of 50 lakhs per staff member
Employee Assistance program: Promoting mental well-being and supporting staff in achieving a satisfying work-life balance
Digital healthcare service: Online doctor consultations for your primary healthcare needs
Flexible work schedule: Alternative work arrangements for all who are eligible by nature of their job
Learning culture: Workshops and trainings to empower staff, encourage new learning opportunities
Rest and Recharge weeks: We encourage staff to take time off to rest, rejuvenate, upskill, and pursue their interests.
Our leave policy: Avail personal time off at 36 per year, along with public holidays, maternity, paternity, and adoption leaves.
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Equal employment @WRI India
We believe in equal employment, it is our policy to recruit, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to caste, religion, sex, age, marital status, sexual preference, parental status, or disability.