Assistant Researcher

Organisation:  HomeNet South Asia Trust

Apply By:  20 Aug . 2018

Location:  New Delhi(Delhi)

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About the Organisation

HomeNet South Asia (HNSA) is a regional network of home-based worker organisations spread across eight countries viz. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Founded in 2000, we are South Asia’s first and only network for home-based workers.

HNSA works towards increasing visibility and voice of home-based workers, organising home-based workers and enabling capacity building and cross country learning. Our work also includes advocacy and engagement with government bodies for better conditions for home-based workers, collating statistics and research, creating market linkages and economic security, and social security interventions for home-based workers. Website:

Brief context on Home-Based Workers: Home-Based Workers are a category of informal sector workers who carry out remunerative work from their own homes or adjacent grounds or premises. Home-based workers can be further divided into two categories- 

a. Own-Account Home-Based Workers or Self-Employed Home-based Workers who are in direct contact with the market - They buy their own raw materials, design their own products and sell them on the market.

b. Piece-Rate Home-Based Workers who rely on contractors or intermediaries for work - They could be contracted by a firm, an individual entrepreneur, traders, subcontractors or other intermediaries and are usually given the raw materials and are paid a stated amount per piece produced. These workers do not have any direct contact with the markets for the goods they produce.

About the Project:

HNSA is conducting an empirical study on home-based workers in the garment sector in India and Nepal. The objective of this research study is to raise the visibility of piece rate home-based workers in South Asia and to promote decent work for them in ethical and sustainable global supply chains.               

The first aspect of the study is to conduct in-depth interviews with home-based workers working in the garment sector in both these countries, to understand their conditions of work, health and safety conditions, wages and other indicators. The second aspect of the study is to document specific instances of some Good Practices that are being conducted by large garment companies (domestic as well as international), to make their supply chains inclusive of home-based workers, or for recognising and legitimising the involvement of home-based workers in their supply chain.

These findings will be analysed and presented in the form of a report, to be circulated amongst various stakeholders such as garment companies, Multi-stakeholder Institutions, NGOs, Member-Based Organisations, Trade Unions, and Government Departments.  

The Opportunity:

HNSA is looking to hire an Assistant Researcher, as part of the research team for this study.

Duration: 18 months - 1st September 2018 onward

Remuneration: INR 70,000 per month (depending on qualifications and work experience)

Location: The researcher should be based out of New Delhi and be available to attend project meetings at the HNSA Liaison Office in New Delhi. The role will involve some travel in India and Nepal – 70 to 80 days spread over 18 months.

Educational Qualification and Experience

 1. A PhD degree in Development Studies, Social Work, Labour Studies, Informal Economy, Gender Studies, Development Economics, or other related Social Sciences fields


An M.Phil degree in Development Studies, Social Work, Labour Studies, Informal Economy, Gender Studies, Development Economics, or other related Social Sciences fields.

2. Work experience of a minimum of four years, which should include considerable experience of data collection and fieldwork with local communities at grassroots level.


Functional Skills

  1. Proficiency and prior experience in data entry and data analysis. Knowledge of quantitative data analysis tools such as Stata, R, SPSS, and Microsoft Excel, and qualitative data analysis tools such as Atlas.ti and NVivo, would be an added advantage.
  2. Reading and writing proficiency in English, functional proficiency in Hindi. Proficiency in Nepali will be an added advantage.
  3. Comfortable with frequent use of virtual calls, email, and Microsoft Office.

Key Competencies

  1. Ability to work with a multi-stakeholder team of researchers, project coordinators and corporates
  2. Comfortable with travel for project monitoring and team management


Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. The key role of Assistant Researcher will be to work closely with the Data Collectors, specifically on data entry and data analysis using quantitative and qualitative analysis tools.
  2. S(he) will be expected to travel to the field often, to build context for data analysis as well as monitor the work of the Data Collectors.
  3. Attending regular project update meetings (physical as well as virtual) with other researchers, data collectors and HNSA personnel.
  4. Supporting the Senior Researcher and Lead Researcher with other research activities viz.,
  • Conducting literature review
  • Developing questionnaires and other data collection tools for the research study
  • Writing final research report with rounds of feedback and review


The Assistant Researcher will report to the Senior Researcher.

Women candidates are especially encouraged to apply.



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