Senior Researcher

Organisation:  HomeNet South Asia Trust

Apply By:  20 Aug . 2018

Location:  (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 a Senior Researcher, as part of the research team for this study.

Duration: 18 months - 1st September 2018 onward

Remuneration: INR 1,00,000 per month (depending on the 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 - 60 to 70 days spread over 18 months.

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
  2. Work experience of a minimum of seven years, which should include considerable experience working with local communities at grassroots level.

Functional skills

a. Familiarity and prior experience with 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, will be an added advantage.

b. Reading and writing proficiency in English, functional proficiency in Hindi. Proficiency in Nepali will be an added advantage.

c. Comfortable with frequent use of virtual calls, email, and Microsoft Office.

Key Competencies

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

 Role and Responsibilities

The Senior Researcher will be expected to work together with the research team on all research activities, viz.,

  1. Conducting detailed literature review
  2. Finalising methodology of research study in collaboration with HNSA personnel
  3. Developing questionnaires and other data collection tools for the research study
  4. Analysing quantitative and qualitative data collected by data collectors
  5. Writing final research report with rounds of feedback and review
  6. Attending regular project update meetings (physical as well as virtual) with researchers, data collectors and HNSA personnel
  7. Regular interaction with data collectors via email and call
  8. Conducting field visits along with the data collectors from time to time

The Senior Researcher will report to the Lead Researcher.

Women candidates are especially encouraged to apply


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