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New Education Group - Foundation for Innovation and Research in Education (NEG-FIRE) is a non-profit, non-sectarian, national NGO registered under Societies Registration Act, 1860; promoting quality Pre-primary & Primary education for marginalized communities (dalit and tribal) by partnering with grassroots NGO’s across 8 states in India. Our program focus is to ensure quality education among children of these marginalized communities through - mother tongue based multi-lingual (MTB-MLE) education intervention, inclusive practices, active participation of communities, teachers (govt.) trainings etc., which facilitate in increasing children’s performance and development within the government school system. Our inter-disciplinary professional team members are based in Delhi, Patna and Bhopal. To know more about us, please visit our website: www.negfire.org

Position Title:                                            Research & Assessment Specialist
Location:                                                    New Delhi
Reporting To:                                            Executive Director
Reported by:                                             None
Last date of receiving application:      10th February, 2020

Job Purpose /Role overview: The Research Specialist reports to the Executive Director, will lead participatory action research projects of NEG-FIRE to enhance knowledge by - capturing, analysing and pre-empting change on issues of primary education of children from the marginalised communities. She/He will lead Learning Assessment processes on Language and Math subjects in Government primary schools, in NEG-FIRE’s intervention states. She/He will bring out evidence-based research documents on the issues of primary education for wider dissemination and policy dialogues.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan and execute all research projects, starting from scoping to produce research reports/documents.
  • Develop evidence-based research reports that highlight NEG-FIRE’s program intervention trends and best practices from the field.
  • Bring out analytical reports on the impact of our program on primary education, for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Lead Learning Assessment processes (baseline and end-line) of children in class 1, 2 & 3 on Language and Math subjects in NEG-FIRE’s intervention schools in 7 states.
  • Develop insightful assessment reports and organisational reports to support NEG-FIRE programme team and NGO partners for decision-making.
  • Develop 6-monthly reports on the compelling deliverables that will add value to NEG-FIRE’s program interventions.
  • Accountability for optimal utilisation of the budget set aside for Research and Learning Assessment activities.
  • Extensively travel in NEG-FIRE’s intervention states (even the remotest villages), for all assessment and research activities.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • M.Phil/PhD in Social Sciences, Sociology, Anthropology, or any other related field
  • At least 6 years of hands-on experience in evidence-based action research, working in an NGO
  • Experience in managing and commissioning of research projects/initiatives

Skills and knowledge:

  • Proficient in social research techniques including – observational data collection in the field, in-person interviews, FGDs, literature reviews, etc.
  • Understanding of legal and ethical issues and principles relating to participatory action research
  • Must have excellent analytical skills and documentation of research analysis
  • Knowledge of the social reality (with special reference to education), of the tribal and dalit communities
  • Understanding of innovative pedagogies that enhances learning outcomes among children of marginalised communities
  • Knowledge of government policies in primary education including thorough understanding of RTE and NCF.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English and Hindi; and any other regional languages would be desirable


  • Respect for all
  • Openness to learn
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Result-oriented
  • Transparency and Accountability

Salary and Benefits:

Between 8 and 9 lakhs (annual Gross), based on candidate’s experience/qualifications and the current salary. In addition, benefits such as – PF, Gratuity, Group Medical and Personal Accidental Insurance, reimbursement of monthly mobile expenses, are covered.

To Apply Interested candidates may send us the following, at careers@negfire.org. Cover letter indicating - your suitability for the position; your Current Salary and Expected salary, Updated CV

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for further process.

NEG-FIRE is an equal opportunity employer; qualified women applicants and qualified applicants from the marginalised communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Mention the job title “Research and Assessment Specialist” in the subject line of the email. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for further process.

Our policies and procedures reflect our commitment to child rights and child protection.

“This position involves regular contact with children and NEG-FIRE does rigorous recruitment and selection process, reference checks that reflect its commitment to the protection of children from abuse. The applicant is required to be aware and in compliance of the NEG-FIRE Child Protection Policy (CPP) which is available on our website. By submitting the application for this position the applicant by default consents to be governed by this policy.”

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