Poster for the Call for applications of Research Assistant.

[Applications closed] Call for Applications: Full-time Position ‘Research Assistant’

Job Brief

People’s Resource Centre invites applications for the full-time Research Assistant position in Delhi under our Urban and Alternatives programmes. You will assist the Programme Coordinator in executing our research on urban agriculture, sustainable mobility, city-river relationship, local knowledge, decentralized governance, and other issues under the broader right to the city. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience working with civil society organisations, excellent oral and written communication skills, a passion for community engagement and fieldwork, experience producing publication-ready documentation on time, and a willingness to learn, unlearn and relearn.

Roles and Responsibilities

Working from our office in Delhi, you will be responsible for carrying out the organisation’s research agenda and dissemination of findings, identifying new research funding opportunities, and formulating project proposals. The work will specifically involve preparing reports, editing and translating briefs, and assisting in community interactions.

Responsibilities would include some or all of the following:

• Familiarize with the objectives, history, and outcomes of ongoing projects

• Execute the activities related to the study of urban agriculture, Master Plan of Delhi-2041, sustainable urban mobility, various discussions on topics such as urbanism, community knowledge, alternative pedagogy, and other research and action projects

• Assist in conducting fieldwork, community engagement, anchoring discussions for public meetings organized by the organization, and similar research activities

• Conduct secondary research, read policy documents and prepare comprehensive summaries

• Collaborate with other team members to write research grants and assist in establishing new research collaborations

• To translate academic research into publications suitable for lay readers/audiences (it includes writing press notes, developing flyers, memos, pamphlets etc., state-of-the-art reviews, and so on)

• Conceptualising and implementing action projects that aim to develop publications such as full-length articles, discussion papers, essays, or any other form of written or audio-visual presentation of publishable quality.


The candidate should have graduated in any discipline from a recognized Indian university/institution. Candidates with a minimum of 2 years of experience in a civil society organisation will be given preference. Candidates with post-graduate or higher academic qualifications are also encouraged to apply even if they do not have any work experience. We also seek the following qualities in candidates –

• Passion for creating just, inclusive and sustainable cities with a democratic, participatory and decentralized governance structure

• Possess strong skills in mobilization, public outreach, project management, and content development, and be comfortable working in a horizontal organization with a small and distributed team

• Proven organizational skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, ability to read policy documents and prepare reports in Hindi and English language

• Passion for issues related to urbanisation, democratic rights of vulnerable groups, and sustainability

• Willingness to learn, unlearn and relearn, and to travel extensively in remote parts of Delhi


The remuneration for the above position will be up to Rs. 30,000/- in line with internal policies and will be set based on qualification and relevant experience.

PRC provides a safe working environment for all its employees, follows the principle of equal opportunity and encourages women and other marginalized gender applicants to apply. We will be following a systematic selection process to fill this position based on experience, competency, suitability, aptitude to work with our programmes and in-depth knowledge of the thematic areas we work. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.

To Apply

Please send your résumé along with a cover letter stating why the position is of interest latest by 10th December 2022.


Note: People’s Resource Centre is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on gender, caste, religion, ethnicity, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, or sexual orientation. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace where our differences broaden our understanding and enrich our experiences.

The Organization

People’s Resource Centre aims to build new infrastructures of solidarity with the valuable fragments of learning derived from collective actions everywhere and the possible alternatives imagined by all people. The initiative seeks to explore the possibilities of bringing the resources back into the people’s robust control and to understand whether and how that can eradicate the most persistent problems such as hunger, homelessness, ambient pollution, and social injustices based on caste, gender, religion, and so on. PRC engages with movement groups and communities in places with ongoing or potential struggles over resources and regularly undertakes policy monitoring, research and documentation, and grassroots networking to generate resources for collective resistance and creative action.

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