Research Coordinator

About SEWA Bharat:

Founded by Ela Bhatt in 1972, the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) works to empower poor women in India’s informal economy by equipping them with the personal confidence, community support, and practical tools necessary to fulfill their needs and exercise
their rights. With over 2 million active members across fifteen states, SEWA is a nationwide movement, as well as one of India’s largest and oldest nonprofit organizations.

SEWA is set apart by its ability to integrate state- and national-level strategies with grassroots values and priorities. Through its close ties to an extensive, diverse, and multigenerational network of members, SEWA brings women together into a supportive network, tailors its wide
range of large-scale development programs to specific community needs at the local level, and provides both capacity building support and a national platform for women on the ground to voice their concerns and advocate for their rights at the highest levels of policy and industry.
Through its philosophy of women’s empowerment, and its vision of securing self-reliance and full employment for one of India’s most vulnerable populations, SEWA unifies members across cultural, geographic, and linguistic lines to bring about sustainable, inclusive change from the ground up. Comprising a nationwide network of over 100 autonomous grassroots organizations, SEWA is coordinated by its national office, SEWA Bharat (

Program Description:

SEWA Bharat is working towards building Resilient Women Entrepreneurs, to address the needs of women-owned collective social enterprises and women micro-entrepreneurs as part of COVID-19 preparedness and response. The COVID-19 pandemic has majorly impacted all businesses, especially women owned enterprises, who are either incurring income losses due to the recurring lockdowns, and/or are faced with the additional burden of domestic chores. With supply chains being affected, and demand dwindling, these enterprises continue to pay fixed costs like salaries and rents forcing grave losses. This programme aims to provide technical
assistance to entrepreneurs to help them gain better access to markets, finance and assets. In particular, SEWA Bharat recognizes that the women will need extra resources to overcome the backsliding they faced during the lockdown. Training will assist women to use new tools and approaches for entrepreneurship through training in digital literacy and by linking women with e-commerce opportunities and digital market information.

The specific objectives of the programme are as follows:

  • To help women nano and micro entrepreneurs identify opportunities to diversify or expand businesses in the current COVID-19 context, understand their rights and entitlements and access avenues to improve their lives. These would be facilitated by the SSKs 1and the Agewans (local grassroot leaders).
  • To strengthen social enterprises promoted by SEWA Bharat to help members prepare for and respond to COVID-19 through market-based approaches
  • To support the creation of an enabling environment that allows micro entrepreneurs and enterprises to thrive.

SEWA Bharat will implement this programme in 10 states, such as Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Punjab, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Nagaland. SSKs are present in various forms and models across the states with the commission objective of

Job Description:

We are seeking a suitable candidate for the role of Research Coordinator, who will be responsible for the research requirements of the programme. The Research Coordinator will play a critical role in the learning team of the program providing their support in delivering the
research requirements of the program to the research team. The Research Coordinator will be specially responsible for a) coordinating with various stakeholders engaged in the research activities, b) provide support and managing grassroots researchers for data collection purposes, and c) leading the reporting research activities and progress to donors, and internal and external audiences.

The Research Coordinator is expected to manage a team of researchers and grassroots researchers, lead research projects, produce quality deliverables, and ensure the learning questions of the programme are answered through the research activities.


  • The Research Coordinator will be leading the research team of the program.
  • Managing and delivering research activities from formulating research questions, research methodology through developing research outputs.
  • Develop and manage program activity timelines, study budgets, and tracking documents for management of study, site progress, and logistics.
  • Manage and oversee research projects, especially in ensuring the high quality of all deliverables.
  • Work closely with the Research, Communications and Outreach, and Program teams as needed.
  • Mentor and guide researchers.
  • Assign and follow-up on timely completion of all deliverables.
  • Coordinate and document study communications, including conference calls, donor meetings, and investigator meetings.
  • Collaborate with public and private sector partners, including academic and research organizations, to facilitate implementation of program objectives.
  • Conduct data analysis and draft study reports and manuscripts in collaboration with the study team.
  • Develop skill and capacity building for all researchers and team members.
  • Support with fundraising.
  • Manage donor reporting activities

Key Skills and Qualifications:

Strong academic qualifications in Social Sciences – Minimum Master’s degree; Ph.D. and M.Phil. Degrees preferred.

  • 5+ years of relevant experience in the Indian development sector.
  • 2+ years of experience in micro entrepreneurship and livelihoods
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to put together presentations and infographics.
  • Previous experience of undertaking fieldwork and field training.
  • Strong management and leadership skills.
  • Experience in developing and managing research budgets
  • Ability to multi-task and take responsibility for the timely completion of activities.
  • Previous experience of writing proposals for the social and development sector.
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills.
  • Have a network to loop in experts, advisors, and other consultants.
  • Expertise in either quantitative or qualitative research knowledge and experience.
    Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of both.


The position is based out of Delhi along with travel as required to the program locations across 10 states. Preference would be given to female candidates and ready to commit to the tenure of the program.

Application Process:

Email the following to [email protected] or [email protected] by 18th October

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Existing writing samples (excerpts up to four pages too should work). Samples on the
    themes of the vertical would be preferable.
  • Please include specific details of your most recent salary.