Research Assistant

Location: Jawalakhel Lalitpur
Salary:As Per Organization's Rule
Posted Date: 2019-06-06 Deadline: 2019-06-11
  • Location : Jawalakhel Lalitpur
  • Qualification Degree : Minimum Bachelor’s degree in related field.  Master Degree is desirable.
  • Salary : As Per Organization's Rule
  • Category : Research and Development
  • Nature : Full Time
Job Description

Research Assistant

  • Kathmandu 44600, Nepal

  • Contract

  • Contract type: Short term consultancy contract

Company Description

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a not-for-profit international development organisation. Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, we have built a long-term, local presence in countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development. SNV has been working in Nepal since 1980 and is active in Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

SNV is seeking qualified energetic Nepalese nationals for Research Assistant to conduct and support data collection for research work on Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SSH4A) program.

SNV implements the Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SSH4A) program, which has the goal of improving sanitation and hygiene through demand creation, sanitation supply chain strengthening, hygiene behaviour change communication, and governance. This goal is met through a capacity building approach and supporting local government to lead and accelerate progress towards district-wide sanitation coverage with a focus on institutional sustainability and learning. The inputs are technical (organisational and institutional) advisory services, evidence-based advocacy and knowledge management.

With this background, SNV Nepal is conducting a study to understand the factors that motivate and sustain quality improvement and innovation under the SSH4A program and its partner stakeholders. Currently, SNV Nepal is planning to conduct this study using in-depth interviews with representatives from SSH4A stakeholders in Kathmandu and four rural districts. SNV Nepal prepared this Terms of Reference (ToR) to seek consultancy services from a research assistant to conduct and support data collection for this study.

Job Description

Purpose of the study:

The purpose of this ToR is to support development and revision of data collection tools, coordinate scheduling of interviews and field visits to districts and provide translations services as needed, conduct interviews within the set timeline, and provide transcripts from interviews translated into English. The research assistant will work closely with a study supervisor who will lead the study and travel on all field visits to districts.

Study process

1. SNV Nepal will provide to the research assistant the following prior to beginning the study

  • Interview guide, to be piloted and revised throughout the study

  • Access to a computer for study-related activities

  • Audio-recording devices for use during interviews

2. Training on study protocols, including relevant qualitative interviewing skills, will be provided beginning the week of 24th June, 2019

3. The research assistant will be responsible for conducting interviews with SSH4A stakeholders, following study tools and protocols, and for taking notes during each interview. The research assistant will also be responsible for providing English-translated transcripts from audio recordings within one week of the completion of each interview

4. The research assistant will participate in on-going review and revision to interview tools throughout the study period, based on emergent findings and challenges encountered in data collection

5. Travel, including overnight say, will be required for approximately 5 weeks. Travel, accommodation and per diem will be provided under the study budget


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in related field.  Master Degree is desirable.

  • Fluency in English and Nepali

  • Experience with in-depth informant interviewing and qualitative research methods, including transcription and translation of audio recordings

  • Familiarity with research practice and ethics, particularly procedures for obtaining informed consent and maintaining confidentiality

  • Experience working with international development organizations, and an interest in water, sanitation, hygiene, and related health issues

Additional Information

Period of Performance : 8 weeks (40 working days), from 24th June through 16th August 2019

Required Number of Position : 1

Duty Station : SNV Country Office, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur  (4 weeks field visit in Terai & Hill districts)

How to Apply: If you are interested, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV with cover letter mentioning your preferred district by 10 June 2019.


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Organization Summary

Starting from 2011, SNV has designed scalable and impact oriented programmes within four sectors that are aligned with the Government of Nepal’s development priorities.

The three key sectors SNV works in are Agricultural and Forest Products; Renewable Energy; and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

We explicitly emphasise institutional development and local ownership of programmes. In order to enhance our impacts, we actively seek partnerships for funding, joint programme implementation and knowledge sharing.

Industry Type NGO / INGO / Social Work
Location Jawlakhel, Lalitpur P.O. Box 1966 Kathmandu, Nepal
Organization Size 1-10

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