Announcement for Research Assistant Position

Vasundhara is seeking research assistant(s) for a research study on the provisions of community forest rights under the Forest Rights Act.

This research is being coordinated by Vasundhara, Bhubaneswar[1] and Kalpavriksh, Pune[2] and is part of a national Community Forest Rights Learning & Advocacy process[3].

This research will include studies in select states (Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, West Bengal) along with consultations and workshops.

Job Description / Responsibilities

The RA will support the overall research study in the following areas:

Designing and delivering concept note and methodology

Carrying out field work and collection of primary and secondary data

Analysis and compilation of data

Drafting reports.

Coordinate with govt and non government organizations as per the study requirement.

Support organizing consultations and workshops.

Minimum qualifications

We are looking for candidate having an advanced degree in social science, sociology, social work, forest management or related disciplines.

Prior experience in qualitative/ participatory research in rural/forest/tribal context and exposure to the process of implementation of Forest Rights Act would be desirable.

Additional skills

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Expertise in ms word, PowerPoint, spreadsheets

The study will involve extensive travelling to the states and areas identified for the study.


Salary will be commensurate with qualification and experience of the candidate. The position is for one year which can further be extended based on performance.

The RA will be posted at Vasundhara, Bhubaneswar.

Vasundhara fosters professional growth, diversity and gender equity at the work place. Women and persons from disadvantaged groups are especially encouraged to apply.


Curriculum vitae

Letter of purpose

Reference (two reference)

To apply, email your detailed curriculum vitae mentioning the position name and research area in the subject head of your email and send it to [email protected] Or, you can courier your application to:

The Executive Director, Vasundhara, Plot No. 1731, Phase – II, Near Maruti Villa, At/Po – KIIT Campus, Bhubaneswar – 751024

Please apply for the position by 20th  June 2014.


[1] Vasundhara is a Bhubaneswar based research organization working on environment conservation, forest rights and sustainable livelihood issues. See

[2] Kalpavriksh (KV) is a voluntary group based in India, working on environmental education, research and campaigns. See


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