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Research Assistants (Part-time; 3 days/ week), Reimagining Citizenship Project - Sankaran Research Unit, CES

JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: Research Assistant – Reimagining Citizenship Project, Sankaran Research Unit, Centre for Equity Studies

Number of Positions: 2

Location: New Delhi, India

Issue Date: 02/07/2020

Apply by: 15/07/2020

Duration: 1 Year

(Please be aware, we review our applications on a rolling basis and if we receive applications from right candidates, we will close the call before the stated deadline. We recommend you submit your full application as early as possible).

About CES:

The Centre for Equity Studies (CES) was founded in August 2000 by Prof. Ghanshyam Shah, Prof. S. Parasuraman, Prof. Jean Dereze, Mr. N C Saxena and Mr. Harsh Mander. In October 2001, it was registered under the Society Registration Act, 1860. It is an autonomous institution engaged in research and advocacy on issues of social justice. It seeks to enquire into the nature and causes of social injustice and inequity and to collectively, through research and action projects, find methods of moving towards a more equitable world.

About the job and project:  

The Sankaran Unit for Research on Exclusion & Inequality at the Centre for Equity Studies is looking for applications to hire two Research Assistants for its upcoming Reimagining Citizenship Project in collaboration with the University of York, UK. Applicants with a background in research and advocacy work, and experience in and understanding of the politics of India’s amended citizenship laws will be preferred.

The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and implemented through a collaboration between academics, activists, film-makers and poets in the UK and in India.

The project is led by Dr. Indrajit Roy. Co-investigators include Dr. Harsh Mander, Ms Natasha Badhwar, Professor Mujibur Rehman, Dr. K Ravi Raman, Dr. Mohsin Alam and Mr Abdul Kalam Azad.

The Reimagining Citizenship Project aims to research the emergent re-imaginations of citizenship in India. It will do so in the context of recent amendments to India’s citizenship laws which threaten to spark the potential crisis of citizenship and statelessness ever witnessed in the world, directly and indirectly threatening many millions of Muslims, Dalits, Adivasis, internal circular labour migrants and poor people across the country. Two specific project objectives inform the broader aim of reimagining citizenship project.

First, the project will focus on official narratives and practices that seek to implement the amended citizenship laws.

Second, the project will also focus on the popular contentions against the amended citizenship laws.

Two Research Assistants will responsible to achieve the above-mentioned two objectives by investigating the intersections between official narratives and popular feelings against the amended citizenship laws.

Responsibilities:

Research Assistant 1 (RA1):

RA1 will be responsible for achieving the first project objective outlined above.

  1. Conduct onsite ethnographic study of the enumeration of citizens under the NRC exercise.
  2. Through participant observations, the Research Assistant will assemble careful and critical descriptions of the enumeration of citizens under the NRC exercise in at least two Indian States.
  3. Document the trauma and suffering of those who are excluded from the NRC and are identified for transfer to detention centres.
  4. Support the Co-Investigator (Dr. Harsh Mander) to collect testimonies of individuals from across India who find themselves excluded from the NRC for some reason or the other.
  5. Support team members to achieve the first project objective
  6. Closely work with co-investigators in India and researchers, including the Principal Investigator based at the University of York, UK.
  7. Based on the study findings, write high quality papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

Research Assistant 2 (RA2):

RA2 will be responsible for achieving the second project objective outlined above.

  1. Conduct onsite ethnographic study of protests against the amendments to the citizenship laws
  2. Assemble critical and reflective accounts of the on-site protests to understand protestors reflect on their ideas of citizenship.
  3. Identify the possible variations between protest strategies adopted by women and men.
  4. Support the Co-Investigators to assemble transformative stories with select protestors in the two ethnographic sites in India.
  5. Support team members to achieve the second project objective.
  6. Closely work with co-investigators in India and researchers, including the Principal Investigator based at the University of York, UK.
  7. Based on the study findings, write high quality papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

QUALIFICATION, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE

Education

Applications will be considered from applicants with:

  1. PhD / M.Phil degree in Social Science subjects (e.g. Politics, Sociology, Anthropology, Public Policy, Human Rights), or
  2. Masters’ degree in Social Science subjects (e.g. Politics, Sociology, Anthropology, Public Policy, Human Rights), plus 2 years work experience in social sector / academia.

Technical and operational

  • Experience in conducting ethnographic research;
  • Considerable experience in research methodology development including analysing qualitative data;
  • Excellent understanding of field based research;
  • Experience in qualitative data analysis, and research report writing;
  • Experience of research around citizenship and human rights issues;
  • Strong organisational and planning skills with an eye for detail and accuracy;
  • Ability to work on own initiative and also, to work as a member of a team;
  • Strategic thinker who is able to analyse and solve complex problems;
  • Excellent understanding and sensitive to equal opportunities issues.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Candidate would be required to start as soon as possible.
  • Able to work outside of office hours as the role demands.
  • Due to COVID19, any possible changes in terms of the work profile, work from home etc. will be discussed with the shortlisted candidates.

Remuneration:
Remuneration will be based on academic qualification and work-experience, as per the CES pay scale.

How to apply?
The applicants are required to send us their CV, a cover letter of not more than 300 words (please include your current salary and your salary expectation), and a writing sample (max. 2000 words) at researchteam.ces@gmail.com with the Subject Code: either Research Assistant 1 – Reimagining Citizenship Project or  Research Assistant 2 – Reimagining Citizenship Project.

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