Research Associate (Qualitative)

Posted on January 4, 2021

Job Context

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) is inviting applications from Bangladeshi Nationals for the position of Research Associate (Qualitative), to be recruited initially for the period up to December 2021, and subsequently for additional five years subject to due completion of the necessary approval processes. Upon joining, the incumbent will be regarded as a member of the team for TIB’s core project, BIBEC (Building Integrity Blocks for Effective Change), and from January 2022 for PACTA (Participatory Action against Corruption: Towards Transparency and Accountability), the new core project, and will remain reportable to the Research Fellow (Research and Policy Division).


• Conduct/assist in research as a member of the team responsible for specific research project/assignment;
• Contribute to developing research concepts, methodologies, tools, techniques and processes of data collection;
• Collect primary and secondary data using various qualitative tools;
• Supervise and monitor field data collection process, ensure authenticity and objectivity of data, undertake analysis of data, and participate in data collection, both primary and secondary, as and when appropriate;
• Develop analysis plan and analyse collected data;
• Provide training to field enumerators/short term staff appointed from time to time for data collection;
• Write reports and/ or chapter contribute to report writing in Bangla and English, prepare and make presentations of research findings;
• Contribute to policy advocacy undertaken based on research findings s/he was involved - draft policy briefs/position papers and assist in preparing advocacy plans;
• Assist in developing and updating creative, innovative and effective designs of policy research;
• The position is Dhaka-based. However, the Research Associate (Qualitative) must have no hesitation to undertake frequent research-related field visits as needed;
• Perform any other relevant task assigned by the organization.

Special Instruction

Academic Qualification

• Masters with Honours at Bachelor’s level, preferably from a relevant subject (like subjects from Social Science discipline e.g. Economics, Sociology, Public Administration, International Relations, Development Studies etc.), and Law, Statistics, with at least 6 (six) years of experience in qualitative research in a reputed organisation;
• Candidates with a 3rd Division or a CGPA of less than 2.5 on a scale of 4 or 3 on a scale of 5 at any stage of their education need not apply;

Other Qualification

• Experience of qualitative research on governance and/or anti-corruption issues, more specifically on institutions of democracy, diagnostic studies, household surveys and social accountability tools etc., will be given preference;
• Experience in use of software based analysis of qualitative data (like CAQDAS, Atlas.ti, Nvivo, etc.) are desired; experience in data visualization software like Tableau and a minimum level of experience with quantitative analysis (e.g. use of software like SPSS, etc.) will be an added advantage;
• Excellent communication skills, written and oral, both in Bangla and English are necessary;
• Sound computer skills, good word processing skills in both Bangla and English, good command on the use of MS Word, PowerPoint, etc. are essential.

Training Courses

Professional Certification

Area of Experience

Qualitative research, Develop qualitative tools /instruments for data collection, Collect data using qualitative tools and techniques, Develop analysis plan, Analyse collected data, Report writing/ chapter contribution, Supervise and monitor field data collection, Train field enumerators/ field staff, Make presentation of findings, Draft Policy Briefs


MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Excellent written and spoken Bangla and English, Qualitative tools and methods, Case studies participatory observation FGD/GD/KI, Software based analysis like CAQDAS Atlas.ti Nvivo

Additional Requirement

• Working experience in an organisation with a governance and anti-corruption focus will be an added advantage.

Gross Salary


Additional salary Info

Level – L 3.2, Grade – 1, Gross Salary -86,810.00 per month plus other benefits as per relevant rules of TIB. Income tax is payable by TIB staff, deductible at source.

Other Benefits

Annual performance-based increment, Cost of living adjustment, Contributory provident fund, Gratuity, Festival allowance and Insurance etc.
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  • 18 Jan 2021
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  • Dhaka
  • 6 years
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