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The Project
We are looking for a Research Assistant (Doctoral) to become a member of our research team for an innovative project — Evaluating communication for development: Supporting adaptive and accountable development – while pursuing one’s own research for a doctoral degree in the broad subject area. Using participatory action research and evaluation methodologies, and building on existing capacity building activities and relationships, the project will establish regional hubs of communication for development (C4D) evaluation capability in the Asia-Pacific region. The main aim of the project is to create an approach to evaluating C4D that is useful and feasible in terms of both learning and accountability, and to assess how this can contribute to sustainable development and behaviour and social change.

This three year project, which is a collaboration between the University of Hyderabad, RMIT University, Australia and UNICEF, will start before the end of 2014. The project is funded by an Australian Research Council grant, UNICEF and the Eidos Institute. It is being led by Prof. Jo Tacchi in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT. Other lead investigators are Prof. Vinod Pavarala (University of Hyderabad), Prof. Patricia Rogers (RMIT) and Dr. Rafael Obregon, Chief of C4D (UNICEF Headquarters, New York).

The Position
Key functions of the Research Assistant (Doctoral) include:

  • Propose and conduct a well-defined, self-contained research study towards a PhD degree, broadly in the area of evaluating communication for development under the supervision of Prof. Vinod Pavarala, Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad.  It is understood that the work done for this research leading to a Ph.D. would be considered an integral part of the larger project described above.
  • Assist in the management and coordination of the larger project.
  • Assist in fieldwork and evaluation capacity-building activities in India.
  • Contribute to the development and dissemination of evaluation guides, project reports, academic publications and other project outputs, as and when required.
  • Take up any other project-related role as assigned by Prof. Vinod Pavarala and/or other lead researchers in the team.

Applicants must be:

  1. Indian citizens
  2. Have a Master’s degree in (Mass) Communication/Journalism from a recognized University or Institution, with at least 55% marks cumulatively
  3. Enrolled for a PhD at a recognized University or Institution in India and completed the mandatory course work satisfactorily, as per UGC norms
  4. PhD course work must include an advanced level course on research methodology
  5. Not receive any other fellowship from the state or private sources or be in any other remunerative employment
  6. Willing to stay in Hyderabad for the duration of the appointment

Candidates with any prior experience of conducting participatory communication research and evaluation and/or communication for development will be preferred. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills and a strong commitment to teamwork and multidisciplinary collaboration will add value to the application for this position.

Duration of Appointment
The project is for duration of three years, starting at the end of 2014.  The Research Assistant will be appointed for the duration of the project.  This appointment will be tenable at the UNESCO Chair on Community Media located within the Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad. This will be a project-based appointment, only meant for pursuit of PhD degree by the selected candidate.  It will not be deemed to be a regular position at University of Hyderabad.

consolidated fellowship amount of Rs. 22,000 per month will be paid for the first year.  After evaluating the candidate’s progress on the research project  the fellowship amount may be enhanced.

Application Checklist
Ensure you have the following documents before you apply online:

  1. Your CV;
  2. A digital passport size photograph. The file should be your name. For example, if your name is Vasuki Belavadi, the file you upload should be vasukibelavadi.
  3. Transcripts of academic record from MA
  4. Proof of admission in doctoral programme
  5. Proof of having completed course work including Advanced Research Methods
  6. A letter from Research Supervisor attested by Head of Department a) permitting the applicant to take up this assignment for the research period     b) that the applicant is not receiving any fellowship or is remuneratively employed

Please consolidate all the above documents into one PDF and upload them online.  The consolidated file should be your name. For example, if your name is Vasuki Belavadi, the consolidated file should be named vasukibelavadi.

Candidates must apply online by August 31, 2014.  Applications received through any other means will not be considered.


Short-listed candidates may be interviewed either in person or on Skype.