Seeking Applications for Community Researchers - India

July 2018


Consultancy: Community Researcher(s)


Embode is conducting a situational assessment of cocoa farming households and communities in South India, namely Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The purpose of the assessment will be to provide strategic insights and recommendations to Mondelēz International’s Cocoa Life program, which seeks to make cocoa sustainable through the empowerment of farmers and development of communities.

Scope of Work

Embode is looking for dynamic and resourceful Indian national consultants to support the field research in communities. The community research will be led by a Field Research Coordinator and is due to take place over a 10-day period in August. The consultant’s specific responsibilities will be to support and facilitate the Field Research Coordinator by:

  • Working with the Field Research Coordinator online and by email to prepare and coordinate the community research.
  • Providing in-country support to organise the logistics, scheduling and preparation of the community research. This may consist of administrative support to book transport and accommodation. This will include developing an itinerary.
  • Support the Field Research Coordinator in adapting and finalising the Research Plan and Tools, providing translation into local language where required.
  • Conduct community research with the Field Research Coordinator across the four states. Provide translation and interpretation during community research.
  • Undertake data collation, translation and analysis with the Field Research Coordinator.
  • Provide any follow up information and data by email and conferencing.
  • Provide important and relevant local knowledge in areas such as local infrastructure (i.e. transportation, government), culture/norms and such conditions.

Where the consultant has technical expertise in a relevant area such as community development, gender equality or child labour there may be further scope to provide technical input to the assessment.

Required Competencies

  • High-level of fluency in English and at least two local languages of the four states (Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil or Kannada).
  • Creative thinker and problem solver who is reliable with deadlines and commitments.
  • Credible experience and background working in social research, particularly in communities in South India.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; able to work with people from diverse backgrounds and maintain good relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong information technology skills and competency in digital and online conferencing and communications.
  • Strong problem solving skills and ability to take initiative in delivering results.
  • Ability to think in your feet and take initiative.
  • Capacity to understand purpose of project and contribute creatively.

Desirable Competencies

  • Technical background and experience in the field of development, social research gender equality etc.
  • Graduate qualifications in related field.
  • An interest and curiosity in social protection and responsible business.

Child Protection Requirements

As this position may involve direct interaction with vulnerable children, the consultant will need to fulfil preliminary background and records checks before finalisation of contract, in accordance with Embode’s child protection policy.

Application process

Interested applications are requested to send a cover letter and CV to Ms Liva Sreedharan, Embode Associate, at liva@embode.co outlining why you are interested in the position and your proposed day rate by 27 July 2018. Please note that we retain the choice of selecting a candidate before the deadline and therefore encourage applicants to submit CVs as soon as possible.