Job Opportunities, Program Roles

Research Associate – Early Years, Assessment Unit, ASER Centre

About Pratham and ASER Centre

Pratham was founded in 1995, to provide pre-school education to children in Mumbai slums. Over  the last 20 years, Pratham has grown to be India’s largest NGO working to provide quality education  to underprivileged youth and children in over 21 states and union territories across the country,  with a range of interventions. 

Established in 2008, ASER Centre is Pratham’s autonomous research and assessment unit. ASER  conducts the largest citizen-led annual household survey of children in India. ASER Centre promotes  a culture of evidence-based decision-making and seeks to develop and use simple yet rigorous  methods to generate evidence on the scale on the outcomes of social sector programs, especially  education. It also aims to strengthen the link between evidence and action by building the capacity  of individuals and institutions to design, conduct, understand, and communicate the results of  assessments that focus on key outcome indicators. 

Assessment Unit

The assessment Unit at ASER Centre designs assessment tools for National and International  Programmes across subjects /domains for Early Childhood Education (ECE), Primary and Upper primary age groups, and EdTech programmes. 

Additionally, assessment tools to measure teachers’ effectiveness have also been created and are  evolving continuously. In recent times, the Unit has also started developing tools to measure the  impact of technology-led learning interventions and adaptive assessment tool design on Android  applications. 

About the position

The Research Associate – Early Years will be primarily responsible for contributing to literature  reviews, research, tool development, and data analysis. The role may additionally involve project  management duties which include but are not limited to setting project timelines/milestones,  coordinating closely with various units at ASER Centre and Pratham and/or external clients/donors,  training enumerators, and working on the budget. 

The key responsibilities are as follows: 

  • Conducting literature reviews and research for identifying relevant literature related to child  development; early childhood care and education; parenting; sociocultural factors  influencing child development; government laws, policies, and schemes related to early  childhood etc. 
  • Developing assessment frameworks, specifications, and items for child development tools  and contextual questionnaires. 
  • Engaging in fieldwork for research and tool development, which includes piloting and field testing tools developed by ASER Centre. 
  • Analysing and interpreting data from assessments. 
  • Reporting and disseminating findings from research and assessments among various kinds  of stakeholders, such as researchers, government officials, frontline workers,  schoolteachers, etc. 
  • Planning projects and coordinating with Pratham and/or external clients. 

Qualification, Skills and Experience: 

Minimum Job Requirements: 

  • Graduation or Post Graduation in Early Childhood, Psychology, Human Development,  Education, or related field. 

Key Skills and Knowledge Requirements, but are not limited to: 

  • Work experience of at least 1 year would be preferred. Experience working in the social  sector or prior research experience will be an advantage.  
  • Proficiency in M.S. Office (Excel, PowerPoint and Word).  
  • High level of communication, interpersonal, and negotiation skills. Strong communication  skills in English and Hindi (written and oral) will be critical. Proficiency in any other Indian  language will be an advantage.  
  • Basic data literacy: ability to understand and interpret descriptive statistics and data  visualizations.  
  • Able to work under minimum supervision, handle work pressure and deliver under tight  schedules. Takes initiative and thinks innovatively, respects diversity, and is able to work in  large and small groups. 
  • Be comfortable with traveling extensively to rural locations across the country, sometimes  at short notice. Travel, food, and accommodation for work-related travels outside the base  location shall be separately borne or reimbursed on actuals by ASER Centre. 


Experience working in educational assessment setup. Understanding of educational  assessments and measurement. 

Employment type: Full time | Location: New Delhi | Travel: Travel to rural locations in different states across the country as per need | Reports to: Unit Head/Senior Research Associate | Duration: Minimum 2 years’ commitment | Work experience: 0-2 years } | Deadline: Immediate (open until filled) | Remuneration: CTC 4.68 lac per annum; negotiable as per experience and qualification 

Application Process:

To apply, please write the job title, “Research Associate – (Early Years)_Assessment Unit” in the  subject line, email the following documents to and fill out  the Google form link here 

Updated CV (File name: FullName_CV)  

Statement of Purpose (SOP) describing how you make a good fit for this role in up to 500  words. Please give specific examples that align with the job requirements and how does it align with your future career goals. (File name: FullName_SOP)  

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for  three subsequent rounds: telephonic/skype interview, written assignments, and final interview.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted at each stage of the recruitment process.