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Thank you for your interest in the Observer Research Foundation.

ORF is an equal-opportunity employer, committed to ensuring a safe, equitable and inclusive work environment. As per the Vishaka Guidelines, we have instituted a committee against sexual harassment.

We encourage and accept applications around the year. However, due to the large volume of applications we regret that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.


Accounts Officer

Salary: As per industry standards

Reports To: General Manager – Accounts

Expertise: The Accounts Officer is expected to support the General Manager of Accounts. They should have a firm grasp of accounting and financial practices and regulations. They should possess strong excel and book keeping skills. The Accounts Officer should be comfortable with handling large amounts of numerical data and managing multiple tasks with deadlines.

Responsibilities & Expectations:

  • Manage accounting transactions
  • Support and prepare budget forecasts
  • Publish financial statements in time
  • Reconcile accounts payable and receivable
  • Coordinate and ensure timely bank payments
  • Compute taxes and support the preparation of tax returns
  • Support compliance with all organisational, state and national accounting and financial regulations

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field.
  • Hands-on experience with accounting software especially Tally
  • Advanced MS Office skills particularly Excel
  • Excellent knowledge of regulations and procedures on GST returns
  • Strong understanding of TDS deduction and filing of related returns
  • 3-5 years of experience is preferred

Send in your application — CV and cover letter — to jobs@orfonline.org


Associate Fellow – Centre for Technology, Economy & Society 

Salary: As per industry standards 

Reports To: Director – Centre for Technology, Economy & Society 

Expertise: The Associate Fellow is expected to work on projects falling at the intersection of technology, economy and society— focusing on the interplay between emerging technologies, geo-politics, liberal democracy, and the regulation of technology to further social welfare.

Responsibilities & Expectations:

  • The Associate Fellow is expected to identify contemporary issues related to technology and approach the same from political, social, and economic standpoints.
  • Actively engage in proposing suitable regulation of technology, taking account of international efforts and the need for contextualisation in the Indian context.
  • Manage ongoing research projects in the field of technology regulation.
  • Liase with partners and stakeholders engaged in these areas. 

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • A post-graduate or PhD degree in economics or law
  • 2-5 years of work experience preferred
  • Good knowledge of emerging technologies
  • Strong understanding of geo-politics related to emerging technologies
  • Sound understanding of law and economics of regulation
  • Experience in producing research outputs and project reports
  • Superior English verbal and communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as on their own initiative.

Send in your application — CV and cover letter — to jobs@orfonline.org


New Media Manager

Salary: As per industry standards

Reports To: Director – ORF Kolkata and Web Editor – ORF

Expertise: The New Media Manager primarily focuses on increasing ORF Kolkata’s social media footprint and introducing new avenues of digital communication via new media platforms.

Responsibilities & Expectations:

  • Create comprehensive social media plans and campaigns for ORF’s Kolkata center that align with overall organisational strategy and brand messaging.
  • Oversee social media accounts ensuring up-to-date content and community management for research and events.
  • Actively engage with social media audiences in the region to drive conversations, route questions and comments appropriately, and handle any potential crisis with the aim of improving brand perception and sentiment.
  • Manage a social content calendar and performance metrics to ensure alignment with larger brand social strategy and the needs of stakeholders in the region, coordinating with the Publications team, Forums team and Creative team content and design planning and execution.
  • Develop website content for the launch of ORF Bengali
  • Create comprehensive social media plans and execute campaigns for ORF Bengali.
  • Curation, production, and promotion of New Media products such as podcasts and IGTV shows.
  • Strategically position the outputs from research or forums with key messages on social media in a manner relevant for India’s East and Northeast regions, and India’s eastern and southeastern neighbours.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • In depth knowledge of Social media platforms posting, strategy and analytics.
  • Knowledge of WordPress based CMS management.
  • Google analytics
  • SEO
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to multitask and work under pressure.
  • MBA Marketing or Master’s Degree in Mass Media and Communications with certification course in Digital Marketing

Send in your application — CV and cover letter — to Geeta S Kumar (geetaskumar@orfonline.org) and jobs@orfonline.org


Vacancy at ORF’s Health Initiative

The Health Initiative at ORF is looking for a dynamic individual to be part of its policy engagement work on health policy around India’s pandemic response:

Fellow, Health Initiative:

With a medical degree and 5 years of relevant experience in public health, the candidate should have an in-depth knowledge of India’s healthcare policy, disease programmes, data sources and current developments including India’s pandemic response. Knowledge of quantitative methods and a keen interest in data narratives in health and nutrition based on large datasets will be an additional requirement. The candidate should be able to develop, implement, and oversee research and policy advocacy deliverables across ORF’s written scholarship, events and platforms. Responsibilities will also include surveying relevant literature; providing research, review and editing support; brainstorming, and conducting/overseeing data analysis. A body of published work in relevant areas, and at least three years’ experience in coordination of events is desired. Exceptional candidates with less work experience are also welcome to apply.

Salary

ORF will offer a competitive salary based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. Please mention the expected salary in the covering letter.

To apply, please send your latest CV, writing samples (not more than 3000 words), and a covering letter to jobs@orfonline.org


Research Fellow – Climate Finance and Energy Transitions

Salary: As per industry standards

Reports To: Director – Centre for the Economy and Growth

Expertise: The Research Fellow/Associate is expected to lead ORF’s research projects in the field of Climate Finance and Energy Transitions – focusing on analysing how international finance structures can be made responsive to investments in clean energy infrastructure as well as how India’s domestic financial market can encourage private capital investments in renewable energy projects.

Responsibilities & Expectations:

  • The Research Fellow will be expected to undertake analysis of international banking norms such as Basel III, domestic and international financial regulatory policy, trends in global climate finance, and private capital investments in clean energy.
  • Lead and manage ongoing research projects in the field of Climate Finance and Energy Transitions
  • Liase with partners and stakeholders engaged in these areas.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • A Post Graduate degree in economics or finance;
  • At least 5 years of work experience;
  • Experience in the use of methodologies from micro- and macroeconomics, public policy, regulatory economics and finance, among others;
  • Good knowledge of international climate policy and the role of finance in this context;
  • Strong understanding of private capital instruments and global banking norms and processes;
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills;
  • Experience in producing research outputs and project reports;
  • Superior English verbal and communication skills;
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as on their own initiative.

Send in your application — CV and cover letter — to jobs@orfonline.org


New Media Manager

Salary: As per industry standards

Reports To: Director – ORF Mumbai and Head of Digital – ORF

Expertise: The New Media Manager primarily focus on increasing ORF Mumbai’s social media footprint and introduce new avenues of digital communication via new media platforms.

Responsibilities & Expectations:

  • Create comprehensive social media plans and campaigns for ORF’s Mumbai center that align with overall organisational strategy and brand messaging.
  • Oversee social media accounts ensuring up-to-date content and community management for research and events.
  • Actively engage with social media audiences in the region to drive conversations, route questions and comments appropriately, and handle any potential crisis with the aim of improving brand perception and sentiment.
  • Manage a social content calendar and performance metrics to ensure alignment with larger brand social strategy and the needs of stakeholders in the region, coordinating with the Publications team, Forums team and Creative team content and design planning and execution.
  • Website content management for ORF Marathi
  • Create comprehensive social media plans and execute campaigns for ORF Marathi.
  • Curation, production, and promotion of New Media products such as podcasts and IGTV shows.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • In depth knowledge of Social media platforms posting, strategy and analytics.
  • Knowledge of WordPress based CMS management.
  • Google analytics
  • SEO
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to multitask and work under pressure.
  • MBA Marketing or Master’s Degree in Mass Media and Communications with certification course in Digital Marketing

Send in your application — CV and cover letter — to Dhaval Desai <dhaval.desai@orfonline.org>.


Forums Coordinator

Salary: As per industry standards

Reports To: Director – ORF Mumbai and Head of Forums – ORF

Expertise: The candidate should be a multitasker with a keen interest in the development, outreach and execution of both digital and physical forums, with sound knowledge of digital platforms.

Responsibilities & Expectations:

  • Segregate, update and maintain stakeholders databases
  • Single-point coordinator of all forums-related timelines and checklists
  • Speaker/participant engagement and coordination, including direct engagement with their respective offices to ensure seamless pre and post event communication
  • Planning and execution of outreach strategy for various Webinars, Conferences, Roundtable Discussions, Seminars in both the online and offline scenarios
  • Coordination with multiple stakeholders including Corporates, Universities, Government and Quasi-government agencies, Foreign Consulates, Media etc.
  • Handling end-to-end logistics and production of all the events
  • Drafting Media Notes and Press Releases

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Sound knowledge of digital platforms
  • Minimum of 4 years’ relevant work experience
  • Keen interest or degree in International Relations
  • Graduate in Communication & Journalism, Masters or PG Diploma in Events/Public Relations will be an added advantage
  • Hands-on with outreach strategy
  • Vendor relationship management
  • Content development
  • Media engagement
  • Multi-stakeholder engagement
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Broad understanding of public policy think tank operations

Send in your application — CV and cover letter — to Dhaval Desai <dhaval.desai@orfonline.org>.


Fellow, Geoeconomic Studies

Salary: As per industry standards

Expertise

Candidate must have interest and expertise in one or more of these research areas

  • International finance (e.g. global capital markets, cross-border capital flows, financial regulations)
  • International trade policy (e.g. global supply chains, trading patterns, multilateral trading rules)
  • International business (e.g. trends in globalization, business supply chains, multinational enterprises)
  • International monetary system (e.g. currency internationalization, monetary policy, sovereign debt)

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Support senior experts with research on geoeconomics issues including conducting field work, reporting, data aggregation, and convening.
  • Write research papers, reports, commentaries; support podcasts and vlogs.
  • Lead organisation-wide research on geoeconomics issues including planning, budgeting, coordinating
  • Attend and represent the institution at conferences, roundtables, and webinars

Preferred Qualifications

  • Indian nationality preferred.
  • Masters in International Economics, International Finance or International Business (0r in degree in public policy, economics, finance and business with a strong international focus)
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Excellent research, quantitative, reporting and writing skills.
  • Strong interest and passion for international relations, foreign policy, public policy.
  • Enthusiastic and creative team player with ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

Send in your application to Akshay Mathur <akshay.mathur@orfonline.org>.


Programme Manager, Geoeconomic Studies

Salary: As per industry standards

Expertise 

Candidate must have interest and expertise in one or more of these research areas 

  • International finance (e.g. global capital markets, cross-border capital flows, financial regulations)
  • International trade policy (e.g. global supply chains, trading patterns, multilateral trading rules)
  • International business (e.g. trends in globalization, business supply chains, multinational enterprises)
  • International monetary system (e.g. currency internationalization, monetary policy, sovereign debt)

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Lead research on geoeconomics issues including conducting field work, reporting, data aggregation, and convening.
  • Write research papers, reports, commentaries; support podcasts and vlogs.
  • Lead organisation-wide research on geoeconomics issues including planning, budgeting, coordinating
  • Manage research team, including performance reviews.
  • Lead forums and roundtables meetings locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Represent the institution at conferences, roundtables, and webinars
  • Represent the institution at print and television media 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Indian nationality preferred.
  • Masters in International Economics, International Finance or International Business (0r in degree in public policy, economics, finance and business with a strong international focus)
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience
  • Excellent research, quantitative, reporting and writing skill
  • Strong interest and passion for international relations, foreign policy, public policy.
  • Strong interest in managing teams, organizational initiatives, building international networks
  • Enthusiastic and creative team player with ability to work both independently and collaborative

Send in your application to Akshay Mathur <akshay.mathur@orfonline.org>.


ORF Internship Programme

ORF offers internships for scholars and students from diverse backgrounds, proficient in English, to work under various ORF programmes and initiatives. Interns may be assigned administrative, editorial, research, writing or organisational tasks to support the programme or initiative to which they have been assigned.

Please fill in all required fields.

NOTE: 1) The cover letter should include what programme/initiative you would like to apply for. 2) Include names and contact details of 2 referees. Referees will only be contacted after informing candidates.

ORF-Internship Programme

  • (The cover letter should include what centre you would like to apply for.
    Names and contact details of 2 referees should be included. Referees will only be contacted after informing candidates)