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Research Internships for Foreigners

We are looking for interns who are passionate and motivated to learn and create. While academic merit, publications, and other experiences are notable, successful candidates also demonstrate enthusiasm and possess a commendable work ethic, team spirit, and communication skills. Besides conducting research, S/he will be involved in identifying new opportunities for research, writing proposals and funding bids and publishing in appropriate peer review journals.
Research Areas

  • Governance capability and macro economic performance for growth and equity
  • Transnational issues
  • Sustainable agriculture, livelihood and food security
  • Health and population
  • State of livelihood
  • Gender
  • Education
  • Climate change
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Perspective and Capacity Building

When to apply

  • The Recruitment programme is open year-round.
  • Internship Program Requirements
  • A match between interns’ interests and Unnayan Onneshan’s projects and goals
  • A time commitment of at least six months

To be eligible for internships, applicants must have the following qualifications:

  • Post graduate degree in any of the subjects relating to the above mentioned areas of research: Economics, Development Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Women Studies, Agriculture and Statistics, with at least three first class/CGPA 3.50;
  • Have strong written and verbal English skills; 
  • Sound knowledge in quantitative skills;
  • Willing to work under pressure.
  • How to apply
    To apply, please download the form “Application for Employment” and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Review and Interview
    After careful review by a selected panel, a few applicants will be offered a phone interview to better understand the applicant’s research interests, projects, goals, and objectives.

    Acceptance 
    Offers to successful candidates will be made approximately within two weeks to a month following the interview. More information about travel plans, compensation, and living arrangements will be discussed at that time.

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    Graduate Recruitment Programme

    Make a Difference as a Junior Research Assistant/ Research Assistant!

    We are looking for beginners  who are passionate and motivated to learn and analyse. While academic merit, publications, and other experiences are notable, successful candidates also demonstrate enthusiasm and possess commendable work ethic, team spirit, and communication skills. Besides conducting research, s/he will be involved in identifying new opportunities for research, writing proposals and funding bids and publishing in appropriate peer review journals. S/he has an outstanding career path and progression in waiting.

    Research Areas

    • Governance Capability
    • Macro Economic Performance
    • International Economic Relations
    • Health Education
    • Poverty issues
    • Rights and participation
    • Gender & Women Rights
    • Climate Change
    • Biodiversity & Ecosystems

    To be eligible, applicants must have the following qualifications:

    • Post graduate degree in any of the subjects relating to the above mentioned areas of research. Performance will be given to Economics, Development Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Women Studies, Agriculture and Statistics - with at least three first class/CGPA 3.50
    • Have strong written and verbal English abilities
    • Sound quantitative skills
    • Willing to work under pressure in a highly competitive environment
    • A time commitment of at least six months

    The Unnayan Onneshan follows a transparent point based recruitment and promotion system.  This point-based system provides fair competition and favours competent candidate to develop career and free of nepotism and biasness. The UO believes that this system will strengthen confidence among employees regarding their career where anyone can easily define his/her career path in a non-discriminatory way.

    Salary
    The Successful candidate will get competitive salary and other admissible benefits as per the rules of the organisation.

    When to apply
    The Graduate Recruitment programme is open year-round. 

    How to Apply
    To apply, please download the form “Application for Employment” and send to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

    Review and Interview
    After careful review by a selected panel, a few applicants will be offered an opportunity for written and viva voce examinations to better understand the applicant’s capabilities.

    Acceptance 
    Offers to successful candidates will be made within approximately two weeks to a month following the interview.

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    Foreigners: Volunteer Placements

    Make a difference in research and/or community based solutions 

    We are looking for skilled professionals who are passionate and motivated to share their talents and expertise in research and/or to work with communities on the ground for pioneering innovative solutions.

    While academic merit, publications, and other experiences are notable for research positions, the capacity building specialists bring home experiential learning. A successful candidate also demonstrates enthusiasm and possesses a commendable work ethic, team spirit, and communication skills. Besides conducting research or engaged in programmes, S/he will be involved in identifying new opportunities for research/programmes, including writing proposals for funding bids and management of programmes.

    A selected individual must commit to work for 7 - 24 months for our long-term placements, or for 4 - 6 months for our more specialist short-term placements.

    When to apply

    • The Recruitment is open year-round.

    Programme Requirements

    To be eligible, applicants must have the following qualifications:

    • A match between interns’ interests and Unnayan Onneshan’s projects and goals
    • A time commitment of at least four - six months
    • Have 2-5 years' professional experience
    • An official qualification, such as a degree
    • Pass a medical check and a criminal record check
    • Aged between 25 and 65
    • Be ready to start within the next 06 months
    • Have strong written and verbal English skills
    • Willing to work under pressure.

    You’ll also need to:

    • be prepared to invest time in self-briefing and training before going to your placement
    • be willing to learn the basics of the local language of where you'll be working with modest living.

    How to apply

    To apply, please download the form “Application for Employment” and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Review and Interview

    After careful review by a selected panel, a few applicants will be offered a phone interview to better understand the applicant’s interests, and skills.

    Acceptance

    Offers to successful candidates will be made approximately within two weeks to a month following the interview. More information about travel plans, and living arrangements will be discussed at that time.

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    Opportunities for Seven Internships in a Pathbreaking Research Project

    We are giving opportunities to the beginners who are passionate and motivated to learn, analyse, and write monographs (chapters) in a pathbreaking research project, designed with dual attempts of providing alternative economic theories and new empirical validation on ‘development’ problem.

    Successful candidates will be given authorship.

    The research will culminate into books. The books will deal with both the fundamental theoretical questions and the empirical reality of the capitalist transition through new approaches based on comparative historical political economy analysis by way of a general case Illustrated with reference to Bangladesh.

    The suggested titles of the books:
    • Ideas of State: Fiscal and Monetary Policies in Bangladesh
    • Ideas of Creative State: Social Policies in Bangladesh
    • In Quest of Expansion of Productive Capacity: Capital Accumulation, Rent and Innovation in Bangladesh
    • Towards Optimal Governance of the Commons: Natural Resource, Biodiversity and Climate Change in Bangladesh

    Number of Positions

    Ideally we are looking for 07 persons. Each person will work one area out of major areas, namely, (a) employment and social security, (b) Education, and (c) health, (d) Biodiversity – forest, (e) Natural resources – water, (f) climate Change, and (g) State, Regulation, Natural Resource Rent and Environment.


    ABSTRACTS OF THE RESEARCH AREAS

    Area – I: Ideas of Creative State: Social Policies in Bangladesh - Employment and Social Security, Education, Health

    This study seeks to understand the mismatch between constitutional rights and real practices of social contract in Bangladesh by examining the current situation of the state for an efficacious and creative society. The positive impact of economic growth, progress in social development, reduction in poverty and inequality has unleashed new challenges for the country. Therefore, an emerging stylised fact will be identified based on demographic transition, labour force, education, employment, health, space, poverty, inequality, violence, public safety, social security and welfare. In these circumstances, the future scenario of population composition, growth and distribution, economic activity, future state of education, health and nutrition, and poverty and inequality will be assessed to design elements of new social policy regime.

    Social contracts have broken down in Bangladesh because it has not been able to make a citizen state. The chapter seeks an answer to the question: ‘What should be a new social contract theory applicable for Bangladesh’? Therefore, the aim is to extend existing theory, where feasible, with the ultimate objective of building a new theory that addresses the objectives of the study.

    The country is facing the problem of unemployment and wage depression; however the present situation of social security is neither responsive nor accommodative to ensure the living standards to all. Under consumption, minimum compulsion and lack of employment has unleashed new challenges particularly in the realm of social protection in Bangladesh. Therefore, a new theoretical framework will be developed on wage and employment by examining different theories on these circumstances. Finally, an alternative proposition regarding basic income grant will be constructed in the context of Bangladesh.

    This book seeks to provide new concepts related to the establishment of knowledge society. Knowledge society focuses on human rights and the inclusive participatory character, particularly highlighting on (a) freedom of opinion and expression; (b) the right to education and its corollary, and progress towards free access to other levels of education and (c) the right “freely to participate in the cultural life and to enjoy the arts, and (d) to share in scientific advancement and its benefits”. After a brief and innovative analysis on the knowledge society, the chapter presents the: challenges and reflections related with the current states of society and systems.

    This book captures health as a relational construct rather than Medicare. It will strongly challenge and oppose the dominant framework, which manifests in various forms of privatisation and corporate programmes and schemes. Considering health as an inalienable right, the study seeks that healthy society is needed for the development of the country by ensuring universal health services. The book will demonstrate an alternative framework regarding the affordability of the state for instituting universal coverage.

    Area – II: Towards Optimal Governance of the Commons: Natural Resource, Biodiversity and Climate Change in Bangladesh

    This book will demonstrate that ill-defined property rights structure, trend of political settlements and unequal exchange in management of natural resources in Bangladesh cause dissipation of natural resource rent leading to degradation of biodiversity, climate change and unsustainable development in the country. As the property value of natural resources is higher than its extraction costs, it creates resource rent. Natural resources are thus vulnerable to rent seeking behaviour. In absence of a well-defined property rights structure, rent seekers can capture natural resources. In Bangladesh, a similar rent seeking behaviour is observed in regard to biodiversity and water resource use. As the property rights structure is unstable and regulatory framework is weak, natural resources are over-extracted and exploited. Powerful agents like bureaucracy, political powers and businessmen do this through a mechanism of rent fixation, collusion, capture and intermediation.

    A theoretical framework will be developed that formalises the relationship among state institutions, market, community and environment as regards efficient allocation, well-defined property rights and effective bureaucratic-politico structure. The framework is illustrative of addressing the dissipation of natural resource rent through the functioning of both state and market.

    As regards biodiversity, the inherent problem in pricing of natural resources will be discussed. Taking Sunderbans as a case study, natural and manmade causes of loss and degradation of biodiversity in this region are ascertained. Local stakeholders, however, created their own informal institutions to reduce the common resource problem which are now overruled by State regulation.

    In the case of water resources, unequal exchange and non-existent of property rights lead to over-exploitation of resources and cause the state to forgo large revenue.

    Later on, the problem of climate change, global environmental politics of climate change and its adverse effects on Bangladesh in connection with agriculture, coastal region, fisheries and forestry will be analysed.

    Finally, the book will present a thorough review of state regulations as regards management of natural resources and put forward a framework of functional regulatory mechanism that makes the state capable of addressing the dissipation of natural resource rent through establishing a well-defined property rights structure. Process of primitive accumulation, political settlements and rent seeking in connection with the management of natural resources can also be checked effectively by the state’s functional regulatory structure.

    ELIGIBILITY

    Theoretical background: The applicant must have to be familiar with different strands of theories and the debates between the competing proponents, emanating from classical, neo-classical, Keynesian, Post-Keynesian, Neo-institutional, and Marxian traditions.

    Historical Policy analysis: The person has to be familiar with the development of policies and will be able to conduct a historical and contextual basis of such developments

    Language Abilities and Quantitative Skills: Have strong written English abilities, and sound quantitative skills

    Work Ethic: The successful applicant must be willing to work under pressure in a highly competitive environment.

    APPLICATION PROCESS

    To apply, please download the form “Application for Employment” and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 14 January 2016

    Review and Interview
    After careful review by a selected panel, a few applicants will be offered an opportunity for written and viva voce examinations to better understand the applicant’s capabilities.

    Acceptance 

    Offers to successful candidates will be made within approximately two weeks to a month following the interview.

    Honorarium
    A lump sum payment will be made.

    Commencement of Internships
    The internships will commence at the third week of January 2016.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Career Opportunities for NRBs

    The Unnayan Onneshan is pleased to announce a new programme for the Non-resident Bangladeshi (NRB) researchers. The Programme is designed for NRBs who are interested to spend at least one year in Bangladesh. They may apply for various research positions, suiting to their qualifications, including academic and research achievements.
    Research Areas

    • Governance capability and macro economic performance for growth and equity
    • Transnational issues
    • Sustainable agriculture, livelihood and food security
    • Health and population
    • State of livelihood
    • Gender
    • Education
    • Climate change
    • Biodiversity and ecosystem services
    • Perspective and Capacity Building

    Salary
    The Successful candidate will get competitive salary and other admissible benefits as per the rules of the organisation.

    When to apply
    The Recruitment programme is open year-round.

    How to apply
    To apply, please download the form “Application for Employment” and send to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Review and Interview
    After careful review by a selected panel, a few applicants will be offered a phone interview to better understand the applicant’s research interests, projects, goals, and objectives.

    Acceptance 
    Offers to successful candidates will be made approximately two weeks to a month following the interview. More information about travel plans, compensation, and living arrangements will be discussed at that time.

    Contact us

    16/2 Indira Road, Farmgate
    Dhaka-1215, Bangladesh
    G.P.O Box #2251

    Tel: (+88 02) 58150684, 9110636
    Fax: (+88 02)  58155804
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