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Opening for researcher-consultant at Meta-Culture

NCDD member Priya Parker asked me to share this Bangalore-based position opening with the network. Meta-Culture is looking for a professional with 5+ years’ experience in development, governance/law, public policy or any of the major social sciences.  This person should also have excellent writing and analytical skills and experience doing field-based interviews.Job Opening Icon

Bangalore-based position

The Company
Meta-Culture is the proud recipient of the 2010 Outstanding Leadership Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution’s (ACR) International Development Committee.

  • India’s first specialized organization dedicated to the field and practice of Conflict Resolution.
  • Aim to help conflicting stakeholders understand and respect each other’s perspectives, and then apply their diverse thinking to joint problem solving.
  • Goal is better decision-making, more sustainable agreements, smarter policies, and stronger more peaceable communities.
  • Methodologies used include Situation Assessment, Mediation, Dialogue, Consensus Building, and Training.
  • Working with families, communities, NGOs, governments, academic and faith-based institutions, national and multi-national companies, and other local, national, and international organizations.

Researcher-Consultant Profile
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Work experience of 5+ years on issues related to development, governance, and/or public policy.

While experience in the field of Conflict Resolution is not necessary, the appropriate candidate will be interested in and willing to learn about the field so as to do research and help conduct interventions.

Role Description
Primary responsibility is to actively contribute to research, program development, and intervention activities in Meta-Culture’s Consulting Department.

More specifically:

  • Contribute to research and stakeholder outreach for Meta-Culture consulting initiatives, including multi-stakeholder Dialogue and Consensus-Building processes, complex corporate/social sector disputes, etc.
  • Support intervention design, strategy.
  • Contribute to outreach and business development in the corporate and social sectors in India, and abroad.
  • Devise funding strategies.
  • Write concept notes, fee proposals, diagnostic reports, meeting reports, project summary reports, blog postings, and news articles.
  • Conduct diagnostics and conflict assessments.
  • Support the planning and implementation of project logistics, when necessary.
  • Manage ongoing projects and serve as coordinator/team lead, when necessary.
  • Contribute to internal learning and development initiatives.


You should have:

  • Work experience of 5+ years on issues related to development, governance, and/or public policy.
  • A Masters Degree (preferably in political science/sociology/economics/philosophy/ psychology/international relations/social work).
  • A high level of knowledge about Indian history, politics, governance, culture, and society.
  • Significant experience conducting in-depth first- and second-source research on a particular subject, including stakeholder interviews and analysis.
  • Practical knowledge of, and experience in, conducting field-based assessments and/or monitoring and evaluation using such tools as Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), Stakeholder Mapping, Logical Framework Approach (LFA), or Goal Oriented Project Planning.
  • High level of comfort communicating with senior corporate and political officials.

You should be:

  • Willing to commit to working with Meta-Culture for a minimum of 3 years.
  • Highly competent in written and spoken English.
  • Fluent in at least one Indian language, preferably Hindi.

Salary will be negotiated based on education and experience.

Contact Us
Please send your resumé and a cover letter stating why you would like to work for Meta-Culture to Cheryl Rebello, Deputy Director, cheryl@meta-culture.in.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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