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Research Associate

The Share Trust [1] is a non-profit whose mission is to support community driven collective action globally. We believe that people should be in charge of what happens in their own communities, and yet only a small fraction of international aid funding makes it to local actors driving the change they want to see. 

The Share Trust aims to address this issue holistically, working across an ecosystem to shift power, process and funding to local actors. We employ three core strategies: 

  1. Supporting Self Help Groups (SHGs), one of the most evidence based and cost effective approaches to drive community driven development. These groups of 10-25 people meet every week to save, start small businesses and support each other, effectively harnessing the transformative power of gathering to create extraordinary impact. 
  2. Partnering with coalitions of local and national organizations (LNOs) as they co-design and implement coordinated programming to meet their community‚Äôs highest priorities. The Local Coalition Accelerator (LCA) is a flagship initiative of the Share Trust and the Warande Advisory Centre‚ÄĒcurrently being implemented in Uganda, Bangladesh and Nigeria‚ÄĒthat provides both financial and technical support to the coalitions over three years. LCA coalitions work with SHGs to ensure decision making and programming are grounded with the most marginalized by channeling and amplifying their voices to drive change; and¬†
  3. Bridging the gap between donors (bilateral and multilateral), philanthropy, international practitioners and community driven collective initiatives through research and advocacy to fundamentally change the way that international assistance is designed and delivered. 

Position Overview 

We are seeking a Research Associate to join our team and contribute to our research initiatives. We are a small and rapidly growing organization, working across numerous countries and time zones. It is a dynamic and innovative work environment, with each team member leading and contributing across a range of functions. This role will be critical in supporting research design, data collection, data analysis, report writing, and project coordination, particularly around projects related to community driven collective models such as SHGs and their impact on communities.

This is a fully remote position. It should be noted that the majority of team meetings are held around EST and EAT time zones.  


  • Research Support: Assist in conducting literature reviews, gathering relevant research materials, and synthesizing information.¬†
  • Data Collection and Analysis: Collaborate in collecting and analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data including through stakeholder consultations, using appropriate research methodologies and tools.
  • Report Writing: Draft and refine research reports, and publications, ensuring clarity, coherence, and adherence to research objectives and findings.
  • Project Coordination: Assist in project management tasks, including organizing meetings, managing timelines, and coordinating with team members to ensure the smooth execution of research projects.
  • Quality Assurance: Review and verify accuracy of research data, analysis, and findings to ensure high-quality outputs.
  • Communication: Effectively communicate research findings, insights, and recommendations to both internal team members and external stakeholders through presentations, reports, and other mediums.
  • Collaboration: Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including researchers, analysts, and project managers, to contribute to a holistic understanding of SHGs, coalitions of local and national actors;¬†and their societal impact.
  • Expertise Development: Stay current with the latest developments in the field of Self Help Groups, community empowerment, and related areas to enhance the depth and breadth of research contributions.
  • Database Management: Work closely with the Communications Lead to maintain our website‚Äôs SHG database up to date with the latest research.¬†¬†


  • Education: Bachelor's degree in a relevant field such as Social Sciences, Development Studies, Economics, or related disciplines.
  • Experience: Proven experience (2+ years) in research, preferably with a focus on community development, or related areas. Experience in report writing, data analysis, and project coordination is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge: Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, development of data collection tools,, and experience with stakeholder consultations.
  • Experience with SHGs, their structure, functioning, and impact on community development is a plus.¬†
  • Analytical Skills: Proficiency in data analysis, use of data analysis software, and ability to interpret complex data sets.
  • Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to effectively convey research findings to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Detail-Oriented: Strong attention to detail and commitment to producing accurate and high-quality research outputs.
  • Team Player: Ability to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary, multicultural team and manage multiple tasks in a dynamic research environment.
  • Initiative: Self-motivated and proactive approach to problem-solving, research, and project management.

  1. http://thesharetrust.org/

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