Research Facilitator and Trainer, Local Innovation Group (Bihar, India)

Date: November 2021
Location: Patna, Bihar, India
Type: Full-Time
Note: Open to Indian citizens, no visa sponsorship available.


MIT D-Lab works with people around the world to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty. The MIT D-Lab Local Innovation Group, an interdisciplinary research group that studies processes of local innovation in community-based settings throughout the world, is recruiting a Bihar-based Research Facilitator and Trainer to support the implementation of a multiyear evaluation research study, Adaptive Learning and Systems Analysis for the AgDev Bihar State Platform. The Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project (BRLP), locally known as Jeevika, is promoting member-owned and member-governed farmer producer companies (FPC) to enhance women’s participation in agriculture and to effectively engage in economic activities at scale through the Jeevika Special Purpose Vehicle for Agricultural Transformation (JSPVAT) project.


The Research Facilitator and Trainer will work closely with the study’s Principal Investigator based in Cambridge, MA, USA, and the rest of the MIT D-Lab evaluation team based in Patna, Bihar to support the implementation of workshops and trainings for the evaluation. The Research Facilitator and Trainer will be responsible for co-developing and conducting participatory, multistakeholder workshops and capacity building trainings with partner organizations for different project stakeholders. This will include facilitating trainings and workshops with the implementing team and other parties, interfacing regularly with the organization implementing the JSPVAT project in Bihar, assisting with coordinating field research, and providing general project management support to the team as needed. This position is anticipated to be based in Patna, but will involve regional travel, including to at least ten districts within Bihar, where project activities are currently concentrated.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

  • With guidance from the D-Lab evaluation team, develop, implement, and manage multiple participatory workshops related to the program evaluation, as well as trainings for staff of the implementing organization to be able to also conduct reflection and participatory evaluation workshops.
  • Under guidance from the D-Lab evaluation team, assist in refining implementation timelines, milestones, and logistics of participatory workshops and capacity building trainings.
  • Lead the day-to-day details of planning and logistics implementation for these workshops and trainings, including coordinating the remote and/or in-person participation of members of the international evaluation team.
  • In collaboration with the lead workshop consultant (internationally-based), conduct the trainings and workshops for relevant groups of participants, including the project implementing team, and other stakeholders including staff from farmer producer organizations.
  • Thoroughly document outcomes from the trainings and workshops and communicate these to the rest of the D-Lab team and local stakeholders as relevant through presentations, reports, and documentation as requested (could include visual documentation, training notes, etc.).
  • Anticipate challenges and communicate potential solutions to the team in a timely manner.
  • Assist team members with other duties as assigned.



  • Five years of experience in the following areas: designing, facilitating, and conducting participatory workshops and trainings with diverse audiences, knowledge management, and documenting and reporting on them.
  • Some experience with responsibility for planning and organizing the logistics and implementation for workshops, meetings, and site visits.
  • Some experience in participatory research engaging in and/or organizing field research, including observations, interviews, and focus groups.
  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively in English in meetings and presentations (orally) and in written outputs (reports, briefs, field notes, etc.).
  • Fluency in Hindi and English is required; knowledge of one or more local languages is preferred.
  • Experience with remote work and coordinating with teams remotely.
  • Indian citizenship is required and this position is not eligible for any type of visa sponsorship.


  • More than five years of project-level management experience related to designing, facilitating, and conducting workshops with diverse audiences in the field of international development, social work, humanitarian work, research, and/or methodology.
  • Some experience with participatory evaluation methods, such as outcome harvesting, participatory rural appraisal, participatory impact pathway analysis, etc.
  • Experience related to developing and managing knowledge management platforms and systems.
  • Experience collecting, documenting, processing, and analyzing qualitative data from participatory workshops and focus group discussions.
  • Experience working in agriculture and/or gender-related projects in India, preferably in Bihar.
  • Strong preference for experience working with Jeevika, SHGs, FPCs, and/or organizations partnering with Jeevika.
  • Experience on projects with international teams.

Duration and location

The preferred start date for this position is January 2022. The position will be based in Patna, Bihar. This position will be subcontracted by MIT D-Lab to a third-party organization and will be a one-year appointment that will be renewed upon need and performance.


This position will involve and require travel to different districts in Bihar, India.

Salary Range

Annual remuneration: 600,000 to 725,000 Rupees


Interested candidates can send their resume and a cover letter briefly explaining experience and fit with the role to with the subject “Application for JSPVAT Research Facilitator and Trainer.” Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis. The selection process for shortlisted candidates will include interviews with the D-Lab team and sharing relevant work samples.

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