Apply before 10 November 2023

Terms of References

Please read the TOR carefully before applying to ensure that it matches your experience and background. Applications from individuals who do not meet the requirements will not be considered.

It is highly encouraged for female candidates to apply for positions.

Position:  Research Associate (Governance)

Remuneration: An attractive package reflecting competencies and experience

Working Days: 5 days a week (Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)

Contract: Long-term (following a 2-month probationary period)

Location: Panipokhari, Maharajgunj, Kathmandu (Central Office). See for location.

Reporting to: Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Officer and CEO

Overall Purpose:

The overall purpose of a research associate (governance) is to provide support for SWN’s projects related to governance and e-governance. The Research Associate will also be part of the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Unit and support the execution of all projects undertaken by the MEL Unit.

Essential Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Support SWN in developing governance/e-governance research works
  • Support in the organization of workshops, consultations, and interactive engagements in governance-related events
  • Develop concept notes and methodologies in the promotion of good governance, including transparency and accountability initiatives
  • Design governance supports promotional and illustrative materials including online/digital display materials, video clips, and other promotional/awareness materials

Education and Professional Experiences

  • Master’s degree in governance, sociology, digital applications in social sector or related social area
  • Two years or more in governance (including E-governance), digital applications; research in social protection systems, e-payments, digital/online system applications; qualitative and quantitative surveys in social issues; advocacy in governance/e-governance areas, etc.
  • Professional technical knowledge and expertise in monitoring and evaluation process management, evaluation design, data analysis, and reporting

Core Competencies and Technical/Functional Expertise:

  • Excellent ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams in a rapidly changing work environment.
  • Excellent ability to work effectively under pressure, prioritize and implement multiple tasks within strict deadlines, and produce high-quality deliverables.
  • Strong knowledge of Nepal’s development sector.
  • Professional technical knowledge and expertise in research, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Demonstrates high levels of moral integrity, enthusiasm, and commitment to the growth of the organization.
  • Proactive and detail-oriented individual with a dedication to identifying solutions to problems.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Nepali languages.
  • Ability and willingness for field travel.
  • Positive attitude and a good sense of humor.

Other considerations:

  • Good understanding of the Nepali and international development sector
  • Available for an interview, from 12th October 2023.

To apply:

SWN offers a dynamic and exciting work environment and attractive staff benefits, including flexible working hours. I

It is highly encouraged for female candidates to apply for positions.

If you are an action-orientated and astute individual who would like to join our team, to support a dynamic and growing business, please apply by emailing your CV indicating your current living / will live address in Kathmandu no later than 10 November  2023 at

*Cover letter and other certificates are NOT required at this stage*

We give priority to candidates who live within a comfortable commuting distance from the SWN office in Maharjgunj/ Panipokhari, Kathmandu

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