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Research and Innovations

MICRA’s Research and Innovation Unit focuses on action research to promote increased outreach and the improved performance of the microfinance sector, poverty alleviation, community empowerment, social economy of agriculture, and improving SMEs capacity. The Research and Innovations Unit addresses critical development needs by conducting social and research and developing and disseminating information on innovative practices and tools. This unit also aims to obtain clear and accurate information about the financial and non-financial sector, the results of which can be used as input for client management to make strategic decisions.


The research officer is working under the direction of the Research and Innovation Unit Manager; the researcher will assist in day-to-day research activity in a timely and accurate manner. The duties and functions that a research officer handles are as follows:

  1. Obtain consent documents from the subjects on whom the research conducted or the guardian of those subjects;

  2. Make tabular formats, fact sheets, graphs, and reports on each of the research results in order to summarize them;

  3. Define data requirements and gather and validate information for research activity;

  4. Prepare databases as well as manage and manipulate themes whenever needed;

  5. Assist in designing of questionnaires and other data collection techniques;

  6. Study and screen all the subjects that have registered as study subjects and determine their suitability of the research study that is to be conducted;

  7. Handle the follow-up that is required after the study is conducted;

  8. Proofread the data and make corrections wherever necessary;

  9. Prepare programs for certain tasks like data entry and statistical analysis;

  10. Perform assessment of the needs with clients;

  11. Assist in preparation of presentations, manuscripts, and other project-related topics;

  12. Survey the tasks of survey interviewers;

  13. Keep a check on all the materials needed in research activity and field implementation;

  14. Look into the different requirements of the research activity and collect whatever is needed;

  15. Formulate and bring into force varied research quality and control procedures;

  16. Designing forms for data collection from the field;

  17. Study and analyze information about alternative courses of action to determine which plan will offer the best outcomes;

  18. Develop and apply time and cost networks to plan, control, and review large projects;

  19. Collaborate with Research and Innovation Unit Manager and decision-makers to identify and solve a variety of problems and to clarify management objectives;

  20. Other duties as needed to make the success of the project in collaboration with the team.


  1. Master/Bachelor degree in social science, economics, development study, agriculture or related subjects;

  2. Minimum 2 (two) years of experience in research activities. Research for microfinance, micro and macro-economic, poverty alleviation, small and medium enterprises, and social-economic of agriculture will be an advantage;

  3. Knowledge of and intensive engagement with various forms of social activities are essential;

  4. Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research instruments;

  5. Strong computer skills in MS office programs and statistics software;

  6. Strong organizational skill as well as attention to detail;

  7. Willing to travel out of town and work under a demanding schedule with tight deadlines;

  8. Proficiency in English verbal and writing is an advantage



Please submit your motivation letter with expected salary, and CV to and cc to, with the subject line in the following format [Research Officer][Your Complete Name] (i.e: Research_Soekarno).

The vacancy will be closed on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, and only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. We look forward to hearing from those who are interested in taking this opportunity to grow and develop with us. Thank you!

Please name your file in the following format: [Your Complete Name][Motivation Letter/CV/Latest Education Certificate] (i.e: Soekarno_CV or Soekarno_Motivation Letter) – the attachments are not more than 300 KB.

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