Research Intern

IDE Nepal

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Published Date – June 7, 2023

International Development Enterprises (IDE) Nepal, is an International NGO with market-based agriculture and WASH development program in Nepal. iDE has been working in Nepal since 1992. From irrigation and good quality seeds to, more recently, rural collection centers where farmers can sell their produce, we provide simple innovations that help rural communities get out of poverty and adapt to climate change. iDE is recruiting a Research Intern for its Central Office, Lalitpur immediately.

1. Project Background

Nepal has achieved significant progress in the WASH sector by eliminating open defecation. The success is attributed to a dedicated movement supported by government engagement, collaboration, and investments from various stakeholders. The Sanitation Marketing Initiative by iDE was crucial in increasing sanitation coverage, particularly in the Terai districts, by promoting the affordable and improved Easy Latrine design. While celebrating ODF achievements is essential for behavior change and expansion, sustaining ODF status and meeting sanitation goals remain challenges. Fecal Sludge Management is now a priority, as most rely on onsite sanitation systems with limited information and inadequate disposal services. Engaging the private sector and marginalized communities in dignified sanitation solutions is necessary, including exploring alternatives like ready-to-install septic tanks. 

The Piloting Fecal Sludge Management (FSM) Solutions in Nepal Project aims to identify cost-effective and desirable FSM solutions for rural households. The project will carry out a pilot study to understand customer preferences, assess the impact of seasons on FSM, and evaluate the desirability of an FSM product. In addition to conducting behavioral and contextual research, the pilot will involve testing the product and sales strategies. Furthermore, the project will collaborate with the private sector to explore innovative treatment options for fecal sludge, such as utilizing Black Soldier Fly Larvae.


Position: Research Intern 

Location: Country Office

Number of Research Interns Require: 1

Duration:  July to August 2023.

Scope of Work:

  • Assist in conducting literature reviews, collecting relevant research materials, and synthesizing information.
  • Aid in designing and implementing research projects, including data collection and analysis.
  • Contribute to data entry, organization, and quality control processes.
  • Assist in preparing research reports, presentations, and other deliverables.
  • Help maintain accurate records and documentation related to research activities.
  • Collaborate with team members to ensure project milestones and deadlines are met.
  • Stay updated on emerging research trends and contribute to discussions on research methodologies and best practices.
  • Provide general administrative support as needed.
  • Ensure data accuracy and quality of data acquired from the field The enumerators will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement to ensure that the data collected is kept confidential and used only for the intended purpose.
  • Organize and analyze research data using appropriate software or tools.
  • Contribute to the preparation of research reports, presentations, and other deliverables.


  • Completed Bachelor's Degree. 
  • Demonstrated interest in research and a strong desire to learn and contribute to the field.
  • Familiarity with research methodologies and data analysis techniques is an advantage.
  • Proficiency in using software tools such as Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS) is desirable.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize effectively.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team.
  • Ethical conduct and respect for confidentiality in handling research data.

How to Apply

Submit an updated CV and Cover Letter mentioning the expected monthly gross salary by June 13, 2023 Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for further process. No telephone inquiries will be entertained.

As per the gender and workforce diversity policy of iDE, female candidates and/or candidates from disadvantaged communities are highly encouraged to apply.


Job Overview

Category Development and Project, Development / INGO
Openings 1
Position Type Contract
Experience Please check vacancy details.
Education Graduate (Bachelors)
Posted Date 07 Jun, 2023
Apply Before 13 Jun, 2023
City Lalitpur