Casual Research Assistant

The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) is a policy research think-tank in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. IPS would like to appoint a part-time Research Assistant to support four interrelated projects in the Society & Culture cluster, specifically supporting the Social Collaborative project ( These include: 1) Stakeholder engagement for a wiki platform developed to crowdsource social needs; 2) Project management for a network on disability issues (; 3) Support in writing a needs assessment guide for voluntary organisations in Singapore; 4) Support for the development of a volunteer-matching platform that will be used to test innovative principles for civic and volunteer engagement, and also designed to build human and social capital.

The job scope includes:

  • Literature review on needs assessment so that a guide can be developed to help voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) and policymakers, with the intention to publish a textbook using local examples.
  • Solicit interest from VWOs and other community groups to use the wiki platform so as to contribute to collective understanding of social needs and policy gaps. The Research Assistant will engage different sectors in the social space (e.g., mental health, eldercare, youth at risk, etc.) as well as diverse community assets (e.g., community artists, game designers, service learning offices in schools, etc.) to come on board.
  • Understand the interests of VWO members in the disability sector so as to develop a network with a structure and content that satisfies their needs and addresses key policy issues. The Research Assistant will engage members of the disability network in order to inform the agenda, help in planning, facilitate meetings, and write issue briefs as well as position papers.
  • Support the development and implementation of a volunteer-matching system by soliciting for partnerships, arranging for stakeholder meetings, and providing inputs on the design principles.

Applicants must:

  • Have a strong interest technology enabled solutions for social issues.
  • Demonstrate experience in research, field work and project management.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently.

What you can expect from the job:

These projects are innovation experiments in the social space, and you can expect to be able to propose new ideas as well as make direct impact with their implementation. You will get to interact with different parts of the voluntary and social service sectors, policymakers, funders and technologists. You will also be able to contribute to writing that informs policymakers and also get your name published in academic works that emerge from these projects.

To apply:

Please e-mail a cover letter, resume and two samples of your best written work to:

Executive (Human Resources)
Institute Of Policy Studies
DID: +65 6601 5242

(We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.)