Centre for Internet & Society

The Centre for Internet and Society, India (CIS), is seeking applications from individuals, groups of individuals, and organisations with strong skills in visualisation of primary, quantitative data. You will contribute to ongoing research on labour practices in the ‘platform economy’ in India.

The deadline for applications is December 14, 2022.

Applications are strongly encouraged from individuals belonging to historically marginalised communities, including caste-oppressed communities, women, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with a disability/disabilities.

About the Research Projects

We are working on two research grants from the Internet Society Foundation and the International Labour Organization. Through the work on these grants, CIS is comprehensively evaluating labour practices in dominant and emergent sectors in the platform economy in India. In doing so, we have combined field-based qualitative and quantitative methods, and desk-based legal-regulatory research.

The knowledge generation comprises three work packages, which include: (a) creating quantitative datasets on the sector-specific management of platform labour(ers) in India; (b) analysis of digital platforms’ organisational structures and regulatory positions; and (c) strategy-building exercises and distillation of findings into implementable forms.

Through these work packages, we want to understand and address the particular opportunities and challenges in accessing and conducting work on digital platforms faced by workers belonging to marginalised communities.

About the Position

The selected consultant will support the core research team in their analysis of the quantitative data collected through pan-India, in-depth surveys of gig workers and their ‘traditional’ counterparts. The consultant will translate the analysis into dashboards and visualisations that tell compelling stories. Examples of what we are expecting, and are inspired by are here, here, here, and here.

This is a three to four month role, with an effort estimate of 15-18 hours per week. We seek candidates who are available to start immediately.

The consultant will report to Aayush Rathi, research lead at CIS.

Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities for this position will be:

  • Data visualisation and analysis

    • Organise and prepare datasets for developing data visualisations and dashboards,

    • Interpret trends and patterns in cross-sectional and longitudinal survey datasets collected by us,

    • Develop understandable and interactive visualisations for digital publication including as website and reports,

    • Prepare and publish open datasets in collaboration with the core research team

  • Data dashboard

    • Develop interactive data dashboards, sliced by city and sector

    • Build the back-end for the data dashboards to be published online,

    • Work with a web developer to execute the migration of the dashboard to the website

  • Authorship and publication

    • Contribute data analysis and visualisations to briefs, presentations and reports being generated by the core research team

  • Maintenance and handover

    • Write supporting technical and user documentation for dashboard use, navigation and errors

    • Build a processes document for maintenance of the dashboards created

  • Non-research

    • Participate in weekly check-in calls for collaboration, updates on progress, and general discussion about outputs

Do note that the final scope of work will be formalised in consultation and depending on the skillset of the selected consultant.

Requirements

Essential

  • Professional experience of 3+ years of work in data analysis, data science, data visualisation and related fields,

  • Proficiency in Tableau, Microsoft Power BI, Datawrapper or similar data visualisation tools,

  • Significant experience in data visualisation libraries like D3.js, Chart.js etc.,

  • Familiarity with Stata or R,

  • Ability to distil data for building narratives and utility for a variety of audiences, including policy makers, journalists, researchers, and non-expert groups

Desirable
  • Prior experience working remotely and as a part-time contractor,

  • Understanding of GIS mapping,

  • Experience working with interactive visualisation,

  • Experience with creative coding techniques and/or HTML,

  • Familiarity with graphic design software, namely Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop,

  • Familiarity with developments in labour and digitisation, particularly in the areas of gig work, platform work and digital economy

Covid-19 Considerations

Work for this role will be performed remotely.

Fee

Minimum consolidated fee of INR 1,75,000/-, subject to applicable taxes. The fee will be finalised depending on the scope of work co-determined with the consultant, to align with their skillset.

Application Materials

Please send in the below application materials, preferably on an accessible shared online location, to Aayush Rathi <[email protected]> and Chiara Furtado <[email protected]> by December 14, 2022.

  • Your resume or CV,

  • Portfolio, writing samples or other materials showcasing your data analysis and visualisation skills, and

  • The names, affiliations, and email addresses of 2 professional references. We will seek your consent before reaching out to any references.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about the position. Questions about the opportunity or process will not reflect negatively on your application.

We encourage you to apply even if you do not meet all the requirements!

Timelines

November 14, 2022

Opening of application window

December 14, 2022

Closing of application window

November and December, 2022

Shortlisting, and interviews (on a rolling basis)

December 2022-January 2023

Kick-off

About CIS’s Labour Research

Over the last few years, CIS’s research portfolio has expanded to include pioneering work on the platform economy, and work and labour futures. Through this work, we have sought to centre workers' rights and livelihoods in policy and academic debates. Our work on automation in India's (and South East Asia's) manufacturing and services industries revealed the political economies and differential pathways of technological disruption in formal and informal work. Subsequent projects have been pivotal in furthering socio-legal-political understandings of technologically mediated service work specifically in the global south, and specifically in India.

These works have also adopted methodological innovations through the incorporation of feminist principles and praxis. Our work with domestic workers involved radical participatory methods where domestic workers and activists were key knowledge producers. We have extensively worked with workers' collectives to support their data generation and research activities. This has included data collection innovations that factor in the unique dynamics of digitally mediated work(ers) to organise surveys at an unprecedented scale.

The proposed project will build on these thematic and methodological works to generate actionable evidence. While our earlier works have been focused on surfacing the experience of digital labouring in global south contexts, this project will articulate regulatory, legislative and legal designs that build on these experiential learnings. A collection of some of our work on labour can be found here.

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