Research Intern

Description:

BRAC Internship Opportunity – Details

Programme/Enterprise: Microfinance

Project/Unit: Research and Development Unit (RDU)

Duration: Three to Four Months

Starting Date: June 2017

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017

Location: Head Office

Working Hours: 8 hours

Supervisor’s Name & Designation: Nasif Rashad Khan, Deputy Manager

Supervisor’s Email Address: nasif.rashad@brac.net

 

Programme/Enterprise Description

BRAC’s microfinance activities work through a unique ‘credit-plus’ approach, addressing the specific needs of various target populations such as rural women, youth and adolescents, landless poor, marginal farmers, migrant workers, urban poor, and small entrepreneurs. We recognise the heterogeneity among the poor and carefully target and develop customized financial services that best meet their varying needs. Our microfinance members also have access to and benefit from BRAC’s other development interventions. BRAC’s microfinance clients use financial services for a range of reasons, from funding various income-generating activities, to investing in small assets, ensuring stable cash flows for consumption, building up resilience against financial shocks, to simply saving for the future.

BRAC is a leading provider of financial services for the poor, operating in seven countries including Bangladesh, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Myanmar.


Project/Unit Description

In 2010, we established a research and development unit. Its main functions include:

  • To identify strategies to improve existing operations and products
  • To assess feasibility for new products through market research and consumer insight
  • To design and pilot new products and processes
  • To explore and manage “finance-plus” initiatives and partnerships

Purpose of Internship (including learning outcomes)

Assist the research unit of the Microfinance Programme to perform different analysis to provide insights for better decision-making.

Learning outcomes:

  • Strong understanding of the financial behaviour of the people living at the bottom of the pyramid
  • Exposure to social research
  • Statistical analysis

Intern’s Responsibilities

Assessment on mobile money pilot: Perform quick assessment to understand the adoption rate of using MFS platform (bKash) as a means to do financial transactions among the BRAC Microfinance clients.

Data analytics: Perform quick analysis on our current MIS dataset to assess the transaction behaviour of our clients, in terms of both payments and savings. Find correlations between different factors e.g. region vs default trend, age/gender vs loan amount, product vs savings trend etc.

Requirements

Educational Background
Level: Graduate/Undergrad
Subject: Economics, Statistics, Finance, Mathematics

Language Proficiency
Bangla: (Useful – not required)
English: Fluent
Knowledge/Skills/Competencies:

  • Technical skill in operating SPSS/STATA/MS EXCEL,
  • Strong grasp on statistical analysis, e.g. regression, correlation etc.
  • Strong know-how on data analysis

Work/Volunteering Experience:
Not essential. However, prior experience in working in data analysis will be preferred.


Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Organization: BRAC
Organization Website: http://www.brac.net/microfinance
Date: 06/01/2017 – 08/31/2017
Contact: Nasif Rashad Khan at nasif.rashad@brac.net for more information.

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