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Position Code : PHFI-RSFW-102

Position Title : Research Fellow/Scientist (WASH)

Location : Gurgaon (Haryana)

Duration of Position : One year or co-terminus with the project, whichever is earlier.

Brief on the Organization:

The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is working towards building a healthier India. It is helping to address the limited institutional and systems capacity in India by strengthening education and training, advancing research and technology and facilitating policy and practice in the area of Public Health. PHFI is headquartered in New Delhi with national presence through its constituent units of regional Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPHs) and Centers of Applied Research in core public health themes. The Foundation, established in 2006 as a public private initiative, is governed by an independent board comprising of senior government officials, eminent Indian and International academic and leaders, civil society representatives and corporate leaders. For more information, please visit the website www.phfi.org.

Project Brief:

The Centre for Environmental Health is a joint initiative of the Public Health Foundation of India and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai), and has been established with generous support from Tata Sons and Tata Consultancy Services. Environmental Health is an area of growing interest for PHFI, with our work in the space expanding over the past few years to address issues related to air pollution, climate change, pesticide use, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), while the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) has been in the forefront of studying the social, economic and environmental determinants of health. This collaborative effort aims to set up this much-needed platform in India for dedicated and high quality research and capacity building in the area of environmental health.

In addition to a portfolio of research in areas such as air pollution, chemical exposures and climate change, the Centre also offers a platform for young researchers to carry out work in WASH through fellowships and grants. Improving access to sanitation is a critical step towards reducing the environmental burden of disease. It also helps create environments that enhance dignity, self-esteem, and safety particularly for women and girls across India. Government programs like Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan and the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan were created to address the issue of open defecation by building toilets across India. However, evidence suggests that building toilets alone will not be sufficient to address India’s poor sanitation and hygiene status. Various environmental and socio-cultural factors remain impediments and addressing these factors will be essential to improve sanitation practices across India.

Efforts at the Center will focus on understanding the adverse health outcomes linked to lack of access to toilets, factors that impede the use of toilets and designing community-based interventions to improve toilet use.


  • Expand the WASH portfolio at PHFI by conceptualizing new projects at the interface of WASH and health
  • Develop project proposals and project progress reports
  • Contribute to policy analysis and policy development through engagements with stakeholders
  • Develop and maintain relationships with partners in this space
  • Contribute to peer-reviewed publications and reports on WASH and health
  • Contribute to teaching as and when needed
  • Liaise with NGOs, government institutions, policy makers, national and international bodies for funding and collaborations
  • Coordinate with HR, Administration and Finance team as and when required.
  • Generate quarterly progress reports
  • Any other responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor


  • Master's degree in public health, social sciences, economics or a related discipline


  • PhD is desirable


  • 3-5 years

Annual Salary (CTC) will be based on the available skills and fitment of the incumbent as per the selection process.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.

Please visit to PHFI Recruitment site (Recruitment Information Management System) update your profile and apply against the position.

Last Date of Receipt of Applications: COB 15 March 2018


  • Candidates should have an excellent academic record, good communication skills, a commitment to high quality undergraduate and post-graduate education.
  • Mere eligibility will not entitle any candidate for being called for interview.
  • Persons employed in Government/Semi-Government Organization or Educational Institutions in India must apply through proper channel.
  • PHFI reserves the right to fill or not to fill any or all available positions.
  • The requirements of minimum qualification and/or experience may be relaxed in the case of candidates with outstanding credentials.
  • No correspondence will be entertained from candidates regarding any delays, conduct & result of interview and reasons for not being called for interview.

“PHFI reserves the sole right to alter/modify/cancel the entire selection process or the position or the vacancy or to disqualify any candidature at any stage of the selection process”.

Women are encouraged to apply

Last Modified : March 3, 2018, 8:15 pm

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Delhi NCR
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Institutional Area, Gurgaon - 122002
Haryana, India
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