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Title:                                                  Research Associate

Location of Work Station:                 Karachi

Type of Job:                                      Contractual

Reporting to:                                      Research Advisor/Associate Director/Research Coordinator

Scale/Grade:                                      5

Organisation background

The Legal Aid Society (LAS) is a not for profit organization with a mission to connect vulnerable and disempowered end users of justice with effective and expedient services for the delivery of justice. LAS starts by listening to the voices of the vulnerable and disempowered within the legal system and combines their needs with the values of equity, fairness and inclusion to change the way we view and tackle present day challenges facing the attainment of justice in our society. The organization adopts a two pronged approach within the larger framework of access to justice in Pakistan. The first aspect of programming is to provide direct assistance on a case by case and individualized basis through provision of legal representation; akin to plugging in gaps in the provision of legal aid. The second aspect of programming is aimed at systems level repair through the legal empowerment approach which seeks to increase knowledge of law amongst common users for effectuating more access and change within the surrounding legal ecosystem.

Details of Vacancy

LAS seeks to appoint a full-time Research Associate to provide research assistance on ongoing projects as they relate to access to justice, accountability and transparency, good governance, legal empowerment etc.

Key Responsibilities


Knowledge exchange (KE) and impact The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting with knowledge exchange and impact activities.

Tasks will include the following:

-     organising seminars, events and training sessions

-     assisting members in converting research into impact e.g. producing lay summaries of work, identifying impact and KE opportunities

-     monitoring and evaluation of KE and impact

-     identify, develop and maintain relations with stakeholders

-     preparing KE and impact materials

-     preparing donor reports

Research The successful candidate will assist with research and contribute to developing a policy-driven evidence base.

Indicative tasks include:

-          Data collection and preparation

-          Assisting with literature reviews

-          Assisting with manuscript preparation

-          Data analysis

-          Drafting research tools and concept notes

-          Preparing detailed research papers

Strategic planning and development


The successful candidate will support planning further research components and research activities.

Person Profile

This section details the knowledge, skills and experience we require for the role.

Education & qualifications

Bachelors in Social Sciences, Economics or relevant subjects Candidates with L.L.B. will be given preference


Specialist knowledge &


Proficient with MS Word and Excel.

Excellent practical and theoretical knowledge of research methodologies is important.

Interpersonal &

communication skills

Well-developed interpersonal/communication skills and strong organisational skills are essential.

Methodical but efficient and flexible approach to work.

Relevant experience

Minimum experience of 1 year in related field.

Experience in research related to the mission of LAS will be preferred










Application Process

  • We are equal opportunity employer for qualified male and female candidates.
  • Females and minorities are encouraged to apply.
  • Interested candidates may apply online latest by 25th February, 2021.
  • Please mention the position applying for in the subject of application.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be called for test & interview.
  • The organization reserves the right to reject any or all applications.
  • For further information about LAS please visit