Research Fellow (Citywide Inclusive Sanitation) via LinkedIn

Administrative Staff College of India

Hyderabad, Telangana, India 🇮🇳

About Administrative Staff College of India

ASCI is a leading policy think tank and a premier institution providing training, research, and consultancy services since 1956. It has established a strong presence in urban governance, environment, and infrastructure development, with sanitation, faecal sludge and septage management, solid waste management, behaviour change communication as critical focus areas.

ASCI has been instrumental in supporting the governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in implementing City Wide Inclusive Sanitation. The programme has helped to accelerate the universal coverage of safe sanitation in the select cities where ASCI has taken a deep dive into improving various interrelated components of the sanitation value chain. This includes construction and maintenance of toilets, FSSM policies for mechanization of the sanitation services; guidelines on the usage of personal protective equipment (PPE); training and capacity building of the concerned stakeholders in every aspect of the sanitation value chain, promoting scheduled desludging in select cities; greywater management, gender integration in sanitation; behaviour change program for safety; enabling entrepreneurship; institutional reforms, sanitation workers acknowledgement; and pro-worker contract design. ASCI in partnership with ADBI has trained over 300 senior officials/practitioners across India and South Asia on CWIS.

About the Fellowship

Citywide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) looks at urban sanitation as a public service. The focus is on sanitation service provision along with its enabling environment and not just building the infrastructure alone. It looks at the three core functions of responsibility, accountability, and Resource Planning and Management in order to achieve outcomes in Equity, Safety and Sustainability. CWIS prioritizes equity, public and environmental health and the co-existence of a range of solutions including sewer and non-sewered solutions, and centralized or decentralized systems tailored to the requirements of the cities. CWIS has been implemented across various cities across India and other South Asian countries. However, there the learnings from the city experiences have not been documented effectively.

ASCI is pleased to offer Fellowships in the area of Citywide Inclusive Sanitation. Fellowships provide opportunities to talented professionals passionate about the implementation of CWIS in India and the South Asian region. The Fellowship aims to develop practical knowledge, based on desk and action research. Fellows will get an opportunity to pilot new ideas and support States/cities in the implementation efforts.

The Fellowship is a full-time, multi-disciplinary program based in Hyderabad. The job involves extensive travel in India.


The Fellowship provides an excellent opportunity for professionals and scholars eager to learn and contribute to Developmental Sector. It is open to outstanding professionals from both technical and social backgrounds who hold an entrepreneurial mindset, and strong critical thinking, research, and communication (written and oral) skills.

The applicants must have completed a master’s level degree or higher and have a minimum of two to four years of work experience in the development field. The remuneration is negotiable based on the experience of professionals.

Candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • Master’s degree or higher in Environmental Studies/Engineering/Urban Planning/Development studies or any related Social Science discipline.
  • 2-4 years of experience working in water and sanitation
  • Interdisciplinary understanding of Gender, Inclusion, Institutional reforms and Climate change.
  • Analytical mindset and research abilities
  • Willingness to travel and engage in the field study
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Social media and MS office skills