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Thank you for your interest in the Observer Research Foundation.

ORF is an equal-opportunity employer, committed to ensuring a safe, equitable and inclusive work environment. As per the Vishaka Guidelines, we have instituted a committee against sexual harassment.

We encourage and accept applications around the year. However, due to the large volume of applications we regret that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Video Editor & Producer

Salary: As per industry standards

Reports To: Head of Communications & Outreach

Location: New Delhi

Expertise: The video editor and producer is expected to support the media and communications team in the production of their day-to-day activities, internal and external events, and high-level forums. They should have a firm grasp of video editing softwares, particularly Adobe Premiere Pro, and should be proficient in reviewing audio and visual footage and using the relevant software to organise clips into a cohesive unit. Their duties include splitting or combining video clips, adding appropriate sounds or graphics and watching the finished product to catch mistakes before submitting it for review. The Video Editor & Producer should be comfortable with handling both in-person and online video production and editing.

Responsibilities & Expectations:

  • Editing videos in all formats—GIFs, social media style short videos, and long films.
  • Proficiency and experience in in-person video shoots and production, i.e., the use of appropriate lighting, AV equipment like cameras and microphones etc.
  • Proficiency and experience in online video recording and production, i.e., the use of video softwares like Zoom and WebEx, live streaming facilities like OBS, YouTube and Twitter Lives etc.
  • Following a script, screenplay or outline.
  • Inputting sound to enhance footage, which may include selecting music and writing voice-overs.
  • Inputting graphics to enhance footage.
  • Digitally splicing film and video and synchronising them into one rough cut file.
  • Improving and correcting lighting, colouring, and faulty footage.
  • Working closely with the media team to present a final product that matches ORF’s brand identity and guidelines.
  • Quick turnaround time for video post-production.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Digital Media is preferred but not mandatory.
  • Hands-on experience with video editing software especially Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • Excellent in-person and online video production skills.
  • Training in multimedia and communications helpful.
  • General understanding of computers and digital equipment and knowledge of new and cutting-edge technology.
  • Has a creative eye for improvements in style, pacing, aesthetic etc.
  • 3-4 years of experience is preferred.

Send in your application — CV and cover letter — to In case the candidate has a portfolio of/links to their work, please include these in the cover letter.


Accounts Officer

Salary: As per industry standards

Reports To: General Manager – Accounts

Expertise: The Accounts Officer is expected to support the General Manager of Accounts. They should have a firm grasp of accounting and financial practices and regulations. They should possess strong excel and book keeping skills. The Accounts Officer should be comfortable with handling large amounts of numerical data and managing multiple tasks with deadlines.

Responsibilities & Expectations:

  • Manage accounting transactions
  • Support and prepare budget forecasts
  • Publish financial statements in time
  • Reconcile accounts payable and receivable
  • Coordinate and ensure timely bank payments
  • Compute taxes and support the preparation of tax returns
  • Support compliance with all organisational, state and national accounting and financial regulations

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field.
  • Hands-on experience with accounting software especially Tally
  • Advanced MS Office skills particularly Excel
  • Excellent knowledge of regulations and procedures on GST returns
  • Strong understanding of TDS deduction and filing of related returns
  • 3-5 years of experience is preferred

Send in your application — CV and cover letter — to

Research Fellow – Climate Finance and Energy Transitions

Salary: As per industry standards

Reports To: Director – Centre for the Economy and Growth

Expertise: The Research Fellow/Associate is expected to lead ORF’s research projects in the field of Climate Finance and Energy Transitions – focusing on analysing how international finance structures can be made responsive to investments in clean energy infrastructure as well as how India’s domestic financial market can encourage private capital investments in renewable energy projects.

Responsibilities & Expectations:

  • The Research Fellow will be expected to undertake analysis of international banking norms such as Basel III, domestic and international financial regulatory policy, trends in global climate finance, and private capital investments in clean energy.
  • Lead and manage ongoing research projects in the field of Climate Finance and Energy Transitions
  • Liase with partners and stakeholders engaged in these areas.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • A Post Graduate degree in economics or finance;
  • At least 5 years of work experience;
  • Experience in the use of methodologies from micro- and macroeconomics, public policy, regulatory economics and finance, among others;
  • Good knowledge of international climate policy and the role of finance in this context;
  • Strong understanding of private capital instruments and global banking norms and processes;
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills;
  • Experience in producing research outputs and project reports;
  • Superior English verbal and communication skills;
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as on their own initiative.

Send in your application — CV and cover letter — to

New Media Manager

Salary: As per industry standards

Reports To: Director – ORF Kolkata and Web Editor – ORF

Expertise: The New Media Manager primarily focuses on increasing ORF Kolkata’s social media footprint and introducing new avenues of digital communication via new media platforms.

Responsibilities & Expectations:

  • Create comprehensive social media plans and campaigns for ORF’s Kolkata center that align with overall organisational strategy and brand messaging.
  • Oversee social media accounts ensuring up-to-date content and community management for research and events.
  • Actively engage with social media audiences in the region to drive conversations, route questions and comments appropriately, and handle any potential crisis with the aim of improving brand perception and sentiment.
  • Manage a social content calendar and performance metrics to ensure alignment with larger brand social strategy and the needs of stakeholders in the region, coordinating with the Publications team, Forums team and Creative team content and design planning and execution.
  • Develop website content for the launch of ORF Bengali
  • Create comprehensive social media plans and execute campaigns for ORF Bengali.
  • Curation, production, and promotion of New Media products such as podcasts and IGTV shows.
  • Strategically position the outputs from research or forums with key messages on social media in a manner relevant for India’s East and Northeast regions, and India’s eastern and southeastern neighbours.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • In depth knowledge of Social media platforms posting, strategy and analytics.
  • Knowledge of WordPress based CMS management.
  • Google analytics
  • SEO
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to multitask and work under pressure.
  • MBA Marketing or Master’s Degree in Mass Media and Communications with certification course in Digital Marketing

Send in your application — CV and cover letter — to Geeta S Kumar <>.

Associate Fellow/Fellow, Geoeconomics Studies

Salary: As per industry standards


Candidate must have interest and expertise in one or more of these research areas

  • International finance (e.g. global capital markets, cross-border capital flows, financial regulations)
  • International trade policy (e.g. global supply chains, trading patterns, multilateral trading rules)
  • International business (e.g. trends in globalization, business supply chains, multinational enterprises)
  • International monetary system (e.g. currency internationalization, monetary policy, sovereign debt)

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Support senior experts with research on geoeconomics issues including conducting field work, reporting, data aggregation, and convening.
  • Write research papers, reports, commentaries; support podcasts and vlogs.
  • Lead organisation-wide research on geoeconomics issues including planning, budgeting, coordinating
  • Attend and represent the institution at conferences, roundtables, and webinars

Preferred Qualifications

  • Indian nationality preferred.
  • Masters in International Economics, International Finance or International Business (0r in degree in public policy, economics, finance and business with a strong international focus)
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Excellent research, quantitative, reporting and writing skills.
  • Strong interest and passion for international relations, foreign policy, public policy.
  • Enthusiastic and creative team player with ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

Send in your application to — CV, cover letter and writing sample — to

ORF Internship Programme

In an effort to diversify the policy space, provide on-the-job experience, and promote thought leadership, ORF offers internships to young scholars and students from diverse backgrounds, to work with various ORF centres, programmes and initiatives. Interns engage with a variety of tasks that reflect the organisation’s functions to support the centre, programme or initiative that they have been assigned to.

Selected candidates are attached to specific supervisors across ORF’s research, communications, and forums structure with expertise in verticals compatible with the former’s inclinations. Interns are expected to work on and author an independent research article (of 800-1500 words) under the mentorship of their assigned supervisor, which will later be published under their name if it passes ORF’s editorial and review process.

Interns will work out of the ORF offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. This is a physical and full time internship.

Candidates are required to apply for an internship 30 days before their intended starting date.

Application Process

  1. Interested applicants would be required to share their CV, a letter of intent, and a sample of their research writing (of about 800 words) with
  2. Internships are full time in nature for a minimum duration of three months. Applicants must specify their intended starting date, and list out three programmes/initiatives they are interested in, as well as their preferred office (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata) in their letter of intent. They may refer to the ORF website at for the list of programmes/centres.

Please note that only complete applications that meet the requirements specified above would be considered and processed.

ORF-Internship Programme

  • (The cover letter should include what centre you would like to apply for.
    Names and contact details of 2 referees should be included. Referees will only be contacted after informing candidates)