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MDF Sri Lanka Field Research Assistant - Northern Region

Company Overview

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Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview and Role

The Market Development Facility (MDF) is an Australian Government-funded initiative that utilises a market systems development approach to connect with private and public sectors players with the ability and leverage to trigger lasting systemic change and create broad-based, sustainable pro-poor growth. MDF can be scaled-up to support further market development activities in country and in additional countries as needed.
MDF is a multi-country facility, currently operating in five countries: Fiji, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Each country has its own country team on the ground, with a Core Leadership Team headed up by the Chief Executive Officer providing strategic, technical and managerial oversight across all MDF partner countries.

MDF is seeking for a Field Research Assistant to support MDF implementation team to gather information required to monitor current partnerships, primarily coastal and inland fisheries sectors and other sectors that provide path way out of poverty to local communities.
The Field Researcher will engage with current and intended beneficiaries to gain in-depth understanding of how MDF interventions are impacting the lives of local communities with special focus on gender dynamics and post conflict context.


  • Travel extensively to landing sites in the northern region based on a schedule agreed with MDF implementation team and collect primary information on volumes of seafood (crabs, prawns, cuttle fish, squid etc.) caught, price levels and fluctations, main buyers, fishing techniques and equipment used etc.
  • Through interacting with fishermen and women, traders and other plays in the seafood value chain collect information on seafood supply/demand scenario and insights on gender and community dynamics.
  • Develop and nurture relationships with national, provincial and local government institutions and non-government agencies working in the coastal and inland fishing space to identify regulatory, environmental and sustainability priorities and frameworks.
  • Enter the data collected into formats provided by MDF
  • Draft brief updates on research findings.
  • Develop and implement weekly work plans as per guidance of MDF team in Colombo and submit monthly time sheets.
  • Time to time support MDF Sri Lanka team in assessments conducted in other regions.
  • Participate in de-brief and planning sessions at MDF Sri Lanka office in Colombo, on an as and when required basis.

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  • At least a diploma in business management, social science or any other relevant field with minimum of two years of prior work experience in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in Tamil and English languages is essential. A working knowledge of Sinhala is a definite advantage.
  • Working knowledge in qualitative and quantitative research and data entry methods. Ability to record data/information accurately without any prejudice.
  • Previous work experience in the seafood/ fisheries sector is highly desirable.
Application Requirements:
Applications should include a response to the position requirements. Please submit your cover letter and CV as a single document.
Position open to Sri Lankan nationals and permanent residents with authority to live and work in Sri Lanka. Rates of pay are based on local labour standards.