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Researcher (Policy Research Office), SPRG

Agency: Ministry of Social and Family Development
Job no.: 553132
Work type: Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories:Economics/Statistics, Research and Analysis

“We are Professionals with Passion for People”

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) develops the “heartware” for Singapore through our policies, community infrastructure, programmes and services. Our mission is to nurture resilient individuals, strong families and a caring society that can overcome challenges together.

We are committed and passionate in developing a strong social service sector, and play key roles in shaping the future of Singapore. Through these efforts, we hope to play a part in helping our citizens achieve their hopes and aspirations for themselves and their families.

A career in MSF is a challenging and fulfilling one that allows you to make a difference in shaping the lives of Singaporeans. If you are driven and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, we welcome you to be part of the MSF Family!

Description of Division/Branch and Job Scope:
The Policy Research Office drives and advances the use of research to support family and social policies and programmes for MSF. It conducts deep research and data analytics studies, coordinates the social research agenda and builds research expertise to support policymaking and programmes for MSF. It also drives the strategy for engagement with the external social research community.

As a researcher, you will undertake hands-on social research and data analytics projects, provide technical advice on research scoping and methodology, and liaise with researchers and non-researchers on research strategy and coordination matters.


  • Conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research and analysis that span a wide range of topics in relation to the Ministry’s mission
  • Scan and synthesize the social science research literature to inform the Ministry’s policies and programmes
  • Work with researchers and non-researchers within and outside the Ministry to advance policy thinking and support evidence-based policy formulation through the development of research ideas, collaborations and/or translation of research findings
  • Work with academics, consultants and research companies on selected projects
  • Promote research capabilities and best practices in the Ministry
  • Develop research guidelines as well as improve processes and knowledge management/communications to promote research understanding and tighten research-policy nexus

Competencies required:

  • Strong understanding of a range of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods; the ability to conduct hands-on research would be an advantage
  • Able to conduct literature reviews, and synthesize findings to identify relevance/applications to policy
  • Good understanding of/or experience with programme evaluation would be an advantage
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Graduates and post-graduates welcome

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