After MSW from IGNOU, you can join any NGO or development sector as a research assistant. Research is one of the essential parts of the social work and every year numbers of social organizations offer funds for the quality research. There is a huge demand of the professional and qualified researchers in every NGO and development agency. So if you have good research doing skills, you can assist any research organization as a research assistant.
In the second year of IGNOU MSW course, you have to do a research paper. This paper is very important for gaining the research skills. I will suggest you to take this paper in the second year.
Research assistant is a very good job having great opportunities in the field of research. A research is one of the methods using the NGO can gain good reputation.