Research Assistants for Qualitative Data Coding Project Consultancy

CIMMYT, Mexico City, Mexico

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th February, 2015

Job Description


  • The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) seeks five (5) detail-oriented research assistants with strong analytical and writing skills. The research assistants will report to and work closely with the Socioeconomics Gender Unit in support of a large comparative, qualitative CGIAR global study on gender norms, agency and agricultural innovation, inside the Socioeconomic Program.
  • This assignment seeks to explore qualitatively the roles of gender norms and agency in processes of agricultural innovation. Field teams are currently collecting data with a standardized package of focus group and semi-structured interview methods in more than 70 diverse villages across three continents.
  • The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym, CIMMYT® is a not-for-profit research and training organization with partners in over 100 countries. Please refer to our website for more information:
  • The selected candidate will need to travel to CIMMYT’s Main Campus (located in Texcoco, Mexico) at least once a week. This consultancy is for 8 months, on a results based evaluations, it could be extended depending on the job needs.

Specific responsibilities of this position will include:

  • Conduct coding and analysis with NVivo social science software: support team by conducting systematic contents analysis and coding of qualitative field reports.
  • Prepare background analytical notes and other materials: provide analytic topical notes on study results and other background information as needed.
  • Provide administrative, drafting and editorial support as needed for the production and dissemination of publishable documents and other needs.
  • Compilation into a single excel file all of the numerical datasets and cleaning this dataset.
  • Conducting numerical data analysis, including preparing data tables and figures and topical explanatory notes as requested; preparation of cross-tabs, bar charts or other visuals as requested by the research team.
  • Perform any other tasks and assignments related to the program/project, as required by the supervisor.

We are seeking candidates with the following qualification, skills and attitudes:

  • BA/BS in Social Sciences, preferably with a focus on gender relations, social inclusion and rural development.
  • Recent graduates and students enrolled in a Master’s program are encouraged to apply.
  • Proficiency in MS Office and electronic communication.
  • Excellent communication skills in English and Spanish languages.
  • Selected candidate will also have a good sense of initiative, attitude of service and good teamwork, and have the ability and liking for multi-tasking.
  • This position will require approximately 25-30 working hours per week.
  • Selected candidate requires good interpersonal as well as good communication skills and the ability to work in a team.
  • CIMMYT is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values gender equality, teamwork, and respect for diversity. Women are encouraged to apply.
  • To apply, please email CV (in English) and a single three-to-five page writing sample that demonstrates your strong analytic and writing capacities (this could be the executive summary, introduction or conclusion to a longer report for academia or a job and must be in English) no later than Friday, 27 February 2015 to Human Resources, CIMMYT (Email: / Please indicate Position Reference number: MC1513 in the subject of your email)
  • Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. This is a Nationally Recruited Consultancy.


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