American Institutes for Research

International Development Qualitative Researcher

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United States


The American Institutes for Research (AIR) International Research and Evaluation group strives to improve the quality of life in developing countries by using rigorous research and evaluation to enhance education and social development. We conduct impact evaluations on a wide range of topics including cash transfer programs, early childhood nutrition and development programs, education interventions, health programs, women’s empowerment, and agricultural interventions. We partner with locally based researchers to provide context relevant policy analysis and to help build the research capacity in developing countries. Our work contributes to policy and financial decisions at the national and international level in countries around the world.

AIR is seeking a Qualitative Researcher to join our International Research and Evaluation group in Washington, D.C. The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand qualitative data analysis and research experience on exciting evaluations of development programs.


• Lead efforts to collect, compile, validate, interpret, and analyze data and trends using standard practices and techniques
• Apply qualitative techniques and methods
• Work on complex assignments under indirect supervision
• Communicate project support needs and requests to senior management and clientele, provide administrative support where applicable
• Serve as project director or principal investigator when appropriate
• Lead the design and writing of proposals and deliverables
• Responsible for maintaining and checking the accuracy of data for assigned projects
• Manage and train enumerators in developing countries to help collect qualitative data
• Utilize external resources to supplement, organize, and contribute to tasks and projects
• Participate in business development activities
• Develop interview, focus group, and participatory protocols and conduct these activities
• Stay abreast of new developments and techniques in the field of qualitative research
• Contribute to building AIR’s eminence in the field of development research through presentations at conferences and publishing journal articles


• Master's degree required in Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, History, Government, Public Policy or related fields, PhD preferred
• 3 years of experience conducting research in developing countries preferred
• Experience conducting process and performance evaluations of programs in developing countries
• Knowledge of Nvivo or Atlas TI or other qualitative software package required
• Experience designing qualitative protocols (including those for participatory methods and action research), training enumerators, and presenting results to stakeholders
• Strong writing and communication skills
• Track record of publications and conference presentations
• Candidates speaking French, Spanish or Arabic in addition to English a plus



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