American Institutes for Research

Qualitative Research Associate, International Development

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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 programs, education interventions, health product distribution programs, 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 Qualitative Research Associates to join our International Research and Evaluation group in Washington, D.C. The positions offer an opportunity to gain first-hand qualitative data management and research experience on exciting evaluations of development programs. We are available to fill these positions anytime between now and summer of 2018.


• Support efforts to collect, compile, validate, interpret, and analyze data and trends using standard practices and techniques
• Apply qualitative techniques and methods
• Work on moderately complex assignments under indirect supervision
• Communicate project support needs and requests to senior management and clientele, provide administrative support where applicable
• Conduct literature reviews and write sections of proposals and deliverables
• Responsible for maintaining and checking the accuracy of data for assigned projects
• Support and organize content for focus groups
• Utilize external resources to supplement, organize, and contribute to tasks and projects
• Participate in business development activities.
• Develop interview protocols and conduct interviews


• A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, History, Government, Public Policy or related fields
• Knowledge of Nvivo or Atlas TI or other qualitative software package is a plus
• Outstanding academic record, excellent writing, and proficiency within a Microsoft Windows environment is required
• Familiarity with qualitative research methods and data analysis
• Experience working in other countries is required
• Ability to work independently on detailed assignments
• Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player
• Willingness to travel as needed
• Fluency in any of the following languages preferred: Spanish, French, Arabic



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