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Research Manager for Qualitative Research with field work in Africa and Asia (J1901RM)

The Center for Evaluation and Development (C4ED), Germany, is looking for a Research Manager for qualitative research to join its Qualitative Methods Team. The person will be working alongside qualitative researchers and quantitative impact evaluators on projects taking place in developing countries.

C4ED’s vision is to improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable by making development interventions more effective. With a strong focus on mixed-methods and quantitative evaluations in developing countries, C4ED is one of the leading German research centers in the areas of poverty reduction, microfinance, health insurance and social protection, education, humanitarian assistance, climate change, agriculture and nutrition. C4ED is currently conducting projects all over the world and maintains research relationships with 3ie, ACTED, GCF, IFAD, ILO, IPA, J-PAL, WFP, the World Bank, and UNICEF to name just a few of its cooperation partners.

As Research Manager for qualitative research methods, you will be involved in designing, managing and conducting qualitative data collection as well as data analysis for the projects C4ED is carrying out in developing countries. Your tasks would include:

  • Designing and planning of qualitative research strategies in cooperation with clients
  • Development of qualitative research instruments (for instance, interview and focus group topic guides) for use in impact evaluation and/or purely qualitative studies in developing countries
  • Collecting or supervising the collection of qualitative data, for instance, through key informant interviews, focus groups, in-depth interviews and observations
  • Delivering training sessions on qualitative research methods
  • Analyzing qualitative data
  • Support in writing policy briefs, reports, and scientific publications
  • Assisting in applications for projects and grants
  • Project management

You have a Bachelor or Master’s degree in social science, international development, economics or a related field, with extensive training and experience in qualitative data collection and analysis. Qualitative research experience with vulnerable groups such as young children (in particular girls) in conflict-affected areas would be an advantage. Familiarity with quantitative impact evaluation methodologies is a plus but not required. Knowledge of issues in development (e.g. child labor, education, inclusive development, gender equality, health and development, poverty, climate change, agriculture) is also a plus. You are interested in gaining first-hand experience in the field of impact evaluations and development economics. While you will be working in a team, you are able to manage multiple tasks. You enjoy interacting with a wide range of individuals ranging from researchers to donors and local partners, and you are able to maintain good collaborations. If required, willingness to travel to research project sites in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean is a necessity.

You have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English; written and verbal communication skills in other languages (e.g. French, Urdu, Arabic) would be a plus. Knowledge of software used for qualitative analysis (e.g. MAXQDA, NVivo) is desirable but not required.

The role offers a good opportunity to gain experience in conducting evaluations and to deepen your expertise in qualitative research methodology and general project management skills. In-house training on quantitative impact evaluation methods will also be available. We are interested in offering you a long-term job perspective. The position is based in Mannheim, Germany, and is likely to include travel to research project sites (e.g. South Asia, Africa) for data collection and other tasks. Project-based opportunities may also be available, and we are open to discussing such roles with candidates.

We look forward to receiving your CV, cover letter, a copy of a report or qualitative analyses you have conducted, and a copy of your University’s transcripts and/or certificates (if available). If required, please also enclose your valid work/residence permit. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

For further information and to submit your application, please contact Dr. Asmus Zoch (

Student Assistant IT and Data Science (J1903RA)

The Center for Evaluation and Development (C4ED) in Mannheim is the leading research center in Germany for large-scale data collections, household surveys, impact evaluations and statistical analysis in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The center strives to reduce poverty and underdevelopment in poor developing countries through the use of evidence-based policy making and data analysis. We conduct large-scale surveys for the World Bank, UNICEF, World Food Programme (WFP), Green Climate Fund (GCF), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Funds for Agricultural Development (IFAD), German, Swiss and Dutch Development Aid Ministries and other organizations. We implement impact evaluations and data analysis in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, including household surveys with up to 200 000 households, using modern data collection tools and survey solutions.

We are hiring student assistants to provide IT support for our team, including administering and developing the Information Technology infrastructure of the Center. Tasks will include:

  • Development of a searchable database providing information on C4ED’s projects and survey activities, e.g.
    • Questionnaires
    • Manuals and training tools for data collection
    • Data quality tools
    • Reports
    • Names, contact details and assessments of survey staff (enumerators/supervisors)
    • Survey data
  • Data warehouse development for C4ED’s operational activities
  • Supporting the development of data encryption guidelines
  • Development of an e-learning platform granting (gated) access to capacity building material, like text files or videos, and allowing to monitor who accesses the platform

The tasks will also include the administration of the local IT system, among others:

  • Assist with administering O365 Tenant
  • Help staff with IT-related problems in a timely fashion
  • Set-up hardware and install software
  • Help with setting up the IT infrastructure

Your profile

You are a student or graduate (Bachelor or Master) of Data Science, Information Technology or other computer sciences. You are enthusiastic and motivated to gain hands-on experience in a vibrant research institute in international development. You feel comfortable with working independently in dynamic settings and communicating in teams. You have documentable organizational and planning skills. You have a strong command of English. You could start working at the beginning of 2019 for around 20-40 hours per month.

We are looking forward to receiving your application, including a very short cover letter, your CV and your Transcript of Records and certificates (if available) to Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.