Assistant Research Associate – United Nations

  • Contract
  • Zimbabwe

United Nations

The main responsibilities of this position will be:

  •  Support research design process and development of data collection tools, drawing on participatory research methodologies across fields.
  •  Lead qualitative and quantitative data collection in two target regions of Zimbabwe (Mbire and Murehwa Districts), likely to include interviews, focus group discussions, and farmer surveys.
  •  Contribute to data analysis, likely to include coding and qualitative analysis of interview data, basic frequentist statistics, cost-benefit and econometric analyses, business and financial analysis, and value chain analysis.


  •  Conduct literature reviews on relevant topics.
  •  Support manuscript and report writing and other reporting as required.
  •  Establish and maintain contacts with external collaborating organizations and partners.
  •  Organize logistics and financial arrangements related to data collection, team travel, etc.
  •  Lead in organizing stakeholder meetings and workshops and oversee taking minutes.
  •  Other duties and miscellaneous tasks as required and as assigned by the supervisor.

Required academic qualifications, skills, and attitudes:

  •  Master’s degree from a reputable university in relevant social science field (agricultural economics, development economics, environmental economics, natural resource management, sociology, geography, or related).
  •  Experience with fieldwork in Zimbabwe and familiarity with local languages, culture, customs, and norms. (At least 5 years’ experience conducting applied research).
  •  Class 4 Driver’s license is a requirement.
  •  General experience in planning and implementing mixed methods in data collection (e.g., interviews, focus group discussions, farm and household surveys, and participatory research tools).
  •  Knowledge of agroecology, key rural development issues, value chain analysis, stakeholder engagements, business, and financial analysis, and/or gender and social inclusion.
  •  General experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis using software such as NVIVO, SPSS, Stata, R.
  •  Knowledge of the dynamics in nature, farming, and human interactions related to markets and value chains development.
  •  General experience in designing and implementing surveys using computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) software such as Census and Survey Processing Systems (CSPro), Survey Solutions etc.
  •  Knowledge and familiarity with behavioral and experimental economics approaches will be an added advantage.
  •  Ability and willingness to travel domestically in Zimbabwe.
  •  The selected candidate must be able to demonstrate the following competencies: Critical Thinking, Communication, Client Orientation, and Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.


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