Research Assistant at the American Institutes for Research

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

American Institutes for Research

  • Join AIR as a Quantitative Research Assistant with our International Development Division (IDD) and make a difference, in improving the quality of life for individuals and communities in low and middle-income countries. The position offers an opportunity to gain first-hand quantitative data management and research experience on exciting evaluations of development programs. AIR’s IDD work spans the globe with projects in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Central and Latin America, and the Middle East.

Our IDD team is committed and engaged because we drive positive change in the following areas:

  • Agriculture, food, and nutrition
  • Early childhood development and education
  • Refugees and migration
  • Social protection
  • Water, sanitation, and infrastructure
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Workforce development

Use your experience, knowledge, and education to help us deliver on our mission: to contribute to a better, more equitable world.
This position will be located out of AIR’s office in Nairobi, Kenya.
The responsibilities for the position include:

  • Collect, compile, validate, interpret, and analyze data and trends using standard practices and techniques,
  • Perform computer modeling or simulation or simple to moderately complex forecasting using standard software packages,
  • Apply quantitative analysis techniques and methods,
  • Work on moderately complex assignments under indirect supervision,
  • Conduct literature reviews and write sections of proposals and deliverables,
  • Responsible for maintaining and checking the accuracy of data for assigned projects,
  • Communicate project support needs and requests to senior management and clientele, provide administrative support where applicable,
  • Utilize external resources to supplement, organize, and contribute to tasks and projects,
  • Budget management and development

Education, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences, statistics, quantitative methods, or related field
  • Experience with STATA, SAS, R or survey research
  • Experience with word processing, spreadsheet, and database software


  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate effectively with individuals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently on detailed assignments
  • Flexible, self-motivating and able to manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to collaborate efficiently in a virtual work environment
  • Fluency in any of the following languages is a plus but not required: Spanish, French, Arabic or Portuguese

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