Qualitative Research Assistant-Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence


Qualitative Research Assistant-Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence

Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) is a nine-year (2015-2024) mixed-methods longitudinal research programme exploring the gendered experiences of adolescents aged 10-19 years. We are following the lives of 18,000 adolescents in six focal countries, two each in Africa (Ethiopia, Rwanda), Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal) and the Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon).

GAGE aims to generate new evidence on ‘what works’ to transform the lives of adolescent girls and boys to enable them to move out of poverty and exclusion, and fast-track social change. GAGE research involves the most vulnerable adolescents, including adolescent refugees, adolescents with disabilities, those out of school, married girls and adolescent mothers.

The results will support policy and programme actors to more effectively reach adolescent girls and boys to advance their wellbeing and what is needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, including the commitment to Leave No One Behind.

The GAGE consortium, managed by the Overseas Development Institute, convenes 35 research, policy and programming partners globally and is funded by UK Aid from the UK government.

Purpose of the role

Under the supervision of the programme director, she/he will analyse longitudinal qualitative data, prepare summary reports and literature reviews, and support senior researchers in writing with the aim of inspiring and informing policy on gender and adolescence. She/he will assist with other administrative tasks related to maintaining a very large database of qualitative data. Specifically, the job will contribute to areas of focus of the GAGE programme which include work on issues related gender, adolescence, gender norms, education, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, health and nutrition, mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, voice and agency and economic empowerment).

The tasks involved will take at least three days per week, and the exact timings can be negotiated.

Main duties and responsibilities


  • Specific technical inputs to inform ongoing research, including carrying out rapid evidence reviews, revising qualitative research tools, reviewing transcripts and drafting summaries, data coding and analysis;
  • Authoring or co-authoring research reports, policy briefs and other documents for publication;
  • Undertaking some travel overseas for research and dissemination related purposes.

General administration

  • Supporting maintaining a very large database of qualitative data;
  • Support the organising of meetings with country research teams;
  • Support with the organising of research field trips;
  • Developing presentations and related materials.

Person specification


  • Strong understanding of gender and age/adolescent dynamics in developing country contexts,
  • A degree and post-graduate degree in relevant social science discipline;
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated experience in producing research and policy outputs;
  • Demonstrated experience using different research methodologies;
  • Flexible attitude and strong ability to multi-task;
  • Ability to carry out rapid evidence reviews;
  • Ability to revise qualitative research tools;
  • Ability to review transcripts and make summaries;
  • Ability to review transcripts critically – to develop training tools;
  • Ability to develop and format powerpoint presentations
  • Willingness to travel, if needed.


  • Knowledge of MENA, South Asia and East Africa contexts;
  • Knowledge of qualitative data analysis packages, such as MAXQDA;
  • Qualitative research field experience.

Selection process

Interested applicants should submit their CV and cover letter as to why they are suited and interested in the role, along with their availability to gage@odi.org.uk by 30th June 2018, at midnight UK time, with the subject title ‘Research Assistant.’


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