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Plan International UK Seeks Gender Research Assistant Consultancy: Real Choices Real Lives Cohort Study (Immediate start)

London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) | Nepalgunj

  • Organization: Plan - UK
  • Location: London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) | Nepalgunj
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2017-06-06

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Plan International UK is recruiting for a research assistant to support their longitudinal ‘Real Choices, Real Lives’ study for a period of 1-2 months. This is a very exciting opportunity for those with specialised gender and research skills to take part in an international project and contribute towards a stimulating report.

This year Plan UK will produce a flagship report looking at analysis of the eleventh year of the ‘Real Choices, Real Lives’ cohort study as the girls in our study have now reached the age of 11. This report will be launched on the International Day of the Girl on October 11th 2016. This is an exciting opportunity to showcase evidence relating to gender and a number of thematic areas on which we collect data, particularly as the girls are now entering early adolescence.

This will require a highly motivated research assistant with specialist gender knowledge and skills to join our team and be able to start working to a high capacity immediately. It is a fantastic opportunity for those passionate about gender and research and learning more about Plan’s work relating to girls’ rights more broadly.


  • Excellent research skills, including experience conducting gender related research and/or qualitative research and data analysis

  • Experience in coding gendered qualitative data

  • A post graduate degree in a gender related subject

  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge on key gender issues and theory

  • Must be available to start from June 2017 and commit to five days per week for a period of 35 working days in total (there may be a slight extension to the work which will be confirmed after the start date of the consultancy).

  • Experience of using a qualitative research software, such as Nvivo

  • Experience of working in a team environment

  • Ability to work to efficiently and produce high quality work to deadline

  • Good IT skills, including working knowledge of Excel, Outlook, Internet and Word with proficiency to pick other programmes up quickly

  • Ability to work independently, take the initiative and multi-task


  • Experience of working in an INGO environment

  • Experience of working on a multi-country research project

  • Knowledge of international development organizations and human rights frameworks

  • Previous gender based research or gender programme / activism experience

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and ability to contribute positively to the team

  • Passionate about gender equality

  • Excellent administration skills and attention to detail


Excellent gender based analysis and coding of data from the Real Choices, Real Lives study produced to time and high standard. This data will ultimately feed into the 2017 Real Choices, Real Lives Cohort Report which will be launched on the International Day of the Girl (11 October) 2017.

The research assistant will be responsible for assisting the team with the coding and analysis of the ‘Real Choices, Real Lives’ Cohort Study. You will use Nvivo, a qualitative data analysis tool. Additionally, you may also be required to support the team with background research including collecting and analysing policy documents, statistics, and reports from other organizations to support our analysis.

Specific Tasks:

Code and analyse data from our study on Nvivo according to our strict schedule.

Run queries (searches) in our data as requested

Produce contextual country/policy analysis as requested.

Schedule and Payment:

Five days per week (Monday-Friday) from June for a period of 35 days which may be extended subject to progress check during the consultancy.

£120 per day

Submit CV and a short one page cover letter to Lili Harris, Girls Research Manager:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and consultants may be appointed before the final deadline 6pm on Tuesday 6th June 2017. Interviews will be scheduled shortly after and applicants will be required to start immediately (no later than mid-June 2017).

Please note we apologise in advance but will be unable to confirm receipt of your application. Please note we will only be contacting shortlisted candidates.

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