Senior Research Analyst

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

Nairobi, Kenya

CIMMYT is hosted by World Agroforestry (ICRAF), a member of the CGIAR that is headquartered on United Nations Avenue, Nairobi, Kenya.

Summary of responsibilities:

  • Support in developing research designs for a variety of projects.
  • Designing data collection instruments/protocols and training of consultants, field supervisors, and enumerators.
  • Data cleaning and management.
  • Statistical and econometric analysis of households, agro – dealers, and traders surveys.
  • Support with design and analysis of qualitative surveys including (KIIs, FGDs).
  • Writing and editing of research reports, policy notes, academic papers, and other documents.
  • Liaising with partners and consultants ensure quality of all the data collected under such partnerships.
  • Responding to urgent requests for rapid analytics by the PIs, project teams, donors, and other stakeholders.
  • Training and mentorship of other research assistants in the program.


  • Master’s degree or PhD in agricultural economics, development economics, statistics, or a related field.
  • Ten years of work experience involving research data management, analysis, and writing, and demonstrated excellence in research.
  • Demonstrated capacity to analyze and utilize policy-relevant information from a broad range of sources on agricultural production and marketing.
  • Experience using statistical packages mainly Stata and others such as SPSS and R.
  • Familiarity with theoretical and technical issues related to agriculture, economic development, poverty, food security, and/or nutrition in Kenya and the rest of East Africa.
  • Personal attributes and competencies:
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to process both quantitative as well as qualitative information.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including gender sensitivity.
  • Ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams as well as to develop strong and effective working relationships with partners.
  • Ability to travel and undertake fieldwork in rural conditions.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft packages and electronic communication tools.
  • Good written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Proficiency to use standard software at an advanced level.
  • Minor programming using macros, mail merge, designing customized reports, developing audio visual presentations.
  • Provides services or information, the quality and timeliness of which are important to enable the delivery of other functions, units, or individuals.
  • Attention to details ensures errors can be corrected with moderate costs and/or delays.
  • Ability to prioritize and allocate work to others and supervises 1 to 10 Staff members.
  • Manages own work and small projects related to own work; adapts plans and priorities to meet service and/or operational challenges.