Entry Level

Research Assistant

Open Development & Education



Vacancy Description


Research Assistant (3 positions available)

About Open Development and Education

Open Development & Education is an organisation with a multinational team that works with governments, donors, aid agencies, and other stakeholders to solve the most pressing educational challenges of our time. We specialise in implementing cost-effective education programmes and rigorous research in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Equity, evidence, and accessibility sit at the heart of our approach, and we seek to build local capacity wherever possible through delivery and research.

Project Title: ‘Understanding quality characteristics of EdTech interventions and implementation for disadvantaged pupils’

Funder: Education Endowment Foundation

Project: This is an exciting opportunity to work on cutting-edge research funded by the Education Endowment Foundation. The research seeks to identify the core components or mechanisms through which EdTech approaches improve pupil attainment, with a particular focus on how these mechanisms interact with disadvantage.

Position overview:

We are seeking three skilled and detail-oriented Research Assistants to join our team and contribute to a systematic review. The successful candidates will be responsible for assisting with coding and data extraction tasks to support the synthesis of research findings. This position offers an excellent opportunity to gain experience in conducting systematic reviews and meta-analyses in a collaborative research environment.

Start date: end of April, beginning of May.
Salary: £15 p/h (180 hours across 3 months)
Work pattern: The working pattern and days per week are flexible and could be suitable for a post-doc, PhD, Master’s student or anyone with the right experience. The Research Assistant will work remotely and communicate regularly with the research team via email, video conferencing, and other virtual collaboration tools.


  • Apply tools to research papers and extract data from selected studies according to predefined criteria and coding protocols.
  • Collaborate with the research team to ensure consistency and accuracy in data extraction procedures.
  • Assist in the development and refinement of coding frameworks and data extraction forms.
  • Perform quality checks on extracted data to identify errors or inconsistencies and resolve discrepancies as needed.
  • Organise and manage extracted data in databases or spreadsheets for further analysis.
  • Contribute to the interpretation of findings and synthesis of results in collaboration with the research team.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. education, psychology, social sciences, statistics).
  • Prior experience in research methods, systematic reviews, or meta-analysis is preferred.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail, with the ability to accurately code and extract data from scientific literature.
  • Proficiency in using software tools for data management and analysis (e.g., Excel, SPSS, R).
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision, while also being responsive to feedback and guidance from senior researchers.
  • Familiarity with literature search techniques and databases (e.g, Google Scholar, OpenAlex) is desirable.
  • Experience with EPPI reviewer and Zotero is an advantage.
  • Commitment to adhering to research ethics guidelines.

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Application Guidelines

Interested candidates should submit a CV, cover letter (1 page maximum), outlining their relevant experience, and skills to recruitment@opendeved.net with the subject line: Research Assistant.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled..

Vacancy will close on 2nd April 2024

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so candidates are encouraged to apply early.

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