Tanager IGNITE Research Associate (Gender / Nutrition) Job Vacancy in Kenya


Position Title: IGNITE Research Associate (Gender / Nutrition)

Organization Description

Tanager is an international nonprofit that connects smallholder producers and private businesses to co-create new ways of realizing life-changing economic and social opportunity.

Our process builds on years of technical expertise, on-the-ground presence and public/private partnerships to unite economic growth with social innovation.

Together, we are ushering in an era of equitable market systems that combine profitability with the power to address urgent challenges in poverty, malnutrition and gender inequity.

Tanager provides a full range of services to co-create healthy markets that benefit all participants:

Connect: Tanager connects people and partners to bridge stakeholder divides, expand market access, and unlock the full potential of shared market opportunities. We bring the right people to the table and make sure every voice is heard, linking smallholder producers to major consumer brands and everyone in between.

Analyze: Tanager combines technical expertise and business perspective to assess markets, analyze supply chains, and pilot new technologies and tools. We test promising business models and shed light on issues critical to market success. We advance research vital to emerging economies. Our analytical approach helps us identify variables early on, which saves time and money in the long run.

Implement: Tanager is a flexible implementing partner with a track record of delivering results in complex, dynamic environments. We drive ambitious initiatives to the finish line with a clear roadmap and the right resources at the right time and place. Our global expertise and on-the-ground presence brings last-mile experience crucial to sustainable market solutions. Clients know they can count on us to keep our word and see things through.

People & Values

It takes bold hearts and resourceful minds to change the world. Our mission attracts high-caliber professionals who are dedicated to the work we do and the way we do it.

We take risks, roll up our sleeves, and push the boundaries of what’s possible. We listen, learn, and adapt rapidly, without losing sight of our end goal or the momentum needed to reach it.

We are a networked team that supports each other.

We live our mission and exhibit and embrace the following values:


  • Make choices using sound thinking, intelligence, and experience.
  • Be honest and ethical in everything you do and say.
  • Set high standards and learn from your mistakes to continually improve.
  • Trust your teammates’ capabilities and intentions.


  • Strive to achieve equilibrium in all you do.
  • Exercise perspective and prioritize what is important.
  • Align the interests, expectations and needs of those we work with.
  • Balance seriousness with humor and levity, and our work with our personal lives.


  • Build strong connections with our partners and communities to achieve results.
  • Work as a team with everyone at the table and reach out for input as well as advice.
  • Measure success, not by the boxes we tick, but by the real difference you make in people’s lives.


  • Ask, evaluate, innovate, and apply to deliver the best result for all.
  • Be agile, efficient, and adaptable in your relationships, processes and work.
  • Take what we’ve learned and adapt to each new situation.

Project Description

Tanager is implementing The Impacting Gender & Nutrition through Innovative Technical Exchange in Agriculture (IGNITE) mechanism, a five-year investment implemented by Tanager to improve household nutrition and women’s empowerment by strengthening African institutions’ ability to integrate nutrition and gender into their way of doing business and their agriculture interventions.

IGNITE works with African institutions to design, implement, and evaluate nutrition-sensitive and gender-integrated agriculture interventions.

IGNITE will also strengthen the ability of African institutions to incorporate nutrition and gender equality into their policy priorities and business practices—their way of doing business.

Based on the interventions implemented by IGNITE clients, IGNITE will identify key mechanisms and drivers of demand for the scale up and replication of nutrition-sensitive and gender-integrated interventions.

IGNITE activities will be targeted in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. Current project clients include NGOs, private sector companies, and government bodies working in agriculture.

Position Summary

Tanager is seeking for a Research Associate to support in various research activities including data analysis, editing and review of research reports and supporting dissemination activities.

A suitable candidate should be an individual with a background in Agriculture research with crosscutting knowledge of gender and nutrition.

While contributing to varied research assignments in the context of Agriculture, Gender, and Nutrition across different countries of Africa, this position will be based in the Tanager office in Nairobi, Kenya.

The position will report to the Research Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the IGNITE research team and Technical Experts in the implementation of research activities proposed in the IGNITE Learning agenda and subsequent work plans.
  • Work in liaison with the IGNITE Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager by supporting MEL related surveys.
  • Support the research activities of IGNITE, where applicable, to undertake specific roles within the research cycle including literature reviews, development of tools, data collection, data analysis, and report writing.
  • Work with the Research Manager in the execution of research dissemination activities.


  • A master’s degree in Agriculture related field or Social Sciences. This includes Nutrition, Gender, Statistics, or other related fields.
  • At least 2-3 years of research experience in a project focusing on either gender and/or nutrition in agriculture. This should include some exposure to designing research questions, developing sampling plans), developing research tools (for either qualitative or quantitative studies), and firsthand experience in data collection processes.
  • Experience conducting research with leading gender methodologies (e.g., WEIA, pro-WEAI, time use studies, gender analyses, surveys looking at household decision-making) will be an added advantage.
  • Proficiency in any of the data analysis tools like Stata, NVivo, SPSS, Open Data Kit (ODK) or an ODK-based platform such as SurveyCTO, is essential
  • Understanding of basic agricultural development, extension, market systems approach as an underlying framework for gender and nutrition is highly recommended.
  • Advanced computer skills in a Windows based environment including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel and other relevant research and analytical programs
  • Fluency in English written and oral, required, French is an added advantage

Personal Attributes

  • Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Be adaptable, innovative, and self-motivated.
  • Be collaborative and open to feedback. Able to work independently and in a team setting.

How to Apply

If you fit the profile of an individual whom we are looking for, please feel free to send your motivation letter and completed Tanager Application Form, detailed CV to kenyarecruitment@tanagerintl.org by 30th November 2022, 5pm East African Time.