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Research Student Assistant

Expiration date

Friday, September 20, 2019

Company / Organization

CCAFS Program Management Unit

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) is looking for one student assistant from preferably October 2019, to assist the CCAFS Program Management Unit at Wageningen University & Research.

CCAFS is a CGIAR research program led by the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and Future Earth, hosted by Wageningen University & Research. CCAFS brings together the world’s best researchers in agricultural science, development research, climate science, and Earth System science, to identify and address the most important interactions, synergies and tradeoffs between climate change, agriculture and food security (see more information on

We are looking for a student assistant who will help us make CCAFS become an honest broker in the international climate debate and reach its goal of reducing poverty and malnutrition among millions of families in developing countries. The student assistant will provide assistance to the Program Management Units’ research activities and will include the following:

  • Carry out online literature searches 
  • Do simple quantitative analyses of data sets
  • Prepare diagrams in Excel and slideshows in PowerPoint
  • Format documents for publication, including preparation of correctly formatted reference lists 
  • Fact-check and proof-read materials for print and website
  • Provide assistance to research projects
  • Identify relevant papers, sort in terms of relevance or other category, and store in electronic folders
  • Write summaries in English of search results or particular topics researched
  • Provide general logistical assistance (e.g. setting up tele and video conferences, hotel and flight booking)

We expect you:

  • Are experienced in academic literature searches based on keywords
  • Have good skills in sorting, categorizing and summarizing information
  • Have good computing skills and experience with academic search engines, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Work systematically and can manage dealing with several parallel tasks with sometimes tight deadlines
  • Have good English skills (office language)
  • To be enrolled in a Bachelors or Masters programme

An interest in climate change, agriculture and/or international development is an asset but not a prerequisite. We offer a unique opportunity to work withand learn about managing and communicatinghigh level international research in a challenging and engaging environment.

Terms of employment, working hours, salary

Starting date: 16 October 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter. Working hours on average are approx. 15-20 hours per week.

The contract period will be for 1 year. Employment as student assistant is in accordance with the collective labour agreement of Wageningen University. The actual hourly wage depends on your seniority.

To be able to work as a student assistant in the Netherlands, the student needs to prove that he or she is registered at a Dutch university and has a residence and work permit in the Netherlands.

Further information

If you have any questions in relation to the position you may contact Dhanush Dinesh, Global Policy Engagement Manager (


Applications must be in English, should include a cover letter of no more than 1 page, a CV of no more than 2 pages and a proof of enrollment, and should be sent to ccafs@cgiar.orgThe application deadline is midnight, 20 September and interviews will be conducted on 30 September, 1 October or 2 October. Previous applicants need not apply. Please note that references may be requested.