Secretarial and office work, Environmental sciences, Forestry

Research & data intern

  • Netherlands, Amsterdam
  • Work schedule:
    Full time
  • Salary range: /
  • Contract type: 5 months
  • Application deadline: 30/Nov/2022
  • Starting date: 19/Dec/2022

Job description

About Meridia

Accurate farm and traceability data are critical for businesses to comply with ever-stricter compliance regulations and deliver upon sustainability commitments. At the same time, most smallholders continue to struggle to earn a living income, fueling the deforestation and biodiversity crisis. Reliable field data is needed to drive the transformation toward confronting these challenges.

That’s where Meridia comes in. Since 2015, Meridia offers field data solutions for smallholder supply chains to accelerate the achievement of full traceability in supply chains, enabling living income, and supporting regenerative agriculture, currently in Ghana, Ivory Coast and Indonesia.

See for more information on our work. 


The Role

The Research & Data Intern will primarily assist the Project Lead in conducting primary and secondary research, gathering and analysing qualitative and quantitative data, and transforming data insights into actionable products such as roadmaps or trainings. 

The focus of this internship will be twofold: 

  • You will assist on a project focussed on smallholder cooperatives and smallholder data collection in Ivory Coast. 
  • You will support Meridia to develop an understanding and service offering in line with the new EU regulations on traceability and deforestation. 

The Research & Data Intern should be able to identify and use sources of information, research frameworks, and data analysis methods that allow them to deliver critical and high quality work. 


What you will learn

By working closely with international teams, the Research & Data Intern will gain intercultural and communication working capabilities. All these skills are transferable into other future opportunities and roles. By working with Meridia, the Research & Data Intern will learn about (1) smallholder data management, (2) supply chain traceability, (3) regulations on responsible supply chain management, and how these are relevant to broader sustainable development agendas.



  • Secondary research (e.g. smallholder datasets, literature reviews)
  • Primary research (e.g. interviews and surveys with smallholder cooperatives, stakeholders and international/local organisations)
  • Assisting in the development of frameworks, methodologies and tools for data collection and analysis
  • Supporting the development of capacity building materials on the topic of data collection and management. 
  • Supporting international teams in different countries with activity coordination, fieldwork preparations, logistics and corresponding materials development


The ideal candidate brings/is

  • Experience in conducting primary and secondary research
  • Comfortable working with qualitative and quantitative research; Affinity or familiarity with quantitative datasets
  • Keen analytical skills, attention to detail
  • Affinity with agricultural development, agricultural supply chains, and/or smallholder initiatives. 
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English, fluency in French is considered a strong asset 
  • Based in or able to work from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Is available to work an average of 4 days a week during a 5-month period
  • Non-EU applicants based in The Netherlands: the candidate has the necessary permits to work in the Netherlands


The benefits package includes

  • Being part of a fast-growing impact venture with an informal, professional work culture
  • A computer or laptop for work (if based in Amsterdam)
  • A gross monthly salary of €600



Please apply by submitting your details, application letter and CV:   

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis up to 13th November 2022. The starting date is December/January.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to [email protected] for more information about this position.



Level of studies:
Short cycle or equivalent (EQF 5)
Bachelor (EQF 6)
Minimun work experience:
No experience required
Working language(s):

This job offer requires a valid work permit / visa.


Salary information
  • Work schedule:
    Full time
  • Salary range: /
Employee Benefits:
Free coffee
Free snacks

Competences & skills

Unfortunately, the responsible for this offer has not provided a list of competences and skills that could be relevant for the position.

Company details

Recruiter details
Posted by: Thomas Vaassen
Position: CEO
Company registered since 06/Jul/2022
1 active offers.
2 offers posted since registration.