Back Senior Research Advisor

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 16 January 2018
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 09 February 2018


The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is a research and advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crises. We research their needs, identify solutions and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization.


The WRC is a credible source of evidence-based research for advocacy, and growing as a leader in the humanitarian sector in participatory research approaches. WRC’s research has historically helped to shape the humanitarian agenda—specifically in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, disabilities, adolescent programming, and livelihoods/ cash. The Women’s Refugee Commission is dedicated to the enhancement and support of interdisciplinary, high-quality research, to continue to inform its advocacy. The focus of WRC’s program assessment, monitoring and evaluation supports practical improvements in advocacy, policy and programming among crisis-affected populations.

Research activities underway at the WRC include:

  • Implementation of independent research projects- prevalence studies, assessments and evaluations

  • Review and standardization of study protocols. Exploration of methods that best ensure inclusion.

  • Development of research, assessment, monitoring, and program evaluation tools, methods, and guidance to enhance ethical practices and participatory methods in the field.

  • Dissemination of research methods and results through manuscripts, conferences, meetings, and other activities.

  • Internal capacity building around research methodologies and program evaluation.

  • Identify funding opportunities for WRC research and evaluation and develop proposals.

  • Maintain updated research and program evaluation governing documents.

  • Participation in humanitarian sector research working groups and relevant associations.


The Senior Advisor for Research will report directly to the Director, SRH Program, and be accountable to the research working group at the WRC. The Senior Advisor for Research will be responsible for the following:


o Support institutionalization of high-quality research and program evaluation within the WRC (5%

  • Chair the WRC’s internal research working group
  • Advance work on participatory methodologies within the organization
  • Monitor and support cross-programmatic research and program evaluation efforts
  • Support internal learning events and trainings related to research and program evaluation
  • Identify new donors and lead proposal development around research and program evaluation efforts
  • Support the documentation and dissemination of research and program evaluation efforts

o Provide technical leadership in quantitative and qualitative study design and tool development across WRC programs. (50%)

  • Develop assessment and program evaluation methodologies and support the development of tools for a large reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition (RMNACHN) effort in northeast Nigeria
  • Develop study design and tools for implementation research for global family planning initiative
  • Co-lead inter-agency process around setting a research agenda for SRH in crises
  • Represent the WRC on Inter-Agency Working Group for RH in crises, working group on research and data
  • Oversee high-quality literature reviews on specific topics related to priority research and advocacy topics

o Quantitative and qualitative data analysis (20%)

  • Undertake analysis of quantitative data sets on WRC priority research and program evaluation areas, including child marriage and RMNCAHN in northeast Nigeria
  • Support analysis of qualitative data sets, including qualitative evaluation as needed

o Field based training and support (25%)

  • Support assessments, monitoring, evaluation and research across WRC projects as needed
  • Support in-country baseline assessment and evaluation of RMNACHN initiative in Nigeria through field training and technical assistance
  • Support efforts to build capacity of partners in Nigeria to conduct ongoing data collection, monitoring, and evaluation activities
  • Support in-country evaluation efforts for multi-country evaluation of child marriage interventions
  • Extract monitoring and costing data, in collaboration with implementing partners to support implementation research around family planning


  • PhD in public health or related field;
  • 3-5 years of experience implementing research and program evaluation in resource constrained (ideally humanitarian) contexts
  • Demonstrated success translating research to practice (through publications, reports, and advocacy briefs)
  • Experience implementing in-house and external capacity building efforts, including webinars or trainings, around diverse research and/or program evaluation topics
  • Demonstrated success analyzing and publishing research and/or program evaluation findings
  • Understanding of health/SRH and humanitarian response systems
  • Familiarity with the use of technology for data collection
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including for reports, grant-writing, and research for advocacy presentations;
  • Solid diplomatic and interpersonal skills: the ability to effectively liaise and coordinate with a variety of internal and external professional contacts, donors and partners; Successful fundraising;
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills: the ability to work well under strong pressure in a fast-paced, high-functioning and detail-oriented team environment;
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time;
  • Exemplary computer skills: facility with SPSS/SAS/R, Nvivo or other qualitative software, Excel, Word, qualitative/quantitative data analysis software and email/internet software.

Reports to: Director Sexual and Reproductive Health Program Women’s Refugee Commission

Position: Regular, Full-time

Location: New York, NY

This vacancy is archived.

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