Friday, September 25, 2015

Job, Senior Gender and Youth Specialist, International Center for Research on Women, DC

Senior Gender and Youth Specialist
Title: Senior Gender and Youth Specialist
ID: 1114
Job Location: Washington, DC
Department: Research and Programs
About ICRW:

For nearly 40 years, ICRW has been the premier applied research institute focused on women and girls. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with regional offices in South Asia and Africa, ICRW provides evidence-based research to inform policies and programs that alleviate poverty, promote gender equality and protect the rights of women and girls. Corporations, foundations, governments and civil society organizations partner with ICRW to discover through rigorous research how to dismantle barriers and help women and girls achieve their full potential. ICRW’s focus areas include adolescent girls, agriculture and food security, economic empowerment, HIV and AIDS, population and reproductive health, gender-based and intimate partner violence.

At ICRW, we believe that research can and should be a process of social development, and employ participatory methods whenever appropriate.  Further, ICRW pursues intersectional research to the greatest extent possible when resources allow.  All research we undertake serves to advance ICRW’s mission of improving the status of women and girls, promoting gender equality and eradicating poverty.

Primary Role: 

ICRW is looking for a Senior Technical Specialist who is a thought leader in the fields of gender and youth development.  The Senior Technical Specialist will conceptualize, lead and provide technical oversight to multiple research and evaluation projects focused on gender, youth development and adolescent health and rights. The successful candidate will lead and contribute to projects across topics, including positive youth development, child marriage, girls’ education, adolescent health, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. S/he will also contribute to and lead conceptual and business development opportunities and contribute actively to the Gender, Population and Development portfolio and ICRW more broadly. Travel of at least 20-25% will be required.


Ph.D. or Master’s Degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Public Health, Behavioral Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Demography, International Development, Anthropology).


Minimum six years of post-Ph.D. experience or ten years of post-Master’s experience conducting research and evaluation internationally, with a focus on developing countries.

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks:

Research, Monitoring and Evaluation: Designs rigorous observational research studies and experimental and quasi-experimental intervention studies. Works in multi-disciplinary teams to lead, design, supervise, and undertake mixed-methods research encompassing innovative qualitative methods and quantitative surveys. Analyzes primary and secondary data using appropriate methods, writes incisive products for diverse audiences, including research reports, peer-reviewed publications, and other outputs, such as policy briefs and reader-friendly blogs. Develops conceptual models and M&E frameworks to guide research and program evaluation.

Project Management: Serves as project director, overseeing and contributing to development and management of project implementation (including workplans and budgets), supervision of project staff and consultants, liaising with ICRW support units and managing partner relationships.

Business Development:  Develops areas of research and proposals that complement and build on ongoing research efforts and contribute to achieving ICRW’s overall strategic objectives. Works closely with colleagues to conceptualize and design proposals and projects, as well as to disseminate findings. Identifies potential funding sources and actively cultivates potential opportunities.

Representation:  Maintains professional expertise and recognition outside of ICRW through publishing and speaking in relevant forums.  Authors publications and represents ICRW in the media and with colleague organizations; serves on coalitions and builds policy advocacy efforts in line with current research program.

  • Expertise in adolescent and youth health and/or development
  • Extensive experience in the design and conduct of formative, operations and evaluation research in gender, health and social sciences
  • Experience with designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation frameworks and methods for projects of varying types and sizes.
  • Quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis skills, to include expertise with one or more of the following analytical software packages:  SPSS, STATA, AtlasTi, NVivo
  • Experience conducting research with adolescents and youth, including the use of participatory methods
  • Ability to effectively manage and juggle multiple projects, including staffing, workplans, deliverables, timelines and budgets
  • Experience in leadership of multi-disciplinary research teams
  • Experience providing training, capacity building and technical assistance for research and programming related to gender and youth
  • Demonstrated successful project management skills, along with maturity, diplomacy, and independence to work effectively with in-country partners, donors and project staff
  • Strong strategic sense for business development, committed to developing an innovative research and program base
  • Strong networking and negotiation skills in order to identify, cultivate and sustain viable relationships with donors and other partners as well as communicate knowledgeably about project concepts, progress and impact
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated supervisory and mentorship skills
  • Experience leading research projects funded by USAID, DfID and UN donors highly desired
  • High-level of proficiency in English required and one proficiency in other language highly preferred
Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and 2 writing samples. Due to the large volume of responses we receive, ICRW is not able to provide candidacy status on an individual basis. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. ICRW is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V.
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