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Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (Technical Specialist Level 3)
Title:Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (Technical Specialist Level 3)
Job Location:Kampala Uganda or Nairobi, Kenya

About ICRW:

International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) has been the premier applied research institute focused on women and girls for the last four decades. ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity, and advocate for evidence-based practical solutions to change policies and programs. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with regional offices in South Asia and Africa, ICRW conducts research to inform policies and programs seeking to 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 focal areas include gender-based violence, healthy transitions to adulthood, economic empowerment, HIV/AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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


The Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will conceptualize, lead and provide technical oversight to multiple research and evaluation projects focused on ICRW’s focal areas which include gender-based violence, social inclusion, healthy transitions to adulthood, economic empowerment, HIV/AIDS, 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 Research and Programs, ICRW Africa department and ICRW more broadly. Travel of at least 20-25% will be required.

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks

The Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will lead and contribute to projects across topics, including violence against women, violence against children, women’s land and property rights, women’s economic empowerment and clean energy, HIV&AIDS, adolescent health, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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.

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. Will actively engage with current partners & donors. He/she will also develop and cultivate relations with new partners and donors.

Project Management and Strategic Support: 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.

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 programs.

Technical Advisory Services: The senior specialist will provide technical assistance to a range of clients and partners on issues related to gender integration, monitoring and evaluation, health, adolescent development and more, depending on need.

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

Skills and Experience:

A competitive candidate will bring many of the following credentials, skills and experience:

  • Minimum six years of post-Ph.D. experience or eight years of post-Master’s experience conducting research and evaluation domestically and internationally, with a focus on developing countries.
  • Demonstrated experience participating in multidisciplinary research projects, expertise in qualitative research, including participatory action research highly desirable.
  • 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 vulnerable and marginalized populations, such as adolescent girls, people living with HIV, sexual minorities, commercial se workers and/or in post conflict settings.
  • 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.
  • 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 another language highly preferred.

****Please note this position will be hired upon receipt of funding

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