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Lead Technical Adviser and Capacity Development Manager
Title:Lead Technical Adviser and Capacity Development Manager
Job Location:London, England

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), is a global research organization whose mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty. ICRW seeks candidates for the role of Lead Technical Adviser and Capacity Development Manager for the anticipated FCDO (formerly DFID)-funded What Works II/What Works to Prevent Violence: Impact at Scale Proposal. This 45.5 million GBP, seven-year program beginning in 2021, is the second phase of the Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls: Research and Innovation Fund. This position will be based in London, England.

The programme will have four components:

  • Systematically designing, implementing and rigorously evaluating a range of approaches to scaling up violence prevention efforts, translating proof-of-concept evidence into robust, large-scale programmes and strategies;
  • Designing, piloting and testing new theory-driven violence prevention approaches (innovation);
  • Strengthening long-term capability and capacity to deliver cutting-edge, evidence-based violence prevention programmes across the programme’s grantees, the UK Government (principally FCDO), and developing country governments; and
  • Using evidence to influence a more effective, scaled-up global response to end VAWG.

What Works II will prevent and contribute to eliminating violence against women and girls (VAWG) through the above components. The Lead Technical Adviser and Capacity Development Manager will be responsible for overseeing a network/pool of technical advisers/mentors for scale and innovation projects and quality assuring the technical assistance and capacity development, including supporting grantees to engage effectively with the research components of projects Asia, MENA, and East, Southern, and West Africa.

The Lead Technical Advisor will also provide leadership in convening international and national advisory groups for the programme and monitor technical assistance for quality assurance across the portfolio of grants. S/he will help ensure coherence and synergy across programme partners, including systems development and targeted capacity building, while leading research initiatives in VAWG as well as the development of the VAWG helpdesk, which will provide support to program implementers, researchers and policymakers.

ICRW is looking for a Lead Technical Adviser and Capacity Development Manager for the What Works II programme who has:

  • A minimum 10 years professional experience in management of complex programmes to prevent VAWG, VAC, GBV or IPV. Demonstrated experience in programme design/implementation, policy and advocacy and/or research.
  • Experience managing multi-country technical teams, with significant emphasis on capacity building and scaling up among partners.
  • Prior experience implementing UK government-funded programmes and an understanding of FCDO’s policies, programmes, and operations in the preventing VAWG strongly preferred. Similar experience with another comparable donor agency (EU, UN, GiZ, USAID, SIDA) will also be considered.
  • An advanced degree in international development, public health, research, gender equality, or another relevant field.
  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following areas: gender; VAWG; VAC; sexual and reproductive health and rights; education; research; funds management; life skills and economic empowerment; disability inclusion; and/or policy and advocacy.
  • Fluency in English required, fluency in another relevant programme language strongly preferred (e.g. Swahili, French, Arabic, Portuguese, Urdu, Bengali, understanding, reading and writing of vernacular official languages of the specific countries of Asia region, will be an added advantage.)

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

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample.

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 committed to promoting a culture of equity through our recruitment processes, staff training, policies & procedures, Board membership, and research programming. We believe that all people deserve an equal opportunity for employment, advancement, and fulfilment - regardless of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity & expression, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We are committed to expanding our definition for what diversity means, moving beyond the binaries, and setting new standards for ourselves and across sectors.

ICRW is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law, where applicable. ICRW is an E-Verify Employer.

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