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Research and Evaluation Specialist
Title: Research and Evaluation Specialist
Job Location:Washington, DC
Department:Research and Programs

About ICRW:

The 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.

At 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.

Primary Role: 

The Research and Evaluation Specialist will work on the development of research, technical assistance, and evaluation in the field of sexual and reproductive health (SRH). The incumbent will develop and conduct research in the team’s areas of interest, which include SRH, contraceptive use and choice, child marriage, youth, and social/gender norms. S/he will contribute to developing new ideas for analytic and program work and fundraising. The Research and Evaluation Specialist’s responsibilities will include leading quantitative study design and analysis, managing projects; mentoring junior staff members; identifying and securing resources for team projects and producing high quality deliverables in a timely manner. Responsibilities may also include representing the team’s research through publishing, presentations, conferences, media briefings, speaking engagements, and professional networks; and, responsibility for financial planning and budgeting for projects.


PhD or master’s degree in Public Health, Demography, Sociology, International Development or related social science.


PhD with four (4) years or masters with six (6) years of experience in program evaluation and research (quantitative skills required; qualitative preferred as well) in gender and SRH. Demonstrated experience working in low- and middle-income countries. Proven experience in the design and conduct of gender-sensitive program evaluations and primary research in SRH in coordination with multiple international and in-country partners. Proven experience in providing training, capacity building and technical assistance for research and evaluation. Demonstrated ability to translate research findings for multiple audiences, including academic audiences and program implementors. Significant experience with project management and donor/partner relations is essential.


Expertise in quantitative study design and data analysis required, including proficiency with one or more of the following analytical software packages: SPSS, STATA, SAS, or similar. Qualitative and/or mixed methods data collection and analysis expertise strongly preferred, to include proficiency with one or more of the following analytical software packages: Atlas.ti, NVivo or similar packages. Strong understanding of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) principles, concepts, and methodologies. Ability to effectively manage and juggle multiple projects, including staffing, work plans, deliverables, timelines and budgets, along with maturity, diplomacy and independence to work effectively with in-country partners, donors and project staff. Ability to supervise and mentor other staff and consultants. Outstanding written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability to translate research findings into clear, compelling written narrative and public presentations for all variety of technical and non-technical audiences. Team player with proven ability to work collaboratively with professionals at different levels, including colleagues, partners and donor organizations. Fluency in English (required); proficiency in French, Arabic, Spanish or other languages (preferred).

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks:

Research and Data Analysis: Designs and supervises, often in partnership with local and/or international teams, research and program evaluation plans and protocols. Develops methodologies and analytical tools, analyzes primary and secondary data, traces critical pathways influencing and influenced by harmful social practices such as child marriage and violence against women. Specifically, the candidate will work on various projects to develop and coordinate endline data collection and analysis on large, mixed-methods evaluations in Ethiopia and Malawi. Writes high quality reports, manuscripts, and conference presentations.

Project Management: Directs projects, including supervision of project staff, liaising with ICRW support units, and managing partner relationships.

Technical Assistance: Provides technical support to external partners, contributing to development and management of program design and implementation, developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks, conceptualizing and operationalizing indicators to measure complex aspects like social norms and empowerment.

Business Development: Develops areas of research and proposals focusing on women’s and girls’ wellbeing 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. Identifies potential funding sources and actively cultivates potential opportunities.

Representation and Dissemination: Maintains professional expertise and recognition outside of ICRW through publishing and speaking in relevant forums. Authors articles and represents ICRW in the media and with colleague organizations; identifies appropriate forums to disseminate findings to a variety of audiences.

Interested candidates are expected to 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 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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