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Deputy Director
Title:Deputy Director
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 Deputy Director will assist in providing strategic direction, thought leadership, resource and talent management, technical oversight and quality assurance within the global research platform on Global Health, Youth and Development. The Deputy Director will work closely with the Director to develop and implement the overall operations strategy for the Portfolio.  The Deputy Director will engage with key donors and other partners that support this portfolio’s ongoing business development. In addition, the Deputy Director will work closely with the Director and other senior management staff to consider options for portfolio configuration in order to expand career growth opportunities for senior and mid-level research talent. The Director should be travelling up to 25% time. S/he will serve as a member of the Global Senior Management Team (GSMT) and report directly to the Director.

The Deputy Director will work on the development of research, technical assistance, and evaluation related to gender, sexual and reproductive health, child marriage and/or adolescent health and development. The incumbent will possess strong analytical skills and demonstrated experience in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation, particularly related to gender, health and/or adolescent development, domestically and globally.  S/he will contribute to developing new ideas for analytic and program work and leading the development of proposals to secure funding for this work.  The Deputy Director’s responsibilities will include managing projects; mentoring junior staff members; identifying and securing resources for team projects; engaging with donors and partners; and producing high quality deliverables in a timely manner.  Responsibilities 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.


Eight (8) years of post-doctoral or ten (10) years of post-graduate experience in evaluation, research, program and/or policy analysis in gender and development as it relates to several of the following thematic issues: sexual and reproductive health, child marriage and/or adolescent health and development. Demonstrated experience working in low- and middle-income countries. Proven experience in the design and conduct of formative, operations and/or evaluation research in health and social sciences in coordination with multiple international and in-country partners. Proven experience in providing training, capacity building and technical assistance for research and programming on gender and development. Demonstrated ability to translate research findings into policy and/or programming. Significant experience with project and budget management and donor/partner relations is essential.  Spanish, French or other foreign languages a plus.

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks:

Provide managerial and technical leadership on projects:

  • Develops areas of research and proposals focusing on gender, sexual and reproductive health, child marriage and/or adolescent health and development 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, projects and budgets, as well as to disseminate findings. Identifies potential funding sources and partners and actively cultivates potential opportunities.
  • Actively participates in management meetings at all levels of ICRW to push thinking and influence change around our operations approach
  • Directs and provides technical assistance to projects in the GYD portfolio, assuring quality of all aspects of project execution, donor/partner relations, staff and administrative management;
  • Oversees and contributes to development and management of program design and implementation, developing and managing project budgets, pulling together appropriate project teams and supervising staff, liaising with ICRW support units and managing partner and donor relationships

Conducts research, monitoring and evaluation operations:

  • 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.

Provides leadership, facilitate collaboration between all levels of staff and ensures a positive ICRW office experience for employees

  • Ensures that office has robust agenda of office events to foster an environment of collegiality and cohesiveness
  • Leads, coaches, and mentors technical staff so they achieve their goals and business results
  • Facilitates participation in training and professional development activities
  • Encourages networking with colleagues in other ICRW offices and the integration of office activities into appropriate regional and worldwide efforts
  • Provides thought leadership on developing and implementing initiatives to address people issues


  • 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.
  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to translate research findings into clear, compelling written narrative and public presentations for all variety of technical and non-technical audiences
  • 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
  • Strong presentation (written and oral) skills and the ability to distill complex topics into compelling and powerful slides
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated empathetic and inspirational leadership of individuals and teams, including management of highly talented staff.  A culture-carrier, team player and motivator
  • Excellent people and stakeholder management skills; able to provide and receive honest and constructive feedback, and facilitate collaboration to achieve common goals
  • Good judgment and an ability to interpret rules and guidelines flexibly, in keeping with ICRW values.  Able to take a big picture approach and consider the ramifications of decisions on various constituencie
  • Demonstrated supervisory and mentorship skills

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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