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Senior Youth and SRHR Specialist
Title:Senior Youth and SRHR Specialist
Job Location:Washington, DC
Department:Global Health, Youth and Development

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.




We are looking for a Senior Youth and Sexual & Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Specialist who will conceptualize, lead and provide technical oversight on multiple research and evaluation projects focused on ICRW’s focal areas. The Senior Youth and SRHR Specialist also will contribute to and lead conceptual and business development opportunities and actively contribute to the Global Health, Youth and Development (GYD) portfolio and ICRW more broadly. The incumbent will maintain recognition outside of ICRW through publishing and speaking in relevant forums and conferences; authoring articles and representing ICRW in the media and with colleague organizations; serving on coalitions and building advocacy efforts in line with current research programs. This position requires up to 25-30% international travel.


Primary Duties: 


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. Actively engages with current partners & donors and develops & cultivates 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.


Technical Advisory Services: Provides technical assistance to a range of clients and partners on issues related to youth development, SRHR, gender equality and depending on need.


Education and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in Public Health, Global Health, Sociology, Anthropology, Demography, Psychology or related fields with six years post PhD experience or master’s degree with eight years of post-graduate experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in multidisciplinary research projects, expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative research.
  • Extensive experience in the design and conduct of formative, operations and evaluation research in different world contexts.
  • Experience with designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation frameworks and methods for projects of varying types and sizes.
  • Experience conducting research with vulnerable and marginalized populations, such as adolescent girls, people living with HIV, sexual minorities, commercial sex workers and/or in post conflict settings.
  • 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.
  • Experience leading research projects funded by USAID, DfID and UN donors highly desired.


  • Quantitative and/or qualitative data analysis skills, to include expertise with one or more of the following analytical software packages: SPSS, STATA, AtlasTi, NVivo.
  • 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.
  • Ability to effectively manage and juggle multiple projects, including staffing, workplans, deliverables, timelines and budgets.
  • Demonstrated supervisory and mentorship skills.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • High-level of proficiency in English required and proficiency in at least one other language highly desired.

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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