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Gender and Health Specialist (Technical Specialist Level 1)
Title:Gender and Health Specialist (Technical Specialist Level 1)
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 Gender and Health Specialist possess strong analytical skills and demonstrated experience in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation, particularly related to gender, including gender based violence, sexual and reproductive health, and/or adolescent development, domestically and globally. The position is based at Kampala Uganda or Nairobi, Kenya with up to 25-30% travel.

Primary Duties:

The Gender and Health Specialist will work on a range of research projects, evaluations and gender integration partnerships. Her/his work will include work on a range of issues pertaining to sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as adolescent health, rights and development. Roles and responsibilities will involve the following:

Research, Monitoring and Evaluation: The Gender and Health Specialist will contribute to design, undertake and supervise research and program evaluations pertaining to issues related to adolescent health, rights and development and gender equality. Working both independently and in collaboration with others, he/she will: help conceptualize research plans, develop qualitative and quantitative data collection instruments, undertake literature reviews and analyses, supervise data collection, analyze data and communicate findings in written reports for various audiences.

Business Development: The Gender and Health Specialist will contribute to the development of successful business development opportunities in areas including but not limited to literature reviews, writing portions of technical content, proposal budget development, etc. Will assist in developing basic proposals from inception to submittal in collaboration with other members of a portfolio team and senior staff. 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: The Gender and Health Specialist will contribute to and sometimes lead the management of team processes and timelines, supervise junior staff, interface independently with donors and partners, and manage project budgets and deliverable schedules.

Representation: The Gender and Health Specialist will represent ICRW in various venues of strategic importance to the organization.

Technical Advisory Services: The 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.


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 two years of post-Ph.D. experience or four years of post-Master’s experience in conducting research and evaluation internationally, with a focus on developing countries.
  • Proven experience in researching gender, health and adolescent/youth development issues in low and middle-income countries.
  • Experience in the design and conduct of formative, operations and evaluation research in health and social sciences in coordination with multiple international and in-country partners.
  • Previous research experience for projects funded by USAID, DfID and UN donors highly desired.
  • Expertise in quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed methods data collection and analysis, to include proficiency with one or more of the following analytical software packages: SPSS, STATA, SAS, Atlas.ti, NVivo or similar packages.
  • Ability to effectively manage and juggle multiple projects, including staffing, workplans, deliverables, timelines and budgets, along with maturity, diplomacy and independence to work effectively with in-country partners, donors and project staff.
  • Experience in providing training, capacity building and technical assistance for research and programming on gender and health issues.
  • Ability to provide direction to junior 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.
  • 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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