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Gender Economist
Title:Gender Economist
Job Location:Kampala, Uganda

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.

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 Economist will conceptualize, lead and provide technical oversight to multiple research and evaluation projects focused on gender, economic empowerment and livelihoods. The successful candidate will lead and contribute to projects across sectors and topics, including agriculture, labor markets, intrahousehold bargaining, unpaid care and trade. S/he will also contribute to and lead conceptual and business development opportunities and contribute actively to the Gender, Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods portfolio and ICRW more broadly. Travel of at least 20-25% will be required.


Master’s degree in Economics or a related discipline (Political Science, Sociology, Social Demography, etc.).


Minimum four years of post-master’s experience conducting research and evaluation on gender economics, and livelihoods internationally, with a focus on developing countries.

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks

Research, Monitoring and Evaluation: Has contributed substantially to rigorous observational research studies, experimental and quasi-experimental intervention studies. Works in multi-disciplinary teams to design, supervise, and undertake quantitative and mixed-methods research. Develops research tools and implementation plans. Supervises research field teams. 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. Monitors research project implementation in line with the M&E framework and workplan.

Project Management: Overseeing and contributing to development and management of project implementation (including workplans and budgets), recruitment and supervision of field teams and consultants, liaising with ICRW support units and managing partner relationships at national and sub national levels.

Business Development: Works with Portfolio Director and other Senior Staff to 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 with donors and funders.

Representation: Maintains professional expertise and recognition outside of ICRW through publishing and attending relevant forums. Authors publications and represents ICRW in the media and with partner organizations. Actively participates in technical working groups, and ns and contributes to policy advocacy efforts in line with the institutional projects on gender, women’s economic empowerment, and livelihoods. Participate in cross-country project learning initiatives.


  • Expertise in gender, economic empowerment and livelihoods
  • Experience in the design and implementation of formative, operations and evaluation research in gender, economic empowerment and livelihoods
  • Qualitative analysis skills with expertise with analytical software such as NVIVO, or Atlas.Ti
  • Quantitative data analysis skills, to include expertise with one or more of the following analytical software packages: SPSS, STATA is a plus
  • Ability to effectively manage and juggle multiple projects, including staffing, workplans, deliverables, timelines and budgets
  • Peer reviewed publications in gender and feminist economics
  • Experience in coordinating multi-disciplinary research teams
  • Experience providing training, capacity building of research field teams on ethics, data collection, analysis, and report writing
  • Demonstrated successful project management skills, and independence to work effectively with in-country partners, donors and project staff
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated supervisory and mentorship skills
  • High-level of proficiency in English required and one proficiency in other language highly preferred


Interested candidates are expected to submit a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples.

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 fulfillment - 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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