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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Research Technical Advisor, International Rescue Committee, New York, NY

Research Technical Advisor

Posted on: October 21, 2013
Posted by: International Rescue Committee


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict. IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 25 areas affected by conflict. We address both the immediate, life saving needs of conflict-affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post-conflict societies.

The IRC aims to achieve a world in which women and girls pursue their potential, free from violence and inequality. We invest in research with women and girls to 1) better understand the realities, lives and priorities of the women and girls with whom we work, particularly in relation to violence and abuse; 2) inform more woman-centered and responsive program design; 3) evaluate program impact; and 4) influence approaches and interventions in the wider humanitarian and development sector.


This position provides technical support to research on women's empowerment and violence against women and girls in countries in conflict, crisis, post-conflict and post-crisis settings.


Lead the design and implementation of research in collaboration with technical advisors, field programs and research partners,
Present and publish research findings in academic journals and practitioner-focused outlets;
Contribute to or lead the development of concept notes and proposals for research projects.
Share the latest research on women's empowerment and violence against women and girls with technical units and field programs to support evidence-based programming
Proactively develop and manage partnerships with academics, consultants and other organizations that conduct related research
Represent research across the organization, serving as a key resource to IRC staff seeking information, including external relations and advocacy departments. Respond to field queries regarding research and evaluation and present findings in actionable terms.
Represent research and IRC in outside meetings and academic forums with donors, other non-governmental organizations, inter-agency working groups, foundations and other practitioners in the field.


Ph.D. in public health or relevant field. Strong quantitative or qualitative training and expertise.
A minimum of 3 to 5 years of research experience is required, preferably within a humanitarian, international development setting.
Research related to women's empowerment or violence against women and girls.
Experience of research design in the context of violence and abuse, including a depth of understanding of the specific ethical and safety issues.
Demonstrated expertise in quantitative or qualitative methodology.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrated commitment to research as a tool of social change.
Demonstrated understanding of feminist research theory and practice.
Proficiency in a non-English language is highly desirable, French or Arabic is preferred.
Up to 40% travel may be required.


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