WPE-SRH Research Specialist

Website The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Job available in these locations:

New York, NEW YORK, United States
London, United Kingdom

Requisition ID: req28489

Job Title: WPE-SRH Research Specialist

Sector: Violence Prevention and Response

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: New York, NY HQ USA

Job Description


Background/IRC Summary:  Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global leader in providing emergency relief, rehabilitation, post conflict development, human rights protection, resettlement services and advocacy for refugees and others uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is committed to restoring hope, freedom, dignity, and self-reliance. IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and thorough accountability to those we serve.

IRC is one of the first humanitarian organizations to bring together specific disciplines involved in violence prevention and response in conflict affected settings to ensure collaborative and still specialized support to survivors and those at risk of violence. Over the past 25 years, IRC’s Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU) has pioneered and implemented programs that prevent and respond to violence against women and girls across 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.  The Women’s Protection and Empowerment team within the VPRU is a leader in GBV innovation, programming, and research. This position is housed within the Violence Prevention and Response team and will collaborate with IRC’s research team at the Airbel Impact Lab, technical advisors and country teams implementing services for Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH).

**Job is pending confirmed funding.

Scope of Work:  

The IRC is a leading pioneer of GBV/WPE and SRH programming, as well as violence prevention and response research.  The goal of this project is to rigorously evaluate women’s preferences as well as service provider experiences in integrated GBV-SRH service delivery and approaches through qualitative human-centered design research in two humanitarian contexts, identify best practices and promising approaches in the delivery of integrated GBV-SRH response programming.  From the research and evaluation, the GBV-SRH Specialist will write a guidance note for practitioners which help inform a toolkit to be developed after this initial research (pending funding).

This role will be coordinating research with Airbel and country teams to delve into WPE-SRH integration and women’s preferences in how WPE-SRH services integrate, collaborate, and coordinate together.  In addition to coordination, this role will be responsible for co-analyzing data; conducting a desk review; ensuring research methods and implementation follow the GBV guiding principles, WHO research standards on GBV, and GBV Minimum Standards on research; and formulating an initial guidance note for WPE-SRH practitioners based on research findings and in line with GBV Minimum Standards and MISP.

The WPE-SRH Specialist will be responsible for the successful implementation and coordination of rigorous and ethical research as part of this portfolio, including coordination with Airbel and programmatic counterpoints. 

Major Responsibilities:

·       Work closely with research unit, VPRU/Health technical units, and country programs implementation sites to coordinate research studies

·       Ensure research (also called user centered design) adheres to IRC research standards, GBV Minimum Standards and WHO Guidelines

·       Ensures training for research as needed, including for both user-centered design research and qualitative research efforts, are in line with GBV guiding principles

·       Support data analysis efforts, including taking initiative to start new analyses

·       Leads on drafting of guidance note based on research

·       Lead in donor reporting and research budget management

·       Assist in business development opportunities to advance the research portfolio when applicable;

·       Present research findings internally and externally at various fora

·       Ensure development of and uptake of a dissemination strategy for practitioners

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Senior Technical Advisor, Technical Innovation, Violence Prevention and Response Unit

Other key relationships: Airbel, WPE and SRH Technical Advisors, 2 IRC service delivery programs

Job Requirements:

Education: Preferred master degree in social science, public health, women’s studies, or related field

Work Experience: 3-6 years of experience working on implementing women’s protection and empowerment, SRH, GBV (ideally integration, coordination, and collaboration of GBV and SRH activities) in humanitarian contexts or other related topics; experience in researching

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

·       Ability to work across sectors coordinating a study and bring people together from different perspective to work collaboratively

·       Knowledge of ethical principles related to sensitive study topics, such as violence against women and SRHR

·       Understanding of roots of GBV and denial of SRH services to women and girls and how they are linked

·       Understanding of why GBV and SRH practitioners collaborate and coordinate in service delivery to women and girls

·       Demonstrated research coordination skills. Experience with user-centered design practices, including qualitative research, preferred.

·       Desirable knowledge of qualitative analysis

·       Demonstrated academic/strong writing skills

·       Experience conducting research in GBV or SRH.

·       Ability to create relationships across cultures and expertise online and in person

·       Excellent oral and written communication and attention to detail

Working Environment:  Standard office work environment, up to 30% travel in insecure environments. 

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, l’Égalité et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.


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