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Research Advisor


The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is a research and advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crises. We research their needs, identify solutions, and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Research to Action

WRC is a credible source of evidence-based research for advocacy and is growing as a leader in the humanitarian sector in participatory research approaches. WRC’s research has historically helped to shape the humanitarian agenda—specifically in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, disabilities, adolescent programming, and livelihoods/cash. WRC is dedicated to the enhancement and support of interdisciplinary, high-quality qualitative and quantitative research to continue to inform its advocacy. The focus of WRC’s program assessment, monitoring, and evaluation is to support practical improvements in advocacy, policy, and programming for crisis-affected populations.

Scope of Work

The research advisor will report directly to the associate director, research, to support the design, implementation, and analysis of high-quality research efforts across diverse technical areas at the WRC. The research advisor will also be engaged in institutional measurement and learning to advance our internal strategic priority area on measurement and learning. This position is remote/home based until January 4, 2022 (thereafter, WRC will implement a hybrid work model), and the candidate must be based in either New York City or Washington, DC.


Under the supervision of the associate director, research, in collaboration with program staff, the research advisor will undertake:

Research Implementation (70%):

  • Conduct desk reviews and develop research tools, guides, and other materials to support implementation of established study protocols.
  • Develop first drafts of a literature review protocol, along with and with support of principal investigator/research advisor (PI/RA).
  • Implement literature review protocol, along with and with support of PI/RA.
  • Develop study protocols and liaise with ethical review boards.
  • Draft first versions of interview guides, with support of PI/RA.
  • Conduct key informant interviews, along with and with support of PI/RA.
  • Undertake analysis of qualitative and quantitative data sets with support of PI/RA.
  • Compile research protocols, with support of PI/RA.
  • Manage primary data related to research and learning activities, with support of PI/RA.
  • Support data collection, including training on quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, either in person or virtually.
  • Support research quality assurance efforts and on-site visits.
  • Manage data, including data cleaning, develop codebooks and code qualitative data.
  • Analyze research findings to develop toolkits, training curriculums, and other knowledge products for humanitarian practitioners.
  • Contribute to manuscript development and manage submissions to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Compile and present results, including writing reports, toolkits, policy papers, advocacy briefs, and journal articles.

Project Management (30%):

  • Support planning of advocacy events, including launch events for dissemination of research findings.
  • Lead in managing subcontracts and sub-agreements, including pre-award selection and solicitation, negotiation, and development of TORs/SOWs.
  • Support the preparation of funding proposals, including proposal writing and costing efforts.
  • Prepare and manage project budgets and narrative reporting for selected research projects.
  • Support knowledge management of research outputs across research unit projects.


Education and skills

  • Master’s degree in public health, or similar social science.
  • 3–5 years’ work experience in low-resourced environments; in humanitarian settings preferred.
  • Experience in one or more WRC program areas, such as adolescent programming, disabilities, gender-based violence, livelihoods/cash, or sexual and reproductive health.
  • Desired knowledge: economic recovery; gender-transformative approaches; localization agenda; sexual and gender-based violence; MHPSS; SOGIESC; violence against men and boys.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation and/or data management.
  • Experience in toolkit development or curriculum development.
  • Experience conducting qualitative (including with participatory methods) and quantitative data collection, analysis, and report writing.
  • Strong skills in qualitative and quantitative data analysis; comfort using Nvivo or Dedoose and STATA.
  • Proven track record writing reports and policy papers for varied audiences.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including grant writing and presentation expertise.
  • Solid diplomatic skills: the ability to effectively liaise with a variety of internal and external professional contacts.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines while paying attention to detail.
  • Ability to work across multiple programs.
  • Solid organizational skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Good computer skills: facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software.
  • Languages: preferred working knowledge of French, Arabic, or Spanish.

Reports to: Associate Director, Research, Women’s Refugee Commission
Position: Full-time, contract for 12 months, renewable pending further successful fundraising efforts
Salary: Band 6, Practicing Professional; Salary range: $56,305 – $89,844
Location: New York, NY, or Washington, DC (temporarily remote due to COVID)
Deadline to Apply: November 12, 2021

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume via this link.


The Women’s Refugee Commission is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, gender identify, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.