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Background

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children, and young people. As a research and advocacy organization, WRC is dedicated to securing systemic changes in policy and practice that ensure uprooted women, children and young people can fully exercise their rights to protection, services, and self-sufficiency.

Scope of Work

The Associate Director for Research provides overall guidance to the research unit in the development and implementation of research and work plan that advances the WRC’s organizational priorities. The Associate Director for Research will serve as principal investigator on several studies in addition to provide overall management for the research team. The position is currently based in New York and will report directly to the Senior Director of the Gender Equality and Inclusion Program.

This role will be a part-time, temporary role to cover an upcoming leave. It is expected to begin on May 31st and will last approximately six months (ending in November).

Essential Job Functions

Support the research team’s efforts by performing a range of tasks, including but not limited to:

Leadership and Management of Research Unit

  • Provide direction on the development and implementation of research and evaluation initiatives that advance WRC priorities.
  • Lead proposal development on research and program evaluation efforts in collaboration with technical advisors.
  • Provide supervisory support to research team members.
  • Lead capacity development initiatives for staff on research and ethics.

Research Implementation

  • Serve as PI for multiple research projects related to WRC programmatic areas of SRH, GBV and Protection.
  • Ensure all WRC research abides by donor requirements, ethics and implementation protocols.
  • Oversee and/or develop high-quality literature reviews on specific topics related to priority research and advocacy aims.
  • Provide overall research technical backstopping for organization, including guidance for research design, methodologies, and appropriate analytic plans.
  • Document and share research findings through participant, project and donor reports and speaking engagements (e.g. conference panels).
  • Identify and advocate evidence-based program models in humanitarian settings to advance focused attention to high-quality data and evidence generation.

Requirements

  • Doctorate in public health or related field
  • 7-10 years of experience implementing research and program evaluation in resource constrained (ideally humanitarian) contexts
  • Demonstrated success translating research to practice (through publications, reports, and advocacy briefs)
  • Experience implementing in-house and external capacity building efforts, including webinars or trainings, around diverse research and/or program evaluation topics
  • Demonstrated success analyzing and publishing research and/or program evaluation findings
  • Understanding of health/SRH, GBV, and Protection across the continuum of humanitarian action
  • Familiarity with the use of technology for data collection
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including for reports, grant-writing, and research for advocacy presentations
  • Solid diplomatic and interpersonal skills: the ability to effectively liaise and coordinate with a variety of internal and external professional contacts, donors and partners
  • Successful history of fundraising
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills: the ability to work well under strong pressure in a fast-paced, high-functioning and detail-oriented team environment
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time
  • Exemplary computer skills: facility with SPSS/SAS/R/STATA, Nvivo or other qualitative software, Excel, Word, and email/internet software
  • All employees must abide by WRC’s Humanitarian Accountability statement

Reports to: Senior Director for Strategy
Location: Remote to start – New York, NY
Status: Part-time, 2-3 days per week
Compensation: $100 – $170 per hour commensurate with experience

How to Apply

Please apply via cover letter and resume via this link.

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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, and qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Background

The Self-Reliance Index (SRI) is a scored survey tool for measuring the progress of refugee, internally displaced, returnee and other conflict impact households toward self-reliance over time. It is primarily intended to support practitioners in designing and providing effective refugee services in countries of first asylum. It may also assist in targeting populations for assistance, highlighting service gaps, and informing funding priorities. The SRI was developed through a three-year multi-stakeholder process involving over 25 contributing partners, including NGOs, UNHCR, research entities, foundations, and government agencies. The SRI was developed to fill a critical gap in enhancing self-reliance opportunities for refugees by providing a quickly-administered, high-level assessment of key status changes for refugee households. It is expected to evolve and improve as it is more widely used in different contexts.

The SRI it is envisioned as a support to programming, both at the case level (improving assistance to individuals and households), and at the program level to inform and improve program design. It can be useful in targeting/screening of clients for assistance, as well as tracking their progress over time, and potentially in support of responsibly “graduating” clients from assistance when it is no longer needed.

The SRI can support all types of programming, whether the focus is a sector-based intervention, such as health care or livelihoods, or a broader spectrum of services. As the SRI is meant to track progress or the lack thereof over time, it can assist organizations in prioritizing services and referrals in those domains where progress is slow or lacking.

Beyond monitoring outcomes for households, the SRI can aid in program-level monitoring to better detect the combined impact of all supports and services provided to the household. In addition, aggregated data from the SRI could be used to help detect trends and provide comparisons among populations, regions and the relative effectiveness of different types of programming in leading to self-reliance.

Who is the intended user of the SRI?

The SRI is “open source” and may be used by anyone. The SRI is issued under a Creative Commons license, which allows anyone to use the tool for non-commercial purposes and requires users to credit the source. Service providers assisting non-camp-based refugees with any form of support (e.g. livelihoods, cash, food, health care, child protection, case management, etc.) are expected to find the SRI most useful. These providers may include NGOs, intergovernmental agencies and governments. Within these entities, it is anticipated that case managers, project officers, or M&E specialists would be tasked with administering the SRI with clients.

It is expected that agencies using the SRI will measure clients on all assessment domains, regardless of their specific project focus or sector. In this way, the SRI may encourage closer coordination among humanitarian, development, grassroots and government services to ensure holistic support for refugee households. Even agencies providing sector-specific support (e.g. only child protection) are likely to find the holistic view of household status provided by the SRI useful in tailoring their services and the questions do not require specialized technical knowledge to answer. As noted above, donors and researchers may also find the SRI useful.

Goal

The goal of this E-Learning Training Course & Module Development Scope of Work is to create an E-Learning platform that ensures reliable practitioner implementation of the SRI.

Scope of Work

The consultant/ firm will be responsible for the following:

  • Instructionally design modules based on existing RSRI and SRI content and interviews with the SRI matter expert(s);
  • Designing and developing a functional prototype of the online learning modules for review and validation by designated RSRI project and partner members;
  • Completing development of the self-paced and interactive learning modules;

Specifically, the consultant will perform the following tasks:

1. Project Management

  • Participate in an initial kick-off meeting (within the first 10 days) to meet with the designated SRI team, to discuss the project, validate critical objectives, agree on learning objectives, and to develop a project plan to guide the project through completion;
  • Provide weekly updates on progress of assignment to the project supervisor;
  • Manage content reviews with SRI designated team members and partners.

2. Content Design and Development

  • Work with designated SRI project team members to understand existing content and to instructionally design the content into storyboards, if necessary, to meet the agreed learning objectives.

In consultation with RSRI, the consultant should present three (3) distinct sample user interface designs for the module(s), each to include an example of a welcome/ main menu screen and a page of sample content. These designs should include color palettes (existing SRI palette is preferred), header and footer sections, navigational and menu buttons. RSRI will work with the consultant to refine the designs and select a final interface.

Any identified deficiencies in the selected design identified during the validation process will be corrected by the consultant and approved and accepted by RSRI.

Existing SRI course content is currently developed in Word, PDF and PowerPoint formats. Each module of the training is expected to take no more than 40 minutes to complete, which should be further broken down into topics of no more than 15 minutes each.

  • SRI project team and the consultants will validate the selected design. This will ensure that the final product will have:
    • An overall design plan and architecture.
    • A consistent look and feel.
    • A common and apparent navigation strategy.
    • Interactive exercises.
    • Required visuals – flow charts/decision trees/sketches/interactive image maps/videos, etc.
    • Facility to incorporate translations.
  • It is expected that the entire SRI E-Learning Course will be (approximately) 8 modules longer, using the following as a guide:
    • Context setting and definitions of self-reliance (30 minutes)
    • Introduction to the SRI and User Guide (20 minutes)
    • Review of Section 1/Biodata (30 minutes)
    • Review of Section 2/ Scored domain including practice scenarios (40 minutes)
    • Review of Sections 3 & 4 (20 minutes)
    • Setting up data collection, data integration, including Data Sharing Agreements (40 minutes)
    • Basic data review, export and analysis (40 minutes)
    • Scenario scoring testing (40 minutes)
  • Training should ensure:
    • Training should also direct the learners to appropriate links for additional reading resources
    • Case studies/scenarios with closed-ended questions will be part of the overall training module
    • Number of assessment questions “check-for-understanding” embedded in each module
    • The consultant should be aware of the culture contexts of the learners
    • Images and references should be culturally appropriate

Deliverables

  • User Interface Treatments
  • Functional Prototype Delivery
  • Completion and Review of Storyboards (if required)
  • Delivery and Review of Alpha Level Modules
  • Deliver itemized list of revisions
  • Validation of Beta Modules
  • Delivery of Completed Modules
  • Sign-Off and Delivery of Training Materials to RSRI

Duration/Timelines

The work is expected to start once the contract is signed by the Consultant, it is expected to be completed in approximately 65 working days.

Experience

  • The consultant firm’s team must be comprised of qualified experts, with a demonstrated track record in developing quality online learning. Overall experience of firm should be more than 5+ years.
  • It is expected that the team have experience developing online learning in low-bandwidth environments and have knowledge of delivering online learning in developing countries.
  • The firm should have a strong project management ability and excellent communication skills.
  • References and examples of past work are required and should be included in the proposal.

How to Apply

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

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Background

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children, and young people. As a research and advocacy organization, WRC is dedicated to securing systemic changes in policy and practice that ensure uprooted women, children and young people can fully exercise their rights to protection, services, and self-sufficiency.

Scope of Work

The Asylum Campaign communications coordinator is responsible for managing all aspects of a nascent two-year campaign on asylum rights in the United States. This position will report directly to the director of external communications and will work closely with the asylum campaign manager and the Migrant Rights and Justice (MRJ) team at WRC. The campaign communications coordinator will serve as the primary point of communications contact for a coalition of organizations involved in the Asylum Campaign.

The Asylum Campaign communications coordinator will help lead the coordination of campaign talking points and messaging documents across the coalition and will craft all WRC talking points, press releases, social media copy, and briefing documents for press related to the campaign.

Under the supervision of and in collaboration with the director of external communications and the asylum campaign manager, and in close coordination with the MRJ team, the Asylum Campaign communications coordinator will serve as the liaison for external PR firms and on all WRC asylum-related press calls; manage rapid response communications efforts, press briefings, and events; and work with the director of external communications on paid media content production during the campaign.

Essential Job Functions

  • Craft talking points, press releases, press memos, and official statements for distribution to media and other constituents.
  • Ensure coordination across a diverse coalition of partners to ensure message discipline, press coordination, and research-informed persuasion.
  • Craft and post social media copy; create digital toolkits.
  • Build and maintain WRC press contacts on asylum.
  • Proactive flacking: Engage and pitch media on asylum issues.
  • Serve as primary communications coordinator with coalition members.
  • Liaise with public relations firms and other external vendors.
  • Work closely with MRJ program staff members to identify opportunities and develop related communication materials.
  • Manage Asylum Campaign editorial calendar.
  • Manage all communications aspects of rapid response efforts (including crafting talking points, press releases, social media copy, media engagement).

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five to seven years’ experience in political or advocacy campaign communications required, experience in rapid response efforts preferred.
  • Excellent press contacts.
  • Knowledge of US asylum and/or international humanitarian and human rights work required.
  • Outstanding communications skills, both verbal and written, and the ability to grasp and communicate asylum policies for targeted audiences via traditional and social media.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including ability to conduct and coordinate multiple tasks under pressure to ensure rapid response deadlines are met.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
  • Strong commitment to the mission and goals of WRC.
  • Spanish or French proficiency a plus.

Reports to: Director of External Communications
Position: Regular, Full-Time for two years with possibility for longer depending on funding
Location: Washington, D.C.
Closing Date: Until filled

How to Apply

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

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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, and qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Background

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) works to improve the lives and defend the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children, and young people. As a research and advocacy organization, WRC is dedicated to securing systemic changes in policy and practice that ensure uprooted women, children and young people can fully exercise their rights to protection, services, and self-sufficiency.

Migrant Rights and Justice Program

Migrant, stateless, and refugee women and children around the world routinely face legal and human rights violations. WRC’s Migrant Rights and Justice Program holds governments accountable to their obligation to respect women and children’s rights, so they can find safety, access justice, and rebuild their lives.

Our rights and justice work includes issues of asylum, access to protection, immigration detention, family separation, and unaccompanied children’s rights.

Scope of Work

The Women’s Refugee Commission’s Migrant Rights and Justice Program is hiring an asylum campaign manager to develop and manage a campaign to restore and establish humane, fair, and accessible access to asylum in the United States.

The campaign manager is responsible for developing, managing, and implementing a campaign and advocacy effort to counter years of attacks on the asylum system, and to restore and defend the rights of those seeking protection at US borders and along the migrant route, advocate for the restoration of asylum rights in the United States, and create a more just, humane, and dignified approach to asylum. The campaign aims to mobilize targeted public allies and organizations, and, ultimately, policymakers.

The asylum campaign manager will work closely with WRC staff, including the communications department and the Migrant Rights and Justice program, and will coordinate closely with allied organizations to build and implement a strong coalition campaign that leverages partners’ strengths and magnifies our collective efforts.

This includes:

  1. coordinating WRC’s leadership on the campaign to ensure strong collaboration and partnership engagement;
  2. developing a campaign structure and coordinating roles for steering committee membership and partnerships with allies;
  3. working closely with the campaign communications coordinator on campaign communications efforts;
  4. working with partners to develop campaign strategy and activities;
  5. coordinating and leading campaign implementation with partners; and
  6. working with WRC leadership and partners to engage with funders in support of securing continued funding for the campaign.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned campaigner, an exceptional manager, and a collaborative leader. The candidate must possess a nuanced understanding of complex political landscapes (preferably with an understanding of the immigration landscape in particular), and be able to manage inter-organizational relationships.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage development of a campaign structure in alliance and coordination with partners.
  • Lead campaign strategy, oversight, and coordination in collaboration with partners, and coordinate and lead WRC’s role in the campaign with support from the WRC campaign communications coordinator and MRJ program and communications staff.
  • Build and manage relationships with coalition partners and stakeholders on an ongoing basis to ensure an inclusive campaign.
  • Work with partners and the campaign communications coordinator to implement rapid response and action plans.
  • Draft campaign materials, including but not limited to letters or policy advocacy statements, reports, website content, fact sheets, etc., in coordination with the Migrant Rights and Justice team, WRC communications, organizational allies, and issue experts.
  • Work with the campaign communications organizations, WRC communications and MRJ staff, and partner organizations to develop and employ strategic online advocacy activities, including online petitions, calls to action, and online and in-person organizing activities.
  • Possible role in speaking with members of the media on background and on the record when needed in coordination with the WRC’s communications director, the campaign communications coordinator, and partner organizations.
  • Support fundraising efforts and grant reporting as needed. Work with the Senior Director of Migrant Rights and Justice and development department on foundation proposals and materials.
  • Manage potential consultants, vendors, and interns.
  • Uphold WRC’s values internally and externally.

Skills and Background

The ideal candidate possesses many or all of the following skills and experiences:

  • Issue campaign expertise: Experience with diverse campaigning strategies and tactics, including focusing on private sector, civil society, and government actors. Knowledge of strategies for building public support, driving pressure on targets, shifting public discourse, and changing targets’ behavior. Experience with building issue campaigns, public mobilization, and online activism.
  • Advocacy experience: Experience in advocacy and lobbying, including working with coalition partners, drafting coalition letters and policy statements, and mobilizing pressure on decision makers.
  • Building coalitions and teams: Experience with recruiting allies, building coalitions, and working with allied organizations, networks, and communities.
  • Online campaigning experience: Experience with online strategies and platforms for recruiting, engaging, and mobilizing large numbers of people. Proficiency in online petition and organizing platforms, including Action Network and major third-party petition platforms, such as MoveOn, Change.org, etc. Proficient in major online marketing and social media platforms, including MailChimp, WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.
  • Offline campaign experience: Experience with strategies for building public pressure on campaign targets. These include media engagement; generating constituent pressure through grassroots phone calls, volunteer-led protests, and events; meetings with target decision-makers, etc.
  • Strong writing skills: Clear and efficient English-language communicator across multiple formats and styles – succinct petitions, policy statements, coalition letters, email alerts, activist materials, phone alerts, social media, etc.
  • Issue and regional knowledge: Demonstrated interest and knowledge of human rights, US immigration policy, and US migrant and asylum rights and policy specifically, including women’s rights.
  • Operations mindset: Comfortable building systems to measure and track success. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Commitment to anti-racist and intersectional campaigns that build power across diverse communities.
  • Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment and make good decisions in service to the mission, including recognizing when to bring issues or concerns to upper management.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, work independently, and function as a member of a team.
  • Proficient in basic office productivity platforms, including Microsoft Office, Google Suite, video and audio conference call platforms, etc.
  • Exceptional management skills and several years’ management experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead collaboratively across departments and agencies, and identify best-practices.
  • Highly developed strategic problem-solving and execution skills; ability to achieve excellence and meet multiple goals and deadlines within a complex landscape and fast-paced environment.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Ability to work in the US.
  • Language skills are a plus, including but not limited to Spanish and French.

Reports to: Senior Director, Migrant Rights and Justice
Position: Regular, Full-Time for two years with possibility for longer depending on funding
Location: Washington, D.C., or NYC
Starting Date: ASAP
Closing Date: Until filled

How to Apply

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

APPLY NOW

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, and qualified applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.