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Associate Director, Research – Consultant


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.


  • 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.


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.