GENERAL PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF POSITION:
- Oversees and conducts high-quality literature reviews and synthesis on specific topics related to priority research and advocacy topics on SRHR in humanitarian settings;
- Develops plans for conducting research and evaluation of the Center’s projects in humanitarian settings, including relevant monitoring/tracking frameworks, analysis and reporting plans, baseline assessments and evaluations;
- Leads/coordinates research data collection, project evaluation study design data collection, and analysis for pilot projects in the Center’s priority countries (Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and other relevant priority countries);
- Provides technical support to in-country baseline assessments and monitoring and evaluation for pilot projects in the Center’s priority countries;
- Analyses and extracts quantitative and qualitative data from priority research and project evaluation processes (findings/learnings as well as lessons learned and good practices) and ensures knowledge and recommendations are disseminated internally, and externally to influence humanitarian service providers and policy-makers;
- As possible, identify key knowledge and evidence gaps on access to reproductive healthcare in humanitarian settings and undertake original research to support Center advocacy priorities;
- Ensures alignment of research and evaluation activities and outputs with organizational monitoring, evaluation and learning, including review and development of relevant tools and approaches for measuring effectiveness of project interventions;
- International travel is required, including to regions experiencing conflict and crisis to conduct field visits for data gathering, data validation/monitoring the quality and completeness of data collection, capturing/documenting lessons learned and best practices, and providing capacity building to partners in-country as needed;
- Represents the Center on the Research and Data sub-working group of the Inter-Agency Working Group for Reproductive Health in Crises, in addition to attending other relevant external meetings and events as required;
- Where needed, provides input to the Center’s Communications team on the research work in humanitarian settings including materials, updates for social media and for e-mail listservs of allied organizations in addition to providing inputs to the development of Center publications on relevant topics;
- Assists with other institutional responsibilities as required;
CRITICAL POSITION BEHAVIORS:
Innovative: Demonstrated ability to be innovative and highly productive, with a focus on excellence in a high energy, fast moving, deadline orientated environment
Adaptive/flexible: Has a can do/will do attitude and demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk-taking.
Initiative: Effectively responds to pressure or crisis situations and acts professionally. Uses resources well. Follows through on ideas, assignments and open issues. Must possess a “can-do” and “will-do” attitude.
Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center’s high standards and mission.
Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members and others at the Center.
Empathy: An empathetic, approachable team player who engenders trust and confidence, with an inherent ability to interact positively with all members of the Center staff.
Independent Worker/Thinker: Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting.
Confident: Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and his/her work, but be able to take direction and criticism professionally.
Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.
POSITION KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Strong commitment to the Center’s mission, purpose, and values;
- Masters/postgraduate degree in public health or global health
- Minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience working in research and evaluation, including experience of working in resource constrained (ideally humanitarian) contexts;
- Knowledge of international human rights and understanding of sexual and reproductive health and humanitarian response systems, and familiarity with a rights-based approach to health;
- Demonstrable skills and experience in design, conduct and analysis of quantitative and qualitative research;
- Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative tools/methodologies for monitoring and evaluating project progress and impact;
- Familiarity with data collection and research methods required for impact assessment;
- Demonstrated ability and success in translating data/results into practice (through publications, reports, and advocacy briefs);
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to communicate to diverse audiences, and to design reports and research for advocacy presentations;
- Solid diplomatic and interpersonal skills: ability to effectively liaise and coordinate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including donors and partners;
- 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 work independently while within a team;
- Ability to travel up to 25% of the time;
- Fluency in English and French (verbal and written);
- Exemplary computer skills including Microsoft Office and familiarity with data analysis software
- Significant experience working in cross-cultural settings in the Global South and humanitarian contexts;
- Demonstrated experience in leading processes for designing, conducting and analysing project evaluations (including impact assessments) would be a distinct advantage;
- Working knowledge of SPSS/SAS/R or Nvivo, or equivalent data analysis software, would be highly desirable;
- Facilitation and capacity building/training skills in research and evaluation;
- Experience in project management, including working with virtual teams and external partners.