Job Opening: Sexual and RH Specialist at ICRW in Washington, DC

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Sexual and Reproductive Health Specialist



Sexual and Reproductive Health Specialist



Job Location:

Washington, DC





For nearly 40 years, ICRW has been the premier applied research institute focused on women and girls.  Headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with regional offices in South Asia and Africa, ICRW conducts research that will inform policies and programs seeking
to alleviate poverty, promote gender equality and protect the rights of women and girls. Corporations, foundations, governments and civil society organizations partner with ICRW to discover through rigorous research how to dismantle barriers and help women
and girls achieve their full potential.  ICRW’s focal areas include adolescent girls, agriculture and food security, economic empowerment, HIV and AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based and intimate partner violence.

At ICRW, we believe that research can and should be a process of social development, and employ participatory methods when appropriate.  Further, ICRW pursues intersectional research to the greatest extent possible when resources allow.  All research we undertake
serves to advance ICRW’s mission of improving the status of women and girls, promoting gender equality and eradicating poverty.


ICRW is seeking a candidate with expertise in research on sexual and reproductive health/family planning (SRH/FP) and adolescent health, rights and development issues.  The ideal candidate will possess strong analytical skills and demonstrated experience in
qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation, particularly related to SRH/FP and adolescents and youth globally. The position is based at ICRW’s Washington, DC headquarters, with up to 25-30% international travel.


The Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Specialist will work on a range of research projects, evaluations and gender integration partnerships. Her/his work will focus primarily, but not exclusively, on SRH/FP and issues related to adolescent health, rights
and development. Roles and responsibilities will involve the following:

Research and Evaluation:  The SRH Specialist will contribute to, design, undertake and supervise research and program evaluations pertaining to SRH/FP and issues related to adolescent health,
rights and development and gender equality. Working both independently and in collaboration with others, he/she will: help conceptualize research plans, develop qualitative and quantitative data collection instruments, undertake literature reviews and analyses,
supervise data collection, analyze data and communicate findings in written reports for various audiences. Specific projects may include qualitative research on the role of couple communications regarding family planning, gender integration into SRH/FP programs,
and research in diverse contexts in which child marriage occurs.

Program Management and Strategic Support:  The SRH Specialist will contribute to and sometimes lead the management of team processes and timelines, supervise junior staff, interface independently
with donors and partners, and manage project budgets. The candidate will also contribute to grant proposals, including research design, technical writing and project budgeting. He/she will also represent ICRW in various venues of strategic importance to the


A competitive candidate will bring many of the following credentials, skills, and experience:

PhD in Public Health, Demography, Sociology, International Development or related social science, or Master’s degree with at least five years of relevant
post-graduate experience.

Proven experience in researching gender, SRH and adolescent/youth development issues in low and middle-income countries.

Experience in the design and conduct of formative, operations and evaluation research in health and social sciences in coordination with multiple
international and in-country partners.

Expertise in quantitative, qualitative and/or mixed methods data collection and analysis, to include proficiency with one or more of the following
analytical software packages: SPSS, STATA, SAS, Atlas.ti, NVivo or similar packages.

Ability to effectively manage and juggle multiple projects, including staffing, workplans, deliverables, timelines and budgets, along with maturity,
diplomacy and independence to work effectively with in-country partners, donors and project staff.

Experience in providing training, capacity building and technical assistance for research and programming on gender and SRH.

Ability to supervise and mentor other staff and consultants.

Outstanding written and oral communication skills.

Demonstrated ability to translate research findings into clear, compelling written narrative and public presentations for all variety of technical
and non-technical audiences.

Team player with proven ability to work collaboratively with professionals at different levels, including colleagues, partners and donor organizations.

Fluency in English (required); proficiency in French, Arabic, Spanish or other languages (preferred).

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary requirements.  Due to the large volume of responses we receive, ICRW is not able to provide candidacy status on an individual basis. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
ICRW is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V.

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