06JAN - Senior Research Officer, Women for Women International - Deadline: N/A

Organization Description

Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped more than 447,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. We serve women in 8 countries offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.

Location – Washington DC

Job Description

The Senior Research Officer position will be primarily responsible for driving the design, management and implementation of rigorous research and evaluation projects undertaken at WfWI, with a primary focus on executing a set of grant-funded randomized evaluation projects on women’s economic empowerment in Nigeria and DRC over a four-year period. S/he will work closely with external academic principal investigators, the Director of Monitoring, Research and Evaluation at WfWI, and field Monitoring & Evaluation teams to manage all aspects of the research/evaluation project management cycle, including questionnaire design, sampling, training, and data collection activities in the field. S/he will be responsible for data cleaning, analysis and reporting of all data collected for rigorous research and evaluation purposes. S/he will work closely with the global MRE team and the Programs team to design and execute target research projects and randomization protocols effectively, and to generate insights and learning from the research and evaluation projects that can be applied to program improvements and policy influence in a timely manner.

Job Responsibilities

Research and Evaluation Design and Project Management

  • Serve as coordinator for the design of rigorous research and evaluation projects, working with external academic Principal Investigators (PIs), the Director of Monitoring, Research and Evaluation (MRE Dir), and WfWI’s Program and MRE management teams.
  • Responsible for design of all study instruments and protocols, for overseeing all aspects of research implementation, including sample size calculations, execution of sampling, randomization of treatments, training of program and M&E field staff to execute the study as per the study’s design and protocols.
  • Responsible for the quality execution of all data collection associated with the research projects.
  • Where necessary, responsible for running RFPs to find local research management/data collection firms for specific projects, and for managing such partners.
  • Support MRE Dir to work with the organization to incorporate evaluation findings to improve our programs.


Data Cleaning and Analysis

  • Write code in STATA to clean, categorise and analyze all data collected for rigorous research and evaluation projects at WfWI, under the guidance of the study’s PI and WfWI’s MRE Dir.
  • Update, maintain and refine cleaning and analysis code.
  • Work under the supervisions of each research project’s PIs on sample size calculations, data cleaning and analysis tasks.
  • Conduct reviews of analysis with peers in the MRE team and effectively critique analysis and find new avenues for exploration in each research project.
  • Coordinate with WfWI’s M&E Data Analysis Officer on data analysis tasks that span both monitoring data and research data.

Research Report Writing

  • Responsible for writing all reports and briefs (at baseline, end line, follow-up) for all rigorous research and evaluation projects undertaken at WfWI.
  • Create all tables and charts that build on analysed data from the project.
  • Conduct literature reviews around the subject of each research and evaluation project.
  • Provide description of the implementation of research protocols through a strong understanding of the realities and challenges of research implementation in each research project.
  • Provide guidance on interpreting results from each research project.


Communication and Dissemination

  • Share learnings from WfWI’s research and evaluation efforts at stakeholder meetings and at relevant partner/policy fora.
  • Support MRE Director in building the organization’s research capacity across all offices, through evidence reviews, training of staff in evidence-based policy, reports on current evaluation results, etc.
  • Support MRE Director to work with organization to incorporate evaluation findings to improve our programs
  • Responsible for keeping informed of the latest developments in measurement approaches, and research and evaluation related to areas of WfWI’s programming work; share such updates in a structured and systematic format with WFWI leadership across all offices.
  • Maintain strong relations with partners who work in related areas on their research and evaluation efforts.
  • Point person for benchmarking of research/evaluation results against other programs and approaches, and communication of learnings from WfWI’s research and evaluation projects.
  • Other duties as required.

Job Requirements

  • A BA/BS graduate in economics, statistics, public policy, international development, or other related science or social science fields required. MA/MS strongly preferred.
  • Four or more years of relevant experience working as a research assistant/analyst to academic economists or implementing an RCT in the field required, of which at least one year of fulltime experience directly conducting data cleaning and analysis using statistical analysis software (STATA/SAS/R).
  • High proficiency and fluency using STATA required.
  • Strong training in quantitative data collection and analysis, questionnaire design, and study design methods including randomized controlled trials (RCTs) required.
  • Previous experience working with large merged datasets and running analyses for peer-reviewed and published research a strong plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong research, analytical and critical thinking skills, a desire to learn, and an inquisitive mind.
  • Previous research and analysis work in women’s economic empowerment, poverty alleviation, microenterprise development, and development economics a strong plus.
  • Ability to work independently and interdependently, and communicate within a diverse and multicultural work environment across time zones; strong team-work capacity required.
  • Ability to prioritize projects, take initiative, and multi-task.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills; ability to work efficiently and to deadlines.
  • Excellent people management skills.
  • Ability to train colleagues in evaluation methods, especially in the design and implementation of randomized controlled trials in developing country settings.
  • Competence in French and/or Kiswahili required.
  • Passionate about women’s rights and development issues.
  • Previous experience managing research and evaluation projects in west, central and east Africa a strong plus.
  • Ability & willingness to travel internationally, up to 25% per year, to post-conflict and austere locations.

How to Apply

All interested candidates should submit an updated CV/resume and cover letter along with 3 references (2 professional and 1 academic). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply at your earliest convenience.

Apply at http://www.womenforwomen.org/

Deadline – N/A