Senior Researcher - Center for Global Impact

International Republican Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 22

Position description

Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI and demonstrating the core values in their day to day operations.

IRI’s Center for Global Impact (CGI) serves as the Institutes innovative, collaborative and coordination hub focusing on global cross cutting themes. The CGI analyzes global challenges and trends and state of the art in the field of democracy and governance to provide expertise, resources and a competitive edge to our regional divisions for maximum program impact. CGI leads several communities of practice including corruption, youth, monitoring, evaluation & learning, social science research, legislative, governance, countering violence extremism and technology, among others.

The Senior Researcher is a full-time position within IRI’s Center for Global Impact, reporting to the Sr. Director.  The Senior Researcher will conduct quantitative and qualitative research and analysis for projects across the Institute, including cross-national and country-specific projects.

 Primary Functions & Responsibilities

  • Design, coordinate, and implement national, cross-national, or program-specific research projects.
  • Collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data, including interviews, focus groups, surveys, and national and cross-national indicators.
  • Advise and assist program staff on incorporating social science research to inform program design and proposal development; lead or contribute to the drafting of proposals and reports as necessary.
  • Advise and assist program staff with the design of research components for proposals and programs, including interview protocols, focus group discussions (FGDs), comparative case studies, surveys, and experimental and quasi-experimental designs.
  • Preparing internal and external products, including journal articles, blog entries, white papers, literature reviews, and meta-analyses.
  • Serve as subject matter expert (SME) on social science methodology, research practices, and democracy and governance functional areas.
  • Assists with and leads planning of workshops, roundtables, and training seminars as necessary.
  • Keep apprised of research in the academic and practitioner/policy communities on democracy and governance work.
  • Seek partnership opportunities with academic and policy-oriented experts on democracy and governance issues; develop opportunities for external or competitive funding as necessary.
  • Maintain an understanding of donor and IRI policies and procedures; provide oversight and ensures grant compliance as necessary.
  • If experienced in sampling design for representative surveys, survey data quality control and analysis, may collaborate with IRI’s Center for Insights in Survey Research on polling provided this does not interfere with other duties
  • Contribute to the development of the Institute’s strategic research agenda.
  • Willingness to travel internationally.
  • Preforms other duties as assigned.


  • Advanced degree in political science, international relations, or related field.
  • Five years experience conducting or managing social scientific research
  • Knowledge of political science theory on international relations, comparative politics, economics, and culture.
  • Diverse methodological skills, including experience with qualitative research design, writing in-depth case studies, statistical analysis, and conducting fieldwork outside of the US.
  • Strong communications and presentation skills in English.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team to coordinate the efforts of other professionals to effectively meet regional needs.
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding all aspects of work at all times.
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative data analysis software, including Excel, R, Stata, SPSS, NodeXL, NVivo, or similar packages, or a demonstrated ability to learn software quickly.

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