Research Consultant

Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 10

Position description

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is a research and advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crises. We research their needs, identify solutions and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization. 

Sibling Support for Adolescent Girls in Emergencies (SSAGE):

The SSAGE Project launched in Borno State, Nigeria in 2019, and is implemented in partnership with Mercy Corps and Washington University.  The purpose of the project is to encourage positive social norms that enhance a safe enabling environment for adolescent girls to grow and thrive while minimizing risks of GBV. The methodology works directly with male siblings of adolescent girls to promote positive masculinity, understand gender power dynamics and GBV, and mobilize for accountable change that supports adolescent girls and minimizes risks to GBV.  

SSAGE is complimented by a mixed-methods research study that aims to understand implementation as well as outcomes related to family functioning, perceptions of self, and attitudes toward gender equity and violence. Together, the SSAGE program model and research have the potential to promote gender equitable norms and behaviors at the individual, household, and community levels, while also informing how programming in humanitarian settings can contribute to breaking intergenerational cycles of violence. Findings from the research in Borno State will also inform SSAGE programming and research design in Niger and Jordan, set to launch in the first quarter of 2021.


The Research Consultant will report directly to the Senior Advisor, Adolescent Health and Protection to support the design, implementation and data analysis for the SSAGE project in Nigeria, Niger, and Jordan. The Research Officer may also be engaged in other WRC research efforts, as necessary. 


Under the support of the Senior Advisor, in collaboration with program staff, the Research Consultant will: 

Research Implementation (80%)

  • Develop study protocols and liaise with ethical review boards, as needed.
  • Develop desk reviews, research tools, guides, and other materials to support implementation of established study protocols
  • Support data collection, including virtual training on quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
  • Clean data, develop codebooks and code qualitative data
  • Undertake analysis of qualitative (and quantitative) data sets
  • Contribute to manuscript development and manage submissions to peer-reviewed journals
  • Compile and present results, including writing reports, toolkits, policy papers, advocacy briefs, and journal articles

Project Management (20%)

  • Support planning of advocacy events, including launch events for dissemination of research findings
  • Process and manage subcontracts, including processing invoices, tracking payments
  • Prepare concept notes and support submission of proposals for funding
  • Prepare and manage project budgets and narrative reporting for selected research projects



Education and skills

    • Masters Degree in Public Health, or similar social science
    • 3-5 year’s work experience in low resourced environments; in humanitarian settings preferred. 
    • Experience in WRC program areas such as disabilities; adolescent programming and livelihoods/cash and SRH 
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation and/or data management
  • Experience conducting qualitative, including with participatory methods, and quantitative data collection, analysis and report writing
  • Strong skills in qualitative and quantitative data analysis; comfort using Nvivo, STATA
  • Proven track record writing reports and policy papers for varied audiences
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including grant writing and presentation expertise;
  •  Solid diplomatic skills: the ability to effectively liaise with a variety of internal and external professional contacts;
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines while paying attention to detail
  • Ability to work across multiple programs; 
  • Solid organizational skills with excellent attention to detail
  • Good Computer skills: facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software.
  • Languages: preferred working knowledge of French, Arabic or Spanish

Reports to: Senior Advisor, Adolescent Health and Protection, Women’s Refugee Commission     


  • Estimated level of effort90 working days over the span of 6 months (December 2020-May 2021)
  • Location: Remote/global

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