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Senior Women’s Protection and Empowerment Research Manager

Deadline: Until filled

Location: Goma, Congo

Organization: IRC

Position description

The IRC is implementing two multi-year research studies in partnership with Columbia University and the World Bank’s Gender Innovation Lab to evaluate new and innovative violence prevention programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Studies will evaluate the impact of programming designed to protect and empower adolescent girls in humanitarian contexts, as well as programming to engage men in challenging harmful notions of masculinity, gender and power in order to reduce violence against women. These evaluations will contribute to the IRC’s efforts to identify scalable interventions that demonstrably improve the well-being of women and girls in Eastern DRC.

The WPE Senior Research Manager enables information-sharing between program sites to inform Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) programming in the DRC and oversees the IRC’s in-country impact evaluation studies conducted in collaboration with Columbia University and the World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab. This role is responsible for the coordination of all data collections and ongoing research projects, providing contextually relevant input on research tools and results, monitoring activities linked to the research studies that the IRC DRC is implementing in North and South Kivu, and contributing to the development of future research studies and grant applications.

This position reports to the Senior Women’s Protection and Empowerment Program Coordinator and liaises with WPE Program Coordinators and Managers in North and South Kivu as well as the IRC WPE Technical Advisor and the broader Violence Prevention and Response Technical Unit. This position will be the primary research contact for the academic partners. This is a critical position that troubleshoots and overcomes obstacles in evaluating programs in order to help the program develop data-driven interventions and lessons learned around programming. This position also contributes to key strategic discussions within the program, including around program design as is necessary and to enable research findings to inform program design going forward.

This position will be based in Goma, North Kivu, with frequent travel within North and South Kivu provinces.


The position’s key responsibilities include:

Research Conceptualization

  • Conceptualize research questions and methodology for all DRC-led original research
  • Work with IRC IRB to assure all ethical protocols are in-place
  • Liaise with WPE and Research, Evaluation & Learning (REL) technical focal points in headquarters to assure alignment of DRC-led research with organizational priorities as well as vetting of the proposed research questions and protocol
  • Create research budgets, as needed

Data Collection

  • Provide technical guidance in the development and implementation of evaluations
  • Contribute to the development, revision, and subsequent implementation of dissemination plans
  • Oversee implementation of all logistical and research aspects of formative, quantitative and qualitative data collections for the research studies above, along with smaller internal research studies
  • Maintain close communication with the WPE program and academic partners to ensure all tools, plans and expectations are clear to all involved
  • Ensure all tracking lists of research participants are accurate, clear and shared appropriately to ensure smooth data collections
  • Train interviewers and other staff implicated for data collections, including interview techniques and ethics
  • Provide input on contextual relevance for data collection tools, data analysis plan and interpretation of results.
  • Troubleshoot any issues regarding data collections, data entry, and clean-up to the impact evaluation


  • Together with the Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator, WPE Program Coordinators and Managers, Finance and the Grants departments, ensure timely and accurate reporting (narrative and financial) of research activities.
  • Work together with the Monitoring & Evaluation staff to plan and coordinate regular monitoring systems of program activities related to research
  • Identify areas of synergy between the WPE program’s M&E system and learning from impact evaluations

Communication and Coordination

  • Coordinate closely with the WPE Managers in North and South Kivu to ensure the coherence of research project activities with the rest of the IRC WPE programming and to ensure coordination and information flow with partners for the data collections.
  • Coordinate with WPE Program Coordinators and Kinshasa-based WPE team to ensure the flow of communication with academic partners and IRC Technical Units and REL at IRC headquarters.
  • Liaise with WPE teams in North and South Kivu for feedback on adapting the research plan to the local context, including data collection tools and methods

Results and Dissemination

  • Provide feedback to academic partner on data analysis plan based on context and field experience
  • Lead workshops with WPE program staff on interpretation of preliminary results, including technical support and capacity-building to WPE DRC research staff in the analysis and write-up of qualitative research results on cash transfers for adolescent girls
  • Lead development of internal dissemination products of research results
  • Present research findings to DRC stakeholders and beneficiaries


  • Work with the WPE team and operations staff, including the Logistics, Administration, Grants and Finance departments, to ensure the project is implemented according to IRC policies and procedures, particularly procurement and use of assets, materials and supplies
  • Manage the overall budget for research-related activities
  • Supervise permanent research team of three IRC staff, as well as large teams of temporary consultants during data collections


  • Masters in public health, international development, psychology, social work, or other related degree preferred
  • Significant experience (3-6+ years) in large scale field-based data collection and program monitoring, including data analysis and interpretation
  • Previous experience working in protection, women’s empowerment, or gender-based violence response and/or prevention
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building, mentoring and training
  • Experience in supervision of staff, planning activities and management of budgets
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in research design, program design, monitoring and evaluation (theory and practice) desired
  • Strong attention to detail and analytical skills
  • Strong skills in Excel and statistical software such as EPI Info, Access, SPSS, Stata
  • Fluency in French and English

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