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Research Associate

Women for Women

Research | Mid-level | Full-time
Date posted: 06-01-19

Overview of Women for Women International

Women for Women International (WfWI) is an international non-profit with its head office in Washington D.C. The organization currently has five active field offices–Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Nigeria—and works through affiliates and partners in Bosnia, Kosovo and South Sudan.

WfWI works with the most marginalized women in conflict-affected countries to help them move from poverty and isolation to self-sufficiency and empowerment. Through our combined economic and social empowerment program, we aim to provide participants with a combination of knowledge, skills, and resources to increase their self-confidence and capacity to create sustainable change in their lives and those of their families and communities. Since 1993, and across eight conflict affected countries, we have worked with over 479,000 marginalized women.

Background: WfWI’s Holistic Social and Economic Empowerment Program

Through the year-long program, women learn about the value of their work in the family and local economy, basic health practices, their role in decision-making, women’s rights, and the benefits of working together in a group for social and economic purposes. The training is delivered to groups of 25 women at a time, and participants receive a monthly stipend. Support is provided to link women to a savings tool, either by opening formal bank savings accounts or by helping them establish savings and lending groups. For women who need it, we provide a limited series of numeracy classes to bring them to the level where they can better benefit from business and vocational skills training. We also provide referral services to women, connecting them to health and other financial services.

Through this year-long program, we aim to achieve the following four primary outcomes:

  • Women earn and save money;
  • Women improve health and wellbeing;
  • Women influence decisions in the home and community;
  • Women connect to networks for support.

We implement a variety of additional complementary program activities in specific contexts to help strengthen our effectiveness in changing target outcomes for marginalized women, which range from men’s engagement programs, advanced business skills and cooperative management training, leadership training for women, and advocacy interventions.

WfWI’s Research Portfolio

After 25 years of on-the-ground experience implementing our program, WfWI is evolving into a learning organization that uses rigorous monitoring, research and evaluation to guide key programmatic and organizational decisions, as well as to advocate for evidence-based policy and practice. WfWI has three ongoing randomized controlled trials (RCTs), looking at different types of social and economic empowerment impacts from our program, across our programs in Afghanistan, DRC, and Nigeria.

Learn more about our M&E and research portfolio:


WfWI is urgently seeking a research associate to support a wide variety of tasks related to our research portfolio. Their major tasks will be supporting the ongoing work of our RCTs as well other qualitative and quantitative research projects. The preferred candidate will have some experience conducting RCTs in developing countries and a large appetite to learn and be involved in all aspects of RCT implementation, analysis, and dissemination of results. S/he will have strong Stata and writing skills, some experience with qualitative data, and strong skills in conducting literature reviews and synthesizing the state of the evidence. S/he is interested in learning how to integrate research into all aspects of the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead data cleaning and analysis for rounds of RCT data collections with support from Senior Research Officer and Principal Investigators (Stata datasets, generated using SurveyCTO).
  • Write reports from the cleaned and analyzed data with support from Senior Research Officer and Principal Investigators.
  • Develop communications tools, learning briefs, and deliverables from RCT data.
  • Support the selection of local research firms to conduct field work and assist with contracting logistics.
  • Assist with Institutional Review Board (IRB) proposals and reports.
  • Support the development of qualitative and quantitative research tools.
  • Develop and implement quality assurance mechanisms during data collections.
  • Communicate with partners about field activities and workplans when required.
  • Conduct qualitative data coding and analysis from focus group and interview transcripts to generate key findings.
  • Support grant proposals and applications for funding the WfWI research portfolio as needed.
  • Conduct literature reviews on relevant topics of women’s economic and social empowerment.
  • Build a research resources library to be accessed and used by non-research staff (eg grants team, program design team).
  • Regularly communicate updates and troubleshoot challenges with the Senior Research Officer.
  • Participate in Global Programs Unit meetings and department activities.

In this position, the research associate may travel once or twice a year (7-14 day trips) to DRC and/or Nigeria.

Qualifications and Skills

  • A bachelor’s degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, public health or related fields; masters degree preferred.
  • Minimum one year of experience conducting randomized controlled trials and other research in international development, economics, health or a related field; working experience on research projects in a developing country is a strong plus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant research on women’s empowerment in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated experience cleaning and analyzing datasets in Stata required.
  • Strong quantitative and analytic skills required.
  • Familiarity with SurveyCTO /ODK.
  • Experience coding and analyzing qualitative data preferred.
  • Fluency and excellent communication skills in English required, work proficiency in French preferred.
  • Excellent management and organizational skills, ability to quickly incorporate feedback and respond to deadlines and requests.
  • Good judgement skills, positive attitude to work, demonstrates initiative and problem-solving skills.
  • Curiosity and enthusiasm towards learning about research methodologies and results.
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to work in groups, independently, and with remote supervision.
  • Commitment and respect for Women for Women International’s mission and values.
  • Willingness to travel to insecure locations (DRC or Nigeria)

Application Instructions

All interested candidates should submit an application through this portal. Due to urgency of the recruitment, applications will be shortlisted on a regular basis and we may offer the positions before the closing date on June 14, 2019.  

Women for Women International provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

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