Research Coordinator, Cash & Protection

International Rescue Committee, Inc. (DUPLICATE)
New York, New York, United States
Apply by 5 January 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 7 December 2017

Job Description

Requisition ID: req705
Job Title: Research Coordinator, Cash & Protection
Sector: Research & Development
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Location: USA-New York, NY - HQ

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary:
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees, IDPs, and others affected by war or disaster . At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. We address both the immediate, life -saving needs of conflict-affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post-conflict societies. This position is housed within the Research, Evaluation, and Learning technical unit at IRC’s headquarters in New York City. This position will also work closely with technical and country teams within the Violence, Prevention, & Response and Economic Recovery & Development units

Job Overview/Summary:
Cash assistance is one of the growing interventions for supporting people affected by humanitarian crises, yet there remains critical knowledge gaps around effective targeting strategies to ensure vulnerable groups are safely identified and meaningfully supported. To address this gap, the IRC is undertaking a two-year program to develop an evidence-based toolkit that will enable humanitarian actors to determine the safest, most accessible, and dignified targeting and delivery strategies at the outset of any cash-based program.

Two stages of research will support this goal:
* Formative research in two country settings
* Piloting and adapting the new tool using a continuous quality improvement research model approach

The research coordinator will be responsible for successfully carrying out rigorous and ethical research as part of this program. The research coordinator will also be responsible for coordination with the academic research partner for this program and also with project team members from the IRC’s key technical units involved in this program

Major Responsibilities:
* Leads the implementation of a formative and piloting research project on effective identification, targeting, and risk mitigation for vulnerable groups in multipurpose cash assistance, including
* Close coordination with the headquarters technical units (Research, Evaluation & Learning; Violence Prevention & Response, and Economic Recovery & Development), IRC country programs, and academic partner
* Leading communication and coordination of study activities
* Monitoring adherence to the workplan and study protocols
* Supporting the troubleshooting any challenges that may emerge
* Ensuring research adheres to IRC research standards
* Assist in data collection training, piloting, and implementation as needed
* Support data analysis and synthesis efforts
* Lead the development of and reporting on monitoring indicators and assist in donor reporting as needed
* Develop a research uptake strategy

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Technical Advisor, Research, Evaluation, and Learning

Other key relationships: Academic partner and project team members in Violence Prevention and Response Unit and Economic Recovery and Development

Job Requirements:

Education: Preferred master degree in public health, economics, or related field

Work Experience: 3-6 years of experience working in research on topics related to protection, gender-based violence, humanitarian emergencies or other related topics

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
* Ability to work across sectors coordinating a study and bring people together from different perspective to work collaboratively
* Knowledge of ethical principles related to sensitive study topics, such as violence
* Demonstrated qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis skills
* Experience in cash-based intervention research and/or implementation
* Desirable: Experience in risk mitigation related to protection, GBV, or child protection.
* Excellent oral and written communication and attention to detail
* French or Arabic proficiency strongly preferred

Working Environment: Standard office work environment, 20% travel.

About the Organization

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 27 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

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