Center for Reproductive Rights
  • 25-Apr-2018 to 24-Jul-2018 (EST)
  • Global Advocacy
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time

Job Title: Manager of Research, Global Advocacy

Department: Global Legal Program

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, D.C. and a diverse staff of more than 150 professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $29 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory. The Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its current and next Strategic Plan.

The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought ground-breaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, has led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

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The Role: 

The Manager of Research, Global Advocacy is a new role within the Center, developed as a results of the organization's increased footprint in addressing reproductive rights in conflict settings. This position will play a key role within the Global Advocacy team to advance and pioneer new work prioritizing the realization of reproductive rights in humanitarian settings and working in partnership with service providers and other allies. The role will include developing plans and tools for research, monitoring and evaluation for pilot projects in the Center's priority countries, particularly in Africa. The individual who takes on this position will be responsible for the development and implementation of research projects, including oversight on related monitoring, evaluation and learning (ME&L) to track the impact of human rights-based practices on delivery of sexual and reproductive health services in humanitarian settings.  In addition, the Researcher may have opportunities to initiate original research in support of the Global Advocacy team's goals for its humanitarian work.  The position reports to the Director of Global Advocacy, and partners closely with the Global Advocacy Advisers, other Legal and Advocacy Advisers in the Global Legal Program, the global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team as well as Communications staff.  This is a fixed-term appointment funded for two years from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.  

This is an ideal position for an innovative and entrepreneurial researcher who wants to join a team of colleagues who are playing a pivotal role in the way reproductive rights are realized in humanitarian settings.  

The position will be based in New York City.


  • Oversees and conducts high-quality literature reviews and synthesis on specific topics related to priority research and advocacy topics on SRHR in humanitarian settings;
  • Develops plans for conducting research and evaluation of the Center's projects in humanitarian settings, including relevant monitoring/tracking frameworks, analysis and reporting plans, baseline assessments and evaluations;
  • Leads/coordinates research data collection, project evaluation study design data collection, and analysis for pilot projects in the Center's priority countries (Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and other relevant priority countries);   
  • Provides technical support to in-country baseline assessments and monitoring and evaluation for pilot projects in the Center's priority countries;
  • Analyses and extracts quantitative and qualitative data from priority research and project evaluation processes (findings/learnings as well as lessons learned and good practices) and ensures knowledge and recommendations are disseminated internally, and externally to influence humanitarian service providers and policy-makers; 
  • As possible, identify key knowledge and evidence gaps on access to reproductive healthcare in humanitarian settings and undertake original research to support Center advocacy priorities;  
  • Ensures alignment of research and evaluation activities and outputs with organizational monitoring, evaluation and learning, including review and development of relevant tools and approaches for measuring effectiveness of project interventions; 
  • International travel is required, including to regions experiencing conflict and crisis to conduct field visits for data gathering, data validation/monitoring the quality and completeness of data collection, capturing/documenting lessons learned and best practices, and providing capacity building to partners in-country as needed;
  • Represents the Center on the Research and Data sub-working group of the Inter-Agency Working Group for Reproductive Health in Crises, in addition to attending other relevant external meetings and events as required;
  • Where needed, provides input to the Center's Communications team on the research work in humanitarian settings including materials, updates for social media and for e-mail listservs of allied organizations in addition to providing inputs to the development of Center publications on relevant topics;
  • Assists with other institutional responsibilities as required; 



  • Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values;
  • Masters/postgraduate degree in public health or global health
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of relevant experience working in research and evaluation, including experience of working in resource constrained (ideally humanitarian) contexts;
  • Knowledge of international human rights and understanding of sexual and reproductive health and humanitarian response systems, and familiarity with a rights-based approach to health;
  • Demonstrable skills and experience in design, conduct and analysis of quantitative and qualitative research;
  • Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative tools/methodologies for monitoring and evaluating project progress and impact; 
  • Familiarity with data collection and research methods required for impact assessment; 
  • Demonstrated ability and success in translating data/results into practice (through publications, reports, and advocacy briefs);
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to communicate to diverse audiences, and to design reports and research for advocacy presentations;
  • Solid diplomatic and interpersonal skills:  ability to effectively liaise and coordinate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including donors and partners;
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills: the ability to work well under strong pressure in a fast-paced, high-functioning and detail-oriented team environment;
  • Ability to work independently while within a team; 
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time;
  • Fluency in English and French (verbal and written);  
  • Exemplary computer skills including Microsoft Office and familiarity with data analysis software.


  • Significant experience working in cross-cultural settings in the Global South and humanitarian contexts; 
  • Demonstrated experience in leading processes for designing, conducting and analysing project evaluations (including impact assessments) would be a distinct advantage; 
  • Working knowledge of SPSS/SAS/R or Nvivo, or equivalent data analysis software, would be highly desirable; 
  • Facilitation and capacity building/training skills in research and evaluation;
  • Experience in project management, including working with virtual teams and external partners.

Critical Position Behaviors:

  • Collaborative: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups. A willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
  • Innovative: Demonstrated ability to be innovative and highly productive, with a focus on excellence in a high energy, fast moving, deadline orientated environment
  • Adaptive/flexible: Has a can do/will do attitude and demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk-taking.
  • Initiative: Effectively responds to pressure or crisis situations and acts professionally.  Uses resources well.  Follows through on ideas, assignments and open issues.  Must possess a "can-do" and "will-do" attitude.
  • Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center's high standards and mission.
  • Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members and others at the Center. 
  • Empathy: An empathetic, approachable team player who engenders trust and confidence, with an inherent ability to interact positively with all members of the Center staff.
  • Independent Worker/Thinker: Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting.  
  • Confident:  Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and his/her work but be able to take direction and criticism professionally.  
  • Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.

Compensation:  The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

How to Apply: Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, writing sample, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this position. Please include these application materials as attachments.


Deadline for Applications:  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff.  We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

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