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Senior Director of Research at International Rescue Committee August 2023

Senior Director of Research at International Rescue Committee August 2023, International Rescue Committee Jobs The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s largest humanitarian relief and development organizations. For 90 years, the IRC has been at the forefront of every major humanitarian initiative to assist people uprooted by war, persecution, or civil conflict. IRC staff go to the toughest places, implement both immediate response and long lasting programs. In all its country programs and in the US, the IRC partners with local governments, community organizations and private sector companies to achieve measurable improvements in people’s economic well-being, safety, health and education. 

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The Airbel Impact Lab – the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC’s) research and innovation team designs, tests, and scales life-changing, cost-effective solutions for people affected by conflict and disaster. By applying deep technical expertise and field experience with a range of skills from research to human-centered design, we take a multi-disciplinary approach to problem solving in humanitarian contexts. We are a leading contributor of impact evaluations and other research in humanitarian settings. Our portfolio consists of nearly 300 research and innovation projects across 40 countries; and we’ve collectively published over 150 journal articles in peer-reviewed publications on education, nutrition, violence prevention, health and economic programs. We use this research to increase the IRC’s impact and to change the way humanitarian aid is delivered around the world.

The Senior Director of Research will lead the organizational vision for conducting research to improve impact and scale across IRC programs and influence the humanitarian sector to uptake research results and findings. They will continue to build organizational capacity and systems for research, drive ambitious research agendas across IRC technical sectors, and lead research teams and projects to answer the most pressing questions to improve humanitarian impact and scale. 

Major Responsibilities

Oversee research agendas and manage teams to deliver high quality research.  Refine and oversee technical research agendas with IRC technical units driving towards improving IRC impact, equity, influence and scale across outcomes. Lead high performing research teams to develop research projects and deliver on ambitious workplans to carry out research agendas. Oversee workforce planning to deliver the research agendas and proactively identify and fill staffing gaps where needed.  Cultivate and support passionate team members, creating a space of belonging, professional development, and research excellence across a geographically dispersed team. Oversee community of practice for research across IRC countries 

Build and support data science team. Strengthen organizational systems to carry out high quality, ethical analysis.

 Support country and regional program teams to streamline and carry out high quality data collection for research priorities. Strengthen and continuously improve our research systems, including standards and support for high quality data collection, cleaning, coding, analysis, writing and dissemination, including to participants and communities involved in research. Strengthen systems for data storage, cleaning, sharing and analysis, as well as for version control and reproducibility. Serve as IRC’s Institutional Review Board Chair. Support teams to maintain high ethical standards in research.          

Develop strong partnerships and represent research internally and externally. 

 Develop and maintain effective partnerships for research priorities at country, regional and global level that will amplify IRC’s ability to generate evidence and influence targeted policy and practice.  Present, publish and represent IRC research and innovation at events and meetings to influence key stakeholders.  Cultivate strong relationships across departments within IRC. Represent the Airbel Impact Lab with senior leaders across the organization.  Collaborate with Technical Units, Communications and Advocacy on strong research communications to key audiences. International Rescue Committee Jobs


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