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Requisition ID: req7277

Job Title: Senior Director of Research

Sector: Research & Development

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: New York, NY HQ USA

Job Description

The IRC’s Airbel Impact Lab designs, tests, and scales life-changing, cost-effective solutions for people affected by conflict and disaster. The Airbel Impact Lab works closely with the IRC to ensure IRC’s programs are evidence-based and generate critical evidence for the field.

The Senior Director of Research will lead the organizational vision for using research to improve impact and scale across all IRC outcomes, including health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power. S/he will continue to build how IRC improves our organizational capacity and systems to collect, store and analyze high quality data to answer the sector’s most pressing questions.

Major Responsibilities:

Set and deliver a research agenda in collaboration with the technical excellence team

  • Lead the development of the organizational research agenda together with the IRC’s technical units, driving towards improving IRC impact and scale across outcomes

  • Lead high performing research teams to develop research projects and deliver on ambitious workplans to carry out research agenda

  • Work closely with the senior team to engage in work force planning

  • Cultivate teams to develop and leverage talented teams, identify gaps and attract new team members as needed.


    Develop organizational systems and capacity to carry out high quality research

  • Support country program teams to carry out high quality data collection for research priorities

  • Support teams to maintain high ethical standards in research.

  • Manage challenging environments and actively trouble-shoot research challenges

  • Strengthen research systems, including standards and support for high quality data collection, cleaning, analysis, writing and dissemination

  • Develop clear systems for data storage and sharing


    Oversee IRC’s commitment to using evidence to design programs

  • Oversee the organizational strategy to be evidence-based—driving improved decisions and accountability related to the use of evidence

  • Oversee high quality evidence synthesis and interpretation across IRC outcomes. Support the integration of syntheses into practical program guidance and tools for optimal use by technical advisors, technical coordinators and DDPs.

  • Oversee the management and maintenance the iOEF. Support the Technical Excellence teams the next phase of the iOEF to improve the use of theories of change and evidence both internally and externally.


         Develop strong partnerships and represent Airbel internally and externally

  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships for research priorities at global and country 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


    Fundraise and ensure strong financial management of research and evidence to action team

  • Raise funds needed to support IRC’s research agenda

  • Oversee budgets and the financial health of research teams, initiatives and projects. Identify and communicate gaps or concerns in a timely manner, and proactively seek out viable solutions.




Education: Ph.D. in field related to humanitarian intervention


Work Experience: 10+ years in research, with significant experience in humanitarian or development contexts


Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: Demonstrated skills and competencies in managing research teams in low resource environments. Fluency in translating the use of empirical evidence to support technical and implementing teams to know what works best to achieve meaningful results for people.  An existing and strong professional network in humanitarian and development research communities. Very strong leadership and management competencies including the ability to bring people along with a stated vision and strategy, and capacity to communicate effectively with IRC field leadership, technical peers, and colleagues in fundraising, communications and advocacy. Excellent public speaking and writing skills.


Language Skills:  Fluency in English


Working Environment: Travel up to 25% of the time



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