Research Officer


The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is a research and advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crises. We research their needs, identify solutions and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. The Women’s Refugee Commission is a nonprofit 501 (c)3 organization.


The WRC is a credible source of evidence-based research for advocacy and growing as a leader in the humanitarian sector in participatory research approaches.  WRC’s research has historically helped to shape the humanitarian agenda—specifically in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, disabilities, adolescent programming, and livelihoods/ cash.  The Women’s Refugee Commission is dedicated to the enhancement and support of interdisciplinary, high-quality qualitative and quantitative research, to continue to inform its advocacy.  The focus of WRC’s program assessment, monitoring and evaluation supports practical improvements in advocacy, policy and programming among crisis-affected populations.

Research activities underway at the WRC include:

  • Implementation of independent research projects- prevalence studies, assessments and evaluations
  • Review and standardization of study protocols. Exploration of methods that best ensure inclusion, with a particular focus on participatory research.
  • Development of research, assessment, monitoring, and program evaluation tools, methods, and guidance to enhance ethical practices and participatory methods in the field.
  • Dissemination of research methods and results through manuscripts, conferences, meetings, and other activities.
  • Internal capacity building around research methodologies and program evaluation.
  • Identify funding opportunities for WRC research and evaluation and develop proposals.
  • Maintain updated research and program evaluation governing documents.
  • Participation in humanitarian sector research working groups and relevant associations.


The Research Officer will report directly to Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health with technical guidance from a senior research advisor to support the design, implementation and analysis of high quality research efforts across diverse technical areas at the WRC.  This position is a full-time position based in New York with up to 50 percent travel to crisis-affected settings.


Under the support of the Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health and the technical guidance of a senior research advisor in collaboration with program staff the Research Officer will:

Research Design and Implementation

  • Draft study protocols
  • Collaborate with program technical leads to ensure alignment of method and tools to study/ research objectives
  • Develop research tools and guides
  • Provide training and technical assistance to in-country partners
  • Support research quality assurance visits
  • Develop materials and tools that support implementation of established research protocol
  • Ensure comfort with research methods, on the part of the program technical lead

Data cleaning and analysis

  • Under the supervision of the Director, Sexual and Reproductive Health and with the guidance of a senior research technical advisor in partnership with program staff, the Research officer will support the development of an analysis plan.
  • Develop codebooks and code qualitative data; Enter and clean quantitative data
  • Undertake analysis of qualitative and quantitative data sets
  • Compile and present results, including writing reports, policy papers and journal articles

Participate in review of organizational research underway

  • Convene regular research working group meetings with the guidance of a senior research technical advisor
  • Document annual work plan of the Research Working Group
  • Document RWG meetings and facilitate follow up.

Staff learning

  • Collaborate with senior research technical advisor to implement staff learning events and activities
  • Provide guidance to technical leads around budgetary and technical considerations for research implementation as needed.
  • Pull together requested resources and centralize research learning materials for staff.
  • Support collaboration and synergies with university partners to build in house capacity and expand training base.


Education and skills

  • Masters Degree in Public Health, or similar social science
  • 3-4 year’s work experience in low resourced environments; in humanitarian settings preferred.
  • Experience in WRC program areas such as disabilities; adolescent programming and livelihoods/cash and SRH
  • Proven track record conducting qualitative, including with participatory methods, and quantitative data collection, analysis and report writing
  • Strong skills in qualitative and quantitative data analysis; comfort using Nvivo and SPSS
  • Proven track record writing reports and policy papers for varied audiences
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including grant writing and presentation expertise;
  •  Solid diplomatic skills: the ability to effectively liaise with a variety of internal and external professional contacts;
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines while paying attention to detail
  • Ability to work across multiple programs;
  • Solid organizational skills with excellent attention to detail
  • Good Computer skills: facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software.
  • Languages: preferred working knowledge of French, Arabic or Spanish

How to Apply: 

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to, with “Research Officer” in the subject line.  Current US work authorization is required. WRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. WRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.