31 Mar 2020

Sr. Research Uptake Advisor at International Rescue Committee

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The IRC’s vision is to lead the humanitarian field by implementing high-impact, cost-effective programs for people affected by crisis and by using our learning and experience to shape policy and practice. To achieve that vision, the IRC’s technical units provides technical assistance to IRC’s country program staff and shares what we learn to influence policy and practice.

The technical units have three central objectives that we work towards:

1) Guide program design to achieve outcomes by incorporating the best available evidence

2) Build technical capacity of country program staff to implement, measure and continuously improve programs

3) Influence the IRC, peer agencies and donors to use proven interventions and generate new evidence to achieve change in peoples’ lives

The Research and Innovation Department (Airbel Impact Lab) supports the various technical units across the IRC to conduct or backstop research studies and innovation projects, and also leads initiatives that provide resources for country programs to design and implement programs based on existing evidence.

Health Technical Unit

The Health Technical Unit is organized in four sectors; primary health, reproductive health, environmental health and nutrition. The structure emphasizes a clear division of roles between staff focusing on comprehensive technical assistance to countries and staff providing specialized support and thought leadership. In 2017, the Health Technical Unit supported programming in 6 regions and 27 countries.

Health Systems Research Programme Consortia (RPC)

The IRC is expected to receive funding to lead Ensuring Quality Access and Learning (EQUAL) for Mothers and Newborns in Conflict-Affected Contexts Consortium, a research consortium funded through DFID’s ‘Filling the Gaps in Evidence: Building Stronger And More Resilient Health Systems Research Programme Consortia (RPC)’ mechanism. The IRC-led RPC aims to produce high quality evidence that improves the health of the poorest and most vulnerable people in developing countries. The IRC is partnering with Institute of Human Virology Nigeria, Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, Somalia Disaster Resilience Institute, Sudd Institute (South Sudan), and Université Catholique de Bukavu (DRC).

Major responsibilities

The Sr. Research Uptake Advisor is an essential part of the research team leading this consortium. The purpose of this role is to maximize the impact of the research generated by the program; to develop implementation- and policy-influencing strategies linked to research results that will alter humanitarian practice to better improve maternal and neonatal health.

Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate a Research Uptake strategy which will enable the research findings to be taken up by decision-makers and used to achieve positive development outcomes.

Systematically identify and engage potential users of, and those interested in, the research throughout the program period at the sub-national / national / international levels.

Support in-country counterparts to develop and execute context-specific research uptake

Seek out opportunities for engagement with decision-makers, such as online debates, meetings and conferences

Assist the consortium management team in identifying decision-maker needs, through working with target audiences to assess the decision-making context and research priorities

Assess and help build the capacity of consortium partners to communicate research findings appropriately

Coordinate between research projects to ensure effective communication of research findings

Develop and disseminate a range of products to communicate the research findings and their policy implications;

Support the researchers in preparing papers for publication

Help synthesize research findings into short, relevant briefs for policy makers

Proactively work with target audiences to find ways of meeting their needs for research evidence and how best to communicate with them

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Closing Date : 31st May, 2020


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