Overview of Women for Women International
Women for Women International (WfWI) is an international non-profit with its head office in Washington D.C. The organization currently has five active field offices–Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Nigeria—and works through affiliates and partners in Bosnia, Kosovo and South Sudan.
WfWI works with the most marginalized women in conflict-affected countries to help them move from poverty and isolation to self-sufficiency and empowerment. Through our combined economic and social empowerment program, we aim to provide participants with a combination of knowledge, skills, and resources to increase their self-confidence and capacity to create sustainable change in their lives and those of their families and communities. Since 1993, and across eight conflict affected countries, we have worked with over 479,000 marginalized women.
Background: WfWI’s Holistic Social and Economic Empowerment Program
Through the year-long program, women learn about the value of their work in the family and local economy, basic health practices, their role in decision-making, women’s rights, and the benefits of working together in a group for social and economic purposes. The training is delivered to groups of 25 women at a time, and participants receive a monthly stipend. Support is provided to link women to a savings tool, either by opening formal bank savings accounts or by helping them establish savings and lending groups. For women who need it, we provide a limited series of numeracy classes to bring them to the level where they can better benefit from business and vocational skills training. We also provide referral services to women, connecting them to health and other financial services.
Through this year-long program, we aim to achieve the following four primary outcomes:
We implement a variety of additional complementary program activities in specific contexts to help strengthen our effectiveness in changing target outcomes for marginalized women, which range from men’s engagement programs, advanced business skills and cooperative management training, leadership training for women, and advocacy interventions.
WfWI’s Research Portfolio
After 25 years of on-the-ground experience implementing our program, WfWI is evolving into a learning organization that uses rigorous monitoring, research and evaluation to guide key programmatic and organizational decisions, as well as to advocate for evidence-based policy and practice. WfWI has three ongoing randomized controlled trials (RCTs), looking at different types of social and economic empowerment impacts from our program, across our programs in Afghanistan, DRC, and Nigeria.
Learn more about our M&E and research portfolio: https://www.womenforwomen.org/what-we-do/impact.
WfWI is urgently seeking a research associate to support a wide variety of tasks related to our research portfolio. Their major tasks will be supporting the ongoing work of our RCTs as well other qualitative and quantitative research projects. The preferred candidate will have some experience conducting RCTs in developing countries and a large appetite to learn and be involved in all aspects of RCT implementation, analysis, and dissemination of results. S/he will have strong Stata and writing skills, some experience with qualitative data, and strong skills in conducting literature reviews and synthesizing the state of the evidence. S/he is interested in learning how to integrate research into all aspects of the organization.
Duties and Responsibilities
In this position, the research associate may travel once or twice a year (7-14 day trips) to DRC and/or Nigeria.
Qualifications and Skills
All interested candidates should submit an application through this portal. Due to urgency of the recruitment, applications will be shortlisted on a regular basis and we may offer the positions before the closing date on December 12, 2018.
Women for Women International provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.