Senior Advisor, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Women's Refugee Commission
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 16

Position description

The Senior Advisor, SRH reports to the Director, SRH and will support implementation of the SRH programs 2015-2010 strategic plan with specific attention to:


  • The WRC aims to advance global gaps in attention to adolescents, particularly often overlooked sub-populations such as very young adolescents and married adolescents by undertaking evidenced-based advocacy on SRH needs and programming to address the diverse populations of adolescents; and by undertaking and disseminating research demonstrating the scope of child marriage in humanitarian contexts and identifying models that effectively prevent and respond to child marriage.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and cultivate and secure donors to advance focused attention to adolescent SRH including subpopulations (very young adolescents and married adolescents) and a holistic approach to the safety, health and well-being of adolescents.
  • Lead and participate in advocacy coalitions working on ASRH issues across both humanitarian and development spaces (Inter-agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises Adolescent Sub-working group, Girls Not Brides, Very Young Adolescents, Arab States child marriage research network).
  • Facilitate collaboration with existing and new partners to undertake, monitor, analyze, publish and disseminate findings from quantitative research demonstrating scope of child marriage in crisis-affected settings and qualitative evaluation of factors that mitigate child marriage in these settings.
  • Document and share research findings through participant reports and facilitate appropriate local dissemination strategies.
  • Ensure all research in each country context abides by donor requirements, ethics, and implementation protocols.
  • Identify and advocate evidenced-based models that effectively prevent and respond to the SRH needs of very young adolescents and child marriage practices in humanitarian settings.

Resilience Building and Inclusion for SRH

  • The SRH working group within the health platform for disaster risk management at the ISDR collaborated with WHO and others to effectively advocate SRH in the Sendai Framework for Action. WRC recommends that this working group is revitalized as a sub-working group in IAWG to advance collaborative initiates at the global, national and community levels. The WRC has also piloted its community-based preparedness curriculum on SRH and Gender in the Philippines, Iraq, and Pakistan.
  • Facilitate inter-agency coordination to address SRH in Emergency Disaster Risk Management (EDRM)/preparedness at global, national and community levels.
  • Consolidate and document learning from three pilot projects utilizing the WRC curriculum.
  • Community Preparedness: Reproductive Health and Gender and modify curriculum to address learning and to integrate inclusion and resilience concepts into the curriculum.
  • Collaborate with implementing agencies to advance existing initiative to build community resilience for gender and SRH.
  • Collaborate with WRC and IAWG colleagues on strategic initiatives to address gender, inclusion, and resilience.

Program Management

  • Monitor related (adolescents, early marriage, DRM) SRH work plan.
  • Monitor related SRH program grants, subgrants, and expenditures.
  • Prepare donor reports and proposals.

Additional responsibilities

  • Abide by the Women’s Refugee Commission’s accountability commitments and participates in its Accountability Working Group to continuously improve accountability to stakeholders.
  • Participate in advancing WRC’s strategic priorities including gender, resilience and monitoring and evaluation.


  • Masters Degree in Public Health, International Affairs, Public Policy or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of program management experience.
  • Demonstrated success analyzing and publishing research and/or program evaluation findings.
  • Demonstrated success translating research into practice (through publications, reports, and advocacy briefs).
  • Understanding of health/SRH and humanitarian response systems.
  • Familiarity with the use of technology for data collection.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including for reports, grant-writing, and research for advocacy presentations.
  • Solid diplomatic and interpersonal skills: the ability to effectively liaise and coordinate with a variety of internal and external professional contacts, donors and partners.
  • Successful fundraising.
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills: the ability to work well under strong pressure in a fast-paced, high-functioning and detail-oriented team environment.
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time.
  • Exemplary computer skills: facility with SPSS/SAS/R, Nvivo or other qualitative software, Excel, Word, qualitative/quantitative data analysis software and email/internet software.

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