Executive Director – Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy “IWWAGE” at IFMR LEAD.

POSITION: Executive Director – Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy “IWWAGE” at IFMR LEAD.
REPORTS TO: Steering Committee of Initiative
ASSIGNMENT LENGTH: Full-time position
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

We are seeking a motivated Executive Director to lead the Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (“IWWAGE”) at IFMR LEAD. The objective of this Initiative is to create a platform to promote, synthesize and generate evidence on “what works” for women’s economic empowerment. Despite making significant contributions to economies through various activities, women form a majority among economically disadvantaged groups. Women remain disproportionally affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation. Evidence suggests that investing in women’s economic empowerment has important linkages with gender, equality, poverty eradication and inclusive growth. Several efforts have been devoted to studying the issue of women’s economic empowerment, however, evidence remains fragmented and work is being done in silos.

This role combines passion for creating impact, strong research abilities and a collaborative approach to generate, gather, and synthesize evidence on women’s economic empowerment. The Executive Director will lead a team and/or coordinate all impact evaluation activities of the initiative including planning, designing and organizing evaluations and synthesizing research studies. S/he will actively disseminate research findings through publications, research communications and national and international meetings. As well, S/he is responsible for defining a learning and outreach strategy for the IWWAGE, identifying target stakeholders and key messages, conceptualizing learning and advocacy programs of long-term strategic value, developing key research and dissemination collaborations for the success of the Initiative, and any other activities instrumental to enhancing IWWAGE reach and relevance.

Research Leadership:
•     Overall responsibility for the IWWAGE research strategy, vision and planning;
•     Define areas of research that are instrumental to supporting the IWWAGE long and short term goals;
•     Conceptualize an integrated research plan, methodologies and relevant collaborations for maximum impact;
•     Lead a team in advanced analyses through primary and secondary data sets to generate evidence for program and policy direction to influence women’s economic empowerment programs at scale Communicate research through high-impact publications (refereed journals/books/ proceedings) and presentation of research papers at national and international professional meetings, and be recognized as a leading contributor in the field of women empowerment;
•     Serve as the principal spokesperson of IWWAGE by clearly articulating its broad goals and objectives, and acting as a strong enabling, but objective, voice on key aspects related to women’s economic empowerment in India;

Programme and Organizational Management:
•     Identify opportunities to collaborate with international donor agencies or other potential funding sources;
•     Hire, manage and retain exceptional staff; motivate the team to deliver high quality results and exceed expectations;
•     Ensure financial and grant management efficiency;


•     Deep expertise in gender and any one of the following: Labor Economics, Entrepreneurship, Social Protection, Finance, Development;
•     PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. economics, sociology, gender studies, development studies etc.);
•     Minimum 10 years of relevant work experience involving varied responsibilities in formulating, developing, implementing, managing and delivering evidence based research projects of various levels of complexities;
•     Record of publications in high impact peer reviewed journals;
•     Significant experience in establishing strong relationships with external partners such as, Government, Industry, NGOs, Think tanks and multi-lateral donor organizations;
•     Excellent communicator, both written and oral, able to express complex technical issues in plain language;
•     Demonstrated ability to lead a team and a strong understanding of the entire research project development and research management cycle;
•     Excellent relationship management skills at an executive level;

Application Instructions:

Deadline: Applications are being accepted until position is filled. Please send your queries to IWWAGE_hr@ifmr.ac.in.
Interested candidates can submit their Resume and a cover letter to : IWWAGE_hr@ifmr.ac.in.