Policy Research Coordinator, IWWAGE at IFMR, New Delhi

EMPLOYER: IWWAGE at IFMR
POSITION: Policy Research Coordinator
LOCATION: New Delhi
REPORTING TO: Policy & Advocacy Lead
ASSIGNMENT LENGTH: Three Years (Yearly contract renewable annually subject to funds availability)
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

About IWWAGE

We are seeking a motivated Policy Research Coordinator for 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 hub 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 group. 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 economic empowerment, however, evidence remains fragmented and work done in silos.

Position Summary

The Policy Research Coordinator will chiefly be involved in the activity of converting evidence generated by the research team into policy action. Her/his main responsibility would be to prepare policy outputs/documents which showcase evidence generated from the studies during the course of the program. While the candidate will work closely with the Policy and Advocacy Lead, she/he will also work with the Principal Economist, Research Fellows and Women Collectives team to understand the research, evidence and results to moderate engagement with the government and design outputs accordingly. The coordinator will also have to closely follow trends in policies/developments with respect to women’s economic empowerment, for coordination with the research team in order to incorporate changes in the study design accordingly. The role also warrants frequent interaction with stakeholders in the policy domain (government/non-government), to communicate findings from the studies and also to garner their views on the progress, in order to be able to tailor the program to suit current needs, this would be done in collaboration with the communications coordinator. The Policy Research coordinator should also be familiar with interpreting data in order to break down the results and write about them in a manner that is comprehensible to the relevant stakeholders – including policy, government, and development stakeholders such as think tanks, financial institutions, technology firms, women’s collectives/groups. The candidate must also be adept at developing policy briefs, fact sheets, evidence briefs, and reports.

Responsibilities

•     Work closely with Policy and Advocacy lead to develop the policy advocacy strategy for IWWAGE
•     Develop an execution plan for the policy advocacy strategy and take steps to ensure the execution of activities adhere to the strategic plan of IWWAGE;
•     Assist the Policy and Advocacy lead to conduct detailed research on stakeholders operating in this space to explore possibilities of engagement;
•     Act as a bridge between the research, policy and communications strategies of IWWAGE by:
     o      consolidating research findings and coordinating with communications team to facilitate dissemination and learning events;
     o     developing policy briefs, fact sheets and other outputs tailored for engagement on policy dialogues, with data frequently updated based on the progress of the study/inputs from such events;
•     Identify opportunities, develop sub grants for policy advocacy and manage the sub-grants under the leadership of the Policy and Advocacy lead
•     Manage contact and communications with policymakers and regulators, and ensure regular follow-ups to maintain cordial working relationships with them;
•     Follow trends in women’s economic empowerment closely to identify opportunities for policy action; and develop a roster of knowledge on current shifts in policy with respect to women’s economic empowerment;
•     Work with other team members/consultants as required, ensuring smooth working of the team towards converting research findings into policy action in the long-term.

Qualifications and Experience

•     At least 6-8 years of relevant work experience in public policy arena;
•     A Master’s degree in Public Policy, Gender, Economics, Development or a related field;
•     Good understanding of the women’s economic empowerment sector
•     Experienced in developing policy briefs, fact sheets, and other materials based on data and evidence analysis;
•     Good networking skills and demonstrated ability to interact with a varied set of stakeholders including Government officials and departments, partners and donors;
•     Proven ability to multi task and meet deadlines with a creative and problem-solving outlook;
•     Demonstrated ability to build relationships, and work with multiple teams;
•     Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, able to express complex technical issues in plain language;
•     Organized, with critical thinking and attention to detail;
•     Ability to come up with new ideas and demonstrated quality of translating policy trends into outputs.

Application Instructions:
Interested candidates can submit their resume and a cover letter to IWWAGE_hr@ifmr.ac.in ; or write in with any queries regarding the position.

Applications are being accepted until the position is filled.