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Research Director II - INPRO

NORC at the University of Chicago
West Bethesda, MD
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Aug 12, 2022

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NORC at the University of Chicago seeks an experienced Research Director II to provide technical assistance on a Department of Labor funded effort focused on increasing the use of forced labor research in policy and programmatic decision-making to eliminate forced labor around the world. The Research Director will oversee the implementation, management, and delivery for research projects with a strong focus on stakeholder management and communications. The Research director will also have periodic travel requirements to the research venues.


NPRO was established in 2005, and works on impact and performance evaluations, surveys, and qualitative data collection, among other research activities throughout the developing world. Our research covers a range of sectors including education and training, child and youth well-being, democracy and governance, agriculture, water and sanitation, infrastructure, housing,

finance, and health. Since its establishment INPRO has implemented projects in Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia, Lesotho, Malawi, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Qatar, Republic of Georgia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Uganda.


The Research Director will be responsible for overall project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of the requirements of the cooperative agreement, including the timely and effective implementation of all activities associated with the FOA, maintaining working relationships with project stakeholders, and overseeing the preparation and submission of technical and financial reports to USDOL.


6+ years relevant work experience with s minimum five years' professional experience in project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of cooperative agreements and/or contract requirements (including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, establishing and maintaining systems for managing project operations, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports to donor agencies), in an international development context.
Demonstrated professional experience communicating and engaging with stakeholders on large-scale or sensitive research-related projects relevant to this FOA.
Demonstrated experience serving in a leadership role for a project addressing issues of labor, forced labor, human trafficking, modern slavery, human rights, human development, or other issues relevant to this cooperative agreement.
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain working relationships with all project stakeholders.
Bachelor's degree required; graduate degree in social science discipline, strongly preferred
Fluency in English required; fluency in additional languages relevant to the specific research locations proposed preferred.


NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, our teams have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.


For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we're known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.


NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.
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