Job Opening: Evidence Building and Research Manager

Apply by 15 February 2023
The SVRI is seeking an Evidence Building and Research Manager to join our small, committed team to oversee SVRIs building evidence work, including management of the SVRI Research Grant.

Introducing the SVRI

With over 8500 members the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) is the largest global network for advancing research on violence against women (VAW), violence against children (VAC) and other forms of violence driven by gender inequality. The SVRI brings together a diverse group of actors aiming to achieve a world free of violence against women and violence against children through innovative responses and prevention programmes informed by evidence, with a focus on low and middle-income countries (LMIC).

The SVRI is a not-for-profit network for researchers, practitioners, activists, funders and others in our community providing unique online and offline spaces to share, learn and connect. The four pillars of our strategic plan - building evidence; strengthening capacity; promoting partnerships; and, influencing change – work together to ensure policy and programmes are evidence informed, sustainable at scale and rooted in strategic partnerships that will drive action at local levels. All work undertaken and supported by SVRI strives to be feminist-centred, rights-based, innovative, collaborative, equitable and held to the highest ethical standards.  Commitment to diversity and gender equity is core to the culture of SVRI.

The SVRI is seeking an individual to join our small, committed team to oversee SVRIs building evidence work, including management of the SVRI Research Grant.  

Purpose of the Role

This is an opportunity to join the Sexual Violence Research Initiative team, providing high level and strategic guidance on creative and innovative approaches to evidence building globally. The role will oversee the evidence building pillar of SVRI strategy, including the creation and implementation of a clear plan for this pillar, along with liaison and coordination with key partners in the fields of VAW and VAC research and evidence building, strategic planning and strengthening of SVRI’s work on evidence building, and project monitoring and evaluation. This role reports to the Executive Director.

Role Requirements

  • Develop an implementation plan for the evidence building pillar of SVRIs strategic plan.
  • Lead on and manage all SVRI grant making operations, including:

Managing the SVRI grant application process.

  • Monitoring and evaluation of SVRI grants and grant making efforts.
  • Promoting research uptake efforts of grantees to ensure research influences policy and practice.
  • Assessment of SVRI grantees technical skills and needs and co-create bespoke capacity strengthening support to SVRI grantees and SVRI initiatives.
  • Ongoing support and provision of technical guidance to SVRI grantees on rigorous, ethical, pragmatic research that will serve to strengthen policy and practice VAW and VAC prevention and response in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Raising funds for SVRI grant making.
  • Build research impact capacity and initiatives in the field and promote and support networking and linkages between SVRI grantees and organisations working on improving service responses and prevention of violence against women.
  • Work with SVRI Global Advocacy Director on advocacy for and knowledge sharing activities on intersecting pieces of work, such as feminist funding practices, participatory approaches for priority setting, decolonisation, practice-based knowledge.
  • Advocate for priority / policy informed research guided by priorities set by the field for the field (e.g., Global Shared Research Agenda).
  • Support SVRIs Knowledge Manager on SVRIs Knowledge Hub, ensuring it remains a key platform for evidence on VAC and VAW globally.
  • Manage relationships with SVRI partners and donors, representing SVRI work on building evidence at meetings and events, and ensure wide dissemination of grantee achievements and lessons learned via SVRI platforms and networks.
  • Advance innovative strategies to decolonise research and evidence across the portfolio of work.
  • International travel is a key component of this role.
  • Other duties as required to ensure the successful delivery of SVRI’s strategic plan.

Required Education: 

  • Advanced (Postgraduate) university degree, preferably PhD, in VAW and / or VAC research, public health, development, social sciences or another relevant field.

Required experience: 

  • At least five years relevant experience on research on VAW and / or VAC and at least 5 years’ experience post PhD on VAW and / or VAC research as a principal investigator.


  • Excellent understanding of qualitative and quantitative research designs and methodologies, with emphasis on violence against women/girls and gender research.
  • Excellent understanding of ethical issues related to the conduct of research on VAW and/or VAC
  • Previous grant disbursement & management experience will be highly advantageous.
  • Experience in a research leadership role as a principal investigator.
  • A track record of successfully gaining funding through competitive processes for research including preparing RFP/proposals for grant applications.
  • Proven ability to lead diverse staff and teams, manage performance, foster a positive working environment.
  • Understanding of and ability to foster a feminist approach to this work.
  • A track record of engagement globally on VAW and/or VAC and knowledge of key stakeholders and the field
  • A track record of collaborative research and engagement in disseminating research findings through building relationships at a local, national and international level
  • Experience of managing research with donor funded contracts is essential and building relationships with donors would be an advantage.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • The ability to translate scientific, peer-reviewed content as well as research best practice into practical recommendations, training programmes, and to provide technical assistance for partners with different needs, resources, and capacity.
  • A track record of capacity building including providing training in research methods and supervision of post-graduate students
  • Excellent IT and database management skills (Word, Outlook, Excel).

Other considerations:

  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of French and / or Spanish is highly desirable.
  • Preference will be given to colleagues from and living in a low and middle income country.

Salary Range

Annual earning will be market related and will depend on experience and expertise and will range between 60,000USD to 75,000USD. If based in South Africa, the successful applicant will be paid in South African Rand.


This position can be remote, with required travel to in-person meetings to fulfil the duties of the position as listed above. Office space is available in Pretoria should the candidate prefer to work onsite.

How to Apply

Applications close on 15th February 2023.

To apply for the post, please email

  • a letter of application stating the skills and approach you would bring to the role.
  • your CV/resume in English, including three referees.

Please ensure that documents are sent with the titles “your name cover letterand “your name CV” and state "Evidence Building and Research Manager” in the email subject line. 

Thank you all who apply for this post, we appreciate your interest in working with us. Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Download the job description here.