Apply Now: Girls Not Brides is Looking for a Head of Research at New Delhi

Girls Not Brides is looking for a Head of Research, Evidence, and Learning to lead our efforts in ending child, early, and forced marriage (CEFMU) in India or London. You’ll lead our Evidence and Learning Team, collaborate with global teams, and ensure we’re a trusted source for CEFMU solutions. Your work will enhance our programs, advocacy, and policies worldwide.


Girls Not Brides is the only global organisation uniquely focused on creating and sustaining a worldwide movement to end child marriage and ensuring that this movement leads to tangible change for the girls at risk or affected by the practice. We are a network of over 1400 civil society organisations in over 100 countries working in partnership to end child marriage. 

Our vision is a world without child marriage where girls and women enjoy equal status with boys and men and are able to achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives. Our vision challenges deeply embedded social norms that harm the lives of girls, women and their communities.


Girls Not Brides is looking for a Head of Research, Evidence and Learning to lead the secretariat’s work on research, evidence, data and learning to inform impactful action on ending child, early and forced marriage and unions (CEFMU). The successful candidate leads the Evidence and Learning Team and works closely with all teams to ensure Girls Not Brides is a go-to and trusted source for evidence and shared learning on what works to address CEFMU and support married girls, globally and in priority regions where we work. The role holder ensures the Girls Not Brides secretariat is a highly effective learning and knowledge hub on CEFMU, co-creating and sharing collective insights and evidence to strengthen our programme, advocacy and policy work driving impact across the movement.  

Working closely with Teams in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), they provide strategic leadership to increase uptake of research, evidence and collective knowledge by member organisations to enable more effective evidence-based action to end child marriage at all levels. Moreover, the role ensures we continue to play a leading role in coordinating global, regional and national evidence generation through convening diverse stakeholders, identifying evidence gaps and catalyzing collective efforts to strengthen the evidence base on what works to end child marriage. 

In close collaboration with the Director of Learning, Evidence and Impact, the Head of Research, Evidence and Learning plays a leadership role in ensuring the timely and quality implementation and delivery of two key areas of the Strategic Objective on Learning of Girls Not Brides’ Secretariat Strategy 2022-2025. The role holder will work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) and Impact team withing the same directorate but will not lead on the organisation’s MEAL work.

About You

We are looking for a passionate and inclusive leader with demonstrable experience in research, evidence and learning and supporting the uptake of evidence for programming, advocacy and policy influencing gender justice and social change issues. The ideal candidate will be an empowering and collaborative team leader, who is able to provide strategic leadership as well as be a good people manager. We are not looking for a MEAL specialist, but rather an individual who has experience and knowledge of translating research, data and evidence into impactful advocacy and programming.


Leads Girls Not Brides work to leverage knowledge, learning and evidence for impactful action to address child early and forced marriage and unions (CEFMU) across the movement.

  • In close collaboration with the Director for Learning, Evidence and Impact, plays a leadership role in ensuring the timely and quality implementation and delivery of two key areas of the Strategic Objective on Learning of Girls Not Brides’ Secretariat Strategy 2022-2025, namely: 1) “Highly effective learning and knowledge hub co-creating and sharing collective insights and evidence to drive impact”, 2) “Stronger coordination of global, regional, and national evidence generation which supports the movement’s efforts to accelerate change to end child marriage”. 
  • Using a collaborative approach, manages a effective Evidence and Learning Team, consisting of up to five individuals, including performance management, professional development and providing ongoing support to individuals. 
  • As a member of the Advisory Management Team, contributes to key internal strategic and decision-making spaces. 
  • Works closely with the Teams in Africa, Asia and LAC, as well as the Impact and Global Advocacy teams to deliver the organisation’s learning priorities and ambition.
  • Leads the Learning Team’s strategy and work planning, budgeting, and tracking of progress against the organisation’s key performance indicators.
  • Contributes to development of funding proposals as requested.
  • Leads the Learning Team’s work on ensuring Girls Not Brides is a go-to and trusted source for evidence and shared learning on what works to end CEFMU and support married girls.

Leads Girls Not Brides’ work as a global knowledge and learning hub. 

  • Oversee the development and implementation of Girls Not Brides’ Knowledge and Learning Hub, that ensures the secretariat is a go-to place for learning and evidence on CEFMU. 
  • Working with the Learning Team, oversees knowledge management activities for Girls Not Brides ensuring the organisation has the latest learning, evidence and data on CEFMU and has up-to-date evidence-based key messages on CEFMU and relevant topics. 
  • Oversees the development of learning resources and opportunities on ending child marriage, including the development of thematic briefs, learning or research webinars, capacity enhancement sessions, peer learning sessions, etc. 
  • Works closely with Learning Team and teams in Africa, Asia and LAC to identify and respond to learning priorities of members organisations in the Global Partnership.
  • In close collaboration with Heads of Africa, Asia and LAC Teams, oversees the development and implementation of Girls Not Brides learning offer with National/State Partnerships, coalitions and members.
  • In close collaboration with Teams in Africa, Asia and LAC, ensures the Secretariat works effectively with member organisations to document, collate and share information and evidence on what works to end CEFMU, and supports effective action and results within the global Partnership and broader movement.
  • Oversees the timely and effective dissemination of key evidence and learning to all audiences through different channels e.g. newsletter, webinar, etc.

Leads on the uptake of knowledge, learning and evidence by member organisations to increase the quality and impact of programming and evidence-based influencing.

Working closely with the Learning Team and colleagues in Africa, Asia and LAC teams:

  • Supports the facilitation of knowledge exchange with and between member organisations, National and State Partnerships and coalitions and the broader movement.
  • Ensures Girls Not Brides provides technical assistance on learning, data and evidence to selected National/State Partnerships and coalitions to inform and strengthen their collective advocacy and programming.
  • Contributes to translate learning and knowledge into impactful advocacy and policy influencing initiatives and programmes.

Oversees Girls Not Brides’ role to promote a stronger coordination of evidence generation at all levels.

  • Working closely with the Research Manager, oversees the work of the Child Marriage Research to Action Network (CRANK) to support stronger coordination of global, regional, and national evidence generation which supports the movement’s efforts to accelerate change to end child marriage.
  • Contributes to reinforce strategic partnerships with key stakeholders and to position Girls Not Brides with key research actors in the field such as the UN, academics, think tanks, etc. for better coordination in the field and stronger strategic collaborations.
  • Works closely with the Research Manager, to provide strategic direction and advice to Teams in Africa, Asia and LAC for a stronger coordination of evidence generation at regional and national level.
  • Promotes and advocates for a more equitable knowledge system.

Wider responsibilities of Girls Not Brides team members

  • Commit to the mission and vision of Girls Not Brides, putting them at the forefront of all planning, work and actions.
  • Uphold the core values of Girls Not Brides in all areas of work and interactions with colleagues, member organisations, partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Comply with Girls Not Brides policies and processes, with particular attention to safeguarding, the code of conduct and data protection.
  • Ensure that internal databases and monitoring information are kept fully up to date.
  • Commit to ongoing personal development and learning. 
  • Fulfil any other reasonable requests for the advancement of Girls Not Brides.


Essential experience

  • Post graduate degree in a relevant area, such as social science, development studies, international relations, human rights or gender, or relevant proven professional experience.  
  • Significant experience in learning, evidence and research and supporting the uptake of evidence to strengthen programming, advocacy and policy outcomes and influencing on gender justice and social change issues. 
  • Proven experience in developing and managing effective and impactful teams, including strong and inclusive people management, line management of individuals, performance management, fostering ongoing professional development, team planning and budgeting. 
  • Track record of embedding a learning culture at the organisational level 
  • Demonstrable experience of designing and conducting quantitative and qualitative research and evaluations
  • Knowledge and experience of gender transformative approaches and its application in research, programme and network spaces.  
  • Significant experience of working with a wide range of civil society organisations – from international NGOs to small grassroots organisations; knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing civil society organisations working to promote a child rights/gender equality agenda.

Essential skills and knowledge

  • A good understanding of the CEFMU evidence base.   
  • Sound understanding of policy issues related to development, human rights, and work related to CEFMU. 
  • Proven leadership skills in supporting teams to deliver impact across key areas of work, as well as experience in operationalising of strategic priorities. 
  • Ability to gather and research information from a broad range of sources, interpret complex and technical information and analyse data.
  • Skills in quality assurance for research 
  • Excellent communication, networking and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to collaborate with and inspire others. 
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. 
  • Strong writing skills, with an ability to write in a variety of styles, for different audiences.
  • Strong ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling way. 
  • Ability to deal with competing demands, multiple priorities, time constraints and unanticipated events. 
  • Strong strategic planning and project management skills.
  • A keen eye for accuracy and attention to detail 
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office tools particularly Excel and PowerPoint 
  • Fluent written and spoken English. 
  • Ability to build strong relationships while working remotely. 

Essential values and attributes

  • Deep knowledge and experience of intersectional gender analysis and its application in programming, movement building, research and governance and a proven commitment to embody and advance gender equality. 
  • Skilled team worker with an inclusive and collaborative approach, in line with Girls Not Brides’ values.


  • Understanding of CEFMU from a feminist perspective and good links with key actors working to address CEFMU. 
  • Experience in working as part of a management team contributing to organisational and strategic decision-making. 
  • A good understanding and/or experience in the Humanitarian Sector.
  • Commitment and ability to apply feminist leadership principles. 
  • Knowledge of French, Portugues or Spanish, or other relevant languages are highly desirable. 


Girls Not Brides is committed to safeguarding all children, young people and adults at risk with whom our staff and representatives work and interface. Any employment with Girls Not Brides may be subject to the satisfactory completion of a background check and a criminal records check, which can include but is not limited to: an overseas police record check, a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (for those based in the UK) or an International Criminal Record Check (if applicable).

Diversity at Girls Not Brides

Girls Not Brides is an equal opportunities employer. We embrace diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion in a serious way. We are committed to building a staff body that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

How to Apply

  • The closing date for this role is 23:59 GMT on Sunday 23 June 2024. 
  • Interviews will be held onsite week commencing 8 July 2024.

To apply, please click on the ‘Apply now’ button on the job page and submit your CV and a brief cover letter clearly demonstrating how you meet the criteria. 

We regret that due to the large number of applications anticipated, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

This role will also be advertised in London

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