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Open Position: Director of Evaluation & Research

Last updated: October 10, 2023

The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) Evaluation and Research Department advances our mission by using the tools of research and evaluation to support clinical practice, defend torture survivors’ human rights and generate scientific evidence that contributes to ending the practice of torture globally.

The Director of Evaluation and Research manages a growing department of more than ten globally-based evaluation and research professionals to design and implement a coordinated and comprehensive strategy for measuring the effectiveness and impact of CVT programs that focus on:

  • the delivery of mental health and psychological support and other services to survivors of torture, trauma or human rights violations;
  • the capacity development of service providers;
  • and/or supporting human rights and justice-focused projects.

In collaboration with Evaluation and Research team members and program staff, the director will identify key areas for evaluation or research, build capacity for ongoing assessment, and lead efforts to conceptualize and implement a longitudinal strategic evaluation plan designed to strengthen programs, inform external stakeholders about our work, and generate knowledge to advance CVT’s mission.


  • A Ph.D. in social science, global mental health, psychology or related field and at least six years of progressively responsible experience in research and program evaluation. Substantial experience as a senior manager, supervising staff and advising leadership on the implications of research and program evaluation.
  • Demonstrated experience managing direct reports and teams effectively, including ability to develop rapport, build strong, trusting relationships and work cross-culturally. Experience working with geographically dispersed teams.
  • Demonstrated success leading change management initiatives.
  • Excellent strategic thinking skills, with the ability to operationalize concepts and transform ideas into action.
  • Extensive experience conducting complex research and program evaluation. Depth and breadth of knowledge of research design and qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
  • Knowledge of psychological constructs, including mental health-related constructs.
  • Experience working in an NGO or in an international context. Experience conducting evaluation and/or research in international, intercultural and/or multilingual settings.
  • Experience writing or collaborating on proposals, grants and reports to funding entities.

This senior-level, fully remote position is open for applications through Insight Executive Search. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Aaron Schmidt, president of Insight Executive, by emailing: aaron.schmidt@insightexecutivesearch.com

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