ISSUE DATE: March 11, 2019

Women’s World Banking is seeking a non-profit or for-profit firm to provide Institutional Review Board (IRB) services on an ad-hoc basis and/or intermittent basis for international research.

About Women’s World Banking
Women’s World Banking is the global leader in women’s financial inclusion. Rooted in our deep understanding of the women’s market, we tackle financial inclusion in three interconnected ways: first, by partnering with financial services providers to develop scalable market-driven solutions; second, through our gender-lens private equity fund; and, finally, because diverse institutions are proven to be stronger, we build institutional capacity through leadership and diversity programs. Through this holistic approach and our global reach of 49 institutions in 32 countries, we accelerate economic opportunity for low-income women and growth for financial service providers in the emerging markets.

About the Project
Women’s World Banking is conducting several research projects in multiple markets (including India, Mexico, Bangladesh and Egypt as well as the potential addition of other countries) aimed at designing and testing commercially viable solutions to increase women’s financial inclusion. As part of these solutions-based approaches, Women’s World Banking conducts quantitative and qualitative research (including Randomized Control Trials) which need intermittent, periodic IRB services for the protection of human subjects participating in research conducted by Women’s World Banking staff.  Human subjects should be protected in accordance with the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (also known as the “Common Rule”). The IRB will provide Women’s World Banking with review services including, but not limited to: review of quantitative and qualitative studies such as surveys, focus groups, key informant interviews, primary and secondary data analysis and evaluations of Women’s World Banking programs. These services should include review of study protocols, interview guides, data collection tools, and data management and analysis plans, in order to protect research participants from risk(s) related to research participation.  Service should include standard review, expedited review and determination of IRB exemption, when and where applicable.

  • Planned contract period: One (1) year, April 2019 to April 2020
  • Service Delivery period: A short-term engagement of one (1) week to three (3) months, which will vary based on specific project.
  • Program request: Women’s World Banking is seeking guidance from respondents with respect to types of IRB services, costs and availability for engagement.

Objectives & Responsibilities
Specific duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provision of IRB services on an ad hoc and/or intermittent basis to an external organization.
  • Provide a description of services provided, description of personnel who will provide the services, corresponding rate/price listings for these services and type time frame for these services.
  • Provide a description of typical process and timeframe for services, including channel (electronic submission).
  • Provide a list of countries (outside of the United States) and any additional processes (such as country-specific IRB practices) for which you provide IRB services.

Duration of Consultancy
The consultant would be engaged under a one-year retainer contract to support on one or more projects from April 2019 – April 2020. Women’s World Banking may extend the contract at its discretion. 

Location of Work
Work on these projects can be primarily done remotely from any location, but the consultant must be available to collaborate with the New York-based project team during regular business hours of 9am-5pm ET.

To Apply
Applications must be received no later than April 8, 2019 (UPDATED FROM APRIL 1 at midnight EST.

Please include the below in your application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Proposal, including the below elements:
    • A brief statement of your capacity to complete this work, listing similar projects and completed/relevant organizational experience as well as a detailed example of an IRB process that resulted in published papers or a list of journals and frequency of publication per journal);
    • Availability; and
    • Expected daily remuneration
  • Resume / CV for direct team member; and
  • References (at least two).


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Applicants may submit their question(s) in writing to Please include in the e-mail subject line “Questions: RFQ: Institutional Review Board Firm.” All questions and responses will be posted below through the RFQ deadline.

This RFQ does not guarantee or commit Women’s World Banking to proceeding with the above described work. Due to the overwhelming responses not all candidates will be contacted. 

Women’s World Banking is an equal opportunity employer for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.

 Women’s World Banking will be unable to contract with any individual who is US citizen or resident without an LLC or LP or similar structure.