Intern, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis



Job Description

Background/IRC Summary:  The IRC invests in research in humanitarian contexts to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of policies and practices in these settings. IRC’s Research, Evaluation and Learning (REL) technical unit works to achieve these aims by generating robust and actionable evidence across crisis-affected contexts, gathering and synthesizing the evidence base on what works, and analyzing the cost efficiency and cost effectiveness of humanitarian programming.​​​  The Best Use of Resources Initiative (BUR), which focuses on generating cost evidence, sits within the REL unit.

Job Overview/Summary:

To improve accountability, humanitarian actors must be transparent about how funds are being used to deliver aid in a cost-efficient and cost-effective manner. By comparing the cost different approaches and their related impact, the IRC can make decisions that achieve the best use of available resources for greater reach and impact. To contribute to this, the IRC has started the Best Use of Resources Initiative to provide information and analysis about cost-efficiency (how well we convert inputs into outputs) and cost-effectiveness (what inputs are needed to achieve outcomes) for key interventions. BUR is looking for a 10-20 hour a week commitment for an intern from February 2018 to May 2018.

Major Responsibilities:

This intern will provide support to the Best Use of Resources initiative, specifically focusing cost effective analysis for education and protection projects.

  • Define cost questions that should be answered in conjunction with impact evaluations in REL’s portfolio (8-10 active projects that are undergoing cost effective analysis)
  • Synthesize information about the design and cost structure of interventions as gathered from stakeholders (research leads and country program staff) and written resources (proposals, research designs, M&E reports, etc.)
  • Design templates for cost data capture
  • Assess quality of data collected from project stakeholders
  • Analyze budget and financial data
  • Communicate results & key lessons learned from analyses to internal stakeholders (REL teammates, country program staff, etc.)
  • Summarize findings in written materials for external audiences (briefs, white papers, academic papers, etc.)
  • Provide feedback and recommendations on the the design of the cost effective analysis process

Learning Outcomes

  • Mastery of the methodology and theory of cost-effectiveness analysis,
  • Practical experience using real-world data to conduct cost-effectiveness analysis of a humanitarian program
  • Familiarity with the existing research literature on cost-effectiveness in one or two humanitarian sectors (TBD).

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Senior Officer, REL

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in economics, public finance, or related field, preferably with training on economic evaluation methods (e.g. social cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis).
  • Current enrollment of a graduate degree in economics, public health or related field preferred; participating in this internship in exchange for school credit.
  • Knowledge of impact evaluation concepts and literature, including basic econometric models for impact evaluation, and underlying statistics concepts.
  • 1-3 years’ work experience in a research or implementing organization working on humanitarian or development issues. Some work experience in a developing country context is preferred.
  • Experience with evidence-based policy and use of quantitative data to inform decision-making, especially in low-data environments.
  • Ability to be work as part of a remote team across many time zones, including work with time-constrained colleagues, and travel to humanitarian environments for collaboration.
  • Excellent communication skills, cultural sensitivity, flexibility, ability to improvise, team player.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English required; proficiency and/or fluency in French or Arabic preferred.

Internship is unpaid, but meals and travel to/from IRC office would be covered for working days.

Working Environment:  Standard office work environment.

Please submit a cover letter and CV to Erin Byrne (