Evidence to Action Intern

International Rescue Committee, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th February, 2019

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities, we improve outcomes in the areas of health, safety, economic wellbeing, education and power. Given the disparity faced by women and girls, we specifically seek to narrow inequalities in the outcomes we seek, and to ensure that women and girls achieve equally to men and boys.

In order to improve the effectiveness at achieving the outcomes we have prioritized as an organization, the IRC seeks to use evidence and cost data to inform our programming decisions. As such, we are examining the evidence underpinning key interventions across a range of outcomes and sectors in order to determine what will be most effective and cost-effective in the contexts in which we work. The IRC's Research, Evaluation, and Learning Unit is leading this effort.

Job Overview/Summary: The Evidence to Action Intern will assist in searching for, analyzing and synthesizing research evidence for the purposes of improving IRC’s programs. The intern will also assist in cataloging the literature we find as well as updating and maintaining our evidence repositories and the IRC’s interactive Outcomes and Evidence Framework (iOEF). This work directly feeds into IRC’s effort to become an outcomes-driven and evidence-based organization, and will allow us to rapidly prototype and adapt various evidence dissemination and synthesis products that can feed directly into decision-making by our staff and external stakeholders. The intern will report to the Officer, Evidence to Action. This position is part time, and will start on or around Dec 10th, 2018 and will end on or around May 31st, 2019.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Support the identification, extraction, and extension of literature within the iOEF.
  • Support the cataloging and hosting of the identified literature (based on the iOEF and other sources) within an internal evidence bank using EndNote.
  • Assist in coordinating the updating or maintenance of key features within the iOEF.
  • Assist in developing products for communicating evidence

Learning Outcomes:

  • Manage essential knowledge functions within humanitarian organizations
  • Translate and integrate academic literature into digestible, practical summaries and tools
  • Observe, interact, and network with different NGO partners and IRC staff

Key Working Relationships:

Job Requirements:

  • Education: Pursuing or recently graduated bachelor's or master’s degree in Library Science or a Social Science (e.g., developmental economics, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, social work etc.,) or other relevant fields.
  • Work Experience: Previous experience as a research assistant or intern, experience or familiarity with academic research databases, reference management (softwares such as Zotero, EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks etc.,), experience or familiarity with monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks, literature or systematic reviews, and report writing.
  • Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: Data management skills using excel, online literature searching skills using provider databases/search engines, ability to write straightforward summaries of research findings, detail-oriented.
  • Language Skills: English required, Spanish/French/Arabic an additional asset.
  • Working Environment: Standard office work environment.


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