Manager, Evidence to Action (E2A)

New York City, New York, United States
Apply by 1 July 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 2 June 2018

Job Description

Requisition ID: req2059

Job Title: Manager, Evidence to Action (E2A)

Sector: Research & Development

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: USA-New York, NY - HQ

Job Description

Background
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The IRC aims for people affected by conflict or disaster to be healthier, safer, better educated, economically secure, and more powerful because of the work that we do. To achieve this goal, the IRC is focused on becoming an outcomes-driven and evidence-based organization. By implementing programs that are proven to make an impact we can strengthen program design, program quality and see measurable improvement in the lives of the people we serve. Making evidence-informed decisions about programming and research investments is essential to the achievement of our IRC 2020 Strategy goals and is a top priority for the IRC’s leadership.

Starting in 2018, the most common interventions implemented by the IRC will be reviewed and concrete programmatic and research decisions made about them. Where relevant, the outputs of this process will also be used in the development of program guidance for how best to implement the interventions on the ground. The Research Managers will play a key short-term role not only in preparing high-quality research and evidence inputs that will inform decision-making but also in institutionalizing transparent and systematic processes for using evidence within the organization. This position will sit within the IRC’s Research, Evaluation, and Learning Unit.

Job Overview/Summary:
This role will primarily support the development of evidence summaries on key interventions from IRC’s outcome areas: Health, Education, Safety, Power and Economic Recovery and Development. The Managers will search, analyze, summarize and document research evidence. The Research Managers will coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders involved in this process including Technical staff, Research Advisors, the Best Use of Resources team and potentially country-program staff. The Managers will assist in the roll out and development of the first two phases of the intervention review work. As such, these positions are for 3-4 months. The Managers report to the Evidence to Action Officer.

Major Responsibilities:

Coordinate the development and use of Intervention Reviews:
* Support the development of Intervention Reviews by searching for, analyzing, and synthesizing research evidence and theoretical literature.
* Write clear, concise evidence summaries on prioritized interventions.
* Liaise with key stakeholders in Technical Units to ensure that Intervention Reviews are high-quality and relevant to practitioner decision-making
* Regularly assess search and synthesis strategies, identifying potential improvements

Position Requirements:
* Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Political Science, Humanitarian Studies, Economics or related fields preferred, Master’s Degree preferred
* University-level training in quantitative designs (esp. RCT’s), statistics or research methods
* Minimum 2 years experience, with non-profit organizations preferred
* Familiarity with systematic reviews and rapid evidence assessments
* Experience conducting literature reviews and summarizing and presenting research evidence
* Ability to learn quickly on-the-job and to meet strict deadlines
* Strong communication skills, both written and oral
* Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with multi-cultural teams across different technical sectors
* Fluency in English (written and spoken) is required, proficiency in French

Key Working Relationships:
* Position Reports to: Evidence to Action (E2A) Officer
* Position directly supervises: Evidence to Action Interns (potentially)
* Indirect Reporting: N/A

Working Environment:
* Standard office work environment

About the Organization

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 27 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

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