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 22 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.
The IRC is examining the evidence-base available underpinning key interventions in a variety of sectors in development and conflict contexts as part of strategic planning, and is working to use this evidence to systematically improve our decision-making. 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. This work directly feeds into the IRC’s efforts to become an outcomes-driven and evidence-based organization, and will allow us to rapidly prototype and adapt various evidence synthesis products that can feed directly into decision-making by our staff as well as external stakeholders. The intern will report to the Manager, Evidence to Action. This position is part time, and will end on December 9th, 2016.
- Performing desk research on the impact of relevant humanitarian interventions
- Drafting evidence synthesis and dissemination products on topics relevant to humanitarian work
- Running search protocols for research evidence that can be added to the IRC’s Interactive Outcomes and Evidence Framework platform
- Screening and extracting data from research evidence using pre-defined criteria
- Will learn how to synthesize research for informed humanitarian decision-making
- Will learn how to communicate research results to key stakeholders
- Will have an opportunity to observe, interact, and network with different NGO partners and IRC staff
Education: Pursuing or recently graduated bachelor’s degree in a social science or other relevant field.
Work Experience: Previous experience as a research assistant, experience with literature reviews, or report writing.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: Ability to carry out searches for research evidence. Ability to write straightforward summaries of research findings. Detail-oriented ability to enter data into Excel.
Language Skills: English required.
Working Environment: Standard office work environment.
Please send your resumes to Rick Bartoldus at Rick.Bartoldus@rescue.org
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.