International Rescue Committee Job Vacancy: Research Officer - USA

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Background/IRC Summary:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict. IRC has worked for over eight decades and today is involved in over 35 countries affected by conflict or natural disaster. We address both the immediate, life -saving needs of people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post-conflict societies.

The IRC is one of the leading providers of high quality programming for refugees resettling to the United States. The mission of the IRC's US Programs (USP) Department is to create opportunities for refugees to survive and thrive in America. The IRC's USP Department currently provides services in 27 U.S. cities and through the IRC's Resettlement Support Center (RSC) in East Asia. The USP portfolio has grown to encompass a variety of programs with numerous local partners, hundreds of corporate, foundation, and government donors, and thousands of individual givers. The distinctive components and programmatic endeavors of USP are represented and guided through the USP Program Framework which contains six core program sectors: resettlement, economic empowerment, access and legal rights, education and learning, health and wellness and community integration and development. IRC will resettle approximately 10,000 refugees in FY16 and has approximately 900 staff and 3,500 volunteers.

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. 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 (how well we convert outputs into outcomes) for key interventions. The IRC will thus be able to compare and cost different approaches and their related impact, ultimately allowing decisions that achieve the best use of available resources for greater reach and impact. This position will provide support to this initiative.

Major Responsibilities:

General:
  • Coordinate the USP Cost-Per-Client Initiative
  • Provide support for model development, all data collection, analysis and communication aspects of the Cost-per Client Initiative.
Specific:
  • In collaboration with the Working Group, develop pilot models
  • Perform cost-efficiency analysis with cost data from key interventions conducted by the IRC in various office sites
  • Support cost-effectiveness analysis on specific programs, TBD
  • Support the integration of cost-efficiency into proposal and reporting process
  • Support the development of guidelines to integrate cost analyses in the humanitarian sector
  • Support the development of internal and external communication products about individual analysis and the use of cost analysis within the IRC
  • Duties may also include other responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor.
Job Requirements:
  • Bachelor degree or Masters (preferred) in statistics, economics, public finance, or related field, and at least 2 years work experience in a research, donor, or implementing organization.
  • Knowledge of cost analysis methodology, applications, and cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis, preferably in the social sector.
  • Experience conducting cost analyses and communicating about data collection methods, analysis findings and their use for decision-making, preferably in humanitarian/development or social sector programming.
  • Knowledge of organizational finance and knowledge management systems.
  • Ability to be work as part of a remote team across many time zones.
  • Excellent communication skills, cultural sensitivity, flexibility, ability to improvise, team player.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English required.
Working Environment: Standard office work environment

Closing Date: 05 August 2016

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