Summer Internship (Funded): Evidence to Action, International Rescue Committee

Job Description

Job Title: Evidence to Action InternBand/Level/Grade: InternDepartment: Research, Evaluation, and Learning UnitLocation: New York, NYOvertime Eligible (per local law): N/A

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.

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 Officer, Evidence to Action. This position is part time, and will start on or around June 8th and will end on or around August 24th.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Performing desk research on the impact of relevant humanitarian interventions
  • Drafting evidence synthesis and dissemination products on topics relevant to humanitarian work
  • Managing and editing extracted data from research articles
  • Copy editing and formatting key documents related to the Outcomes and Evidence Framework
  • Helping maintain evidence databases, including parts of the interactive Outcomes and Evidence Framework

Learning Outcomes:

  • Synthesize research for informed humanitarian decision-making
  • Communicate research results to key stakeholders
  • Observe, interact, and network with different NGO partners and IRC staff

Key Working Relationships:

 

Position Reports to: Officer, Evidence to Action
Position directly supervises:
None

Indirect Reporting: None

 

Job Requirements:

Education: Pursuing or recently graduated bachelor’s or master’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.

Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to careerplan@gc.cuny.edu by Friday, May 19th at 5:00 p.m.

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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.