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Requisition ID: req659

Job Title: Cost Analysis Officer

Sector: Research & Development

Employment Category: Regular

Location: USA-New York, NY - HQ

Job Description

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 seven decades and today is involved in over 40 countries affected by conflict. We address both the immediate, life -saving needs of conflict-affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post-conflict societies.

IRC’s Research, Evaluation and Learning (REL) Unit helps the IRC serve people with the most effective and cost-effective programs suited to the particular country or state context. The REL unit supports the IRC to use already-existing research to inform strategic plans  and to develop high-quality intervention models that are based on programs that have been proven to be effective. We also build capacity of staff to interpret and apply existing research and to conduct evaluations.

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, building on two years of existing work during which the team has developed a standardized costing methodology, conducted initial cost analyses across multiple sectors, and begun to work with field teams to incorporate rigorous cost analysis as a routine program management practice. This position will focus on building routine processes and practices for cost analysis, through (1) management of the IRC’s cost analysis software, (2) development of new business processes for cost analysis production and use, in collaboration with country teams, and (3) coordination with IRC staff in multiple departments to ensure that the BUR approach is appropriately understood and integrated into the wider IRC strategy.

  • The Cost Analysis Officer sits within the Research, Evaluation, and Learning (REL) Team at IRC Headquarters in New York City.
  • They will provide analytical support to both headquarters-based teams, as well as IRC’s 30+ country offices around the world. 

Major Responsibilities:

  • Support the rollout of IRC’s standardized cost analysis methodology across 30+ country programs, collaborating with field teams to understand and apply economic evaluation best practices using organizational data as part of routine program management.
  • Develop business processes to ensure minimum quality standards through cost analyses, and work with partners across departments to implement and improve these new processes.  
  • Provide on-call analysis capacity for economic evaluation to support critical programmatic and organizational decisions, including framing the analysis goals, gathering necessary data, conducting analysis, and communicating actionable results to other stakeholders around the IRC. 
  • Manage the ongoing development of the IRC’s Systematic Cost Analysis (SCAN) software, including gathering feedback from field users, prioritizing new features for development, and working with the IRC’s IT department during the software development and testing process.
  • Gather and interpret the results of cost analyses from across IRC countries and programs, to provide actionable lessons that help field teams design more cost-efficient and cost-effective humanitarian projects.
  • Coordinate with other strategic initiatives across the IRC during joint rollout of new tools to country programs, and with the Strategy team to communicate progress and challenges to IRC leaders.
  • Provide rigorous quality-checking oversight to other members of the BUR team on cost analyses they have led or facilitated.
  • Support the development of internal and external communication products about individual analysis and the use of cost analysis within the IRC 


Key Working Relationships: 

Position Reports to:  Technical Advisor, Best Use of Resources

Qualifications

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in economics, public finance, or related field, preferably with training on economic evaluation methods (e.g. social cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis).
  • Knowledge of impact evaluation concepts and literature, including basic econometric models for impact evaluation, and underlying statistics concepts.
  • At least 3-6 years work experience in a research or implementing organization working on humanitarian or development issues. Some work experience in a developing country context is preferred.
  • Experience with evidence-based policy and use of quantitative data to inform decision-making, especially in low-data environments.
  • Ability to be work as part of a remote team across many time zones, including work with time-constrained colleagues, and travel to humanitarian environments for collaboration.
  • Excellent communication skills, cultural sensitivity, flexibility, ability to improvise, team player.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English required; proficiency and/or fluency in French or Arabic preferred.

 

Working Environment:  Standard office work environment, with work related travel up to 20% of the time.

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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.