Zolberg-IRC Fellow: Cost Analysis & Design

  • Remote
  • Applications have closed

IRC and four other international NGOs have convened a consortium to collaborate on the use of cost analysis to assess the “Value for Money” of humanitarian and development programs. The Dioptra tool for cost-efficiency analysis was collectively built by the consortium in 2019 to allow program staff without prior experience in economic evaluation to quickly and easily produce cost-efficiency data for program management and sectoral learning. Dioptra has since been piloted in health, nutrition, cash, livelihoods, and protection projects in 9 countries. 

The ‘Value of Money’ Design Fellow will design and develop structured training and promotional materials to facilitate the understanding and use of Dioptra by program staff in IRC and other NGOs. These print and video materials would include slide decks, flipbook, promotional video, demo video, and tutorial videos on “Value for Money”, cost analysis concepts, and the use of the Dioptra tool. Working closely with members of the Best Use of Resources team, and drawing from capacity sharing and inclusivity best practices, the fellow will produce high-quality, straightforward, and clear training and promotional materials that can be easily absorbed by non-technical audiences in humanitarian contexts.

Potential areas of focus and/or deliverables: 

  • “Value for Money” two-pager and training slide deck
  • Dioptra and cost analysis training slide deck
  • Dioptra flipbook
  • Promotional video on Dioptra
  • Demo and tutorial videos on Dioptra

Student skill-sets sought:

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Visual and written communications skills on basic platforms such as Google Docs, Google Slides
  • Video editing and production skills on platforms such as iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Ability to synthesize technical information into straightforward and clear language to non-technical audiences
  • Interest in humanitarian aid and international development
  • Knowledge of adult learning and skills development in the workplace desirable
  • Prior experience working with branding templates and guidelines desirable

Work Environment: This fellowship will work directly with the Airbel Impact Lab’s Best Use of Resources team.  This fellowship is remote.

Fellowship Length: Fellowships are 20 hours/week from mid-February – mid-May 2022.

How to apply: The deadline to apply is Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Please submit one PDF document containing a cover letter, CV/resume and two work samples (writing and/or design portfolio – 5 pages maximum per sample) to Catherine McGahan, McGahanC@newschool.edu.

Interviews will be conducted the first week of February.

Requirements: Students must be a matriculated graduate or PhD student at The New School.

Team: Airbel Impact Lab, Research and Innovation at the IRC. With over 70 million people displaced, the world is facing an unprecedented crisis. To address the evolving and growing nature of this crisis requires not just more aid, but new thinking. There is a lack of proven, cost-effective, scalable services for people affected by crisis. In some cases, there is a lack of evidence on what works. In others, evidence shows existing solutions are effective, but we need to find new ways of delivering them at scale in fragile states. That’s why the IRC created the Airbel Impact Lab. Our goal is to find and advance breakthrough solutions — with people and ethics at the center of all we do.

The Airbel Impact Lab designs, tests, and scales life-changing, cost-effective solutions for people affected by conflict and disaster. By applying the IRC’s deep technical expertise and field experience with a range of skills from the behavioral sciences, human-centered design, research, and multi-disciplinary problem-solving in humanitarian contexts, we work to develop breakthrough solutions that combine creativity and rigor, openness and expertise, and a desire to think afresh with the experience of a large-scale implementing organization. Within Airbel, the Best Use of Resources team provides analysis and decision-making support to improve the cost-efficiency and cost-effectiveness of IRC programs.

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