Zolberg-IRC Fellow: Social Accountability Methods

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The Social Accountability Methods Fellow will work with Governance Technical Advisors to develop and refine core governance activities and interventions, focusing on IRC’s  social accountability tools for Strong, Inclusive and Accountable User Committees and Social Networking. The Governance Technical Unit is currently refining and improving methodologies within its core interventions that aim to strengthen and promote people’s engagement in how communities are managed and led.  The fellow will play a key role in developing and refining several tools and training methodologies, which could include the following:

  • Supporting the finalization of the Strong Inclusive and Accountable User Committees (SIA) curriculum.  SIA supports user committees (health, education or water and sanitation) to become incrementally stronger, more inclusive, representative and accountable when overseeing local service delivery. 
  • Assist in the design of the Network Strengthening Toolkit which focuses on strengthening networking between civil society organizations and government institutions. This toolkit will include guidance and tools on a social network analysis, safe space engagement, action planning and implementation of action plans. 
  • Should time and interest allow, the Fellow will also assist with the development and refinement of other GTU signature tools such that are designed to support and measure capacity building within the communities in which we work. 

This is an exciting opportunity to spearhead an innovative, long-term project within a cross-cutting, global team.  

Potential areas of focus and/or deliverables: 

  • Ensuring that all curriculum, trainings, modules, tools, and materials are effectively designed, transferable across contexts, and appropriate for adult learners
  • Formalize the IRC’s SIA curriculum, including training modules on participatory diagnosis, capacity strengthening on roles and responsibilities, and applying social accountability tools and approaches. 
  • Assist in the development and refinement of the Network Strengthening toolkit
  • Develop facilitator guidance and participant materials for trainings/workshops using active, participatory, and collaborative activities.

Student skill-sets sought:

  • Background in International Affairs, Public Policy, Political science, Anthropology, Sociology, Nonprofit Management; PhD candidates preferred but MA candidates with relevant work experience will also be considered. 
  • Prior work experience in leadership training, curriculum development, and/or international development.
  • Familiarity with the peacebuilding, humanitarian, and development sectors. Field-based experience is an added advantage. 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills (English necessary, French desirable).

Work Environment: This fellowship will work directly with the Governance Technical Unit based in the IRC’s headquarters in New York.  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: The Governance Technical Unit (GTU) within the IRC focuses on ensuring that people have the power to influence the decisions that affect their lives. We work to strengthen the voices of communities and help the IRC, governments, and other organizations be more responsive to their needs. Governance programming cuts across several IRC sectors, and utilizes approaches like Peacebuilding, Local Partnerships, Inclusive City Planning, Participatory Decision-Making, Social Accountability and Service Delivery System Strengthening to achieve its aims.   

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.

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