Research and Communications Fellow: Covid-19 Vaccine Equity – Zolberg-IRC Fellowship Summer 2021

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Project Description:

This position will help support the IRC’s effort to ensure equitable access to vaccines in states affected by conflict and fragility, and specifically for , internally displaced people, and others whose lives have been uprooted by crisis. This position will primarily focus on tracking and analyzing national policy decisions on Covid-19 vaccine access in countries where the IRC works, and will use this information to create advocacy and communications products designed to advance more equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines.  Specifically, the person in this position will work closely with the IRC’s advocacy staff sitting across the Health, Governance, and Policy & Advocacy Teams to create a scorecard measuring equity for Covid-19 vaccine access.  An additional core focus will be tracking down national policy guidelines developed on Covid-19 vaccine access, and tracking information about Covid-19 vaccine distribution across countries where the IRC works.  As much of this information is not publicly available, the person in this position will need excellent interpersonal skills to build relationships across the IRC and externally, and confidence and tenacity in seeking the information needed.

Potential areas of focus and/or deliverables: 

  • Creation of a scorecard tracking select countries’ Covid-19 vaccine equity through collecting information on national Covid-19 vaccine policies and vaccine distribution
  • Tracking funding for Covid-19 vaccine distribution
  • Qualitative research on evolving Covid-19 vaccine efforts in countries where the IRC works, and translating this information for media, communications products, and advocacy

Student skill-sets sought:

This position is appropriate for Master’s degree student with an interest in pursuing a career in health or humanitarian policy.

  • Qualitative research skills
  • Policy analysis skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills
  • English language fluency required; French proficiency is an asset
  • Strong organizational and knowledge management skills an asset
  • Past experience in a policy or communications role desirable

Work Environment: This fellowship will work directly with the Airbel Impact Lab’s Health Technical Unit.  This fellowship is remote.

Fellowship Length: Fellowships are 35 hours/week from June 14, 2021-August 20, 2021 (10 weeks).

How to apply: The deadline to apply is Monday, May 1, 2021. Please submit one document containing a cover letter, CV/resume and two work samples (writing and/or design portfolio – 3-5 pages maximum per sample) to Catherine McGahan,

Interviews will be conducted in late May and early June.

Requirements: Students must be a matriculated graduate or PhD student at The New School.  Students who will graduate in Spring 2021 are not eligible.

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 IRC’s vision is that the impact of our programs and the influence of our ideas empowers those caught in crisis to make lasting change in their lives. To support achievement of this vision, the IRC’s Technical Excellence (TE) unit provides technical assistance to IRC’s country program staff and shares what we learn to influence policy and practice. The TE unit supports technical excellence through the following ways:

  • Guide program design to achieve outcomes by incorporating the best available evidence
  • Build technical capacity of country program staff to implement, measure and continuously improve programs
  • Influence the IRC, peer agencies and donors to use proven interventions and generate new evidence to achieve change in peoples’ lives

The TE Unit is comprised of five technical Units, all of which have deep expertise in their respective sectors: , Economic Wellbeing, Governance, Health, Violence Prevention and Response, while cross-cutting work happens with the Unit and the Research & Innovation Unit.

The Health Technical Unit (HTU) is responsible for program quality and technical assistance across the IRC’s health, nutrition, and environmental health programs. The Health Unit also has an embedded Health Policy and Communications Team that advances an influence agenda on key health issues. This role sits within the Health Policy and Communications Team.

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