Research and Strategic Projects Coordinator

International Rescue Committee

**Job Overview:**The IRC’s Resettlement, Asylum, & Integration (RAI) department works to create opportunities for refugees and other vulnerable migrants to survive and thrive in the U.S. and Europe through a diverse portfolio of programs aimed at five core outcomes: Health, Safety, Economic Wellbeing, Education and Power. As part of its strategy, the IRC is focused on IMPACT: Raising Program Quality. The Research and Strategic Projects Coordinator will be part of the Research, Analysis and Learning team and will play a critical role in delivering on IRC’s Strategy 100 Data, Research and Evidence and Program Routines Ambitions. In this role, the Research and Strategic Projects Coordinator will develop and support the dissemination of evidence summaries to support program staff in designing evidence-based programs. They will also manage databases to support knowledge management and coordinate the development of project model toolkits to support the design and delivery of high-quality projects.

Major Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Managing the RAI evidence helpdesk.
  • Supporting the development and management of a workplan to guide the development of evidence products.
  • Developing search protocol and develop evidence products in response to evidence requests and in accordance with workplan. Proactively update existing program area evidence summaries on a regular basis.
  • Posting new or updated evidence summaries to IRC’s internal intranet: RescueNet
  • Developing communications materials related to evidence summaries, including but not limited to networkwide trainings, email blasts, RescueNet, and Kaya.
  • Collecting and compiling feedback received on evidence products.
  • Coordinating the development of project model toolkits to support the design and delivery of high-quality projects in collaboration with relevant technical advisors within the Program Quality and Innovation unit. Each toolkit will likely include:
    • A summary of the state of evidence related to the intervention
    • A theory of change and guidance for adapting it based on the specific context and project
    • An example logframe and MEL plan narrative with guidance for adapting it based on the specific context and project
    • GEDI considerations for all stages of project design and implementation
    • An example budget
    • Draft JDs
    • Draft workplan
  • Support the dissemination of and training on project model toolkits and evidence products.
  • Manage databases to support knowledge management and objectives outlined in IRC’s Strategy 100 Data, Research and Evidence and Program Routines Ambitions.
  • Coordinate translation of evidence products, toolkits and other resources.

Job Requirements:

Education: A University degree in a relevant discipline (preferably in Social Sciences, Data Science, or a related field) preferred.

Work Experience:

  • A minimum of 3 years experience developing and implementing M&E plans and conducting literature reviews and evidence summaries in a professional role preferred.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct literature reviews.
  • Fluency in German a plus
  • Understanding of GEDI principles and their application to project design, M&E planning, and project implementation
  • Experience developing logframes, MEL plans, and theories of change
  • Experience with Airtable a plus.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently on projects with minimal supervision
  • Ability to coordinate multiple stakeholders, facilitating an inclusive process to develop a high-quality end product
  • Experience with instructional design a plus.
  • Excellent, demonstrated skills in Office programs, multimedia programs a plus
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Language Skills: English language fluency. Additional fluency in German strongly preferred.

Working Environment:

  • A combination of standard office environment and remote work depending on location.
  • May require occasional weekend and/or evening work.
  • May require occasional travel for in-person team meetings.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires new hires to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-office or hybrid positions. All IRC US offices require full vaccination to attend any in-office functions (e.g., meetings, trainings).

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

US Benefits: We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days depending on role and tenure, medical insurance starting at $120 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with immediately vested matching, disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

How to apply

Closing date: 11/11/2022