International Rescue Committee – Senior Advisor, Best Use of Resources (Nairobi).

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Job Description

Job available in these locations:

  • New York, NEW YORK, United States
  • Amman, Jordan
  • Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, United States

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 the Airbel, the Best Use of Resources team provides analysis and decision-making support to improve the cost-efficiency and cost-effectiveness of IRC programs.

Job Overview

This role will work with teams across IRC’s Crisis Response, Recovery, and Development (CRRD) Unit to set goals for how specific projects and programs can maximize impact of resources, track how resources are used in relation to delivering outputs and outcomes, and document & incorporate lessons to inform budgeting decisions. They will design and execute cost analyses in support of decisions about program design and strategy, and analyze comparative results across programs to inform action. Support will focus on two key groups within the CRRD:

1.Sectoral teams who want to incorporate cost evidence into IRC programmatic guidance; and design & execute analyses needed to inform these guidelines.

2.Management teams for large projects, specifically on the use of cost-efficiency and cost-effectiveness evidence to select priority interventions and allocate project resources to maximize reach and impact for clients. .

This role will be tasked with building relationships with teams across the IRC to understand their decision-making needs, map how cost analyses could best align to those needs, and build partnerships with colleagues in multiple teams to ensure that decisions are data-informed. They will be responsible for executing prospective and retrospective analyses using budget and monitoring data, for understanding the available sources of data around the IRC, and for working on issues of data quality and timeliness with project and technical teams.

Major Responsibilities:

•For multi-country projects greater than $15 million, define and lead analyses to maximize cost-effectiveness from proposal through implementation. For up to three projects at a time, advise project teams on the selection of cost-effective interventions, assist in the prioritization of possible scale-up pathways, ensure alignment of budgets and targets with efficiency goals, and conduct analyses to track progress.

•Lead ongoing collaboration with IRC’s five sectoral teams to collate cost-efficiency and cost-effectiveness data, and develop concrete guidelines for the design of cost-effective programs. Ensure that guidance is relevant and usable for 30+ country teams given contextual constraints to achieving cost-effectiveness in the delivery of services in various contexts.

•Coordinate with Airbel Impact Lab colleagues to maintain a clear learning agenda around cost-efficiency and –effectiveness in IRC’s five sectors of work, and ensure that analyses coming from research studies and field projects are all working together towards answering questions from those learning agendas.

•Identify new opportunities to improve the cost-effectiveness of service delivery through changes to country- or organization-level decision-making processes, working through organization wide channels such as Strategy 100. Collaborate with counterparts in the Finance, Operations, and Program Delivery departments to understand the potential impact for IRC’s clients of adapting these processes.




Work Experience:

•6+ years working in humanitarian or development agencies (NGO, UN, or government agencies), preferably as part of monitoring, evaluation, or program management teams (e.g. finance and grants management)

•Proven experience defining and executing analyses that support project management and decision-making for multi-million dollar projects.

•Previous experience working on donor-funded projects and navigating donor requirements. Comfort working with partners to deliver project design, budgeting, and reporting.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

•Familiarity with organizational finance systems and conducting budget & expenditure analyses

•Experience conducting cost-efficiency, cost-effectiveness, or value for money analyses

•Creativity in finding opportunities for evidence-based decision making in complex humanitarian contexts with security, operational, or legal constraints

•Strong interpersonal skills, especially communicating with non-technical counterparts about technical work products

•Ability to work as a generalist across multiple sectors (e.g. health, education, economic well-being, etc.)

•Strong Excel modelling required


Education: Bachelors in economics, development, or another relevant field required, Master’s degree preferred.

Language Skills: English required, French or Arabic preferred

Working Environment: Standard office working environment. This role may require working remotely full or part-time, particularly during Covid. Some international travel as needed, up to 25% of time.


The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Equality, 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.




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