The Accelerator is working to research and develop Evidence Action’s next generation of at-scale, evidence-based programs. We are actively investigating multiple program areas to identify health or health-adjacent interventions that have a strong evidence-base, are cost-effective, and have a large potential to scale. Some areas that are being researched include: Kangaroo Mother Care, ORS and zinc to prevent diarrheal mortality, intermittent preventive treatment for malaria, in-line water chlorination, early initiation of breastfeeding, among others.
The graduate student intern will lead early stage research on various programs of interest. The work will focus heavily on digesting and synthesizing a broad base of existing evidence (academic literature, randomized evaluations, publicly available data), as well as cost-effectiveness modelling. In addition, the intern will support research and analysis needs of at-scale programs in the Accelerator: Maternal Syphilis and Iron & Folic Acid Supplementation (IFA). Depending on program needs, the intern’s work may shift to focus more exclusively on either of these at-scale programs. Activities in this role may include:
- Advancing current research agendas by engaging in desk-based research and literature reviews to inform organizational understanding of key intervention areas.
- Working with cost-effectiveness and M&E staff to design, develop and refine cost-effectiveness models, monitoring frameworks, and theories of change.
- Rapidly assess the potential of new opportunities by analyzing scale, cost-effectiveness, evidence-base, strategic fit, and funding availabilities of promising interventions.
- Support the expansion of the IFA program into new geographies by: building on evidence reviews and cost-effectiveness analysis, supporting country-level scoping discussions, and helping develop investment cases for the introduction of the program to government stakeholders.
- Support the development of an evidence review, cost-effectiveness analysis and strategy on multiple micronutrient supplementation and IFA for pregnant women to inform whether the organization should pursue either product in high-burden geographies.
- Coordinate stakeholders and manage research work flow to efficiently and simultaneous drive multiple programs through the Accelerator development process.
- Conducting stakeholder outreach (study authors, implementers, other development partners) to solicit feedback on our potential program, its design, key gaps, and whether there is interest in collaborating with Evidence Action.
Who we’re looking for
Evidence Action places strong value on relevant personal qualities: professionalism, entrepreneurialism, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. We seek highly committed, adaptable individuals with an ability to deliver quality results in quickly changing circumstances. Specifically, we seek interns meeting the following qualifications:
- Currently pursuing a master’s degree or PhD in international development, public policy, health, economics, business, or related field, preferably with some familiarity with development economics;
- Preferably at least two years of relevant professional experience prior to starting graduate school;
- Experience living and working in a developing country context and strong cultural sensitivity skills;
- A strong commitment to evidence-based practice and policy in the development field and a propensity for asking whether, why, and how to achieve greater impact;
- Experience using publicly available data and quantitative analysis to drive decision making;
- Ability to work independently and effectively in a high-pressure, unstructured environment while handling multiple tasks simultaneously;
- Adaptable, self-motivated, inquisitive, and a team player who is interested in being part of a fast-paced, growing, and diverse team; and,
- A sense of humor and excitement to be part of an engaged and intellectually stimulating work environment.
We are seeking at least two candidates for Spring (part-time, beginning immediately) with the potential to extend into Summer (full-time, beginning in May). Start and end dates will be determined on a case by case basis, but we expect candidates to be available for at least 10 weeks. Please indicator your availability in your cover letter.
Due to COVID-19, the position will be based remotely. If conditions improve, we may jointly reassess the possibility of travel to one of our major offices.
Strong performance during an internship with Evidence Action is no guarantee of future employment with the organization. However, we do hope this will be an opportunity for the organization to get to know the capabilities of individuals who may be strong candidates for future roles, and likewise, an opportunity for individuals to get to know Evidence Action.
Intern candidates are encouraged to seek any available sources of internship funding from their universities or elsewhere. We may offer supplementary payment. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis once we are engaging with high-potential candidates.
Review from a past intern
In 2018, Evidence Action hosted a graduate student intern from the Harvard Kennedy School’s MPA/ID program. Her review of the internship is below. As it suggests, we look for strong professionals who are eager to dive into substantive workstreams and make a meaningful contribution to intellectually and practically challenging work in a short period of time.
For my graduate school summer internship, I was keen on working in an organization that would provide me with a strong set of mentors who could enable me to grow my technical and professional skill set. At Evidence Action, I got not one, but three deeply committed mentors who were invested in making me a better development professional. On my very first day, I was pleasantly surprised to see a document that had outlined discrete components of projects that I would be responsible for. Having managed interns myself and done several internships in the past, I knew the commitment Evidence Action showed to my professional growth was very unusual – interns are rarely given substantive opportunities, often picking up slack and filling in for administrative tasks for multiple projects.
At Evidence Action, my supervisors … gave me a lot of independence in how I wanted to conduct and complete my analysis. I also got the opportunity to travel to Kenya and meet with stakeholders to communicate our projects needs and goals to them. … Additionally, as someone who is very interested in understanding how effective development interventions could be scaled up at the national and sub-national level, Evidence Action gave me the perfect combination of project management and research experience that I need to implement policies at scale.
I would highly recommend an internship at Evidence Action to anyone who is considering it. There are lots of organizations that do great work, and Evidence Action is indeed one of them. But I am confident that it will be very hard to find mentors like [those I had at Evidence Action] elsewhere and if not for anything else, I would choose this internship again to just get to know them!
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