About Evidence Action
Our organization was founded in 2013 to address a big gap in the fight against global poverty–many of the most promising interventions are either implemented at a very small scale, or not at all. We set out to address this gap by building programs that would scale evidence-based and cost-effective interventions, leading to significant improvements in quality of life for hundreds of millions of people.
Our model worked. In less than a decade, our two flagship programs, the Deworm the World Initiative and Dispensers for Safe Water, have grown to measurably impact over 280 million people each year. This success is achieved through the dedication and talent of our staff, the hard work of our partners, and the commitment of our supporters.
By 2024, we seek to double our impact. We are strengthening and expanding our existing programs, and working to identify a new generation of evidence-based and cost-effective interventions that we can scale to reach millions more.
The Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation (MLE) Strategy team supports Evidence Action’s programs through the design and development of monitoring, research, and evaluation systems and timely engagement with useful and insightful data analysis for evidence-based decision-making. The MLE Strategy team provides these services to Evidence Action’s flagship programs, DtWI and DSW, as well as early-stage and scaling programs in Evidence Action’s Accelerator, such as Maternal Syphilis Testing, and Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation.
The MLE Strategy team works closely with the MLE Delivery teams to support the rigorous monitoring and evaluation of our programs across all geographies. Our work spans all the stages of essential program monitoring activities, including sampling, data collection, analysis, reporting, and learning. We also work together to answer specific research questions to improve the delivery and quality of our programs.
The graduate student intern will support the work of MLE Strategy as Evidence Action continues to expand its program activities. Key role functions may include supporting the design and development of program monitoring frameworks and MLE plans; assisting with the analysis of program monitoring data; and, conducting desk research as needed by the program teams. While the intern will have the opportunity to work across our portfolio of programs, the focus of the work will vary according to the needs of programs at various stages of development.
Activities in this role may include:
- Support drafting of program theories of change, recommend key performance indicators, and assist in the development of overarching MLE plans for Accelerator programs
- Participate in drafting and enhancing relevant monitoring plans including monitoring frameworks, sampling plans, survey designs, monitoring protocols, analytical frameworks, and reporting templates
- Contribute to the adaptation of program monitoring frameworks for the purposes of program expansion and/or program sustainability efforts
- Support the drafting of comprehensive and well-designed quantitative and qualitative data collection tools to capture relevant and reliable data
- Assist in technical tasks including but not limited to power calculations, qualitative and quantitative data analyses, and data quality assessments
- Draft research and evaluation reports describing the objectives and methodologies, synthesizing key results, and recommending actionable next steps for changes to program design and/or monitoring
- Support the MLE Strategy team with coordination between MLE and program teams for program scope of work deliverables
- Coordinate and organize MLE Strategy work plans through Asana, and ensure work plans are streamlined across the MLE team
- Support management of and compliance with M&E quality requirements and guideline documents to ensure MLE deliverables are high-quality
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 applicants 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, economics, public policy, statistics, or another relevant quantitative field, preferably with some familiarity with development economics
- Knowledge of M&E design concepts and methodologies, and experience designing and managing M&E plans
- Demonstrated knowledge of statistical software like Stata, R, and Excel, with experience managing, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data
- Ability to translate technical concepts to effectively communicate technical concepts to both technical and lay persons
- A strong commitment to evidence-based practice and policy in the development field
- Ability to work independently and effectively in a high-pressure environment with competing priorities, 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
- A sense of humor and excitement to be part of an engaged and intellectually stimulating work environment
This is a paid internship. We are seeking candidates for Spring (part- or full-time, beginning January 2022). Start and end dates will be determined on a case by case basis, but we expect candidates to be available for at least 12 weeks. Please indicate your availability in your cover letter.
Due to COVID-19, the position can be remote for the duration of the internship. If conditions improve, remote positions may have the opportunity to work from one of our major offices, if candidates can legally work from those locations.
Strong performance during an internship with Evidence Action does not guarantee 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 full-time roles, and likewise, an opportunity for individuals to get to know Evidence Action.
Applications must be submitted via our online jobs portal here. Please submit the online application, a current resume, and a cover letter (no longer than 1 page) explaining your interest in an internship at Evidence Action. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for follow-up.