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Job Title: Cost-Effectiveness Analyst / Senior Cost-Effectiveness Analyst
Who We Are
Evidence Action aims to be a world leader in scaling evidence-based and cost-effective programs to reduce the burden of poverty for hundreds of millions of people in the poorest places. Our two flagship at-scale programs, Deworm the World and Dispensers for Safe Water, reached approximately 280 million people in 2017 alone. Three of our programs - Deworm the World, No Lean Season, and Dispensers for Safe Water - have been named “Top” or “Standout” charities by GiveWell in 2017, with Deworm the World being named a Top Charity for the 5th year in a row. Evidence Action has a presence across 10 countries, with major offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Delhi, India; and Washington, D.C.
A core element across all of Evidence Action’s work is cost-effectiveness. We not only pride ourselves on delivering high-impact programs grounded in evidence, but also programs that produce measurably more impact (defined differently for different intervention types) per dollar than alternative approaches. This requires thoughtful understanding of existing literature, careful consideration of data collection needs, and savvy analytical approaches, informed by methodologies developed by others and innovating some of our own. We estimate the cost-effectiveness of interventions along the full spectrum of maturity on the pathway to, and for programs reaching and operating at, scale. At one end of the spectrum, this involves conducting more back-of-envelope, hypothesis-driven estimation as we consider whether to begin or continue incubating an intervention in the early stages of our Beta Incubator. On the other end of the spectrum, this involves conducting comprehensive costing exercises and developing models for cost-effectiveness analysis, leveraging significant cost, administrative, and monitoring data, for programs at larger scale, such as our flagship at-scale programs, Deworm the World and Dispensers for Safe Water. These analyses play an important role in informing organizational priorities and programmatic decision-making..
What We’re Looking For
Evidence Action seeks a highly motivated Cost-Effectiveness Analyst (a Manager-level specialist role) or Senior Cost-Effectiveness Analyst (a Senior Manager-level specialist role), to conduct cost-effectiveness analysis across a range of interventions and maturity of programs along the scale pathway and to contribute to organization-wide standards, processes, capacity-building, donor engagement, and thought leadership related to cost-effectiveness.
They will be deeply involved in designing cost-effectiveness models, assessing data needs and quality of existing data for use in those models, reviewing literature to identify other relevant inputs, and regularly updating models based on new inputs. In addition, they will work with leadership and staff focused on evidence and cost-effectiveness to meaningfully strengthen our organizational approach to cost-effectiveness across programs, drawing on lessons learned from our own experience and that of other organizations. This role requires significant collaboration with program, monitoring, and country teams to ensure model consistency with an intervention’s theory of change, implementation model, data availability, etc.
This role will, formally, report into the Beta Incubator; however, it will serve an organization-wide function, given the cost-effectiveness needs across our incubation and at-scale programs. The exact reporting line will be determined prior to a candidate joining. This role will be based in our Washington, DC office.
Whether a candidate is considered at an “Cost-Effectiveness Analyst” or “Senior Cost-Effectiveness Analyst” level will be based on our assessment of the candidate’s overall qualifications and experience. As the organization continues to be on a rapid growth trajectory, we may hire more than one individual from the candidate pool under this recruitment.
The ideal candidate will:
What You’d Do
The Cost-Effectiveness Analyst/Senior Cost-Effectiveness Analyst will have two broad primary areas of responsibility: (1) conduct cost-effectiveness analysis on specific interventions across a range of interventions and maturity of programs along the scale pathway, and (2) contribute to developing and strengthening our organizational approach to cost-effectiveness. There will be a significant feedback loop between these areas of responsibility, with experience working on specific analyses informing the broader organizational approach and the evolving organizational approach strengthening specific analyses.
1. Conduct Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (60-70%)
In close collaboration with program and country teams and working across a portfolio of interventions:
Note, across time, the Analyst / Senior Analyst will work on a variety of interventions; however, at any given time, they may be focused primarily or exclusively on analysis related to one intervention for week- or month-long periods of time. The Analyst / Senior Analyst will be involved in analyzing interventions spanning diverse sectors, including those addressing health, education, economic, and broader welfare outcomes.
2. Contribute to Organizational Approach to Cost-Effectiveness (30-40%)
In close collaboration with evidence and cost-effectiveness colleagues and with inputs from program teams and organizational leadership:
What Qualifications We’re Expecting in Candidates
Evidence Action places strong value on relevant personal qualities: innovation, responsibility, tenacity, motivation, and work ethic. We seek a highly committed and adaptable individual with the ability to take the initiative when asked, to work effectively in a high-pressure environment, and to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
We are aiming to have someone start in this role between January and June 2019. As our recruitment process progresses, we may narrow that window and expect a candidate to start in the early part of that timeframe. However, we are open to negotiating start date for the right candidate, especially if there is a timing barrier, such as completing graduate school in spring 2019.
Evidence Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.