Senior Officer, Organizational Measurement

International Rescue Committee
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 27

Position description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is among the world’s leading humanitarian relief and development organizations. For 80 years, the IRC has been at the forefront of every major humanitarian initiative to assist people uprooted by war, persecution, or civil conflict. IRC staff go to the toughest places, implement both immediate response and long lasting programs, and conduct the type of applied research and advocacy the aid community needs to continually push itself to find better solutions for people. In all its country programs and in the US, IRC teams partner with local governments and others to achieve outcomes related to people’s health, education, safety, power and economic well-being.

Within IRC’s department of Policy and Practice are the six technical units; Education, Health, Governance, Economic Recovery and Development, Violence Prevention and Response, and Research, Evaluation and Learning. These units are the hub for sectoral expertise and they provide IRC’s 35-plus country offices with technical advice, capacity building and a cross country view of what works to achieve outcomes in terms of both scientific evidence and practical experience.

The IRC recognized several years ago that while our focus on impact evaluations and research had put us on the cutting edge among NGOs for assessing contribution to impact, support to country programs on routine monitoring and use of data for decisio n making was not as strong as needed. As the IRC developed a new five-year (2015-2020) strategy, more systematic methods for tracking progress on achieving global outcomes had to be developed. In response to this, the IRC has developed a new measurement strategy based on three pillars: efficiency, data and learning and organizational systems. The senior measurement advisor will support the implementation of this strategy, with the goal of strengthening IRC’s ability to use data to understand and improve its results.

Job Overview:

This position sits within the Policy & Practice Department’s Measurement Unit, reporting to the Director of Organizational Measurement. The main task of the position is to contribute in the delivery of IRC’s measurement efforts by ensuring alignment and close coordination between technical units and international programs staff around the world.

The scope of the job includes both coordination and technical responsibilities contributing directly to the achievement of IRC’s measurement and overall effectiveness goals. The selected candidate will be a professional with experience in a variety of operational contexts and able to work across multiple technical areas. She/he will understand the challenges to effective measurement both technically and operationally and be able to collaborate with a diverse group of colleagues to develop and implement a common set of measurement standard guidelines and best practices that can contribute to making the IRC an outcome focused organization. This role will coordinate the implementation of key aspects of the measurement strategy and delivery plan, aligning of the efforts of a considerable number of measurement staff across the geographies IRC operates, and the efforts to improve the reliability and usage of data across the organization for decision making.

Major Responsibilities:

* Implement and improve IRC outcome indicators (OEF) in collaboration with Technical Units, field program staff, IT, peer agencies, donors, etc., and coordinate consistency in the use of these outcome indicators across the IRC.

* Coordinate design and development of standardized and systematic measurement approaches for the design and implementation of programs, including ensuring quality measurement standards across all regions.

* Coordinate overlapping data and learning needs across different organizational levels and geographies to ensure consistency in the development and systematic use of data-driven decision-making tools.

* Promote measurement best practice guidance & technical support mechanisms by 1) establishing and maintaining an easily accessible library of relevant materials, and 2) by leveraging opportunities for learning between technical units, country programs, and other relevant units across the IRC.

* Coordinate the efforts of IRC’s measurement staff to promote an effective and efficient division of labor across different organizational levels and geographies.

* Diagnose and propose roadmaps for improvement of existing measurement systems and initiatives, as informed by operational and strategic reviews, field and technical staff feedback, and with consideration for industry-wide measurement initiatives.


Key Working Relationships:

Position reports to: Director, Organizational Development

Position directly supervises: None

Technically coordinates: Regional Measurement Coordinators, Technical Unit Measurement Focal Points, Country M&E Coordinators

Other Internal and/or external contacts: Technical Unit Directors and Technical Advisors, Strategy Unit, COMET IT team, ICT4P Team, Outcome and Evidence Team, Awards Management Unit, Global Partnerships and Philantropy.


Essential qualifications, skills and experience

* Advanced degree in relevant field such as economics, statistics, international development, public policy, or other social sciences.

* Minimum seven years of experience designing, implementing, and supporting M&E frameworks and results, with extensive experience supporting field-based M&E design and reporting.

* Experience with the challenges of effective monitoring in the field (), including cultural, gender, and access considerations with the aim of enhancing project learning, quality, and data-driven decision making.

* Proven ability to operate in a complex organization, across functions and projects, on own initiative and collaboratively as part of diverse teams, including project management experience.

* Excellent communication skills, including superior writing skills and the ability to plan for and prepare strategic communications.

* Good understanding of basic ICT principles and the logic of data collection and management systems.

* Strong computer skills: proficiency with MS Office, web conferencing, MS Project, and analytic tools such as MS PowerBI.

* Fluency in English.

Highly desirable

* Experience with direct program implementation in emergency and low resource contexts.

* Advanced training in quantitative data analysis, empirical research, and/or evaluation methodologies.

* Experience rolling out organizational initiatives, particularly related to monitoring and evaluation.

* Proficiency in French or Arabic

The chosen candidate will be a proven team player able to work with multi-cultural teams and under tight deadlines.

Working Environment: Standard office environment

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