CEGA’s Cost Transparency Initiative – Internship Opportunity

Center for Effective Global Action
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    Berkeley, California
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    Sep 09

Position description

Cost evidence is essential for policymakers to decide how to allocate scarce resources across impactful programs. Yet, fewer than one in five impact evaluations integrates cost evidence—such as by including a cost effectiveness analysis (CEA) or cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of the evaluated program (Brown and Tanner, 2019). Available cost evidence is often maligned because of poor underlying data quality, lack of methodological rigor, and insufficient transparency in the reporting of methods and assumptions. The lack of attention to costing from researchers limits the influence of impact evidence by making it less relevant to decision maker’s concerns.

CEGA’s Cost Transparency Initiative (CTI) works to address this challenge by studying and improving the “market” for producing and using cost data, establishing “best practice” methods and tools, and building sustainable research capacity for producing cost evidence. Through these channels, the CTI aims to improve and scale the use of high-quality cost evidence in impact evaluation research.


Application deadline: September 21, 2022

Research / Staff Lead: Liz Brown (DIL / CEGA)



CEGA seeks a part-time student (graduate or undergraduate) intern to support its Costing Community of Practice (CCoP), as well as the development of cost-related evaluation tools and high-priority cost research with potential to advance methods and research standards. The internship will last through the Fall semester, and may be extended into Spring pending intern interest and available funding. The intern will join weekly meetings with CEGA Staff Scientist Liz Brown to coordinate all CTI activities. They will be expected to join weekly CEGA staff meetings and other CEGA events as appropriate. Specific responsibilities will include:

Coordination of the Costing Community of Practice (CCoP): The CCoP is made up of top development research and practitioner organizations advancing cost methods for impact evaluation. The group meets quarterly to collaborate on projects of shared interest, set priorities for joint action, and host events and discussions with the wider costing community. The intern will help schedule meetings, develop agendas, organize work plans for CCoP members, develop and maintain shared planning documents, communicate with our cost partners, and follow up with partners on key priorities.

Support “Cost-ober” webinar series: The intern will help organize a “Cost-ober” webinar series in the Fall, with input from Liz and the CCoP. This will involve liaising with speakers, participants, and organizers, tracking registrations, developing and disseminating event materials (in collaboration with the CEGA communications team), coordinating technical elements, and providing day-of support.

Assemble CTI Quarterly Newsletter: The CTI quarterly newsletter is a digest of resources, events, news, and opportunities related to cost evidence in global development research. The intern will draft the CTI newsletter by collating relevant CEGA and CCoP updates, reading and summarizing relevant research, and pulling in recent relevant news related to the production and use of cost data.

Required Qualifications:

  • Interest in impact evaluation and cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Self-directed and intrinsically motivated with proven capacity to manage work independently and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines
  • Strong ability to anticipate, plan, prioritize, and meet deadlines
  • Capacity to handle multiple projects at once, while maintaining close attention to detail

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience developing analyses for policy makers and practitioners
  • Experience with economic evaluations of development projects
  • Experience working on a costing study or working with firm-level financial data
  • Interest and/or experience with open science (replicability and reproducibility, reporting practices, pre-analysis and pre-registration of studies, etc.)

Timeline and Payment: 

  • This opportunity is available for the Fall semester, with the earliest start date in September 2022. The internship may be extended into Spring pending intern interest and available funding. The opportunity is considered a part-time position.
  • An undergraduate level intern working part time (10-15 hrs/week) will receive a stipend of $680 / month. A graduate level intern working part time will receive a stipend of $800 / month.


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