Graduate Student Intern, New Program Development

Evidence Action
Washington, DC
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About the Accelerator team

Evidence Action’s Accelerator is our engine for growth. The Accelerator is a unique model in global development, designed to select and massively scale only those programs which meet exceptional standards for cost-effectiveness, proven impact, and scalability. Focusing on health, nutrition, and WASH, we evaluate scores of interventions and employ a venture capital-type ‘funnel’ model to exit those which do not meet our criteria. The result is a select set of programs for which we develop delivery models, test for impact, and scale to deliver outsized value for millions of people across Africa and Asia.

Our New Program Development (NPD) team’s primary responsibility is to conduct early stage research of potential new programs, including literature reviews and cost-effectiveness modeling. NPD’s work adapts as programs progress through the Accelerator pipeline: we shift from evaluating evidence, to designing and piloting new programs, and eventually to launching at-scale. Additionally, NPD serves as a “center of excellence” for the Accelerator, working across teams to facilitate and standardize an innovative, rigorous approach to building new programs. A New Program Development intern will focus on the early stages of the Accelerator process, identifying and evaluating potential programs.

Key Responsibilities:

– Assist in the development of Evidence Action’s next programs through detailed desk-based research to assess the evidence base, total addressable market, cost-effectiveness, implementation feasibility, and strategic fit of promising interventions. For example:
– Evaluating results of various randomized controlled trials to determine how the impact of a nutrition intervention should be estimated
– Conducting cost-effectiveness analysis on interventions to prevent postpartum hemorrhage
– Analyzing different data sources to determine the most accurate way to estimate infection related maternal morbidity and mortality
– Work with cost-effectiveness and MLE staff to design, and refine cost-effectiveness models, monitoring frameworks, theories of change, and program evaluations

Required Qualifications:

– Currently pursuing an advanced degree in international development, public policy, public health, economics, business, or related field
– Strong alignment with Evidence Action values; committed to evidence-based programming in the development field.
– Excellent work planning, task management, and ability to manage multiple ongoing projects simultaneously
– Experience synthesizing data, background research, and stakeholder perspectives to inform program design and decision-making

For roles hosted in the U.S., Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of a U.S. employment visa at this time.

Evidence Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.

About Evidence Action

Evidence Action is a global nonprofit organization with an approach distinctive in international development – we exclusively scale interventions that are backed by strong evidence and can be delivered with exceptional cost-effectiveness. Our programs have grown since our founding in 2013 to reach over 515 million people globally with our interventions. We deliver high impact for every dollar spent, as recognized by GiveWell, The Life You Can Save, and Charity Navigator.

We do development differently. We take a data-driven approach to identifying, scaling, and continuously improving programs which deliver immense impact, ensuring these solutions measurably improve the lives of millions. Our Deworm the World Initiative has helped governments in Africa and Asia deliver over 1.8 billion childhood deworming treatments, improving health, education, and incomes. Dispensers for Safe Water provides sustained safe water access to over 10 million people in rural Africa, preventing childhood illness and deaths.

We drive innovation: Our Accelerator builds the next generation of exceptional programs, taking an approach most similar to a venture capital model. We are ruthless in exiting programs which do not meet our criteria; those that advance deliver outsized impact for millions of people.

We are global. Across nine countries in Africa and Asia, our 700+ people are united by a tremendous passion for our mission and impact. We are strong because of our diversity of experience, geography, and background – with over 90% of our people in the countries where our impact is focused.

We have big ambitions. Over the next decade, we’re setting our sights higher: We aim to reach over 600 million people globally to fulfill our vision of a world where hundreds of millions of people in the poorest places have better opportunities and their lives are measurably improved. We believe in bold and urgent action – because poverty doesn’t wait, and neither should we.

We need great people. Our success to date is due to the collective work of our amazing staff. To achieve our ambitious goals, we are looking for people who share our passion for evidence, cost-effectiveness, and scale. We seek individuals who take an entrepreneurial approach, enjoy tackling hard problems, and have a bias to action and results. If our vision and approach excite you as much as it does us, we invite you to join us.