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.
About the Position
Accelerator is Evidence Action’s engine for growth. Accelerator selects, optimizes, and scales interventions that can measurably improve the lives of millions of people in the world’s poorest places. Through a rigorous process, interventions are evaluated so that only those with the greatest potential for cost-effective impact are scaled up.
Accelerator is currently in the process of testing and scaling three interventions: iron and folic acid (IFA) supplementation for children; prevention of mother-to-child transmission of syphilis; and in-line chlorination. And we are growing: by 2024, we seek to double our impact, by identifying the next generation of evidence-based and cost-effective interventions that we can scale.
Overseeing this growth, while maintaining quality and rigor, requires energy, ingenuity and informed decision-making. For this reason, Evidence Action is seeking a dynamic and resourceful Chief of Staff who can provide strategy, communications, and project management support to Accelerator, in close collaboration with the Senior Director of Accelerator. This is an all-encompassing position. From undertaking key strategic initiatives and analyses, to supporting new initiatives, to developing high-priority donor content, the Chief of Staff will support Accelerator’s efforts to build new programs that measurably improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people. This person will lead various special projects across the team while maintaining a 30,000-foot view.
Responsibilities will include:
- Special projects: lead the development and execution of key Accelerator initiatives. These will vary based on shifting priorities but may include:
- Growth modeling and scenario analysis
- Strategic recruitment efforts, including sourcing of candidates, interviewing and onboarding
- Donor/partner landscaping for priority intervention areas, and creation of grant proposals and donor reports
- Optimization of internal knowledge management, information sharing and communications practices
- Supporting priority programmatic needs, as they arise
- Executive-level presentations: create grant proposals and materials for key donor discussions, Evidence Action leadership meetings, and team-wide strategic processes.
- Strategy: Develop and manage new initiatives to strengthen Accelerator.
- Accelerator team process management: plan content and oversee execution of weekly team calls and bi-annual retreats to ensure strategic alignment and to identify and advance outcomes. Develop harmonized processes around work planning and target setting.
- Overall support: dynamically provide support and gap-filling as needed on Accelerator initiatives to advance priorities and support the Senior Director.
- Support with global procurement processes and liaise with units across the organization to support new country entry assessments.
The position will be located in Washington, DC or New York City. Candidate should be available for 10-20% international travel.
- 2-4 years of management consulting experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, Public Administration, Public Policy or related degree
- Strong project management and organizational skills; proven ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously, which require inputs from multiple stakeholders
- Experience in effectively communicating with, presenting to, and managing a variety of stakeholders
- Advanced writing and presentation development skills, including exceptional skills in Word and PowerPoint.
- Ability to develop executive-level materials tailored to donors and other internal and external stakeholders
- Ability to develop strategic recommendations based on qualitative and quantitative analysis
- Able to work within a matrixed, complex organizational structure
- Desire to get hands-dirty and take on priority tasks
- Passion for the mission of Evidence Action and for creating value in international development
- Nonprofit and/or international experience is a plus
- Authorization to work in the United States