Senior Associate, Cost-Effectiveness

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Evidence Action
Washington, DC
Publicado há 24 dias

About Evidence Action

Evidence Action was founded in 2013 to address a gap in the fight against global poverty 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. 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 by 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! We are seeking dedicated and mission-driven people to help advance this rare and large-scale, global impact. Are you up for a challenge? 

Job Purpose

A core element across all of Evidence Action’s work - and a value underpinning the organization’s mission - is cost-effectiveness. We not only pride ourselves on delivering high-impact programs grounded in evidence, but also on being an organization that produces measurably more impact 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 scale, including programs reaching and operating at scale. 

At one end of the spectrum, we consider whether to begin or continue incubating an intervention in the early stages of our Accelerator by conducting back-of-the-envelope costing and hypothesis-driven estimation. On the other end of the spectrum, we conduct comprehensive costing exercises and develop models for cost-effectiveness analysis for our flagship at-scale programs - Deworm the World and Dispensers for Safe Water by leveraging significant volumes of cost, administrative, and monitoring data. These analyses play an important role in informing organizational priorities, programmatic decision-making, and resource mobilization.

Duties and responsibilities

This role will directly support and report to the Manager of cost-effectiveness analysis. This position serves as an organization-wide function to meet the needs of the two flagship programs as well as Evidence Action’s Accelerator. This role will interact with research and data from a variety of different health and development interventions, including our flagship programs Deworm the World Initiative and Dispensers for Safe Water. 

The candidate will be deeply involved in conducting analyses using cost and impact/monitoring data, assessing data needs and quality of existing data for use in those analyses, reviewing literature to identify other relevant inputs, and regularly working with program teams to translate programmatic questions into key analyses for use in decision making and reporting. This role requires significant collaboration with program, monitoring, and country teams to obtain data, ensure data quality, and assess appropriate interpretation of data for use in analyses. 

  • Conduct all components of cost effectiveness analysis, including detailed costing, incorporating evidence on intervention effectiveness, assessing changes in program coverage rates over time, etc.
  • Review literature, interpret findings in order to extract relevant impact estimates, and engage with colleagues and external experts to identify the highest-quality inputs to use
  • Collaborate with global and country finance and program colleagues to gather and understand program financial and cost data
  • Determine how to best leverage administrative and program monitoring data in CEA models, while also engaging with program and country teams to brainstorm what additional data could be collected or sourced to fill key gaps in models
  • Perform scenario analysis on key parameters to stress-test the models and identify the largest drivers of impact and cost
  • Periodically update models with revised inputs and revised assumptions in the event of relevant new evidence 
  • Develop explanatory narratives to accompany models and analyses to enable colleagues and external stakeholders to more easily understand them
  • Support the development (including leading the drafting at times) of internal and external communication products (such as blog posts and presentations) about specific analyses to enable various audiences to absorb information about the cost-effectiveness of various interventions
  • Support program staff in engaging with donors (such as GiveWell) around specific models, including their inputs and outputs
  • Stay abreast of donors’ approaches to cost-effectiveness analysis, engage donors on potential improvements to their cost-effectiveness analyses, and share new insights with internal program and fundraising teams
  • Provide additional support to the global deworming team and accelerator team as needed, particularly related to research and program data analysis 
  • Other activities, as needed



This position will be located in Washington, DC.



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.

  • Bachelor's degree in international development, public health, public finance, public policy, economics, statistics, or related field; Master's degree preferred
  • At least 2 years of professional work experience in a fast-paced, quantitative/results-oriented environment; training in economic evaluation methods, costing, or health outcomes research would be a plus  
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative analytical skills; advanced fluency in Excel 
  • Detail-oriented; highly structured analytical thinker 
  • Comfortable using data, often ambiguous or incomplete, to conduct analyses
  • Ability to work independently, think creatively, handle ambiguity, and work in a fast-paced environment 
  • Ability to learn on the job quickly and absorb/synthesize a broad range of technical information 
  • Strong alignment with core Evidence Action values 

The Ideal candidate will: 

  • Have the ability to immerse themselves in data and think through best-practice methodology for analysis 
  • Have an affinity for, excitement about, and skills in leveraging Excel to structure complex models in user-friendly ways; 
  • Appreciate the need to provide program and country teams with applied, implications-driven analysis that can translate into deeper understanding of program cost-effectiveness and inform action;
  • Thrive in collaborative, cross-functional teams, including by leveraging excellent, proactive communication skills.

About Evidence Action

Evidence Action was founded in 2013 to address a gap in the fight against global poverty by building programs that would scale evidence-based and cost-effective interventions, leading to significant…

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