HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Research Associate - Global Health and Population

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Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
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26 Apr 2018
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Research Associate

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Global Health and Population

Position Description

The Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health seeks a Research Associate to join a dynamic team working on health care financing and primary care service delivery performance improvement in lower and middle income countries. Two years funding is available initially for work in Ethiopia with potential to expand the scope of work through new grants and contracts. Project work in Ethiopia provides significant opportunities for individual and joint research publication in the increasingly important global health policy area of primary health care systems development.

With financial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the “Fenot” project in Ethiopia (Fenot means bright future in Amharic) works closely with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health and selected Regional Health Bureaus to develop policy-relevant analysis of substantial existing data and evidence and translate this into policy and strategic program improvements. Streams of work include strengthening domestic resource mobilization and improving primary care service delivery quality, efficiency and equity. Fenot collaborates closely with several key directorates in the FMOH including MCH and Financing and Resource Mobilization.

Current research initiatives in Fenot include:

  • Analysis of facility-level data on service quality, costs, and efficiency
  • Analysis of household survey data on health care demand/use and out of pocket spending
  • Analysis of government budget and expenditure data on resource allocation and budget effectiveness
  • Combining household, budget, and cost data to examine equity of health care benefits

In addition, Fenot provides significant technical capacity building to Ethiopian colleagues in data analysis and effective research use through hands-on collaborative work and workshops and courses.

Fenot is led at Harvard by Professor Peter Berman (www.hsph.harvard.edu/peter-berman/) and co-PI Professor Margaret Kruk (www.hsph.harvard.edu/margaret-kruk/), two leading researchers in complementary areas of health systems research. Working with partners in Ethiopia, Fenot engages an in-country team of professionals and analysts which is expected to reach 10-15 people before the end of 2017.

This position will provide full-time research and managerial leadership from the Boston-side of the project, working closely with a full-time project director based in Addis Ababa and the in-country team. Significant travel and time in Ethiopia will be required, at least 35% of effort and up to 50% depending on needs.

Basic Qualifications 

Doctoral qualification in health systems or related field with previous experience related to one or more of the project focus areas. Applicants should have a demonstrated ability to conduct collaborative and methodological research and work independently in the design, conduct, monitoring and analysis of research studies and interventions. Skills and experience applying appropriate quantitative and mixed analytical methods to facility and household survey data and to primary field investigations in resource-constrained settings.

Research Associate level appointment typically requires a minimum two years of postdoctoral experience. Appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow may also be possible for appropriate qualified applicants.

Doctoral qualification in health systems or related field with previous experience related to one or more of the project focus areas. Applicants should have a demonstrated ability to conduct collaborative and methodological research and work independently in the design, conduct, monitoring and analysis of research studies and interventions. Skills and experience applying appropriate quantitative and mixed analytical methods to facility and household survey data and to primary field investigations in resource-constrained settings.

Research Associate level appointment typically requires a minimum two years of postdoctoral experience. Appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow may also be possible for appropriate qualified applicants.

Additional Qualifications

Substantial experience in applied research. Strong writing skills and exceptional oral and written communication skills. Ability to represent the Principal Investigators and the project with external constituents, including the donor, international organizations, peer institutions, and government bodies. Ability to travel and work independently required. Excellent problem solving, communication, supervisory, and organizational skills. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success leading collaborative projects and achieving exceptional project results. He/she will have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to support and collaborate with diverse partners in a positive and productive partnership.

Special Instructions

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, two letter of recommendation, and a CV.

Contact Information

Sarah Hurlburt

Contact Email

hurlburt@hsph.harvard.edu

Equal Opportunity Employer 

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

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