HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Research Associate - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Location
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (GB)
Posted
05 May 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Jun 2018
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Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Research Associate

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Global Health and Population

The Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health seeks a Research Associate for the India Health System project. The research questions that the project aims to answer include: 1) How does India’s health care system perform in terms of access to care, financial risk protection, equity, efficiency, quality, public satisfaction and health outcome? 2) What are the underlying “health system” causes of good/poor performance, such as financing, strategic purchasing, organization delivery, governance, etc.? 3) How can India’s health system performance be improved? In particular, what models of mixed public-private system would be effective and feasible for improving India’s health system performance? In addition, the project has a capacity-building component that aims to train a new cadre of Indian researchers/analysts in health system and policy research, through working with the newly established Health System Transformation Centre based in Delhi, and core partners in the two project states of Odisha and Maharashtra.

Under the principal investigator, Professor Winnie Yip, the India Health System project brings together a team of senior faculty with disciplinary expertise in economics, evaluation science, management, clinical medicine, organization and political science. The project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and it is a four-year project. Starting in year 2, the project will introduce system-level interventions on a pilot basis, followed by monitoring and evaluation studies.

Specific responsibilities:

• Lead the design and execution of quantitative and qualitative assessment of the health system performance of Odisha and Maharashtra, including but not limited to analyses of existing household/facility surveys and claims data, design of additional primary data collection, etc.
• Contribute substantially to the design of health system interventions for improving the two project states’ health system performance
• Lead/contribute substantially to the design and execution of monitoring and evaluation of health system interventions in the two project states
• Lead/contribute to a research agenda on the implementation of aspects of health care reform
• Guide and supervise Boston-based research assistants
• Guide and train local collaborators if needed
• Write-up of research results, including contributing to project reports and co/lead-authoring scientific papers and publishing in leading journals.
• Actively engage in dissemination activities and delivering effective presentations for various audiences
• Ensure the smooth running of research study and fieldwork
Significant travel and time in India will be required, approximately 35% of effort, to work with local partners and oversee project implementation
Research Associates are annual appointments. This position is initially funded for three years. The successful applicant will be able to work with The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to develop.

Significant travel and time in India will be required, approximately 35% of effort, to work with local partners and oversee project implementation

Research Associates are annual appointments. This position is initially funded for three years. The successful applicant will be able to work with The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to develop.

Basic Qualifications

• Doctoral qualification in fields related to health policy/health system with strong disciplinary training in social science
• Excellent methodological skills especially in quantitative evaluation methods
• Demonstrated ability to conduct collaborative research and work independently in the design, conduct, monitoring and analysis of research studies and interventions.
• Experience in conducting field research in lower and middle income countries
• Excellent interpersonal skills and be able to collaborate with and supervise diverse partners
• Ability to travel and work independently

Research Associate level appointment typically requires a minimum two years of postdoctoral experience.

• Research Associate level appointment typically requires a minimum two years of postdoctoral experience.

Additional Qualifications

• Prior experience working in India
• Strong writing skills

Special Instructions

Appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow may also be possible for appropriate qualified applicants.

Contact Information

Sonja Luvara

Contact Email

sluvara@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.

Minimum Number of References Required

2

Maximum Number of References Allowed

2