Position Title: Research Fellow
Reports to: Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Research
Location: Neno District, Malawi
Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change.
PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world.
Job Description Overview
The Research Fellow will provide research, analytics, and high-level administrative support to the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) as well as the clinical leadership. Responsibilities will include managing the organization’s portfolio of research studies, coordinating research teams, reviewing data, conducting data analyses, managing ethical approval submissions, managing PIH’s internal research committee, supporting coordination with the Ministry of Health of Malawi, building research capacity, and guiding manuscripts through the publication process. The candidate must be highly self-motivated, experienced, and energetic, demonstrating exceptional attention to detail and diplomacy.
Responsibilities and Duties
Research and Writing Coordination (55%)
- Manage the progression of all research studies in PIH Malawi’s research portfolio and coordinate author teams
- Conduct robust literature reviews and synthesize results
- Prepare, write, and edit scientific manuscripts in conjunction with clinical leadership, the Ministry of Health, and other staff or partners
- Build research capacity with PIH Malawi staff including supporting background literature searches, editing and writing manuscripts, drafting conference abstracts, and developing study budgets
- Provide general writing, scientific editing, and presentation preparation support
- Manage timeline and coordination of research publications, presentations, and other submissions
- Organize and support PIH Malawi’s research committee process and meetings
- Review and analyze research proposals
- Provide assistance to coordinate and facilitate a Research Seminar Series
- Manage Boston and Malawian ethics review applications, including all submissions and continuing reviews
Research Grant Support (5%)
- Research possibilities for research grant funding to PIH Malawi in collaboration with the Director of M&E, clinical leadership, and the PIH M&E team
- Support research grant applications
- Work closely with programmatic, implementation, and administrative teams to support deliverables on research grants, prepare concept notes and reports, and provide administrative support
Data Analytics & Light Administrative Support (40%)
- Perform basic and intermediate statistical analyses using STATA or R
- Consult with PIH Malawi M&E department to develop customized reports from various databases and through statistical programming
- Draft reports on routinely collected data for audiences with varying levels of data literacy
- Organize databases, and transform, prepare/manipulate data for data processing and statistical analysis
- Develop automated and standardized data solutions for data management and report generation
- Draft, finalize, and implement relevant programming guidelines, SOPs, data dictionaries, and documentation
- Mentor program staff to improve data literacy and basic analysis skills
- Any other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications and Attributes
- At least a bachelor’s degree in statistics, public health, or economics
- Proficiency with statistical analysis (R or Stata)
- At least 2 years of experience in health-related research
- Exceptional written and oral communication skills
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point. EndNote or other reference software a plus.
- Ability to manage and prioritize projects with attention to detail
- Ability to collaborate with professionals at all levels in diverse settings; must be flexible, reliable, responsive, and resourceful
- A strong interest in learning social medicine; that is, a willingness to look at diseases of poverty through a wide “biopsychosocial” lens that draws upon knowledge from a wealth of disciplines including clinical medicine, sociology, anthropology, and public health
- Willingness to work and live in a very rural setting
Preferred Qualifications and Experience
- Willingness to commit to two-year position highly desired
- International working experience desired, with preference to those who have lived in sub-Saharan Africa
- Chichewa language skills highly desired
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