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Monday, December 13, 2010

Senior Research Advisor

Key Responsibilities:
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) Rwanda seeks a Research Advisor with considerable experience in the design, conduct, and analysis of HIV related research and program evaluations in developing country settings. The Research Advisor will work with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team, the Technical team and the clinical sites to coordinate and ensure effective design and implementation of research projects for EGPAF Rwanda including, but not limited to, a Public Health Evaluation (PHE) on HIV free survival of HIV exposed infants at 24 months. The Research Advisor will also work closely and be in communication with the EGPAF Research Department in Washington DC. The Research Advisor is responsible for writing research protocols, for managing and training study personnel, for implementing research studies, for oversight of data collection and management, for data analysis, for report writing and manuscript preparation, and for ensuring overall completion of the research within the timeline allocated. The Research Advisor will supervise specific study staff members.

Essential Duties:

    * Work closely with technical staff to identify priority research projects including impact assessments, rapid assessments, program evaluations and operations research studies and identify opportunities to utilize research results.
    * Work closely with technical staff, M&E staff, and the clinical sites to design and implement research projects according to national and international standards.
    * Communicate clearly with data collectors on the data collection procedures and study protocols.
    * Ensure that data collected through research projects is properly handled, entered and analyzed. This will include ensuring that there are appropriate databases to track and analyze data—including developing databases, and ensuring the reliability and accuracy of collected data.
    * Work closely with technical staff and M&E staff to analyze results, draw conclusions, and write up results.
    * Ensure compliance with regulatory agencies, specifically with Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)/Ethics Committees (ECs) in Rwanda and the U.S. related to studies conducted by EGPAF Rwanda. Particular emphasis on maintaining appropriate regulatory documentation, and ensuring informed consent procedures for all aspects of research studies, including but not limited to the protection of confidentiality.
    * Participate in fundraising efforts to secure funding for research activities (including preparation of concept notes, budgets, etc.).
    * Maintain communication between EGPAF Rwanda and the EGPAF Research Department on all research-related activities.
    * Build EGPAF Rwanda staff capacity in research and program assessment.
    * Provide TA to the in-country team on research design and implementation and targeted evaluations to compliment quantitative data collected.
    * Build EGPAF Rwanda staff capacity to document technical information including drafting best practices documentation briefs, analysis plans, reports of assessment results, abstracts, and presentations.
    * Participate in the hiring and supervision of additional research staff, either full-time staff or part-time consultants for specific studies.
    * Serve as Research Coordinator on the USAID funded PHE.
    * Other duties as assigned by the Country Director.

Required Qualifications:

    * MPH, Master’s degree, PhD or similar degree in public health or related health science or equivalent experience.
    * 5+ years experience in HIV or other public health research in a development context.
    * Excellent understanding of MS Office; knowledge of statistical analysis software such as SAS, SPSS, or STATA.
    * Experience with qualitative software analysis such as MAXqda.
    * Fluency in English both written and oral, strong proficiency in French.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    * 5+ years proven experience working in public health research, with HIV and MCH related experience.
    * Experience collecting and analyzing quantitative data.
    * Experience collecting and analyzing qualitative data.
    * Experience working with research regulatory bodies.
    * Proficient in French and English required. Proficiency in Kinyarwanda an added advantage
    * Excellent analytical, oral and written communications skills.
    * Proven experience leading and supervising a team.
    * Proven experience working in a team environment.
    * Ability to prioritize responsibilities and work independently.
    * Proven experience respecting deadlines.
    * Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.


Full-time, one-year contract, renewal performance-based.
How to apply
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