Research Associate

Location
Chapel Hill
Posted
Apr 12, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Type: Permanent Staff

Department: Carolina Population Center - 631100

Appointment Type: EHRA Non-Faculty Research

Vacancy ID: NF0003041

Position Summary: The Measurement, Learning & Evaluation (MLE) Project and Full Access, Full Choice (FAFC) Project seek a Research Associate to work closely with project staff to complete tasks across the two Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)-funded projects. The projects are based at the Carolina Population Center (www.cpc.unc.edu) of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Research Associate will work closely with MLE and FAFC staff primarily in Chapel Hill. MLE was the evaluation component of the Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (URHI), a multi-country program in India, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal that aimed to improve the health of urban poor between 2010 and 2015. The MLE project received additional funding to conduct the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative Sustainability Study to evaluate the longer term legacy of NURHI programming. Household and facility-level surveys were completed in late 2017 with qualitative data collection scheduled for early 2018. The Full Access, Full Choice (FAFC) Project is the multi-year measurement, learning and evaluation component of upcoming BMGF-funded investments that aim to ensure young people have full access to a full choice of contraceptive methods. The goal of the FAFC project is to generate evidence to influence and inform country governments and donors on needed policies and programmatic actions to lead to expanded method choice for adolescents and youth. The FAFC project will meet this goal through analysis of existing data as well as through design and implementation of standardized monitoring and evaluation approaches for upcoming BMGF investments. The Research Associate will carry out analysis of secondary and primary data as well as tailoring findings to key audiences. S/he will participate, as appropriate, in the design of quantitative and qualitative evaluation materials, such as questionnaires and survey protocols, and will work closely with programs in documenting communication and details on programmatic implementation. As part of an interdisciplinary team, this person will engage in project management activities, such as providing support for project meetings, subcontracts and donor reporting outputs. Opportunities may arise for performing similar functions on other BMGF-funded projects at CPC. This person will report to the Full Access, Full Choice Deputy Director.

Application Deadline: 04/24/2018

Education Requirements: Master's degree in public health, economics, sociology, psychology, information management, or a related field.

Qualification and Experience: Knowledge of concepts, practices and procedures of monitoring and evaluation and family planning. Experience in M&E, development of M&E systems, and use of evidence to monitor and improve programs. Experience working with research data and conducting data analysis in Stata, SAS or R is required as is familiarity with Microsoft Excel. Familiarity with large-scale demographic surveys required, as is experience analyzing data from large-scale demographic surveys. Experience working on adolescent and youth contraceptive use, preferred. Experience working and collaborating within and across teams inside and outside the organization is essential. Ability to show initiative, good judgment and resourcefulness. Ability to work well with others in a multicultural environment. Ability to work with minimal supervision and manage a high volume work flow under tight deadlines. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills. Proactive attitude that focuses on creating ideas and plans for correcting issues or handling daily tasks. Fluency in English required; ability to read, write and speak French preferred. Experience working in international settings, particularly Africa, is preferred. A minimum of two years prior work experience on public health and research projects Interest in working internationally, in developing countries and ability to travel internationally up to 10% time annually

Equal Opportunity Employer: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Department Contact Name and Title: Connie Padgett, Department Manager

Department Contact Telephone Number or Email: connie_padgett@unc.edu

Special Instructions for Applicants: Applicants have the option to include an "OTHER DOCUMENT", which can include items such as a writing/research sample, or letters of recommendation.

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