Senior Research Associate, Global Mental Health

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The Division of Global Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) has the core mission of global mental health education, research, and advocacy for human. Our Division of Global Mental Health is grounded in ethical commitments to further mental health and relieve suffering for those who live in low- and middle-income countries and zones of armed conflict, as well as for immigrants and refugees.
The Division of Global Mental Health is looking for a full time Senior Research Associate. This position entails management of a portfolio of research projects on global mental health being conducted in Nepal, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Brazil, and South Africa. Projects includes federally funded studies in task sharing and involvement of mental health service users in stigma reduction in primary health care in Nepal and Ethiopia, foundation-funded research on use of technology in mental health research and intervention, study of community mental health burdens, community-based mental health care in rural Nepal, identifying early depression in adolescents and impacts of conflict and disaster on people’s mental health. In addition, the lab is also involved in academic partnership with Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University in Nepal and conducts joint research and academic collaborations. The lab also facilitates Master’s level, PhD and medical students at The George Washington University in their research activities in Nepal. The position will be based in Washington DC, with regular travel expected between Nepal and DC (estimated to spend 35% of time in Nepal and 5% to other sites and for national and international meetings).
The position will be a part of a diverse team of individuals across US, Nepal, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Brazil, and South Africa. It also includes excellent opportunities for capacity building, networking and working with leaders in global mental health.

Duties include:
• Coordination of different research grants between The George Washington University and foreign partners in Nepal, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Brazil, and South Africa. This includes establishing necessary paperwork and contracts, budget tracking and monitoring.
• Develop field research protocols and supervise country partners in their implementation.
• Train local researchers on different research methods and analysis and help them identify opportunities for capacity building.
• Identify, establish and facilitate academic and research partnerships between different institutions in Nepal and abroad.
• Preparation, submission and renewal of ethical approval from The George Washington University IRB, Nepal Health Research Council, other ethical bodies, and ensure that all the research activities adhere ethical research practices.
• Qualitative and Quantitative Data analysis with NVIVO, Stata, and SPSS.
• Participate in academic publications, academic conferences, and other dissemination activities.
• Field supervision of GW students conducting research in Nepal.
• Support the Principal Investigator (PI) in identifying and writing grant applications.
• Performs other duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a master’s degree in a related discipline and 3 years of direct experience in the field. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree, preferably PhD in global mental health, public health, social sciences or related field.
• Prior experience in leading health research and programs in Nepal and working with health workers and vulnerable populations including people with mental health problems and people affected by conflict and disaster.
• Prior experiences in working with Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and other ethical approval bodies in US and Nepal.
• Experience in working with multi-cultural team across different settings.
• Experience in research design, implementation and analysis.
• Expertise in qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research.
• Strong understanding of health systems and research in Nepal.
• Fluent in written and spoken Nepali. Ability to type with proficiency in Devanagari script and Unicode in Nepali.
• Strong understanding of Nepal’s health scenario, context and culture.
• Ability to identify and constructively address cross-cultural challenges in health research and intervention across different countries, especially with focus in Nepal.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Field Research Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 2 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 5:30 Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: R000533 Job Open Date: 05/07/2018 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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    Applicant Documents
    Required Documents
    1. Cover Letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    Optional Documents
    1. Letter of Recommendation 1
    2. Letter of Recommendation 2
    3. Letter of Recommendation 3
    4. List of Publications
    5. Names and Contact Information for References
    6. Resume





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    Job No:
    Posted: 11/4/2018
    Application Due: 1/3/2019
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