Job Title: Research Coordinator
Reports to: Senior Health and Policy Advisor, Principal Investigator (Boston/Haiti)
Duration: 12 months
Partners In Health (“PIH”), headquartered in Boston, MA, is an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through its service delivery, training, advocacy and research, PIH works globally to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need and to serve as an antidote to despair. PIH operates sites for clinical care, research and training in 10 countries (Haiti, Peru, Russia, Boston, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Kazakhstan, Mexico, the Dominican Republic) and has a growing network of affiliated organizations and initiatives in several other countries, including Nepal, Burundi, Mali, Liberia, Guatemala, and Togo.
This is an exciting time for PIH. The organization is taking on immense challenges, while its newfound visibility has brought the opportunity to influence even greater changes on the global stage. As the work continues to expand, PIH seeks individuals committed to the mission and values of the organization (see PIH values) to join the team.
The Coordinator supports all activities in a cholera-related NIH-funded research program in the Artibonite department in Haiti. The Coordinator’s primary responsibility is to manage the day-to-day execution of the research aims at the direction of the Project Manager. This involves interaction with Zanmi Lasante (ZL) staff, Partners In Health staff, and communication with a Boston-based research assistant regarding progress and administration of the grant (expenses, reporting, etc.). The candidate for this position must be highly self motivated and possess the initiative to move the evaluation forward under often challenging constraints of the rural setting, have the confidence to troubleshoot problems with local ZL staff, and be able to discern which issues require direction from the Project Manager.
§ Assist in planning and execution of the goals of the project
§ Work collaboratively with members of the Haiti clinical, management, and administrative teams to coordinate activities
§ Organize and conduct trainings as needed with project staff
§ Oversee project staff, provide periodic feedback on areas in need of improvement
§ Assist in the preparation, formatting, and field testing of questionnaires, surveys and training materials for evaluation activities
§ Anticipate problem areas to the successful implementation of the project and propose courses of action to resolve these issues
§ Data cleaning and management
§ Liaises with grants management staff in Boston as necessary (regarding budgeting and progress reporting)
§ Liaises with Haiti-based research collaborators as necessary
§ Remains in close contact via email or phone with the Project Manager
§ Assist in preparing, writing, and editing of research reports
§ Builds Power Point, Excel, and other related tools for staff trainings and to increase the overall understanding of study aims
§ Provides periodic, comprehensive updates to the PI on overall progress toward fulfilling study aims
§ Supervises up to one research intern/research assistant in Haiti
§ A masters degree in the health sciences, public health or management, or commensurate experience
§ Fluency in English and Haitian Creole (preferred) or French
§ At least 2 years of experience within a public health care setting, preferably in a developing country
§ Experience in implementing research studies or public health program evaluations in a developing country setting
§ Demonstrated possession of excellent interpersonal and organizational skills; written and oral communication skills
§ Demonstrated ability managing complexity and prioritizing multiple tasks
§ Serious attention to detail essential
§ Ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a collaborative environment
§ Demonstrated ability to interact professionally within culturally diverse settings
§ Experience with computer applications
§ A strong commitment to social justice
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