Program Manager Rwanda RPCA Research Program on Children & Adversity Boston College School of Social Work
The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) at the School of Social Work focuses on improving protections and care for children, youth, and families facing multiple forms of adversity, including due to armed conflict, poverty, and infectious disease. The Program is devoted to applied cross-cultural research in health and human rights. RPCA research directly addresses strategies and methods to close the global implementation gap in providing protections and effective services for individuals in adversity. Highly active and continually growing, the RPCA currently has an annual research expenditure of approximately $2,000,000.
The Rwanda Program Manager will be based in country and will work to manage all aspects of family-based intervention projects related Early Childhood Development and Violence Prevention. Working closely with colleagues at the local NGO, FXB Rwanda, the World Bank, UNICEF and the Rwandan Government. The Program Manager will oversee Rwandan staff to implement two main activities: 1) maintaining and deepening relationships with key stakeholders; and 2) managing a multi-site cluster randomized trial of over1,000 Rwandan families with young children served by the Poverty Reduction/Social Protection initiative of the Government of Rwanda and the World Bank to promote ECD, reduce violence and strengthen parent-child relationships. The Rwanda Program Manager reports to the Associate Director of Research of the RPCA.
The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) in Rwanda reflects research focused on family-based interventions related to Early Childhood Development and Violence Prevention. The ECD services delivered through social protection systems aim to harness complementarities between income support interventions aimed at improving livelihoods, as well as those promoting ECD to help break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.
In Rwanda, RPCA has instituted the Sugira Muryango (Strong Families) home-visiting Family Strengthening Intervention (FSI) that promotes positive parent-child relationships and fosters healthy child development. This intervention is currently being piloted with 37 households living in extreme poverty, which will inform a cluster randomized control trial scale-up to begin Fall 2017. This will be a multi-site cluster randomized trial of over 1,000 Rwandan families with young children served by the Poverty Reduction/Social Protection initiative of the Government of Rwanda and the World Bank to promote ECD, reduce violence and strengthen parent-child relationships. Essential Functions include:
* Serve as an ambassador for the project in routine meetings with the World Bank in Rwanda, the Rwandan government, the University of Rwanda, UNICEF and non- governmental partners.
* Provide on-the-ground support in Rwanda and via long distance communication with RPCA, the Program Manager will oversee the local team, direct field logistics, manage day-to-day research team activities, manage research budgets, and liaise regularly with partner organizations on the ground as well as local and national government officials to fulfill the scientific aims of the program projects.
* Lead preparation of budgets, IRB/local ethics committee applications, oversee data collection, and help synthesize and interpret findings related to parent-child relationships, child development, mental health and family violence.
COORDINATION WITH RPCA:
* Oversee the day-to-day project deliverables of graduate students and post-doctoral research fellows linked to the project in coordination with the RPCA.
* Work with the RPCA to prepare data for analysis and dissemination in reports and peer-review publications.
* Contribute significantly to grant applications for the project
* Help present and disseminate research results, write research reports, and oversee creation of deliverables for grantors.
This position will function at a highly independent level and will be expected to set and manage budgets, hire and oversee a local team, produce quality research outputs with faculty supervision and serve as the Rwanda based liaison for the project.
Please include a cover letter with your application.
Hiring Range for this position is $60,200 $75,250.
* Bachelor's required with 3-5 years of successful and increasingly responsible management in a research, academic or intellectually based organization.
* Master's degree or higher education is strongly preferred.
* Experience in managing large project budgets is required. Supervisory experience and prior international work in a low resource or field setting, particularly in Africa, is required. Must be able to travel internationally and commit to significant time engaged in field work
* Project management, budget management, excel, word, SPSS/SAS or STATA a plus
* Experience with electronic survey data collection is also preferred.
* The position requires diplomacy in communications and interpersonal relations.
* Must possess and present a sense of poised confidence to deal effectively with multiple constituencies and cultural diversity at all levels.
* Must be able to manage a local team with sensitivity and make hiring/firing decisions, evaluate problems thoroughly and show resourcefulness in identifying solutions, and display sound judgment.
* Able to motivate, develop, and inspire colleagues and employees at all levels.
* Demonstrated maturity and capacity to navigate a complex environment and respond to shifting and fluid priorities.
* Demonstrated ability to work independently and proactively.
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