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Hiring range: $40,000-50,000. Salary commensurate with relevant experience.
Reporting to the Associate Director of Research at the Research Program on Children & Adversity (RPCA) at the Boston College School of Social Work, the Rwanda-based Research Associate will work with the in-country Program Manager. S/he will oversee all aspects of implementation science and intimate partner violence (IPV) related to the Sugira Muryango (Strong Families) home-visiting Family Strengthening Intervention (FSI) that promotes positive parent-child relationships and fosters healthy child development. This study is part of the Research Program on Children and Adversity at Boston College School of Social Work.
The RPCA is an applied research program dedicated to improving the evidence base on the epidemiology of mental health problems and family functioning as well as intervention research to develop and test mental health services for children and families affected by multiple forms of adversity, including armed conflict, poverty, and infectious disease. The principal investigator for the study and Director of RPCA is Dr. Theresa S. Betancourt. The Sugira Muryango (Strong Families) home-visiting Family Strengthening Intervention (FSI) promotes positive parent-child relationships and fosters healthy child development. This intervention has been piloted with 37 households living in extreme poverty, which will inform a cluster randomized control trial scale-up involving 1000+ households.
The research associate will be directed by the Associate Director for Research and will join an on-going research collaboration between the Boston College School of Social Work, FXB-Rwanda, and the World Bank, among other funders. A particular focus for this position is to build on the rigorous analytical framework of the consortium funded Sugira Muryango trial in Rwanda to examine early childhood development, intimate partner violence (IPV), family functioning, and processes related to implementation science. Essential duties of this position include:
DATA MANAGEMENT AND DATA ANALYSIS FOR RWANDA STUDY: Apply statistical analysis using multilevel modeling, coding, multiple imputation to address missing data, and sound data management, while overseeing technology-based data collection and data monitoring. Provide implementation science expertise to local team with strong understanding of hybrid design, cluster randomized control trials, and quality improvement approaches to fidelity and supervision. Work alongside in-country Program Manager to provide study oversight, conduct assessments and evaluate program as needed.
RESEARCH AND DISSEMINATION: Engage in high-level research and analysis, publishing on projects regarding ongoing work related to the Family Strengthening Intervention in Rwanda. Present findings to the Government of Rwanda and donors with a focus on intimate partner violence (IPV). Qualitative analysis of process evaluation data. Collaborate on grant writing and publications, and present at international conferences. The Research Associate may work nights and weekends in order to meet project deadlines. Ability to travel internationally in order to supervise and support Rwanda research projects. This position will be based 100% of the time in Rwanda. The position is funded for one year with an option to renew for a second year based on continued funding availability. Please include a cover letter with your application.
The Research Associate will need to be a self-driven, creative thinker with strong qualitative and statistical skills to help develop methods which investigate intervention effectiveness in terms of child development and parenting outcomes.
Coursework/training in early childhood development, psychometrics, epidemiology, hybrid designs, cluster randomized control trials, and/or implementation science is a plus.
Doctoral degree, preferably in Public Health, Implementation Science, Social Work, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, or other related field.
Strong ability in use of advanced statistical and computational programming.
Strong background in implementation science to include hybrid design, cluster randomized control trials, longitudinal studies, and quality improvement approaches to fidelity and supervision that relate to long-term sustainability and scalability.
Some background related to conducting research in culturally diverse contexts, preferably in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).
Particular research interest in early childhood development and intimate partner violence (IPV) desirable.
Publication record that demonstrates candidate's capacities is also desirable.
Proficiency in utilizing computer applications including Microsoft Office, STATA, R, MAXQDA, and other applicable quantitative and qualitative data analysis platforms.
Expert knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and implementation science.
Understanding of the application of technology both for data collection as well as routine symptom monitoring, fidelity monitoring and quality improvement efforts in global mental health and child development.
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