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Program Assistant, RPCA - Rwanda
Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $37,950 to $47,450; salary commensurate with relevant experience.
The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) at the School of Social Work is an applied research program dedicated to improving the evidence base on the epidemiology of mental health problems, family functioning, and intervention research to develop and test mental health services for children and families affected by multiple forms of adversity, including infectious disease, poverty, and armed conflict.
The current research project links with an evidence-based, home-visiting model (Sugira Muryango; SM) that supports playful parenting, father engagement, improved nutrition, care seeking and family functioning -- to promote Early Child Development, positive parent-child relationships, and healthy child development. This scaling out implementation science hybrid design would enable RPCA to 1) expand SM to younger children (0-6 months); 2) increase by almost tenfold the number of children impacted by the intervention; 3) increase the use of technology to accelerate feedback; and, 4) test an evidence-based implementation strategy, the Promoting Lasting Anthropometric Change and Young Children's Development (PLAY) Collaborative, to engage local stakeholders and frontline providers and supervisors to ensure quality improvement and sustainability.
Reporting to the Program Manager, the The Program Assistant will support all aspects of family intervention projects related to early childhood development (ECD) and violence prevention. The coordinator will be responsible for participant enrollment, data collection and management, providing support to field staff and will liaise regularly with partner organizations, local government, and RPCA headquarters in Boston. The Program Assistant will be based in Rwanda. Essential Functions:
In-Country Oversight: Support the Program Manager to provide on-the-ground support in Rwanda and via long distance communication with RPCA, field logistics, and liaise regularly with partner organizations on the ground as well as local government officials to fulfill the scientific aims of the program projects. Collect data on the implementation of the model and the delivery of services. Coordinate participant enrollment and tracking. Ensures accurate data entry and management in various systems, such as Excel, Google Docs and Redcap. Support the field staff in Risk of Harm and referral trainings, identification and tracking.
Working Conditions: Hot, humid, tropical climate. Extremely limited medical facilities. Potentially contaminated water. High incidence of HIV/AIDS. Prevalence of common diseases that include Rabies, Lassa fever, water-borne diseases, malaria and other tropical diseases.
Bachelor's required, preferably in Public Health, Social Work, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, or other related field. A minimum of two years of experience working in a research setting. Prior international work in a low resource or field setting, particularly in Africa, is required. Must possess strong interpersonal skills and diplomacy to deal effectively with multiple constituencies and cultural diversity at all levels. Must be able to manage a local team with sensitivity, evaluate problems thoroughly,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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