Evaluation Project Officer for Research in Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya
University of California San Francisco - San Francisco, CA

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The UCSF Global Health Group is an “Action Tank,” dedicated to translating major new paradigms and approaches to global health challenges into large-scale action, to positively impact the lives of millions of people. The Global Health Group works across the spectrum from analysis, through policy formulation and consensus building, to large-scale implementation of programs in collaborating developing countries. Organizationally, the Global Health Group is a component of UCSF Global Health Sciences.

The goal of the Global Health Group’s Private Sector Healthcare Initiative (PSHi) is to study and disseminate innovative solutions for strengthening health systems in developing countries through the engagement of the private sector. Through the PSHi, the Global Health Group provides practical and scientific advice, technical and program support, consensus building and lesson-sharing to countries and non-state organizations. The Global Health Group works closely with a wide range of public and private partners, both in-country and internationally, to accomplish its work.

Evaluation Project Officer for Quantitative and Qualitative Research in Nigeria, Ghana, and Kenya:

The PSHi seeks to hire a dynamic and talented Project Director with a strong background in quantitative and qualitative methods to contribute expert research, analytical, study design and implementation leadership support to two multi-year qualitative and process evaluations of the delivery of private sector care to 1) improve family health practices among informal health care providers (PPMVs) in Nigeria, and 2) evaluate program design and health market effects of interventions among private health care practitioners in Kenya and Ghana. The Evaluation Project Director will assist in disseminating findings and informing global policy through publications and presentations.

Note: This is a 20-month full-time contract position effective February 1, 2013. Significant travel to study countries of 2-4 weeks’ duration will be required. Required Qualifications • BA/BS with a major in public health, epidemiology, economics, or a related field and four years of experience in administrative analysis or operations research; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; a minimum of 2 years’ experience working in an academic or NGO setting on public health.
  • Experience working with a range of government, NGO and academic partners in developing countries.
  • Experience conducting field research and data collection in developing countries, and preparing results for academic publication.
  • Experience translating research findings into policy-relevant recommendations.
  • Experience writing and publishing in a variety of media, including peer-reviewed publications, reports, case studies, grant proposals, presentations and web content.
  • Experience living or working in developing countries in Asia or Africa.
  • Ability to travel to developing countries in Africa for 2-12 weeks at a time (up to 40% total).
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills; demonstrated ability to set and keep timelines, and coordinate large numbers of people or projects across different locations.
  • Excellent qualitative and quantitative research and academic writing skills. Ability to analyze.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills. Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships with people and institutions; experience communicating effectively with personnel from diverse cultures/nationalities as well as across complex organizations.
  • Strong self-management skills and considerable attention to detail; ability to work independently, with little supervision, under fast-paced, flexible and ambiguous conditions, and exercise sound timely judgment and take relevant responsible action as required. Able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office or equivalent software.
  • Proficiency with STATA or other quantitative software.
  • Proficiency with Atlas.ti, Dedoose or other qualitative software.
Note: Fingerprinting and background check required.

Physical Demands: requires sitting; standing; walking; climbing stairs; reaching up to shoulder height; reaching above shoulder level; carrying/lifting 20 pounds; pushing/pulling up to 20 pounds; gripping/grasping, fine/gross finger manipulation; repetitive movements of upper and lower extremities;, differentiate color; verbal communication; other: ability travel to developing countries for 1 – 2 weeks at a time. Preferred Qualifications • Doctoral degree in public health, epidemiology, economics, or related field.
  • Experience managing multi-person teams for multi-year field-studies.
  • Experience living or working in Africa during the past five years.
  • Fluency in a second language.
  • Knowledge of the private healthcare delivery sector in developing countries, particularly social franchises and/or other platforms that engage individual for-profit providers. Understanding of current global health and development issues, including the institutions and organizations actively involved – strongly preferred.

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