Program Officer
Columbia University - New York, NY

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Job Type

Officer Full-Time Regular

Bargaining Unit

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Job Family

Project/Program Management/Planning

Salary Grade

Officer 104

Salary Range

commensurate with experience

Advertised Summary Job Description

Grant Funded: The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, seeks a Program Officer to work with the Program on Forced Migration. The project: Evaluating Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in Emergencies. CFS is used by a growing number of agencies in an increasing range of contexts and emergencies but a commonly agreed set of standards, best practice, monitoring and evaluation tools have not yet been fully developed. A strong evidence base is lacking and there is a significant need for further research into CFS to better understand their effectiveness and help develop better systems of measurement for them. In particular, more evidence and research is needed to understand how CFS can help protect children from abuse, exploitation and violence and provide psychosocial support to them. Building on initial collaboration between researchers at Columbia University and World Vision on this topic, the project Evaluating Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in Emergencies conduct a series of studies to evaluate the protective and restorative effectiveness of a CFS. The outputs of this study will help agencies improve CFS effectiveness and make a significant contribution to improving practice in protecting children in crises and provide tools for the routine evaluation of these and related interventions. Position Overview: The Program Officer will serve as the research coordinator of the project, responsible for the preparation of scheduled field studies (including orientation and training of field staff), supervision and support of implementation of field data collection, collation and analysis of research data, and drafting of research reports. (S)he will work under the supervision of the Principal Investigator of the project, who will provide guidance on research strategy and design, analysis and communication related to the project. Other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications for Grade Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus three years of related experience. The candidiate selected for this position must undergo a full background check prior to a final offer of employment being made.

Additional Position-Specific Minimum Qualifications Applicant MUST meet these minimum qualifications to be considered an applicant

--Extensive travel and work experience in Africa or Asia including proven working in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams. --Knowledge and expertise in the fields of child protection and psychosocial support --Knowledge of the key institutions, processes and cultures of humanitarian assistance --Proven ability to work independently with appropriate guidance --Strong time management skills and the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines while paying attention to detail. --Experience of training and supervising research teams in challenging field settings Strong analytical capability with both qualitative/participative data and quantitative data (e.g. survey design, use of SPSS etc.) --Ability to travel to engage with field studies, potentially at short notice.

Preferred Qualifications

A Master's degree or equivalent in the field of public health and/or social work

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Founded in 1922, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health pursues an agenda of research, education, and service to address the...