Research Analyst
University Research Co., LLC. - Bethesda, MD

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University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC is a global company that works to improve the quality of health care, education and social services in the U.S. and around the world. We provide technical assistance and field research to strengthen health systems and service quality by empowering health workers to find and expand proven and locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. URC is dedicated to expanding access to high-quality maternal, newborn and child health services, preventing and reducing infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria; and improving family planning and reproductive health education.

Established in 1965, our work spans over 30 countries around the globe. Our mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. Please join us in carrying out our mission ( http://www.urc-chs.com/ ).

Division & Project Overview
The International Development Group is one of three international program divisions at URC/CHS and manages health field programs funded by USAID and CDC in Africa and the Latin America region with key focus areas improving health systems performance, including management support systems, and quality of care in maternal and child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, TB and nutrition.

Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Translating Research into Action (TRAction) Project ( http://www.tractionproject.org ) is a global implementation science effort focused on supporting research in the areas of Maternal Neonatal Child Health (MNCH). TRAction awards funding to research organizations, especially those from developing countries, to develop, test, and compare approaches to more effectively deliver, increase utilization, achieve coverage, and scale-up priority evidence-based interventions. The project works with USAID/Washington; USAID missions; regional, host country and U.S. research organizations; other USAID MNCH projects; as well as other donors and service-delivery partners and Ministries of Health and receives field support from USAID Missions interested in bringing implementation science into their health programs. This project is directed by URC in collaboration with its partner, the Harvard University School of Public Health (HSPH)

Roles and Responsibilities:
Reporting directly to the TRAction Project Director, the Research Analyst will serve as a member of the Technical Support Team and be responsible for carrying out mid-level technical and organizational tasks in support of the TRAction portfolio.
Specifically, the Research Analyst will work closely with colleagues on the TRAction Technical Support Team and Technical Leads to:
  • Participate in identifying strategic priorities and opportunities for TRAction-supported research.
  • Conduct reviews of literature on technical topics important for TRAction initiatives or as background for the development of Requests for Applications (RFAs) for research studies, either carrying out the analysis directly, or assisting with hiring consultants, or awarding sub-agreements to research organizations to execute;
  • Provide technical support to the conceptualization, development and drafting of technical sections of RFAs, including award criteria and reviewing technical and cost applications in response to RFAs;
  • Support communications with the USAID Agreement Officer’s Representative (AOR) and with USAID, field missions on project deliverables;
  • Conduct technical monitoring of sub-awards, including review of USAID deliverables and annual or semi-annual thematic reviews;
  • Update and moderate the TRAction webspace, including organizing and contributing technical input and monitoring posts;
  • Organize and support communication with Technical Review Panels (TRPs), Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs), and Communities of Practice (COPs). Manage organizational communications with TAGs, TRPs, and COPs, including identifying, recruiting and briefing members;
  • Supervise the planning, organization and implementation of technical meetings, including consultative meetings, workshops and technical review panels;
  • Organize the review and comment on technical products submitted by TRAction project awardees;
  • Organize technical assistance in support of TRAction project awardees communication, organizational and technical assistance as needed and appropriate
Minimum Qualifications:
Note : You must currently be eligible to work long-term in the United States without requiring visa sponsorship.

Required Experience & Qualifications
  • Masters Degree public health or related discipline with experience in interdisciplinary health services, operations, and/or implementation research;
  • Three to five years of experience in health services, technical support, and/or applied research activities with significant international experience in resource limited settings;
  • Ability to work in cross-cultural environments with partners and other collaborators;
Problem solving skills working on and providing expert inputs into complex projects in challenging environments;

Ability to interpret strategy, to analyze, develop and present work and to monitor and evaluate implementation of programs;

Knowledge of health services/implementation research and evaluation methodologies, program design, and implementation;

  • Technical knowledge of priority maternal, neonatal and child health issues and the capacity to stay abreast of new developments in the field;
Strong interpersonal communication and excellent oral communication and writing skills with strong attention to detail;

Ability to work effectively with a broad range of partners and in a team environment;

High degree of judgment, maturity and originality;

  • Willingness and availability to travel;
  • Experience with USAID field programs (preferred);
  • Competence in a major foreign language (preferred).