Knowledge Management/Research Analyst
University Research Co., LLC. - Bethesda, MD

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Position ID: FY2013.IDG.
Hours: Full-time - 9 month fixed term
Location: Bethesda, MD
Salary: Commensurate with required experience and qualifications

University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States.

Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. In the US, we focus on improving communication related to issues like substance abuse, with a particular focus on reaching underserved populations.

URC’s 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
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 Knowledge Management/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 Knowledge Management/Research Analyst will work closely with colleagues on the TRAction Technical Support Team and Technical Leads to:
  • Lead the development of TRAction dissemination strategy and support individual study dissemination and knowledge management efforts;
  • Manage the development of the TRAction webspace, including organizing and contributing technical input and monitoring posts and coordinating TRAction intern efforts;
  • 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;
  • Supervise the planning, organization and implementation of technical meetings
  • Minimum Qualifications:

    Required Experience & Qualifications
    • Masters Degree public health or related discipline with experience in interdisciplinary health services, operations, and/or implementation research;
    • At least three 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).
    • Note: You must currently be eligible to work long-term in the United States without requiring visa sponsorship.

    To Apply:

    For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at www.urc-chs.com/careers .

    Please cut and paste your cover letter and upload your CV where indicated. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.

    Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.

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