Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Classified title: Technical Advisor
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Department: Center for Communications Programs
Work Schedule/Hours: Monday-Friday/8:30-5p/37.5 hours
Location: Baltimore. 111 Market Place, Candler Suite 310
Personnel Area: School of Public Health
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (CCP) uses social and behavior change communication, knowledge management, research and evaluation, and capacity building, to inspire healthy behaviors worldwide.
The Research Officer provides technical support to research, monitoring and evaluation activities for domestic and international programs implemented by CCP, with direction or support from higher-level research and evaluation officers (REO). The Research Officer assists REO to implement the continuum of research activities from conception and design to results interpretation, reporting and dissemination. S/He supports the development of research protocols, selection of research vendors, training of field teams, and implementation of fieldwork. S/He also coordinates and supports the work of research, monitoring and evaluation staff in CCP country offices, including research consultants and vendors, to implement research, monitoring and learning activities. Individuals in the Research Officer position have advanced education and/or training, and knowledge and experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods including research designs and statistical analysis using analytical software, and can conduct data analysis with support from higher-level REO. The ideal candidate should be organized and able to effectively coordinate and manage the research needs for multiple large-scale programs. The Research Officer will travel internationally to deliver short-term technical assistance, with support from REO staff.
Performance is measured by five criteria (Quantity of Work; Quality of Work; Initiative, Problem Solving & Innovation; Interaction with Others; Communication) for each of the seven competency areas below.
Specific duties & responsibilities:
The Research Officer is expected to perform the following activities competently:
I. Theory, Frameworks & Models
Demonstrates knowledge of public health, communication and/or social psychological theories.
Contributes to application of SBCC theory and models to R&E studies w/Direction.
II. Research & Evaluation
Conducts literature reviews to support R&E designs, IRB protocols w/Support
Coordinates technical input from in-country staff w/Direction
Develops drafts of R&E quantitative and qualitative data collection tools w/Support
Develops mobile and electronic data collection tools w/Support
Develops drafts of Requests for Proposals for R&E studies, including data collection, and reviews competitive proposals w/Support
Develops and implements field training w/Support
Coordinates R&E data collection and quality assurance in the field per approved IRB protocol w/Direction
Contributes to the development of research reports and manuscripts (includes scientific writing) presentations, posters, blogs and other products, using writing that is accurate, clear with logical flow, and appropriate for different audiences, w/Support
Develops data visualization resources for reports and other products w/Support
Presents research findings at external and internal meetings and conferences w/Support
III. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)
Conducts literature reviews to support MEL designs, IRB protocols w/Support
Coordinates technical input from in-country staff w/Support
Assists with identification of key indicators and development Performance Monitoring Plans (PMPs) for projects w/Support
MEL Data Analysis
Compiles and analyzes monitoring data to provide program feedback w/Direction
IV. Statistics and Analysis
Assists with R&E data cleaning and data preparation for analysis w/Support
Performs quantitative analysis using statistical software (STATA, SPSS, R, SAS) and interpretation w/Support
Assists with R&E data preparation and codebook development for analysis w/Support
Performs qualitative analysis using software (Atlas.ti. Nvivo, Deddose and others) and interpretation w/Support
V. Business Development
Contributes to proposal development (including draft text and PMP) w/Direction
VI. Leadership and Professional Development
Participates in internal CCP, R&E and MEL learning activities (includes staff meeting, CoP, StratComm, TIPS, others)
Participates and shares learning opportunities that advance R&E and MEL skills
Expands into diverse communication and public health project areas w/Direction
Leads the organization of Research in Practice Brown bags w/Support
Provides technical backstop for R&E staff, as needed w/Support
Manages students and temporary staff w/Support.
Manages working groups w/Support
VII. Collaboration and Communication
Involves and fully informs team members and supervisors in a timely way.
Provides technical backstop for R&E staff, as needed w/Support
Masters Degree (MPH, MSPH, MS) in communication, public health, or related behavioral science with at least 3 years of relevant experience. At least one year is international experience conducting field research activities. Working knowledge of French language is required.
Doctoral degree (PhD, DrPH, ScD) in communication, public health, or related behavioral science. International research experience in Francophone countries.
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