Research Associate, Exemplars Project

Kigali, Rwanda
Apply by 4 April 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 5 March 2018

Job Description

Position Title: Research Associate, Exemplars Project
Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Position Overview

The Research Associate will provide high-level research support to the project’s Principal Investigators. Research related responsibilities will include reviewing and synthesizing comprehensive peer review and grey literature and evidence reviews; providing additional research on evidence-based interventions, country experiences and implementation science frameworks; assisting in tool adaption and usage for in-country and other key informant interviews; leading key-informant interviews both in selected countries and from a distance; performing qualitative analysis of documents and interviews; coordinating with collaborators in selected countries including organization of in-country work; writing of case studies; and supporting other synthesis and dissemination work. This is a grant funded opportunity for 11 months based in Kigali, Rwanda, with potential to extend into other roles on a growing and dynamic Rwanda-based research team.


  • Synthesize existing evidence reviews and provide input into needed additional work
  • Conduct additional robust literature and evidence reviews as needed
  • Assist in the revision and adaptation of existing data collection tools for in-person or phone interviews
  • Conduct qualitative key informant interviews in-country and other in-country research in at least two countries of interest
  • Coordinate and communicate with in-country research partners
  • Perform follow-up qualitative interviews by phone as needed
  • With project leads, analyze qualitative data (documents and interviews)
  • Assist in writing and revising case study reports
  • Assist in development of overall final reports and dissemination materials
  • Participate in calls with funders and other collaborators
  • Perform other activities as identified by the project leads


  • Master’s or advanced degree in the health sciences, public health, or related field
  • Minimum of 2-4 years relevant experience in research (qualitative experience and case study development strongly preferred)
  • Experience working within an international environment with an international organization, NGO, and/or public sector
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with reference management software
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize projects with attention to detail, anticipation of upcoming demands and adaptation as needed
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with professionals at all levels in diverse settings
  • Must be flexible, reliable, responsive, and resourceful
  • Ability to travel in selected countries alone and with the team for up to 3 weeks at a time
  • Willingness to be flexible in work hours to meet deadlines and ability for multi-tasking
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Excellent writing capacity in relevant scientific areas


  • Experience working with population or facility survey results
  • Experience with STATA or other statistical software
  • Experience and knowledge of under-five mortality reduction work in global settings
  • Experience working in political contexts requiring tact, judgment and discretion

About the Organization

Organizational Overview

The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is a new kind of university focused on training the next generation of global leaders in health care delivery. The university launched in Rwanda in September 2015 with its flagship degree program: the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery. Through an academic experience uniquely rooted in the values of equity, students are empowered to both ease suffering at the bedside and drive transformational, systemic changes to the health system.

UGHE is an initiative of Partners In Health (PIH), an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. In over nearly three decades of operating alongside public sectors in countries around the world, PIH has developed a model to deliver high quality health care to some of the world’s most marginalized communities. Nowhere has this impact been more profound than in Rwanda, where Inshuti Mu Buzima—PIH’s sister organization—and our government partners have driven innovation for a decade.

Building on the strong belief and mission of implementation science and in collaboration with UGHE leadership, the Exemplars Under-five Mortality Research Project aims to develop an implementation science-based approach to understanding how and why countries have reduced under-five mortality.