Senior Global Health Research Specialist

  • Mid-level
  • Posted on 20 July 2020
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Job Description


RTI is currently accepting applications for the position of Senior Global Health Research Specialist to support our work in global health within the International Development Group. The global health division (GHD) currently has a staff of over 400 and works in over 25 countries. GHD implements broad-based programs in infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases, health systems strengthening, MERLA, and non-communicable diseases.

The Senior Global Health Research Specialist will lead RTI’s dSIF for research on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This includes managing the portfolio of dSIF NTD research projects at RTI, leading some and contributing to other dSIF NTD research projects, facilitating translation of findings into scientific dissemination and programmatic action, and directly supervising junior staff. We are looking for candidates with research experience in health policy, global health system strengthening, sustainability of health programing, or political science. Experience in infectious diseases, including NTDs, is desirable.

The successful candidate will thrive in a fast-paced and demanding work environment. They will need to be an excellent researcher with strong analytical and technical writing skills, be highly innovative and creative, able to mentor other staff, and have good organizational and management skills. They will need to have proven experience leading new initiatives and creating and fostering strategic relationships and networks to further scientific inquiry and develop new research opportunities.

This position will report to the Act to End NTDs | East program Technical Director. They will work closely with the Act | East program, with other the groups within GHD (including MERLA, health systems, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, operations, business development, and communications), and collaborate widely across other divisions at RTI. This position will require international travel and the ideal candidate will have experience across multiple geographic regions (including Africa, Asia and/or Latin America).

Responsibilities:
Technical (60%):
  • Facilitate the successful protocol design, start-up, and implementation of NTD operations research studies, ensuring that these efforts complement programmatic implementation and contribute to learning at a project as well as global level.
  • Lead the design and write-up of data analysis plans and lead, as well as support other staff to carry out advanced and complex data analysis.
  • Submit several papers a year for publication in peer reviewed journals.
  • Work closely with Ac | East and GHD communications staff to ensure findings are disseminated widely through blogs, press, social media, and other avenues.
  • Support capacity building of RTI staff (including HQ and in-country project staff) to carry out NTD research, data analysis, and use.
  • Work collaboratively across RTI and with key external partners to create a strong bridge between NTD research and implementation.
  • Communicate about the NTD dSIF across RTI’s divisions, updating staff on opportunities and progress, engaging experts to contribute to research studies as relevant, and getting strategic input into the direction of future studies.

Operational and administrative (20%)
  • Manage RTI’s multi disciplinary NTD dSIF research portfolio.
  • Oversee setting up internal calls for proposals and manage the review committees and final selection of studies.
  • Provide technical and operations oversight of on-going dSIF NTD studies, leading the production of bimonthly progress reports on dSIF studies.
  • Directly manage the NTD research associate position.
  • Provide oversight of and support to the project coordinator role.

Business Development (20%)
  • Collaborate with strategic partners, including business development, across IDG and RTI, and with external stakeholders to identify new business opportunities for operations research.
  • Take active lead in pursuing stand-alone new business opportunities in research from external sources/donors.
  • Take a lead technical role in the writing and development of external research proposals.
  • Work with GHD communications teams to ensure that RTIs NTD research capacity is effectively communicated externally.
  • Strengthen RTI’s partnerships with universities and researchers, domestically and internationally.


Qualifications: Education and Experience:
  • Advanced degree in Political Science, Health Systems Strengthening, sustainability of health programming, or related field; PhD preferred.
  • Candidates must have at least 10 years of specialized experience carrying out research for global and public health and project management.
  • Demonstrated expertise in use of cutting edge research methods within his/her discipline with proven ability and experience in data collection, management, analysis, use, visualization, reporting, interpretation and dissemination.
  • Strong track record in publishing in peer-reviewed journals as well as use of blogs and social media to further disseminate work.
  • Proven experience leading new initiatives and creating and fostering strategic relationships and networks to develop new research opportunities and further scientific inquiry.
Knowledge and Skills:
  • Demonstrated leadership, management, and decision-making skills.
  • Strong proven innovative and creative skills.
  • Ability to comprehensively analyze programmatic and research data, interpret results, synthesize findings in understandable reports, abstracts and narratives, as well as translate findings into programmatic action.
  • Proven track record in building successful relationships, internally and with clients, partners, and stakeholders in the global health and research community.
  • Ability to build consensus across diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Documented successful track record in business development, building external relationships to translate those opportunities into successful projects and studies.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising and mentoring staff of various levels of seniority, both at headquarter and field level.
  • An understanding of development issues and potential challenges when operating in developing country contexts.
  • Proven ability to successfully manage research projects with data collection based in Africa or Asia.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team-oriented setting while also taking initiative to complete assigned tasks with high quality and within tight timelines.
  • Ability to navigate complex global, multi-cultural interactions diplomatically.
  • Strong English oral and written communication skills (native speaker or professional-level fluency).
  • Technical expertise in infectious diseases desirable.
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of time, if required.
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