Staff Associate, Project SOAR, HIV and AIDS Program

  • Posted on 27 June 2018

Job Description

TITLE: Staff Associate, Project SOAR, HIV and AIDS Program

REPORTING TO: Deputy Director, Project SOAR, HIV and AIDS Program

LOCATION: Washington, DC


ASSIGNMENT LENGTH: One year, renewable by mutual consent and availability of funding

POSITION SUMMARY: The Staff Associate will contribute to the implementation, data management and

analysis, and publication of evaluation and operations research (OR) activities for Project SOAR (Supporting

Operational AIDS Research), a USAID-funded global HIV OR project led by the Council. Key responsibilities

include ensuring quality of data collection; overseeing data management; conducting data analysis; and

contributing to the synthesis, writing, and dissemination of study results. The Staff Associate will primarily

collaborate with investigators on OR activities in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Staff Associate will also contribute to other research and program development activities within the HIV

and AIDS program as appropriate. The ideal candidate will have strong skills in research management,

quantitative data analysis, data management, and oral and written communications, as well as experience

conducting research in developing countries on topics related to HIV and AIDS


1.Ensure the quality, ethics, and timeliness of research by:

  • Overseeing the planning for and management of fieldwork, including setting up data management and quality control systems and training data collection staff.
  • Conducting on-site monitoring of data collection, troubleshooting problems, and providing regular updates to the Pis.
  • Overseeing data management and cleaning.
  • Providing technical assistance to strengthen capacity of local data collection partners and staff in areas such as research design, data collection, and quality assurance monitoring

2.Contribute to the publication and dissemination of study findings by:

  • Analyzing data using descriptive, multivariate, and related statistical procedures; presenting results in tabular and graphic form.
  • Designing and participating in data analysis and interpretation meetings.
  • Writing or contributing to study briefs, reports, presentations, and other SOAR communications products.
  • Participating as a contributing author in peer-reviewed publications.

3.Contribute to fundraising efforts by:

  • Supporting the writing, editing, and formatting of proposals.
  • Conducting background research to contribute to proposal content.
  • Coordinating the compilation and synthesis of internal and external partner inputs for proposal content.

4.Support project financial management by assisting with monitoring project expenditures and forecasting future expenses

5.Other duties as assigned


  1. Master’s degree in public health, sociology, or related field and at least three years professional work experience.
  2. Familiarity with the application of monitoring and evaluation frameworks and indicators
  3. Knowledge of evaluation research methods and quantitative data analysis techniques
  4. Experience cooperating with investigators to manage field-based research in developing country settings.
  5. Ability to conduct data management and statistical analyses using quantitative analysis software (such as Stata or SPSS).
  6. Substantive knowledge of HIV literature and programming in developing countries.
  7. Excellent English oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated interpersonal and cross-cultural communications skills.
  8. Strong computer literacy, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  9. Demonstrated ability to work independently and under deadline, manage time efficiently, troubleshoot, prioritize, multi-task and respond to rapidly changing priorities.
  10. Self-confidence and ability to work collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  11. Willingness to travel internationally

About the Organization

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of country offices. We are seeking an individual to fill the position described. If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in this position, please apply at:

The Population Council provides equal opportunity; it does not discriminate against any person with regard to age, color, creed, national origin, disability, political belief, veteran status, religion, marital status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Decisions on employment are based on an individual’s qualifications as related to the position for which s/he is being considered. The Council especially encourages applications from qualified women and members of minority groups. The Population Council is international in the composition of its board of trustees and its staff, as well as in the nature and deployment of its activities.

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