Research Assistant III

  • Harvard University
  • Boston, MA
  • Apr 17, 2019

Job Description

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Duties & Responsibilities
The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (DGHSM) at Harvard Medical School applies social science and humanities research to constantly improve the practice of medicine, the delivery of treatment, and the development of health care policies locally and worldwide. The DGHSM is at the forefront of global health. To maintain our leadership of the field, the Department must: underline our commitment to teaching and research in global health equity; maintain and enhance support for "effector arms," with a focus on implementation and delivery; strengthen models of graduate and post-graduate training, including through global health and social medicine advanced degree programs, residencies, and fellowships; and coordinate efforts throughout Harvard to build a common agenda around global health equity. The Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) within DGHSM is undertaking an evaluation to understand the impact of the collective suite of interventions.

The study design includes two main elements:
(1) a longitudinal, controlled quasi-experimental study examining changes in surgical quality processes and post-operative and post-natal complications;
(2) an in-depth, longitudinal qualitative study exploring the implementation experience of facilities and the factors that distinguish high-performing facilities with the most improvement in surgical quality processes and complications. The output from the evaluation will be used both internally, and externally to contribute to the body of knowledge on the effectiveness of interventions aimed at addressing the quality of surgical care. PGSSC is seeking to hire two strong applicants for the position of Qualitative Research Assistant to support the qualitative components of the evaluation of the Safe Surgery 2020 initiative in Tanzania.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Reviewing and summarizing literature related to the implementation of Safe Surgery 2020.
Conducting interviews with leadership and surgical teams in intervention facilities in Tanzania if required, preparing field notes, and coordinating transcriptions with a third-party.
Developing a coding manual, coding and analyzing interview data, and summarizing themes emerging from the analysis.
Drafting research reports, presentations and publications on the key findings from the analysis.
Undertaking other tasks as assigned.

Basic Qualifications
College background or equivalent experience, preferably in Global Health. One or two years of related work experience in Global Health.
Additional Qualifications
Master's degree in Public Health, Global Health, Health Management, Social and Behavioral Sciences or related qualitative discipline required. Previous experience in qualitative research (conducting interviews, preparing field notes, developing a coding manual, coding and analyzing interview data, drafting publications) Strong skills in qualitative analysis and writing Strong organizational, writing, interpersonal and teaming skills.