Post Doctoral Fellow Rwanda RPCA Research Program on Children & Adversity Boston College School of Social Work
The Rwanda Postdoctoral fellow will work with the in-country Program Manager to oversee all aspects of implementation science related to the Sugira Muryango (Strong Families) home-visiting Family Strengthening Intervention (FSI) that promotes positive parent-child relationships and fosters healthy child development. The Rwanda Postdoctoral fellow reports to the Associate Director of Research of the RPCA.
The RPCA is an applied research program dedicated to improving the evidence base on the epidemiology of mental health problems and family functioning as well as intervention research to develop and test mental health services for children and families affected by multiple forms of adversity, including armed conflict, poverty, and infectious disease.
The Sugira Muryango (Strong Families) home-visiting Family Strengthening Intervention (FSI) promotes positive parent-child relationships and fosters healthy child development. This intervention is currently being piloted with 37 households living in extreme poverty, which will inform a cluster randomized control trial scale-up to begin Fall 2017. The research fellow will report to Dr. Theresa Betancourt and will join an on-going research collaboration between the Harvard School of Public Health, FXB-Rwanda and the World Bank with funding by the Network of European Foundations, Elma Philanthropies, World Bank, and USAID.
Essential Functions include:
PROVIDE OVERSIGHT OF RWANDA STUDY: * Work with Rwanda Program manager to conduct assessments and evaluate program. * Use statistical analysis to address missing data, conduct multilevel modeling, oversee technology-based data collection and data monitoring, and utilize mixed methodologies to triangulate qualitative and quantitative data. * Work alongside in-country Program Manager to provide supervision as needed. * Assist Rwanda Program Manager with direct supervision of Rwandan staff who currently supervises Community Based Volunteers delivering the intervention in the 37 household pilot in preparation for the eventual scale-up.
RESEARCH AND DISSEMINATION: * Engage in high-level research and analysis, publishing on projects regarding ongoing work related to the Family Strengthening Intervention in Rwanda. * Present findings to the Government of Rwanda to consider incorporating the Sugira Muryango model into their flagship social protection programming. * Collaborate on grant writing and publications, and present at international conferences.
The Postdoctoral Fellow may work nights and weekends in order to meet project deadlines. Ability to travel internationally in order to supervise and support Rwanda research projects. Please include a cover letter with your application.
* Doctoral degree, preferably in Public Health, Social Work, Psychology, or other related field. * The Postdoctoral Fellow will need to be a self-driven, creative thinker with strong qualitative and statistical skills to help develop methods which investigate intervention effectiveness in terms of child development and parenting outcomes. * Strong ability in use of advanced statistical and computational programming. * Some background related to conducting research in culturally diverse contexts, preferably in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) * Publication record that demonstrates candidate's capacities is also desirable. * Proficiency in utilizing computer applications including Microsoft Office, STATA, SPSS, Atlas.ti, MAXQDA, MPLUS and other applicable quantitative and qualitative data analysis platforms. * Expert knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies including Community Based. * Participatory Research (CPBR), implementation science in LMICs, fidelity monitoring and mixed. methodology. * Understanding of the application of technology both for data collection as well as routine symptom monitoring, fidelity monitoring and quality improvement efforts in global mental health and child development.
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