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Program Associate - HSSA, ACE, & EAL

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Results for Development (R4D) is a leading non-profit global development partner. We collaborate with change agents around the world — government officials, civil society leaders and social innovators — to create strong systems that support healthy, educated people. We help our partners move from knowing their goal to knowing how to reach it. We combine global expertise in health, education and nutrition with analytic rigor, practical support for decision-making and implementation and access to peer problem-solving networks. Together with our partners, we build self-sustaining systems that serve everyone and deliver lasting results. Then we share what we learn so others can achieve results for development, too.

We have a unique and vibrant culture at R4D. Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of our work environment and help advance our mission. Diversity—of ideas, identities, perspectives and backgrounds—is vital to who we are and what we do. We seek people who embrace these values and will help reinforce them. Our work culture is collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial. We operate based on trust and respect. Teams across the organization frequently collaborate on programmatic work and support each other in continuously building a better R4D.

Opportunity

R4D’s health portfolio leverages extensive networks and expertise to improve health and achieve equity in health outcomes for all people around the world. Whether it's assessing policies that can support research and development on new drugs and vaccines, exploring innovations in healthcare and connecting innovators to each other or to investors, supporting the growing global movement for universal health coverage, or producing on-demand research and forecasting to help countries and global institutions plan their healthcare futures, R4D’s global health work unlocks new possibilities for global health actors worldwide.

R4D’s Evaluation and Adaptive Learning (EAL) practice works with partners to devise new strategies to address problems in health, education, and nutrition, and to generate evidence as they design, test, and iterate on potential solutions. The team conducts targeted research using methods such as randomized control trials, formative research, and lean testing to answer questions relevant to donor and practitioner strategies. We tailor our best methods to partner needs and constraints to fuse evidence with action. We work in partnership with internal and external stakeholders with the goal of using monitoring, evaluation, and learning approaches to inform decisions that can improve performance and accelerate impact.

R4D is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic Program Associate (PA) to work across our Global Health and EAL Teams to provide technical and program management support to a range of R4D’s health and EAL programs, such as the Health Systems Strengthening Accelerator and Illuminating New Solutions and Programmatic Innovations for Resilient Spaces (INSPIRES).

This position is currently remote due to COVID-19. Strong preference for those who can be based in in Washington, DC once COVID restrictions have been lifted. This position will report to the Senior Program Officer on the Health team.

Responsibilities

The PA will serve as a key member of the project team, providing support for implementation of project activities. Responsibilities of the PA will encompass administrative, project management, operational, research, and communication tasks. Potential responsibilities include:

  • Provide support on a range of administrative/operational tasks including developing contracts; budget and expenditure tracking; invoice processing; organizing meetings and workshops; monitoring workplans; liaising with project stakeholders; and supporting the recruitment of staff and consultants
  • Support the design and implementation of high-quality monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities (e.g. developing theories of change, conducting key informant interviews, survey design, data coding and analysis) using both qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Prepare and deliver high-quality ‘Learning Checks’ which aim to work alongside implementing teams, partners, and funders to translate research and learning into action
  • Produce and/or edit a variety of documents including briefing materials, meeting notes, presentation slides, research briefs, and reports for a variety of stakeholders (such as funders, implementing partners, external audiences)
  • Facilitate meetings
  • Support project teams with the development and production of highly polished presentations, concept notes, briefing materials, and other products such as blog posts, newsletters, meeting summaries, thought pieces, and e-communications on key topics of interest
  • Contribute to the development of administrative policies and procedures to ensure efficient and effective project implementation
  • Support technical teams in designing and conducting virtual/in-person/hybrid meetings, including, but not limited to: supporting the identification of webinar platform and connectivity options; supporting participant outreach and management before, during, and after meetings or events; working closely with project and IT teams during events; and providing logistical support as needed (e.g. notetaking, emailing handouts, keeping track of attendees, etc.)
  • Monitor and facilitate the execution of deliverables through collaboration with implementing teams, funders, and other technical partners
  • Support with business development, such as conducting desk research and writing sections of proposals
  • Performing other duties as necessary

Consideration for these roles will be given to health professionals with:

  • A clear understanding of health system challenges in the developing world; additional familiarity or interest in civil society, democracy, and governance issues a plus
  • Experience working in West African countries;
  • Fluency in French (required); fluency in additional languages such as Spanish, Georgian, or Swahili ideal
  • Experience working on USAID, other donor-funded initiatives, or consortium-led projects; and
  • The ability to meet rigorous timelines, track results and effectively manage multi-stakeholder relationships.

Qualifications

  • BA in health policy, public health, or relevant field; at least two (2) years relevant work experience
  • Basic understanding of global health and key principles of health system strengthening.
  • Interest or experience working in civil society democracy, and governance issues preferred Demonstrated experience and/or interest in qualitative research; familiarity with qualitative data collection tools desirable
  • Ability to set priorities and handle multiple competing time and resource demands, highly organized
  • Detail-oriented with strong analytical, written, and verbal communication skills, as well as an ability to describe technical problems and solutions to a non-technical audience
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Professional fluency in French is required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; Advanced PowerPoint design skills desirable
  • Experience with qualitative coding software, such as Atlas.ti or nVivo, preferred, but not required
  • An understanding of webinar technology preferred
  • Experience living/working in a low or lower-middle income country is highly desired
  • Working experience in the development field or with federal grants will be considered an asset

How to apply

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