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Placement Organizations: Partners in Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima
Placement Location: Rwinkwavu, Rwanda
Eligible Citizenship: Rwandan


About: Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB) began working in Rwanda in 2005, where today we serve a catchment area of 800,000 through 37 health centers and three hospitals in partnership with the Government of Rwanda. Taking the lessons learned and expertise honed in Haiti, our efforts in Rwanda have achieved rapid success, gaining the attention of both the highest levels of the Government of Rwanda and the international community. Through partnership with the Ministry of Health in our efforts, we have already helped to strengthen the public health system in the areas we serve and are helping the government develop plans to replicate elements of our model throughout the country. The Monitoring and Evaluation team supports cross-districts clinical and non-clinical programs in indicator development, data use, program evaluation, and data-based decision making.


Position Overview:  The IMB Research and M&E Officer will span the Research and Monitoring and Evaluation departments, with a focus on supporting strategic data use and capacity-building. The fellow will be involved in 5 key areas: research seminar support, grant development, support of clinically-focused research writing groups, M&E support to clinical and operations programs across three districts, and technical assistance for quarterly data sharing meetings.  The GHC fellow will report to the Associate Director of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation and receive technical support for research activities from IMB’s Research Advisor. The position will be based in Rwinkwavu, Kayonza with significant travel to Kirehe and Burera Districts.


Responsibilities: The main activities in which the fellow will engage are as follows:


Research seminar series

  • Support second year of Beginner Research Seminar Series through grading of homework and other administrative support
  • Develop training of trainer materials and refine previously developed materials
  • Develop online or other distance materials


Research grant development

  • Research available funding sources for specific content area research projects and support development of grant applications


Writing group support

  • Provide administrative support to writing group (currently focused on HIV and oncology) including tracking of progress, coordination of events, and logistics management


Cross-sites M&E support

  • Provide technical support during quarterly review of programmatic indicators with clinical and operations program leadership
  • Support data use and interpretation by program managers through one-on-one meetings and trainings
  • Work with program managers to develop department M&E plans


Support quarterly quality improvement meeting

  • Prepare data from multiple sources for quarterly data sharing/quality improvement meeting with final presentation in Excel
  • Meet with clinical program managers and district leadership to mentor on data interpretation


Required Skills and Experience:

  • Strong quantitative background, evidenced by at least one year experience working with public health data in Monitoring and Evaluation or Research position
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining organized records and files
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Excel including graphs, charts, formulas, conditional formatting
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating in professional setting
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent communication skills, including verbal, written, presentation, and facilitation
  • Strong interest in global health and willingness to live in rural setting
  • Fluency in spoken and written English


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience working with Microsoft Access or other data manipulation software
  • Intermediate French speaking ability
  • Experience with public health indicator development
  • Master’s degree in public health, specifically epidemiology or biostatistics


Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $650/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included. Fellows will receive housing at the IMB training center located in Rwinkwavu, Kayonza District.