The Health Researcher will be based in Lusaka and will have the opportunity to gain experience in operations research with a world-leading reproductive health institution by working with senior research analysts to assist with qualitative and quantitative data analysis and policy research. S/he will work with Population Council staff to develop and execute multiple research agendas over the year, with the ultimate goal of presenting research findings and submitting manuscripts for peer review. There may be opportunities for the Health Researcher to utilize datasets (including interviews, focus group transcripts, household surveys, health facility assessments, and facility utilization data) in order to answer high priority public health research questions identified in consultation with their supervisor.
The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental research organization that confronts critical health and development issues, from stopping the spread of HIV to improving reproductive health, and ensuring that young people lead full and productive lives. Through biomedical, social science, and public health research in 50 countries, we work with our partners to deliver solutions that lead to more effective policies, programs, and technologies that improve lives around the world.
In Zambia, the Population Council initiates, as well as collaborates on, research that contributes to achievement of global and national outcome goals in sexual and reproductive health (SRH), HIV/AIDS, and poverty, gender and youth. The work entails helping the country to achieve its family planning and reproductive health targets, including the Family Planning 2020 goals, helping mitigate the effect and curtail the spread of HIV, and addressing the social dimensions of poverty and underlying causes, as well as helping address the effects of gender inequality. The Population Council has a particular interest in youth, especially the discrepancies in opportunity that arise during adolescence and the critical requirements for attaining a successful and productive adulthood.
- Conduct analysis on projects already in the pipeline focusing on quantitative, qualitative, or policy analysis in line with the fellow’s skills and interests, with a senior researcher
- Upon completion of research and analyses, formally present findings to a variety of stakeholders
- Develop manuscripts of completed research and analyses to submit to peer reviewed publications
Skills and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree*
- Preferred: Bachelor’s or master’s degree in relevant health or social science field (e.g. applied informatics, public health, epidemiology, demography, etc.)
- Strong writing with the ability to present complex scientific topics clearly*
- Experience in quantitative, qualitative, OR policy analysis. This includes one of the following*:
- Quantitative analysis: experience with analytic software packages - R and Stata are preferred, although individuals with SPSS experience or other database management systems will be considered
- Qualitative analysis: experience with market analysis or healthcare interviews; experience using NVivo is preferred, although manual analysis of interview and focus group transcripts is acceptable
- Policy analysis: prior experience producing policy briefs and reports on healthcare finance
- Experience submitting manuscripts for peer review
- Project management skills, as evidenced by impressive past academic or professional results
- Able to learn on the job
- Willing to take initiative and work with inspiration and minimal direction once projects are agreed and assigned
- Flexible and creative thinker
- Self-starter who is organized, responsive to short timelines, inquisitive, and interested in a broad range of global health issues
Stipend, Benefits, and Logistics
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Note: these vary depending on placement country and citizenship.