Research Assistant III Non-Lab (Research Assistant)
School/Unit: Harvard School of Public Health
Duties & Responsibilities
The Research Program on Children and Global Adversity's (RPCGA) seeks a skilled Research Assistant to manage all aspects of a psychosocial project on the intergenerational effects of violence in Sierra Leone. The Research Assistant will work closely with the Research Manager, who is based in Sierra Leone, to help cover project needs to implement three main activities: 1) exploratory qualitative data collection and analyses on family dynamic concepts in Sierra Leone; 2) measures development of survey batteries; and 3) re-contacting of the cohort of war-affected youth.
The Research Assistant will be based in Boston, with extensive travel to Sierra Leone, and will work closely with the Research Manager and both the Boston-based research team (based at the Harvard School of Public Health) and the Sierra Leonean team based in Freetown and Kono District, Sierra Leone. The Research Assistant will oversee a local team of student interns, assist the program manager in overseeing the Sierra Leonean team during field research periods, manage day to day research team activities, and liaise regularly with partner investigators to fulfill the scientific aims of the program projects. The position will assist in preparation of IRB/local ethics committee applications, oversee data management, and help synthesize and interpret findings related to the health and mental health of children in adversity for publications and future grant applications. Additionally, the Research Assistant will help write research reports and aid in the creation of deliverables for grantors.
The Research Assistant will gain a broad range of skills related to human subjects' research, data management, survey programming, and tasks related to data collection and analysis. The position requires the completion of a broad range of tasks, flexibility, resourcefulness, and independence.
Please note: This is a grant-funded term appointment through 12/31/2013.
College background or equivalent experience with 2-3 years relevant experience.
- Possess strong verbal and written communication skills
- Qualified candidate will have excellent organizational skills with particular ability to prioritize work in an environment with multiple and competing priorities
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision
- Strong cross-cultural skills
- Experience living and working in Africa
- Krio language skills (lingua franca of Sierra Leone)
- Attention to detail, and follow-through
- Experience with public health surveys preferred or interest to learn
- Strong computer skills, including web-based literature searches; expertise in Word, familiarity with Excel
- Interest in international public health research and/or global mental health preferred
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
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