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Senior Researcher

The Organization

 

Living Goods (LG) seeks to improve the lives of tens of millions of underserved customers by revolutionizing the way community health is delivered in the developing world.  To do this, Living Goods not only grows its own business operations, but also dramatically magnifies its impact through large-scale partnerships.  Living Goods works with many of the world’s leading visionary organizations across the corporate, social and government sectors.  Current partners include the governments of Kenya and Uganda, plus Care International, BRAC and PSI. Living Goods’ future success increasingly depends on the state of the art mHealth, communications, the latest mobile tools, apps and technologies to drive impact.

The Opportunity

We have created a Community Health Innovation Network to research, test and demonstrate the viability of community based technical innovations. The Network will house and explore a wide range of initiatives that will integrate traditional public health interventions with technology and diagnostic software and hardware.  We are seeking an innovative and dynamic research professional to join LG as the Senior Researcher and to lead a strong, multi-faceted, and diverse research, measurement, evaluation, and learning team. This team will design the research methodology and approach for each new initiative being tested, set the baseline and target metrics for all initiatives, and implement appropriate monitoring tools to ensure that we are adequately measuring progress and results. The Senior Researcher will collect qualitative and quantitative data, audit progress, and measure success as well as continuously use data to generate key reports and learnings related to LG’s performance and impact.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the design and coordination of evaluation methods for all initiatives within Living Goods’ Innovation Network.
  • Ensure appropriate research methods are employed and that all learnings, data, successes and failure are captured for reporting and dissemination.
  • Lead the submission of all protocols to secure ethics approval as needed, working closely with the Health Advisor and Government Relations team.
  • Identify, manage and work collaboratively with other research partners on behalf of Living Goods.
  • Manage the research projects and evaluations, supported by external resources as required.
  • Lead and/or actively participate in a multidisciplinary team in designing and conducting research.
  • Apply rigorous analytic thinking in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data for the purpose of publishing reports.
  • Capture and present Innovation Network results and implications internally and externally.
  • Review and develop abstracts on published research.
  • Develop and implement technical assistance tools.
  • Introduce creative ideas to the development of proposals for new innovation projects.
  • Contribute to the growth, expertise, and knowledge of colleagues within the wider Living Goods team.

Qualification and Experience

  • A PhD, in a relevant discipline with 3 years’ experience or a Master’s degree with at a minimum of 7 years’ experience
  • Exceptional statistical skills
  • A minimum of  3 publications in peer reviewed journal
  • Principal investigator experience in a minimum of 2 studies
  • Strong foundation in quantitative and/or qualitative methods and a broad understanding of health policy issues in a developing country context
  • Strong links to research organisations and academic institutions
  • Experience of working with technology innovations in health a plus
  • Expertise in the use of research findings to inform new policy developments
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously and under pressure of deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and coordinate the work of multidisciplinary teams
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively monitor project scope, budget and timelines
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, with an emphasis on conveying highly technical material to diverse stakeholder audiences, including program administrators and policymakers
  • Self-starter who is able to excel with minimal direct supervision.

Compensation

A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance and bonus opportunity.  The opportunity to be your best while making lives better for those in need.

Life at Living Goods

Living Goods is aiming to make disruptive changes, dramatically improving the lives of underserved communities. We think big, but we operate small and nimble. At Living Goods, you will have the chance to use your creativity and work with your teammates to conceive and test new ideas every day. If you work well in a dynamic, highly collaborative culture, if you set high standards for yourself and your colleagues, if you know how to fail fast and learn fast, if you meet challenges with calm determination and a sense of humor, you will thrive at Living Goods. See www.livinggoods.org/principles.

 

 

 

 

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