Senior Research Manager

Population Council South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 31 August, 2012
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Position is based in Gauteng, Johannesburg and is a one-year fixed term position. South African nationals and South African permanent residents will be considered.

The Population Council South Africa seeks an experienced health or social scientist to provide technical leadership, professional representation, and management of Council research activities and resources in the region. The successful candidate will oversee and engage in a program of operations research and evaluation of HIV and reproductive health program interventions. These include, but are not limited to:  evaluating an intervention to improve prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV services in Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe; evaluating mobile outreach services in Zimbabwe; and piloting an HIV prevention toolkit in Zimbabwe. The successful candidate will provide leadership in the implementation, data collection, analysis, report writing, synthesis, and dissemination of findings. In addition, s/he will undertake fundraising to build and diversify the Population Council’s portfolio in the region, working closely with Council colleagues in country and internationally. Finally, s/he will represent the Council to governments, donors, and partners in South Africa and the region.

Responsibilities:

  • Manages the timely implementation of research and other technical activities across a range of projects.
  • Works closely with M&E staff to lead interpretation and presentation of data.
  • Prepares high quality reports and papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals to influence and guide service delivery, policy and implementation.
  • Regularly makes oral presentations at conferences and is an invited speaker. Represents the program/PCSA to partners and at national and international conferences.
  • Manages key relationships with project donors.
  • Supervises staff members and consultants, provides technical assistance to partner organizations, and participates as part of the office management team.
  • Negotiates, prepares, and monitors individual project budgets and contributes to the overall program budget.
  • Monitors subawardee activities and budgets; reviews technical and financial reports and other deliverables.
  • Initiates new projects and develops proposals for funding.

Requirements:

  • Doctoral (PhD or MD) degree with minimum of four years relevant experience or Master’s degree with equivalent experience in a relevant field and a minimum of eight years experience.
  • Previous experience in managing large operations research studies or clinical trials.
  • Substantive knowledge of HIV—including PMTCT and ARV—reproductive, and maternal health programs.
  • Ability to meet short deadlines and willingness to work additional hours during deadline periods.
  • Experience in managing staff.
  • Excellent English language writing and communication skills; presentation skills.
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods and data analysis (Excel, SPSS, Stata, etc).
  • Experience working with local government, NGOs, and community organisations.
  • Computer competence including Micosoft Word, Power Point, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Superior diplomatic, representational, problem solving, management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 40% of the time.
  • Valid driver’s licence.

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of country offices. We are seeking an individual to fill the position described. If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in this position, please apply at:
Benjamin Bilbao, Recruitment Manager
http://www.popcouncil.org/employment/index.asp.

The Population Council provides equal opportunity; it does not discriminate against any person with regard to age, color, creed, national origin, disability, political belief, veteran status, religion, marital status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Decisions on employment are based on an individual’s qualifications as related to the position for which s/he is being considered. The Council especially encourages applications from qualified women and members of minority groups. The Population Council is international in the composition of its board of trustees and its staff, as well as in the nature and deployment of its activities.

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