Research Assistant III
Harvard University Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
United States

Job Code403117 Research Assistant III Non-Lab
Duties & Responsibilities

The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (DGHSM) at Harvard Medical School applies social science and humanities research to constantly improve the practice of medicine, the delivery of treatment, and the development of health care policies locally and worldwide. The DGHSM is at the forefront of global health. To maintain our leadership of the field, the Department must: underline our commitment to teaching and research in global health equity; maintain and enhance support for “effector arms,” with a focus on implementation and delivery; strengthen models of graduate and post-graduate training, including through global health and social medicine advanced degree programs, residencies, and fellowships; and coordinate efforts throughout Harvard to build a common agenda around global health equity. The Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) within DGHSM is undertaking an evaluation to understand the impact of the collective suite of interventions.

The study design includes two main elements:
(1) a longitudinal, controlled quasi-experimental study examining changes in surgical quality processes and post-operative and post-natal complications;
(2) an in-depth, longitudinal qualitative study exploring the implementation experience of facilities and the factors that distinguish high-performing facilities with the most improvement in surgical quality processes and complications. The output from the evaluation will be used both internally, and externally to contribute to the body of knowledge on the effectiveness of interventions aimed at addressing the quality of surgical care. PGSSC is seeking to hire two strong applicants for the position of Qualitative Research Assistant to support the qualitative components of the evaluation of the Safe Surgery 2020 initiative in Tanzania.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Reviewing and summarizing literature related to the implementation of Safe Surgery 2020.
Conducting interviews with leadership and surgical teams in intervention facilities in Tanzania if required, preparing field notes, and coordinating transcriptions with a third-party.
Developing a coding manual, coding and analyzing interview data, and summarizing themes emerging from the analysis.
Drafting research reports, presentations and publications on the key findings from the analysis.
Undertaking other tasks as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

College background or equivalent experience, preferably in Global Health. One or two years of related work experience in Global Health.

Additional Qualifications

Master’s degree in Public Health, Global Health, Health Management, Social and Behavioral Sciences or related qualitative discipline required. Previous experience in qualitative research (conducting interviews, preparing field notes, developing a coding manual, coding and analyzing interview data, drafting publications) Strong skills in qualitative analysis and writing Strong organizational, writing, interpersonal and teaming skills.

Additional Information

Please note, this is a 6-month term appointment from date of hire.

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 complementary health services.

Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.

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