PIVOT Works, Inc.
Title: Research Manager / Post Doctoral Research Fellow Reports to: Research Advisor / National Director Location: Ranomafana, Madagascar Percentage Effort: Full-time Key Words: Global health, implementation research, epidemiology, capacity building Start Date: June 1st, 2018 Expected Commitment: Minimum of 2 years
PIVOT ( www.pivotworks.org ) is a global health care NGO guided by the principle that all people have intrinsic worth and deserve to live healthy and productive lives. As a social justice organization working in a setting of extreme poverty and disease, our core objective is to address social inequity by advancing universal access to quality healthcare, while creating a health care system that can serve as a model for the country of Madagascar. Since 2014, we have partnered with the government of Madagascar to strengthen the health system and create a model health district in Ifanadiana district, adjacent to Ranomafana National Park and 11 hours from the capital. The district has a catchment area of 200,000 people, more than 75 percent of whom live in extreme poverty. PIVOT collaborates directly with the Madagascar Ministry of Health (MoH) to strengthen a district hospital, 20 health centers, and community health programs. Our model is advanced across three major components: 1) horizontal readiness (e.g. infrastructure, supply chain, personnel), 2) vertically integrated clinical programs (e.g. maternal and child health, malnutrition, tuberculosis), and 3) data systems and research. Currently PIVOT is a 180-person organization with 6 international staff in Madagascar, and a United States-based headquarters.
We see the research space in which we work as a unique “crucible” for science and innovation in an ecologically important environment with a distinctive constellation of academic partners working in a broad range of scientific disciplines. We promote implementation research of interest to the MoH that can inform health programs or produce lessons for replicating and scaling-up of the model. We also support scientific research on underlying social, economic, and environmental drivers of disease. As a data-driven organization, PIVOT counts as its data flagship an ongoing longitudinal cohort study to track the population-level effects of our intervention. In addition, our Monitoring and Evaluation team tracks key indicators of every program implemented by PIVOT over time on a regular basis. This provides an opportunity to evaluate programs and address scientific questions with an unprecedented level of detail for a non-governmental health systems organization.
The research manager will work closely with PIVOT’s leadership to launch and coordinate implementation science initiatives to evaluate PIVOT clinical programs and health systems initiatives (including quality of care, data improvement, and universal health coverage). S/he will also serve as the central coordinator for PIVOT’s local and international research partnerships. This person will work to build both internal organizational and national capacity for conducting field-based public health research in Madagascar. He/she will be expected to organize trainings, provide frequent mentorship to Malagasy students and work closely with PIVOT Managers to help them evaluate their programs.
PIVOT’s research vision is shaped in partnership with the site by co-founder and current co-CEO Dr. Matt Bonds, an economist-ecologist and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School who studies the role of health care and health systems in breaking cycles of poverty and disease ( www.bondslab.com ). For this reason, the position will be combined with a joint postdoctoral fellowship appointment in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The successful candidate can expect rigorous mentorship by both the onsite research advisor and Dr. Bonds. In addition to leading PIVOT’s implementation science agenda, there will be ample space for the candidate to pursue research projects of interest to his/her career development.
Coordinate research projects, including data collection and project management. Create systems and infrastructure for supporting long- and short-term operational and scientific research initiatives and partnerships.
With the PIVOT team and partners, identify opportunities and topics for new operational and clinical research projects. This includes support for the M&E team in the selection of key indicators to be used for program evaluation, collection of additional data for research purposes, as well as data analysis and dissemination of results through policy channels and international scientific journals.
Elaborate Annual Plan for research in harmony with PIVOT’s work planning processes.
Manage and report on set pieces of the organization’s site-based research budget.
Assist in the development of grant proposals to support PIVOT research/synergistic partnerships.
Liaise with key partners at the Ministry of Health, Institute of Statistics, national universities and other Malagasy institutions, as well as international research partners.
Spearhead internal capacity building for research, engaging with staff to provide close mentorship in the execution of research, from study design through to publication.
Qualifications and Competencies
Master’s degree in epidemiology, biostatistics or other public health related field; PhD preferred.
At least 2 years of experience living and working in a resource-poor, international setting.
Demonstrated track record in operational research or field epidemiology, including study design, data collection, analysis, and publication.
Experience in mentorship and capacity building.
French and English language proficiency (reading, writing and conversing)
Malagasy language ability an extraordinary asset, as is experience in Madagascar or working with the Malagasy public health system.
Commitment to living and working in rural Madagascar.
Flexibility and aptitude for managing projects across multiple domains. Beyond implementation and clinical research, PIVOT’s broad research vision requires a willingness to work with researchers across disciplines, methods, and approaches, including but not limited to: clinical infectious disease, epidemiology, economics, ecology, mathematics and statistical modeling, and GIS.
Demonstrated commitment to global health and social justice. It is important that the Research Coordinator sees themselves as part of a social justice organization, believes strongly in the work we do, advocates on behalf of the patients we serve, and sees research and data as key to fulfilling our mission.
This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic, driven and passionate individual to be part of an exciting global health organization that links access to quality health care to research in an ecologically important context.
Please submit your CV (including a full list of peer-reviewed publications) and letter of interest to email@example.com before April 13, 2018. Please refer to the job title in the title of your email. For more information on PIVOT, please visit our website at www.pivotworks.org .
PIVOT Works, Inc.
Seattle, WA, United States
Reports to: Co-CEO Location: Seattle Status: Full Time Travel: 20-40% - domestic and international Start Date: Jan. 1, 2018 - flexible. Application deadline: Dec. 11, 2017 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the right applicant may be considered after the deadline)
Organizational Mission & Background
PIVOT’s mission is to combine accessible and comprehensive health care services with rigorous scientific research to save lives and break cycles of poverty and disease.
As one of the ten poorest countries in the world with among the most under-resourced health systems, Madagascar suffers from an unjust burden of disease. Founded in early 2014, PIVOT is a mission partner of Partners in Health and works in direct collaboration with the Madagascar Ministry of Health to enhance health care delivery at the community, health center and hospital levels. In addition to providing direct healthcare services, PIVOT engages in poverty alleviation initiatives, conducts monitoring and evaluation of health systems strengthening (HSS) activities, and supports research. The HSS efforts led by PIVOT aim to directly relieve unnecessary suffering and death among the population near Ranomafana National Park and to serve as a model for national scale up.
PIVOT’s program delivery is entirely in the Ifanadiana district of Madagascar, eleven hours from the capital by car, where the project has grown to nearly two-hundred staff members across five health centers and one district hospital, functioning out of a French and Malagasy speaking office. The Madagascar staff reports to the international Senior Management Team who report to the Country Director. The Country Director reports to the Co-CEOs who travel to site multiple times a year to support operations. PIVOT does not have plans to expand outside of Ifanadiana District in the mid-term as the overall goal is to build a model health district as partner to the government that can be replicated throughout Madagascar and beyond. This year’s annual operating budget is $4 million.
The Executive Assistant to the (newly) Seattle-based co-CEO / co-Founder will support day-to-day administrative management of the co-CEO’s time and organizational responsibilities in three major departments: administration; development (fundraising); and research. This Executive Assistant position has been created to increase the effectiveness and reach of the co-CEO who also has a primary academic affiliation and commitments as such. The position will offer the right candidate a diverse and exciting administrative role in a young, effective global health organization with the opportunity to grow over time in either the realm of research or fundraising.
As a young international NGO, PIVOT has a somewhat unique structure for its US-based team. It is important to note that this Executive Assistant will be the second Seattle-based team member, traveling with the Co-CEO (to Boston, New York, Madagascar, etc) anywhere from 20-40% of the year, while at other times anchoring operations from the new PIVOT west-coast office space (likely in a co-work space with similar small, globally oriented organizations). There are currently seven PIVOT staff in the U.S with five based out of the Partners in Health office in Boston and two Co-CEOs working remotely. The Board of Directors meets annually in New York City and fundraising efforts to date have focused on the eastern seaboard and in California.
Schedule and Meeting Coordination (20%):
Manage the co-CEO’s calendar across his diverse roles in the organization. Note that this requires coordination across multiple time zones, with the added challenge of unreliable connectivity in Madagascar.
Liaise with other team members and meeting organizers to coordinate the co-CEO’s availability for meetings and engagements.
Communicate with meeting participants, schedule and confirm meeting spaces and conference lines.
Ensure the co-CEO is able to connect to remote meetings and troubleshoot, as needed.
Triage meeting and speaking engagement requests on behalf of the co-CEO.
Travel and Event Management (20%):
Work with the organizational Administrative Assistant to arrange flights, hotel accommodations, visas, ground transportation and all other travel logistics for the co-CEO, who travels 40-60% of the year.
Liaise with event organizers to coordinate event logistics for the co-CEO, including travel arrangements, communications, and pre-meeting materials.
Relationship Management and Development (40%):
Serve as the point person for external institutions and individuals who need to contact the co-CEO.
Serve as an active team member in growing PIVOT’s presence in the Seattle global health community, including monitoring of events and networks.
Monitor and track documents, projects and tasks, ensuring attention to time-sensitive issues and longer-term initiatives, providing succinct background information when needed.
Prepare thorough briefings and provide relevant documents for meetings and travel when needed, including minutes.
Prepare materials for speaking engagements.
File properly and keep up to date all records, documents and correspondences from the co-CEO.
Support email management, as needed and practical.
Support to co-CEO and Boston-based development team on fundraising-specific administration including but not limited to: scheduling, prospect briefing, meeting preparation, donor stewardship, serving as logistics coordinator for West Coast-based events.
General Administration (20%):
Provide general administrative support to a small Seattle office, including stocking office supplies, sorting incoming mail, and organizing and managing a filing system for the co-CEO.
Submit monthly expense reports and regular reimbursement requests on behalf of the co-CEO, in coordination with the monthly financial close process.
Bachelor’s degree required.
At least 1-3 years of relevant professional experience supporting a high-level executive or academic.
Proficiency in French (spoken and written) strongly preferred.
Prior experience or engagement with global health, international development, or social justice preferred.
Excellent organizational and administrative skills.
Outstanding command of MS Office, particularly Excel, Word, PowerPoint.
Enthusiasm to pitch in and take on new tasks and projects. Energetic, hard-working, can- do, problem-solver.
Ability to work well independently as well as collaborate well with others in person and remotely.
Strong communication and relationship building skills with the ability to negotiate and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders with maturity and professionalism.
Willingness to travel, at times internationally, with short notice.
Sense of humor and flexibility are essential.
Please submit your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please refer to the job title in the title of your email. For more information on PIVOT, please visit our website at www.pivotworks.org .