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.
Qualifications and Competencies
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.