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Job Title: Research Scholar, Evaluation Research
Job Number:
Organization: Duke Global Health Institute
Posted: 5/14/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Health Policy
Industry: Academic Institutions
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Durham,  NC   
Compensation: commensurate with education and experience
Position Description: The Duke Global Health Institute Evidence Lab announces a PhD-level Research Scholar position, to start as early as July 1, 2018, for a minimum of one year, and renewable for additional years contingent upon performance and funding. The position is based in Durham, North Carolina, but may require ~20% international travel annually.

Overview of DGHI

The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) was created in 2006 to address health disparities in our local community and worldwide. Recognizing that many global health problems stem from economic, social, environmental, political and health care inequalities, DGHI brings together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex health problems and to train the next generation of global health scholars. More information on its leadership team, board of advisers, financing, and impact is at

Overview of the DGHI Evidence Lab

In 2014, DGHI launched the Evidence Lab ( lab) which has its mission is to conduct objective and high-quality evaluations of global health programs, interventions, and technologies in order to provide evidence of impact with the aim of informing policies, programs and/or funding decisions. To achieve this, the Evidence Lab utilizes rigorous research designs paired with cutting-edge methods to collect and analyze data to understand whether health programs are having their intended effect. Our team conducts a range of studies from formative research to assess the feasibility of an innovative health service intervention to randomized controlled trials to test the effectiveness of a health program being taken to scale in a low-resource setting. Key areas of expertise within the Evidence Lab and DGHI more broadly include maternal, adolescent, and child health, mental health, HIV, health systems strengthening, and intervention research. Note that a core principle of the DGHI Evidence Lab is to strengthen the evaluation capacity of our local and project counterparts on collaborative projects.

Position Description

The Evidence Lab is now seeking a Research Scholar with expertise in mixed methods evaluation research. Working closely with the Director and other Evidence Lab team members, the Research Scholar will lead and/or contribute to currently funded evaluations of maternal and child health interventions being implemented in East and West Africa, contribute to other NIH- funded intervention research in Tanzania, and will also help drive forward the Lab’s research agenda by expanding into new research areas and seeking additional funding opportunities.

This position requires conducting wide- ranging evaluation research in global health, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and participating as a thought leader in forums that discuss the value of evaluation and measuring impact.

Qualifications: • A PhD in a relevant global health field (health services, epidemiology, psychology, sociology, or a closely related field) • At least 2 years of relevant experience in working in low- and middle- income countries Strong quantitative analysis skills [SAS, SPSS and/or STATA ] (required) • Strong qualitative analysis skills [Nvivo] (or a willingness to learn) • Strong publication record or indication of potential to publish • Ability to develop innovative research approaches to answer critical programmatic and policy questions • Ability to help mentor and supervise junior staff members at Duke as well as international collaborators • Proven record of outstanding written and oral presentation skills • Ability to work as part of a team and perform under deadline pressure • Project management and multi- tasking skills • Working on grant proposal development, including writing, meeting with collaborators, and reviewing proposal opportunities • Obtaining IRB approvals for our studies • Experience writing proposals and competing for grants and contracts from diverse government and foundation sources • Fluency in English and at least one other language strongly desired • Ideal candidate will be self- motivated and will be able to work independently

This position is under the direct supervision of the DGHI Evidence Lab Director, Joy Noel Baumgartner, PhD. The Research Scholar will be a member of the Duke Global Health Institute and a core team member of the DGHI Evidence Lab. There are numerous opportunities for professional development within the Duke academic environment and the director will work with the Research Scholar to develop an individualized plan to optimize access to professional development resources.

Organization Description:

Closing Date: 8/14/2018
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Tammy Sorrell,  Research Scholar, Evaluation Research
Contact Location: PO Box 90519
Duke University
Durham   NC  27708
United States
Contact Location: PO Box 90519
  Duke University
  Durham   NC  27708
  United States
Contact Phone: 919-681-7711 
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How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit via submit a cover letter, CV, and names of at least two references to 171. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and some applicants may be asked to submit reference letters.

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