Knowledge Management and Research Advisor

Global Health Corps
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Job Description: The Knowledge Management and Research Advisor shall work closely with the adolescent sexual reproductive/health team to research and document ongoing initiatives to promote adolescent sexual reproductive health (SRH) information services. The Advisor will contribute to developing age appropriate SRH content, and designing materials and methodologies that are suitable for deaf youth aged 15-24 years. The Advisor will lead systematic data collection and analysis for SRH pilot interventions for adolescents and youth with disabilities. S/he will contribute to system strengthening of VSO Rwanda health team to maximize their efficiency and effectiveness on program delivery. S/he will also support VSO Rwanda partners in program design and delivery.

Voluntary Service Overseas is a leading international development organization to fight poverty. VSO Rwanda is part of VSO International, which has a field presence in 23 countries in Asia and Pacific. We have been in Rwanda since 1998. Since then VSO has increased its footprint and now has a presence in all 30 Rwandan Districts. Our global programs are in Health, Education, and Secure Livelihoods. We believe that people are the best agents of change and we mobilize national and international volunteers and other resources to create transformative and sustainable change through volunteerism. In Rwanda, we anticipate growing to a staff of 60 and of more than 100 volunteers by February of 2018. Our current programs focus on inclusive education, adolescent sexual reproductive health, and empowering youth for enterprise and employment.

This position is part of the Global Health Corps fellowship. Global Health Corps (GHC) is a leadership development organization focused on building the next generation of diverse, disruptive global health leaders. Founded in 2009, we competitively recruit talented professionals (ages 21-30) from a range of sectors and backgrounds and place them in high-impact roles within partner organizations — including Clinton Health Access Initiative, Partners in Health, Planned Parenthood Global, and Government Ministries in Zambia, Rwanda, and Uganda — working on the front lines of health equity in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US, and Zambia.Responsibilities:
Lead systematic documentation of all adolescent sexual reproductive health initiatives in VSO Rwanda
Implement a comparative longitudinal study of sets of SRH interventions targeting young adolescents and youth with disabilities
Support the team in the production of the most appropriate approaches to promoting SRH among  adolescents and youth with disabilities
Promote application of research findings in decision making processes at national, regional, and international levels
Contribute to SRH content development, approaches, and material development appropriate for young adolescents and deaf youth
Lead initiative to improve program delivery with VSO partners
Contribute to proposal writing
Develop and contribute advocacy work on adolescent sexual reproductive health for VSO Rwanda
Contribute to innovations in providing SRH interventions to youth with disabilities

Skills and Experience
Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required:
Bachelor’s degree*
Preferred: Bachelor’s or master’s degree in public health, nursing, health information management, or related field
At least one year of experience in public health qualitative research*
One year of experience in health system strengthening related work*
Experience with youth development work*
Excellent written and communication skills*
Interest in and willingness to learn sign language and work with deaf populations*
Ability to work with minimal supervision, results-oriented*
Strong accountability and attention to detail*
Excellent organizational skills and ability to work under pressure*
Understanding of interface between social inclusion and gender dynamics in development*
Ability to work in low resource countries*
Basic knowledge and skills in sign language
Demonstrated experience in use of scientific software (Endnote, SPSS, Stata, Nvivo) for data analysis and management
Experience designing or delivering youth friendly services
Additional official language such as French an added advantage
Readiness to adapt to and work with indigenous people’s culture and customs
Analytical and critical thinking