Maternal and Newborn Health Policy Researcher

Global Health Corps
Washington, DC
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The Maternal and Newborn Health Policy Researcher will be based in Washington DC and will have the opportunity to gain experience in implementation research with a world-leading reproductive health institution by working with senior researchers to provide support to analyzing qualitative data and conducting policy research. The fellow will work with Population Council staff both in DC and virtually with country offices (for example Nigeria, Kenya, Bangladesh, Pakistan) to develop and execute multiple research agendas over the year, with the goal of presenting research findings and developing policy briefs and developing manuscripts for peer review. There will be opportunities to utilize datasets (including interviews, focus group transcripts, and policy documents) to answer high priority maternal and newborn health research questions identified in consultation with their supervisor. This position will give the fellow a global view of implementation research design and analysis in maternal and newborn health.

Eligible Citizenship: USA
Position Code: US17-Nat
Job Function: Knowledge Management, Policy, Research
Issue Area: Health System Strengthening, Maternal and Child Health, Primary Health Care


Work closely with a senior analyst on projects already in the pipeline which focus on, qualitative, and policy analysis in line with the fellow’s skills and interests
Collaborate with a senior analyst and others in the Maternal and Newborn Health team to develop, implement, and execute an appropriate maternal and newborn health research strategy
Synthesize and share research findings with the project team on an ongoing basis to inform the development of specific interventions for scaling up specific interventions at country level (Nigeria, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya and Pakistan)
Liaise with country colleagues on developing policy briefs based on the research findings
Co-develop a manuscript of completed research to submit to a peer reviewed publication

Skills & Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required

Bachelor’s degree*
Preferred: Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, public policy, monitoring and evaluation, or related field
Experience working with a team on client service oriented projects*
Experience conducting research and translating research into deliverables*
Experience in qualitative and/or policy analysis*
This can include one or both of the following:
Qualitative analysis: Experience with reviewing healthcare interviews (users and providers); experience in coding/memo-ing, triangulating with field notes, and interpreting the data; experience using NVivo (preferred) or experience with other qualitative software or manual analysis of interview and focus group transcripts
Policy analysis: Demonstrated prior experience and ability to draft policy briefs and reports
Good writing skills and familiarity with global health peer review process
Educational studies related to or experience working in maternal and newborn health
Be willing to take initiative and work with inspiration and minimal direction once projects are agreed and assigned
Ability to learn on the job is highly valued
Self-starter and a strategic thinker, analytical and creative
Ability to work independently and under pressure
Ability to function well in a diverse, cross-cultural work environment
Demonstrated interest in work that is focused on rights of childbearing women and a commitment to public health

Additional Information

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