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Research Associate - Partners In Health

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Location: Kigali (Rwanda)
Full-time position
Closing Date: May 10, 2017
Job #11229
Posted: March 10, 2017

Position Title: Research Associate

Reports to: Executive Director, University of Global Health Equity

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Organizational Profile

The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is a new kind of university focused on training the next generation of global leaders in health care delivery. The university launched in Rwanda in September 2015 with its flagship Master of Science in Global Health Delivery program. Through an academic experience uniquely rooted in the values of equity, students are empowered to both ease suffering at the bedside and drive transformational, systemic changes to the health system.

UGHE is an initiative of Partners In Health (PIH), an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. In over nearly three decades of operating alongside public sectors in countries around the world, PIH has developed a model to deliver high quality health care to some of the world’s most marginalized communities. Nowhere has this impact been more profound than in Rwanda, where Inshuti Mu Buzima—PIH’s sister organization—and our government partners have driven innovation for a decade.

Members of the UGHE community are tenacious and resolute in our drive to attain social justice, make common cause with those in need, listen to and learn from others, and operate with honesty and humility as we uphold academic integrity and intellectual curiosity. The University of Global Health Equity seeks individuals committed to these values to join the team.

Position Summary

The Research Associate will provide high-level administrative and research support to the Executive Director (ED) of the University of Global Health Equity. Research related responsibilities will include managing the Executive Director’s portfolio of studies, coordinating research teams, conducting high-level research support, managing ethical approval submissions, and shepherding manuscripts through the publication process. The Research Associate will manage the ED’s calendar, schedule meetings, book travel, manage and process expense reports, and troubleshoot technology issues to ensure connectivity to conference calls and other meetings. Other responsibilities include as-needed programmatic support, editing, writing, speech-writing, and administrative activities.


The ideal candidate for this position must be highly self-motivated, demonstrating exceptional attention to detail and diplomacy. The candidate will have experience with a wide range of administrative and executive support related tasks, have the ability to work independently and as a part of a team, and be an effective communicator. The candidate will need to interact with staff at all levels and across offices, as well as important external constituents, and must be exceedingly well organized, diplomatic, flexible, and resourceful. The candidate must exhibit great discretion, confidentiality, and sophistication in managing complex issues.


Research and Writing Coordination (60%)

  • Manage the progression of all studies included in the ED’s research portfolio and coordinate author teams as needed
  • Conduct robust research literature reviews as needed
  • Prepare, write, and edit scientific manuscripts in conjunction with the research team
  • Manage the shepherding of manuscripts through the publication process (including reviewing, editing, and submitting)
  • Manage Boston and Rwandan ethics reviews, including all submissions with the Rwanda Ethics Board and the Brigham & Women’s Institutional Review Board


Administrative Support (40%)

  • Filter incoming requests, queries, phone calls, and invitations by redirecting or taking forward such contact as appropriate
  • Coordinate and manage scheduling by prioritizing tasks, meetings, engagements, invitations, and other scheduling requests
  • Provide briefing to ensure that the ED is fully prepared for all engagements and meetings
  • Attend and provide support at meetings and engagements when appropriate, including, keeping minutes and producing reports as required
  • Prepare correspondence on behalf of the ED, including drafting general replies, official communications, and letters
  • Provide general writing, speech-writing, scientific editing, and presentation preparation support
  • Track and process reimbursements, renew medical licenses and memberships, and provide other clerical support as needed


  • Master’s or advanced degree in the health sciences, public health, or related field
  • Experience working within an international environment with an international organization, NGO, and/or public sector
  • Demonstrable work experience in an administrative, executive assistant, or personal assistant role in a highly pressurized environment
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize projects with extraordinary attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with professionals at all levels in diverse settings
  • Must be flexible, reliable, responsive, and resourceful
  • Possess advanced diplomatic instincts with the ability to gracefully and humbly work within challenging professional contexts requiring tact, judgment, and discretion
  • Willingness to travel in-country frequently and at short notice and to work irregular hours
  • Excellent organizational and multitasking skills
  • Ability to think ahead and anticipate needs before they arise
  • Fluency in English required; French and Kinyarwanda language skills desirable

Partners In Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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