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Job Description

The Rwanda Postdoctoral fellow in the Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) in the Boston College School of Social Work will work with the in-country Program Manager and another Postdoctoral fellow to oversee all aspects of implementation science and intimate partner violence (IPV) related to the Sugira Muryango (Strong Families) home-visiting Family Strengthening Intervention (FSI) that promotes positive parent-child relationships and fosters healthy child development.  The Rwanda Postdoctoral fellow reports to the Principal Investigator of the study. This position will be based 100% of the time in Rwanda.

The RPCA is an applied research program dedicated to improving the evidence base on the epidemiology
of mental health problems and family functioning as well as intervention research to develop and test mental health services for children and families affected by multiple forms of adversity, including armed conflict, poverty, and infectious disease.

The Sugira Muryango (Strong Families) home-visiting Family Strengthening Intervention (FSI) promotes positive parent-child relationships and fosters healthy child development. This intervention is currently piloted with 37 households living in extreme poverty, which will inform a cluster randomized control trial scale-up to begin Winter 2018. The research fellow will be directed by Dr. Theresa Betancourt. 

A particular focus for this position is to build on the rigorous analytical framework of the consortium funded Sugira Muryango trial in Rwanda to examine intimate partner violence (IPV), family functioning, and processes related to implementation science.

The Rwanda Postdoctoral fellow will provide oversight of Rwanda Study. S/he will:
* Use statistical analysis to address missing data, conduct multilevel modeling, oversee technology-based
data collection and data monitoring, and utilize mixed methodologies to triangulate qualitative and quantitative data.
* Provide implementation science expertise to local team with strong understanding of hybrid design,
cluster randomized control trials, and quality improvement approaches to fidelity and supervision.
* Work alongside in-country Program Manager and one other Postdoctoral fellow to provide study oversight, conduct assessments and evaluate program as needed.

The Rwanda Postdoctoral fellow will  be responsible for research and dissemination. S/he will:
* Engage in high-level research and analysis, publishing on projects regarding ongoing work related to
the Family Strengthening Intervention in Rwanda
* Present findings to the Government of Rwanda and donors with a focus on intimate partner violence (IPV)
* Qualitative analysis of process evaluation data
* Collaborate on grant writing and publications, and present at international conferences.


* Doctoral degree, preferably in Public Health, Implementation Science, Social Work, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, or other related field required.
* The Postdoctoral Fellow will need to be a self-driven, creative thinker with strong qualitative and statistical skills to help develop methods which investigate intervention effectiveness in terms of child development and parenting outcomes.  Coursework/training in psychometrics and implementation science is a plus.
* Strong ability in use of advanced statistical and computational programming.
* Strong background in implementation science to include hybrid design, cluster randomized control
trials, longitudinal studies, and quality improvement approaches to fidelity and supervision that relate to long-term sustainability and scalability.
* Particular research interest in intimate partner violence (IPV) desirable.
* Some background related to conducting research in culturally diverse contexts, preferably in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).
* Publication record that demonstrates candidate’s capacities is also desirable.
* Proficiency in utilizing computer applications including Microsoft Office, STATA, R, MAXQDA, and other applicable quantitative and qualitative data analysis platforms.
* Expert knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies including Community Based
Participatory Research (CPBR), implementation science in LMICs, fidelity monitoring and mixed methodology.
* Understanding of the application of technology both for data collection as well as routine symptom monitoring, fidelity monitoring and quality improvement efforts in global mental health and child development.
* Ability to travel internationally in order to supervise and support Rwanda research projects.  This position will be based 100% of the time in Rwanda.

Closing Statement

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

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