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Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,377 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 37 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.



Job Description

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $62,650 to $78,300; salary commensurate with relevant experience.

The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) at the Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) is an applied research program dedicated to improving the evidence base of understanding risk and protective factors influencing mental health, child development, and family functioning as well as intervention research to develop and test behavioral interventions for children and families affected by multiple forms of adversity, including armed conflict, poverty, and infectious disease. 

The RPCA manages a diverse global research portfolio, including the following active projects: Sugira Muryango, Youth Functioning and Organizational Success for West African Regional Development (Youth FORWARD), Family Strengthening Intervention for Refugees resettled in the US (FSI-R), and a Longitudinal Study of War-Affected Youth (LSWAY). The details of these projects can be found at bc.edu/rpca. 

Reporting to the RPCA’s Senior Program Manager for Sugira Muryango, the Program Manager will support all aspects of expanding Sugira Muryango, a home-visiting family intervention program focused on early child development and violence prevention across three Districts in Rwanda in close coordination with the government and other local partners. The Program Manager will collaborate with the Senior Program Manager and Program Coordinator to launch a multi-level strategy to enhance buy-in and sustainment of Sugira Muryango in each District and will help with the enrollment of participants, organization of data collection, support to field staff, and regular communication with partner organizations, local government, and the RPCA team in Boston, MA.  This position is 100% based in Kigali, Rwanda with frequent trips to the field. 

The incumbent is charged with the following essential functions:

● Provide on-the-ground support in Rwanda and long-distance communication with the RPCA, the Program Manager will collaborate with in-country staff and partners to support local teams, field logistics, and day-to-day research team activities to fulfill the scientific aims of the program projects.
● Maintain strong partnerships with community organizations and members to harness an existing in-country advisory board to facilitate culturally-informed adaptations to Sugira Muryango’s program including; activities, materials, and messaging centered on father engagement and violence reduction.
● Support the data collection process with a particular focus on father engagement metrics throughout the delivery of the intervention and work closely with postdoctoral fellows and research associates to report regularly on the progress of the project goals and contribute to capacity building at the University of Rwanda.
● Synthesize lessons learned from the advisory board, local NGOs, and study data to create and disseminate targeted messaging on father engagement and violence reduction via continuous training opportunities, a one-day government workshop, and weekly/monthly implementation partners/stake-holder meetings of the PLAY Collaborative strategy.

All applicants are asked to submit a CV/resume and cover letter to be considered. 



Requirements

The RPCA seeks an experienced and highly-motivated Program Manager with relevant field and functional experience. Competitive candidates will possess the following qualifications: Masters in Social Work, Early Childhood Development, Psychology, Public Health, or related field required. A minimum of five years of related experience preferred. Supervisory experience and prior international work in a low resource or field setting particularly in sub-Saharan Africa are required. Must be able to travel internationally and commit to significant time engaged in fieldwork. Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability and the ability to perform and collaborate under challenging conditions. Strong planning, community mobilization, and inter-cultural communication skills required. Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies including mixed-methods preferred. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Self-starter with experience taking initiative and working both independently and as part of a team. Excellent coordination and collaboration skills. Excellent communication and administration skills. Excellent cultural sensitivity and respect for strong local partnerships. Authorization to work in the USA (i.e. US citizen or green card holder).

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on https://www.bc.edu/employeehandbook

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

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status.  To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at https://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity.

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at https://www.bc.edu/nondiscrimination.

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