The Department of Global Health and Population (GHP) seeks to improve global health through education, research, and service from a population-based perspective. As a community of students, educators, researchers, and practitioners from around the world, GHP works together to produce powerful ideas that improve the lives and health of people everywhere.
GHP is seeking to hire a Research Analyst to support the Quality Evidence for Health System Transformation (QuEST) Network. QuEST is a global partnership of researchers, policymakers, multilateral organizations, national governments, and development partners, who are advancing health system quality research. The QuEST Network, inspired by the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems, seeks to build the evidence base to support transformation to high quality health systems by improving measurement, testing solutions, and creating generalizable knowledge.
The QuEST Network Director leads several research projects related to improving performance of health systems and population preferences for health services. She is seeking a motivated and capable Research Analyst to pursue innovative analyses with the potential for high policy impact. The Research Analyst will pursue work related to the analyses and recommendations of QuEST and the Lancet Commission, involving both primary and secondary data. The analyses will be predominantly quantitative using data from household and facility surveys and health information systems. Geospatial analyses and creative data visualization will be emphasized to promote policymaker uptake. Study countries will include Ethiopia, India, Kenya, and South Africa, among others. This position will offer broad experience in an active research environment, supportive supervision, a congenial team, as well as opportunities for authorship and additional methods learning. Currently, the QuEST Harvard research team is composed of 10 research and administrative staff members.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Organize, clean, and manage data using Stata
- Conduct analysis of data as requested by the research team using reproducible methods
- Produce data quality reports
- Document data sources and metadata
- Develop tables, figures for research papers
- Develop online dashboards to showcase results
- Contribute to research papers (e.g., by writing methods and results sections)
- Contribute to the writing and development of policy briefs
- Develop PowerPoint presentations
- Contribute to other study activities, such as but not limited to writing grant proposals, drafting study protocols, editing research instruments, and presenting in methods workshops
- Collaborate with external colleagues/experts to develop and implement best practice survey methods
- Develop and maintain internal and public-facing research materials (e.g., Stata do files and data templates, methods documents, research guidelines)
- Develop and maintain a public QuEST data repository
- Communicate with research colleagues in the US and other countries
- Report to the QuEST Network Director
- Other duties as assigned
PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term end date of one year from date of hire, with the possibility of extension.
PLEASE NOTE: Please submit both a resume and cover letter when applying. Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered. In later stages of the process, finalists will be required to submit a sample quantitative paper (academic publication or working paper) that you have previously written that demonstrates your analytic and writing skills.
PLEASE NOTE: This project may involve limited travel to project countries and/or within the United States
PLEASE NOTE: This is a hybrid position and this position will be based in Boston, MA. Additional detail pertaining to this position will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington).
- Bachelor’s degree in economics, biostatistics, epidemiology, public health, public policy, or a related field with emphasis on quantitative methods and data analysis, or equivalent experience, required
- 3+ years of professional working experience required
The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
- Master’s Degree
- Familiarity with health systems and data in low- and middle-income countries is highly desirable
- This project may involve limited travel to project countries and/or within the United States
- The ideal candidate is someone who intends to pursue a career in public health data management.
- Strong quantitative skills, including data management, expertise with Stata coding and statistical analysis including analysis of survey data
- Strong writing and interpersonal skills
- Highly developed organization skills and the ability to effectively prioritize workload and execute tasks successfully even when faced within tight deadlines
- Demonstrated ability to work independently
The following cultural competencies are also preferred:
- Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
- Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity
Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:
- Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
- Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee’s start date.
- Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
- Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.
- Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.
- Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events — and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.
Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!
- The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.
- Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.
- This position has a 90 day orientation and review period. The O&R period will be waived for any internal Harvard employee transfers.
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Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:
At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.