Research Associate (Sierra Leone)

Boston College Research Program on Children and Adversity

About the organization

The Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) at focuses on observational research to understand
trajectories of risk and resilience in children facing multiple forms of adversity while also using these research outcomes to develop and test evidence-based interventions to promote child health, development and family functioning. The program team, including a network of talented local collaborators, has developed and evaluated several transdiagnostic interventions that are both feasible, effective and able to be integrated
into a range of social protection, health and education programs in low- and middleincome
countries.

Duties

The research project links to the 20-year history of the intergenerational study of war affected youth in Sierra Leone. This study will allow us to look at early child development and the potential influence of parental trauma on family
functioning among families with children. Reporting to the Sierra Leone Program Manager, the Research Associate will provide oversight between partners to ensure they are executing program plans. The Research Associate will serve a vital role in overseeing research, evaluation, and data management. This role will be responsible for programmatic reporting and preparing the study ethics and regulatory applications for the study. The role will work closely with partner organization, Caritas Freetown, and will be based full-time in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The Research Associate will serve a vital role in overseeing research, evaluation, and data management. This role will be responsible for programmatic reporting and preparing the study ethics and regulatory applications for the study.

Qualifications

Masters in Social Work, Early Childhood Development, Psychology, Public Health. Very strong bachelors’ degree applicants will be considered. Previous experience working and living internationally, preferably in
sub-Saharan Africa required. The Research Associate needs to be self-driven with strong interpersonal skills,
flexibility, and cultural sensitivity. The Research Associate will need to operate on an independent level to
contribute to the deliverables of the research. The incumbent will work with senior team members to address challenges that arise and make recommendations for processes in conjunction with the PI and
other in-country investigators. Research experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods required. Experience with cross-cultural communications and interpersonal relations required

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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