Senior Global Health Researcher (Center for Global Health Engagement)

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Updated: September 5, 2018
Job ID: 214191
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Rockville, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Senior Global Health Researcher to support the Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE) in Rockville, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to CGHE.

Established by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), the Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE) works to lead, integrate and synchronize the University’s contributions to Department of Defense (DoD) global health engagement (GHE) and national security objectives by providing a hub for GHE thought leadership and knowledge, strategic communications and outreach, operational support, research, and capability integration of education, training and planning.

The Senior Evaluation Researcher supports the Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation (AME) Division by leading research design and implementation to validate and understand the effectiveness of DoD GHE. Under the guidance of the Director for AME, the Senior Evaluation Researcher will work in scholarly collaboration with AME team members to design high quality evaluations ensuring validity of methods, quality of tools and techniques, and timely implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities. 


  1. Develops research design and leads in-country implementation
  2. Recommends data collection and analytic methods appropriate for monitoring and evaluation of DoD global health engagements
  3. Develop measures of effectiveness, incorporating a variety of qualitative and quantitative data, indicators, and variables
  4. Designs and leads data collection and data management plan
  5. Develops evaluation activity instruments, such as surveys and interview guides, in conjunction with the AME team
  6. Develops analytic approach, performs analysis, and interprets results in collaboration with other members of the Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation team
  7. Collaborates with Lead Econometrician to devise, conduct, and improve assessments, utilizing leading edge technologies and methodologies for evaluating Department of Defense Global Health Engagement activities
  8. Produces articles and abstracts for submission to peer reviewed journals and professional conferences and symposiums
  9. Validates methods and findings with SMEs in academia, DoD, Interagency, NGOs, and partner nation
  10. Collaborate with subject matter experts from a variety of organizations, including USU, the Services, OSD, Department of State, etc.
  11. Provides guidance to implementing partners (e.g., student participants, US personnel in-country, US personnel deployed on the mission, partner organization personnel, etc.) on research objectives, scope, and data collection methods
  12. Mentors students from USU (and potentially other academic organizations) and provides guidance on research projects (e.g., theses, dissertations, and capstone projects)
  13. Submits study protocols to IRB for approval as necessary
  14. Present updates and results to a variety of audiences, including flag-level/SES military personnel, members of Congress, and senior decision-makers at other USG agencies and NGOs
  15. Performs additional duties as requested by the Division Director to support ongoing and ad hoc tasks and deliverables

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Expertise in qualitative methodology; ability to design study tools, such as interview guides and surveys; intermediate to advanced skills in coding and coding software, to include MaxQDA; working knowledge of and technical skills related to SPSS or Stata and R statistical software packages preferred; knowledge of global health engagement and international development; willingness and ability to travel internationally, to include under-privileged areas; excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently; excellent interpersonal skills; excellent written and oral communication; skill in data visualization preferred.

Minimum Education/Training Requirements:  PhD, DrPH, or equivalent, in a social science, development studies, global health, public health, or a related field with at least 5 years of experience in qualitative study and/or monitoring and evaluation. Must have received formal training in evaluation and qualitative methods.

Minimum Experience:  5 years experiences at the doctoral level in qualitative studies or in program monitoring and evaluation; experience in developing organizational evaluation capacity preferred.

Physical Capabilities:  Able to perform job duties in a variety of non-traditional office settings, including developing countries with various climates, cultures, and resources

Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:  Must be a U.S. Citizen; must have or be able to obtain a U.S. passport; must have or be eligible for a secret security clearance.

Work Environment:  Office setting; domestic and overseas travel up to 30% of the time. 

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.