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International Health Researcher

Job ID 932-3

Position Description:

Established in 1968, Mathematica is a non-partisan research firm that brings evidence to bear on the world’s most pressing policy questions and social challenges. Working across all sectors and regions, we help our partners to develop, measure, evaluate, and scale policies and programs to maximize impact and improve the lives of millions across the globe. Our social mission and commitment to quality and innovation drives us to develop highly tailored approaches that draw on the best available methods, tools, and technology to meet our partners’ learning and decision-making needs. Today, our 1,200 employees are helping government agencies, donors, foundations, and a range of non-governmental and private sector organizations make a difference in more than 50 countries. 

Mathematica seeks an experienced researcher with international health expertise and strong quantitative methodological skills to contribute to our rapidly growing portfolio of international health projects. Specifically, we are seeking a researcher with (1) expertise in quantitative methods, including experimental and quasi-experimental design and data analysis, (2) experience conducting research on international health topics (for example, reproductive health, maternal and child health, and nutrition), and (3) acommitment to contributing to the evidence base of what works to improve a range of health-related outcomes in developing country contexts. S/he will be a core member of Mathematica’s international research unit and contribute to our expansive portfolio of measurement, evaluation, and learning efforts in health, nutrition, food security, WASH, and other health-related sectors. 

Candidates should bring very strong design, analytical, writing, and presentation skills that would allow them to design rigorous impact, mixed methods, and rapid-cycle evaluations of health initiatives and interventions, conduct analyses using a range of methods, write reports, and present findings to donor, policy, and research audiences. Field experience in developing countries, including working closely with local stakeholders and partners—such as implementers, data collection firms, and government and donor agencies—is strongly preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential, and foreign language skills are desirable.

Our research staff consists of over 150 doctoral-level researchers with degrees in economics, public policy, public health, demography, statistics, psychology, education, sociology, and related fields. We offer our employees a team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package, and employee ownership. Mathematica aspires to be a truly diverse community in which individuals of every gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, disability, and veteran status can contribute equally.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement impact and mixed methods studies of health and development programs in a variety of country environments
  • Conduct analyses, write reports and papers, and present findings to funders and country-level stakeholders
  • Travel to the field (up to 25 percent time) to discuss design, monitor implementation, oversee data collection, and disseminate findings
  • Develop and implement capacity building efforts in rigorous evaluation to local stakeholders and funders  
  • Contribute to the growth of our international health and development portfolio, including helping to identify new business opportunities and writing strong proposals

Position Requirements:

  • PhD or equivalent in economics, demography, public policy, public health, sociology, or a related social science
  • Strong quantitative design and analytical skills, such as expertise in econometric methods; interest and expertise in mixed methods research is highly desirable
  • Field experience in international development research
  • Experience studying interventions in one or more of the following sectors is preferred: reproductive health; maternal and child health; nutrition; food security; WASH.
  • Highly motivated and self-directed, with strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to convey complex technical issues to a broad and diverse audience
  • Willingness to travel internationally up to 25 percent time
  • Ability to work well in teams
  • Foreign language skills preferred

For more information on our international health and development projects, see:

https://www.mathematica-mpr.com/our-focus-areas/international-research

While applications will be considered until the position is filled, applicants are encouraged to apply by June 30, 2019.

A cover letter, CV, and writing sample or job market paper must be submitted at the time of application. Additionally, three letters of recommendation should be submitted directly by your references to HumanResources@mathematica-mpr.com

Available Locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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