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Job Req ID:  28321

Technical Advisor/Research Officer

General Summary/Purpose

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (CCP) uses social and behavior change communication, knowledge management, research and evaluation, and capacity building, to inspire healthy behaviors worldwide. 


The Research Officer provides technical support to research, monitoring and evaluation activities for domestic and international programs implemented by CCP, with direction or support from higher-level research and evaluation officers (REO).  The Research Officer assists REO to implement the continuum of research activities from conception and design to results interpretation, reporting and dissemination. Technical Advisor supports the development of research protocols, selection of research vendors, training of field teams, and implementation of fieldwork. Technical Advisor also coordinates and supports the work of research, monitoring and evaluation staff in CCP country offices, including research consultants and vendors, to implement research, monitoring and learning activities.  Individuals in the Research Officer position have advanced education and/or training, and knowledge and experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods including research designs and statistical analysis using analytical software, and can conduct data analysis with support from higher-level REO.  The ideal candidate should be organized and able to effectively coordinate and manage the research needs for multiple large-scale programs.  The Research Officer will travel internationally to deliver short-term technical assistance, with support from REO staff.


Performance is measured by five criteria (Quantity of Work; Quality of Work; Initiative, Problem Solving & Innovation; Interaction with Others; Communication) for each of the seven competency areas below.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

The Research Officer is expected to perform the following activities competently:


I.  Theory, Frameworks & Models

  • Demonstrates knowledge of public health, communication and/or social psychological theories.
  • Contributes to application of SBCC theory and models to R&E studies w/Direction.
    II.  Research & Evaluation
    Research Design
  • Conducts literature reviews to support R&E designs, IRB protocols w/Support
  • Coordinates technical input from in-country staff w/Direction
    Tools Development
  • Develops drafts of R&E quantitative and qualitative data collection tools w/Support
  • Develops mobile and electronic data collection tools w/Support
    Field Work
  • Develops drafts of Requests for Proposals for R&E studies, including data collection, and reviews competitive proposals w/Support
  • Develops and implements field training w/Support
  • Coordinates R&E data collection and quality assurance in the field per approved IRB protocol w/Direction
  • Contributes to the development of research reports and manuscripts (includes scientific writing) presentations, posters, blogs and other products, using writing that is accurate, clear with logical flow, and appropriate for different audiences, w/Support
  • Develops data visualization resources for reports and other products w/Support
  • Presents research findings at external and internal meetings and conferences w/Support
    III.  Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)
    MEL Design
  • Conducts literature reviews to support MEL designs, IRB protocols w/Support
  • Coordinates technical input from in-country staff w/Support
  • Assists with identification of key indicators and development Performance Monitoring Plans (PMPs) for projects w/Support
    MEL Data Analysis
  • Compiles and analyzes monitoring data to provide program feedback w/Direction
    IV.  Statistics and Analysis
    Quantitative Analysis
  • Assists with R&E data cleaning and data preparation for analysis w/Support
  • Performs quantitative analysis using statistical software (STATA, SPSS, R, SAS) and interpretation w/Support
    Qualitative Analysis
  • Assists with R&E data preparation and codebook development for analysis w/Support
  • Performs qualitative analysis using software (Atlas.ti. Nvivo, Deddose and others) and interpretation w/Support
    V.  Business Development
  • Contributes to proposal development (including draft text and PMP) w/Direction

    VI. Leadership and Professional Development
  • Participates in internal CCP, R&E and MEL learning activities (includes staff meeting, CoP, StratComm, TIPS, others)
  •  Participates and shares learning opportunities that advance R&E and MEL skills
  • Expands into diverse communication and public health project areas w/Direction
  • Leads the organization of Research in Practice Brown bags w/Support
  • Provides technical backstop for R&E staff, as needed w/Support
  • Manages students and temporary staff w/Support.
  • Manages working groups w/Support
    VII.  Collaboration and Communication
  • Involves and fully informs team members and supervisors in a timely way.
  • Provides technical backstop for R&E staff, as needed w/Support


Minimum Qualifications (Required)

Master’s Degree (MPH, MSPH, MS) in communication, public health, or related behavioral science,

  • Three (3) years of relevant experience.
  • At least one (1) year is international experience conducting field research activities.



Preferred qualifications:

Doctoral degree (PhD, DrPH, ScD) in communication, public health, or related behavioral science. 

  • French language skills strongly preferred.


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The Research Officer position have advanced education and/or training, and knowledge and experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods including research designs and statistical analysis using analytical software, and conducts data analysis with support from higher-level R&E staff. 


Occasional domestic and international travel required


Classified Title: Technical Advisor 
Working Title: Technical Advisor/Research Officer  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME 
Starting Salary Range: $60,945 - $83,665/ commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30a-5:00p / 37.5 hours per week 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 31-MD:JH at 111 Market Place 
Department name: 10001159-Ctr for Communication Programs CCP 
Personnel area: School of Public Health


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


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