THIS PROJECT IS NOW CLOSED.
The Bixby Center for Population, Health, and Sustainability is a campus-wide, research group under Bixby Center Director & Bixby Chair Professor Ndola Prata, a physician & medical demographer. The Bixby Center conducts research on reproductive health in the developing world within a human rights framework. The Bixby Center is currently providing technical assistance to an interventional development project (Evidence for Development – E4D) which aims to produce evidence on select topics related to family planning and HIV/AIDS to inform policy advocacy and program planning, including resource allocation in West Africa.
This project is a five-year initiative focused on conducting operations research (OR) & pooling knowledge from various sources; building the capacity of regional and local institutions to implement OR and evaluations; and dissemination of research and evaluation findings locally, regionally and internationally. The family planning OR aims to improve delivery and uptake of quality FP services, including long acting reversible contraceptives (LARC), by testing a model that focuses on supply-side strategies in West Africa. The HIV OR aims to gather evidence on the role of using existing combination HIV prevention intervention efforts which include information, communication and technology (ICT) approaches in improving HIV outreach, knowledge and linkage to HIV prevention, treatment and care of key populations (KP) in West Africa who are most at risk for HIV (including men who have sex with men and female sex workers).
The Bixby Center seeks a graduate student to join the campus-based E4D team as a student assistant to support the next phases of the project for both the family planning and HIV ORs during the Fall semester. Upcoming activities include analysis of incoming data and related tasks from coding to compiling output and describing results, for use in auditing, presentations, reports and manuscripts. In addition, graduate students may contribute to literature reviews and/or may guide and vet preliminary reviews of the literature by undergraduate students or otherwise support the generation and synthesis of results, evidence and findings, as assigned.
The candidate would primarily assist in:
- Analyzing programmatic and operations research data from the E4D project, including writing code and creating do files in STATA for analysis (i.e. frequencies, proportions, statistical tests, and regressions etc.)
- Organizing output in tables as assigned by Research Specialists
- Preparing data reports for data auditing/verification and tracking/trouble shooting data issues
- Creating tables for PowerPoint presentations, reports and manuscripts
Additional assignments might include:
- Researching and reviewing the literature with assistance from undergrad interns
- Contributing to manuscript preparation, including using bibliographic software
- Translation depending on language skills (English/French but knowledge of local languages a plus)
- Other aspects of data analysis as assigned
- Solid data analysis and coding experience with STATA
- Grad student: 1st or 2nd year MPH students concentrating in Epidemiology or Biostats or 2nd year MPH students from other tracks or similar grad students from related fields (social sciences/political sciences/economics/international/development studies)
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Word, Excel & PPT
- Effective written and oral communication skills
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to work independently and take initiative
- Open to working with a small team
- Passionate about issues of global health and comfortable with sensitive topics (including sexual and reproductive health and stigmatized behaviors and diseases)
- French language skills
- Literature review skills
- Experience with search engines (PubMed, Web of Science, Google Scholar and others)
- Experience with EndNote
Day-to-Day Supervisors: Karen Weidert and Ashley Fraser
Hours: 10-15 hour per week during Fall 2016 (with some onsite and off-site flexibility possible depending on assigned tasks)
Compensation: hourly TBD; commensurate with experience
Bixby Center for Population, Health, and Sustainability
17 University Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
Related Website: bixby.berkeley.edu
Interviews begin as soon as possible and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.
Please send cover letter and résumé using the subject line:
E4D West Africa Project – Your Last Name
to Ashley Fraser, Research Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org at the Bixby Center