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 Sr. Research & Evaluation Officer (SREO) leads complex and rigorous research and evaluation activities for socio-behavioral change and health communication programs. He/She works collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams in Baltimore and staff in CCP field offices to refine existing, and to develop and test new theories of communication and behavior change to advance SBCC program effectiveness, promote normative change and achieve improvements in public health. The SREO designs new approaches and tools to collect quality research data and promotes their use in SBCC research. He/She advises on, supervises and conducts complex qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research and uses advanced and new methodologies. SREO advises on and supervises the technical work of Baltimore and local research staff and alike in-country partners, and develops and conducts formal instructional activities for internal and external audiences to build capacity in SBCC research, evaluation, data use and learning. He/She has solid knowledge about new approaches and techniques in SBCC research and mentors and instructs staff for their professional growth and advancement. The SREO represents CCP at national and international forums and technical expert panels and working groups, and informs on and promotes CCP research, products and programs globally. He/She contributes to the development of health communication science and evidence of SBCC impact through peer-reviewed publications, professional meetings and technical reports. The SREO also leads the conceptualization and development of innovative research, monitoring and evaluation sections of CCP grant proposals.
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 and Evaluation Officer II is expected to perform the following activities competently:
I. Theory, Frameworks & Models
Innovates and/or develops theories and/or models, frameworks using multidisciplinary paradigms to advance the field of SBCC.
Keeps abreast of developments in the social and behavioural sciences as well as communication theory to enhance SBCC R&E activities
II. Research & Evaluation
Conceptualizes and leads implementation of complex R&E study designs and IRB protocols, independently
Advises, teaches and mentors on R&E SBCC designs, independently
Tests new theoretical approaches.
Conceptualizes and develops complex RMEL quantitative and qualitative data collection tools, independently
Develops innovative data collection tools and research designs
Guides the development of RFPs and vendor selection.
Guides the development of fieldwork training and fieldwork operations.
Guides and supervises the implementation of R&E studies and data quality assurance.
Leads and guides the conceptualization of R&E reports and manuscripts.
Advises on data visualization for reports and other products.
Coordinates/organizes panels and think tank groups on relevant SBCC issues and scientific data (expert in the field)
III. Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)
Identifies needs and suggests innovations for MEL activities that fit the larger R&E program agenda
MEL Data Analysis
Oversees final MEL plans, and data analysis and interpretation
IV. Statistics and Analysis
Advises on development of innovative R&E analysis
Advises, conducts and/or supervises R&E data cleaning and preparation for analysis
Advises, conducts and supervises quantitative analysis using sophisticated methods
Keeps abreast of new statistical methods and leads their application to SBCC R&E
Advises on development of innovative R&E analysis
Advises, conducts and/or supervises R&E data preparation and codebook development for analysis, independently
Advises, conducts and supervises qualitative analysis using sophisticated methods (semantic, axial coding, conceptual mapping, others)
V. Business Development
Leads respective sections of proposal development (includes original ideas for theory, MEL, program models and strategies, research and PMP)
VI. Leadership and Professional Development
Promotes global use of new knowledge of CCP's models, products and practices (includes, academia, organizational levels, country level)
Contributes communication and SBCC expertise to the organization of technical working groups and panels at international level
Mentors and supervises staff independently
Contributes critical thinking on SBCC models and practices
VII. Collaboration and Communication
Facilitates collaboration across units in the organization and with other external and related entities.
Facilitates constructive working relationships within the organization
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of, adaptation, and application of communication and/or behavior change theory; conceptual frameworks development, innovative designs, quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches and design of protocols; program monitoring skills, advanced statistical methods; qualitative and quantitative analysis and use of analysis software; mHealth and data visualization; mentoring and performance management, technical leadership in the field of behavioral and communication sciences.
Doctoral Degree (PhD, DrPH, ScD) in communication, public health, or related behavioral science with at least 10 years of relevant experience, including 8 years of relevant international experience.
Classified title: Research and Evaluation Officer
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Status: Full time
Department: Center for Communications Programs
Work Schedule/Hours: Monday-Friday/8:30-5-/37.5 hours
Location: Baltimore. 111 Market Place, Candler Suite 310
Personnel Area: School of Public Health
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