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Auto req ID 36542BR
Business Title RPCGA Program Manager
School/Unit Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Sub-Unit ————
Location USA – MA – Boston
Job Function General Administration
Time Status Full-time
Department Global Health and Population
Salary Grade 056
Union 00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Duties & Responsibilities The Research Program on Children and Global Adversity (RPCGA) in Rwanda reflects research focused on family-based interventions related to Early Childhood Development and Violence Prevention. The ECD services delivered through social protection systems aim to harness complementarities between income support interventions aimed at improving livelihoods, as well as those promoting ECD to help break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.The Research Program on Children and Global Adversity’s (RPCGA) seeks a skilled Program Manager to manage all aspects of family-based intervention projects related Early Childhood Development and Violence Prevention. Working closely with colleagues at the local NGO, FXB Rwanda, the World Bank, UNICEF and the Rwandan Government, the Program Manager will oversee Rwandan staff to implement two main activities: 1) maintaining and deepening relationships with key stakeholders; and 2) managing a multi-site cluster randomized trial of over 1000 Rwandan families with young children served by the Poverty Reduction/Social Protection initiative of the Government of Rwanda and the World Bank to promote ECD, reduce violence and strengthen parent-child relationships.The Program Manager will have responsibilities for hiring and overseeing a local team, managing and setting budgets and serving as an ambassador for the project in routine meetings with the World Bank in Rwanda, the Rwandan government, the University of Rwanda, UNICEF and non-governmental partners. The Program Manager will work closely with the Boston-based PI but will also exercise a great deal of independence in managing the project and maintaining local partnerships. The Program Manager will be based at first in Boston until USAID or additional federal funding is approved wherein the position will transition to being based fully in Rwanda.  During extensive field work in Rwanda and via long distance communication, the Program Manager will oversee the local team, direct field logistics, manage day to day research team activities, manage research budgets, and liaise regularly with partner organizations on the ground as well as local and national government officials to fulfill the scientific aims of the program projects.  The position will also oversee the day to day project deliverables of graduate students and post doctoral research fellows linked to the project in coordination with the SPH PI. The position will lead preparation of budgets, IRB/local ethics committee applications, oversee data collection, and help synthesize and interpret findings related to parent-child relationships, child development, mental health and family violence. The Program Manager will work with the SPH PI to prepare data for analysis and dissemination in reports and peer-review publications. the program manager will also contribute significantly to grant applications for the project. Additionally, the Program Manager will help present and disseminate research results, write research reports, and oversee creation of deliverables for grantors.

This position will function at a highly independent level and will be expected to set and manage budgets, hire and oversee a local team, produce quality research outputs with faculty supervision and serve as the Rwanda based liaison for the project.

PLEASE NOTE: Significant international travel is required between Boston and Rwanda throughout the course of the project up to 50% of the calendar year.

PLEASE NOTE: this position has a term end date of one year from date of hire with the strong possibility of renewal dependent on available funding.

Basic Qualifications Bachelor’s required with 3-5 years of successful and increasingly responsible management in a research, academic or intellectually based organization.Experience in managing large project budgets is required. Supervisory experience and prior international work in a low resource or field setting, particularly in Africa, is required.  Must be able to travel internationally and commit to significant time engaged in field work.
Additional Qualifications Master’s degree or higher education is strongly preferred.Project management, budget management, excel, word, SPSS/SAS or STATA a plus. Experience with electronic survey data collection is also preferred. The position requires diplomacy in communications and interpersonal relations. Must possess and present a sense of poised confidence to deal effectively with multiple constituencies and cultural diversity at all levels. Must be able to manage a local team with sensitivity and make hiring/firing decisions,  evaluate problems thoroughly and show resourcefulness in identifying solutions, and display sound judgment. Able to motivate, develop, and inspire colleagues and employees at all levels. Demonstrated maturity and capacity to navigate a complex environment and respond to shifting and fluid priorities. Demonstrated ability to work independently and proactively also needed.
Additional Information Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:Time Off: 3- 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.

Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

Tuition Assistant Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.

Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.

Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation and complimentary health services.

Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.

Join Harvard Chan School to support our mission of health research & education and be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!

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EEO Statement We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.


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