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Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RME) Advisor

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Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

Job Title:        Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RME) Advisor

Reports To:     Chief of Party

Location:         Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

General summary/purpose:

The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) was founded on the belief that social and behavior change (SBC) is key to solving the world’s most pressing health problems. Our mission is to inspire and empower people around the world to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. CCP will be implementing the USAID Breakthrough-ACTION-DRC (BA/DRC) project that will use state-of-the-art, evidence-based tools to encourage people in developing countries to adopt healthy behaviors. Much of the work will harness the power of communication – from mass media campaigns to TV and radio dramas to simple posters in a health clinic – to inspire long-lasting change. The project will also take advantage of other behavioral science approaches such as behavioral economics and human-centered design to improve programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RME) Advisor will be responsible for in-country technical leadership and program oversight for all program monitoring, evaluation, and research and learning (MEL), per CCP policies. The RME Advisor will establish quality monitoring and evaluation systems and guidance for the central and provincial level offices, ensure data quality standards are met, and fulfill research and reporting expectations for program staff, donors and stakeholders in a timely manner. S/he will independently design research and evaluation activities for socio-behavioral change and health communication programs, working collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams in Baltimore and staff in CCP field offices to adapt and apply theories of communication and behavior change to program strategies, to promote normative change and achieve desired behavioral and public health goals. The RME Officer independently develops innovative research approaches and conducts qualitative and quantitative research and advanced statistical analysis, to meet the needs of donor-funded projects. S/He also independently supervises the work and builds the capacity of staff and in-country partners in effective research, evaluation and learning approaches for SBCC programs. The RME Advisor represents CCP at national and international forums. S/He develops and participates in data use and results sharing activities and contributes to the development of health communication science through publications, professional meetings and technical reports, independently. S/He also independently contributes to the preparation of 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

  • Demonstrates solid knowledge of public health, communication, sociological, anthropological and/or social psychological theories.
  • Adapts new theoretical approaches and models w/support.

II. Research & Evaluation

Research Design

  • Conceptualizes R&E study designs and IRB protocols, independently
  • Leads the implementation of R&E studies and IRB protocols, independently

Tools Development

  • Conceptualizes and develops RMEL quantitative and qualitative data collection tools, independently
  • Advises on the development of mobile and electronic data collection tools

Field Work

  • Develops Requests for Proposals for R&E studies, including data collection, and reviews competitive proposals, independently
  • Develops and implements field training independently
  • Manages and supervises the implementation of R&E studies and data quality assurance, independently


  • Contributes and/or leads the development of R&E 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, independently
  • Develops data visualization resources for reports and other products, independently
  • Presents research findings at external and internal meetings and conferences, independently

III.  Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)

MEL Design

  • Identify needs for MEL activities that fit the larger R&E program agenda, independently

MEL Data Analysis

  • Oversees final MEL plans and data analysis and interpretation, independently

IV.   Statistics and Analysis

Quantitative Analysis

  • Develops R&E analysis plans per research goals, independently
  • Conduct and/or coordinates R&E data cleaning and data preparation for analysis, independently
  • Conducts quantitative analysis using advanced statistical methods (PSCORE, Path, Multilevel, MCA, Multidimensional, Latent variable, Fixed/Random, DiD) w/Support

Qualitative Analysis

  • Develops integrated and triangulated R&E analysis plans per research goals w/Support
  • Conduct and/or supervise R&E data preparation and codebook development for analysis, independently
  • Conducts and/or supervises qualitative analysis using sophisticated methods (semantic, axial coding, conceptual mapping, others) w/Support

V.  Business Development

  • Leads respective sections of proposal development (include suggesting original ideas for theory, MEL, program models, research and PMP) w/Support 

VI.  Leadership and Professional Development

  • Participates in and/or leads internal CCP, R&E and MEL technical groups.
  • Contributes communication and SBC ideas and participates in CCP’s stakeholders and partners’ meetings, independently
  • Mentors and supervises staff w/Support

VII.  Collaboration and Communication

  • Seeks input from team members (in country, HQ) to develop comprehensive R&E plans and documents, independently
  • Contributes to open dialogue and candid discussions that motivates and fosters the growth of the team.

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

  • Masters Degree (MPH, MSPH, MS) in communication, public health, or related behavioral science with at least 6 years of relevant experience. At least 2-3 years are relevant international-experience, or Doctoral Degree (PhD, DrPH, ScD) in communication, public health, or related behavioral science with at least 3 years of relevant experience. At least 2 years are relevant international-experience.
  • French fluency and English proficiency

Preferred qualifications:

Doctoral Degree (PhD, DrPH, ScD) in communication, public health, or related behavioral science with at least 3 years of relevant experience. At least 2 years are relevant international-experience. 

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Knowledge of and application of communication and/or behavior change theory; quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches and design of protocols; program monitoring skills, advanced statistical methods; knowledge of statistical programs and packages, such as Epi Info, SPSS or similar; familiarity with digital data management systems such as DHIS 2; mHealth and data visualization.

NB: This position being based in Kinshasa, DRC; Applicants not based in Kinshasa will support all costs related to interview or, if hired, their relocation.

Applications: Interested applications should send the following items to [email protected] on or before 5PM EST May 3, 2019:

  1. A detailed cover letter including:
    1. Description of applicant’s experience in Research, Monitoring and Evaluation
    2. How past experience will contribute to this project
    3. A statement of the applicant’s language abilities in English and French
  2. An up-to-date CV

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