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PATH Research Operations Associate, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases in Seattle, Washington

Research Operations Associate, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases

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PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide.

The Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases program is a leader in the effort to end malaria illnesses and deaths, refines and develops tools and approaches, invests in national programs, and builds data to empower national governments to pursue malaria elimination.

PATH seeks to recruit a Research Associate for the Malaria and NTD portfolio. The Research Associate will support research and other project activities across several projects in the portfolio. Initial projects supported will include a field trial of a novel vector control tool in Zambia, an assessment of mobile and migrant populations in Ethiopia, and a study evaluating G6PD diagnostics in Laos. Reporting to the Technical Lead, the Research Associate will provide technical assistance, coordinate research activities across partners, and provide oversight for the implementation of research. This role will be responsible for working in close partnership with academic and implementing partners as needed to help oversee studies by providing key logistical, partnership, and administrative support to ensure the overall smooth facilitation of the research projects.


Logistics and Administration:

  • Support the development and monitor the implementation of research activity work plans

  • Coordinate and facilitate or participate in investigator, research project team, and partner meetings; develop agendas and track action items

  • Coordinate communication with study team, center administrative staff, and local and national partners

  • Identify any possible upcoming logistics and administration issues and share them with PATH and the implementing partner

  • Participate in development of data collection tools and forms, informed consent forms, standard operating procedures, and training manuals and materials

  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of the protocol and ensure accurate implementation

  • Lead comprehensive and transparent knowledge management for assigned projects/studies, including maintaining project repositories that are shared across project partners

  • Coordinate Institutional Review Board (IRB) modification submissions for research activities in the projects

  • Support the management of contractual arrangements for study budgets, including developing scopes of work for contracts, and tracking and reviewing contractor deliverables

  • Conduct supervisory field visits and/or provide support to other PATH staff to conduct field visits

  • Support data collection activities such as field surveys and qualitative interviews and focus groups; participate in data management and analysis; track and archive data and research results

Technical Writing and Communication:

  • Support the technical team in drafting reports including annual and ad hoc reports on project progress

  • Prepare and collaborate on research/project/technical briefs, manuscripts, and PowerPoint presentations

  • Deliver presentations on projects, study progress, and/or research findings

  • Ensure strong communication within the project teams

  • Identify and solve, in collaboration with partners, programmatic, technical and/or communications bottlenecks as they arise to support implementation of project activities

Required Experience

  • Master's degree in Public Health, Social Work, Health Administration, or a related field.

  • Background/training in public health field research design and implementation (e.g., quantitative and/or qualitative survey methods, disease surveillance).

  • Minimum of two years of experience working on research activities implemented in LMIC countries with responsibilities including: protocol and study instrument development, IRB submission, and managing/supervising data collection in-country.

  • Experience managing malaria research activities preferred.

  • Experience collaborating with in-country partners to implement research activities, including research institutions and/or data collection agencies, and Ministry of Health/National Malaria Control Programs.

  • Exceptional skills in project management and/or coordination, including development and management of workplans, milestones/targets, and budgets. Good and proactive organizational, prioritization, and workload management skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills; adept at working closely with others over geographical distance.

  • Strong organizational skills, high level of attention to detail, and effectiveness under deadlines.

  • Experience in or strong knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methods in research design, implementation, and analysis.

  • Ability to work both independently with limited supervision and as part of a team

  • Ability to review existing research, literature, and resources to contribute to the creation of evidence-based materials and research instruments.

  • Advanced computer skills including use Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; French language skills desirable; diplomacy in communicating with a broad and diverse audience.

  • Willingness and ability to travel estimated at 25% of the time.

Must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Job Location

Seattle, Washington, United States

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United States, Seattle

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