Director of Research at Community Health Impact Coalition

We are community health worker advocates (CHWs and aligned health organizations) in 40+ countries. We take collective action to ensure community health workers get the fair pay, field support, and official recognition they deserve so everyone can access high quality healthcare.

  • Experience 4 – 5 years.

Your Mission


  • Expertise in research methods, data analysis, and academic publishing processes (including IRB)
  • Strong project management and stakeholder management skills
  • A deep understanding of the context in which CHWs operate and what they need to excel in their roles
  • Relentless focus on achieving fair working conditions for CHWs

In order to…

  • Set the vision for and produce new evidence that is highly relevant to the field and can accelerate norm change in community health
  • Lead joint research projects from conception through to dissemination (~4-5/year)
  • Grow the data harmonization collaborative and create community across Coalition member M&E teams
  • Embrace new technology to streamline  Coalition data-sharing and power future research endeavors

Position Information 

  • Term: Full-time position
  • Location: Remote  (please note: you should have at least 4 hours of workday overlap with the UTC timezone)
  • Reports to: Executive Director
  • Compensation: Grade 3, Band 4
  • Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; fully-paid parental leave (12 weeks); flexible hours; subsidized professional development; and a retrofit of your home office.

Core Responsibilities

  1. Direct the Coalition research portfolio:
    • Create and execute the overall strategic research agenda for the Coalition.
    • Own all research systems, materials, and processes, including, but not limited to: annual plans and budgets for Coalition-led research,  research SOPs and one-pagers, go/no-go decisions for research undertakings and collaborations, and research presentations/slide decks that can be used across the organization.
    • Manage IRB and journal submissions/approvals across all research studies. This includes supporting the preparation of human subjects protocol materials, identifying best-fit journals for timely write-up and publication, and owning any continuing reviews, modifications, and reporting requirements for specific protocols, as needed.
    • Develop and deploy an ethical and inclusive authorship policy that satisfies International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) criteria, while taking into account key programmatic and research contributions of all team members, particularly CHWs.
    • Lead high-impact data analysis, interpretation of results, and paper writing.
  2. Lead an international Data Harmonization Collaborative:
    • Expand Coalition member participation in a multi-country data harmonization collaborative. Orient and onboard members to the collaborative and check in with them 1:1  on a quarterly basis to sustain high participation and identify opportunities to improve the collaborative.
    •  Lead (bi-)monthly calls with members of the Data Harmonization Collaborative. This includes setting the agenda, preparing materials, and managing meeting-related action items.
    • Identify and roll out new technology solutions to support the data harmonization collaborative. This includes working with vendors to upgrade the Coalition’s data sharing infrastructure in order to streamline routine data sharing, cleaning, and analysis across multiple organizations.
  3. Drive evidence use internally and externally: 
    • Help maintain the Coalition’s internal and public facing Global Policy Dashboard and share results once a quarter
    • Identify and participate in conferences and convenings relevant to the Coalition’s research outputs, while ensuring an equitable approach to participation.
    • Track the relevance and impact of the Coalition’s research by monitoring key indicators for our published articles. This includes reaching out to journals to understand reader engagement with our work.
    • Publish the Coalition’s Community Health Research Round-Up, a fortnightly digest that synthesizes the latest evidence on CHW programs. This includes: Drafting issues of the Research Round-Up, tracking/growing audience engagement, and publishing a searchable database for the Research Round-Up archives in which articles are accurately tagged by theme and geography.
    • Engage with external actors to monitor and influence the global research agenda for community health worker programs; this includes representing the Coalition in external working groups focused on CHW research, as well as university programs.
    • Cultivate a deep understanding of the community health field, including staying up to date on new and relevant evidence, best practices, literature, and policy documents.
    • Collaborate closely with CHIC Secretariat teammates to integrate research priorities and results into advocacy and policy change initiatives.

Required Qualifications

  • Research chops: You have expertise in study designs used to assess the effects of health systems or complex public health interventions and implementation strategies, including randomized controlled trials, non-randomized controlled trials, controlled before-and-after studies, interrupted time series, repeated measures studies and systematic reviews.PhD or MD highly desirable. (For reference, our last three academic publications are here, here, and here).
  • Management skills: You have proven experience managing multiple research projects with myriad stakeholders simultaneously. You have the thoughtfulness and confidence to work with a large number and wide variety stakeholders from diverse geographic, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds. You are able to break goals into manageable objectives and to work with a team to meet them on schedule.
  • Initiative: You are someone who seeks out opportunity and acts thoughtfully without needing to wait for instruction. You can cast a vision while being attentive to detail. You are willing to roll up your sleeves and get the work done while also contributing to strategy at the highest levels of the organization.
  • Compelling communication: You have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (French a plus). You are a strong communicator who can tell a compelling story, built on data. You can adapt to various media and can demonstrate this via PowerPoint presentations, academic studies, reports, policy briefs or similar.
  • Adaptability: You feel comfortable defining new deliverables and processes in a rapidly-changing work environment and can cope effectively with complexity and change.

You are also:

  • Inspired by healthcare as a human right
  • Empathetic and driven by a desire for deep understanding
  • A systems thinker who enjoys tackling large, complex problems
  • Able to collaborate with a distributed team on a self-directed work schedule

Method of Application

Interested and qualified? Go to Community Health Impact Coalition on to apply

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May 2024