Research Assistant III, Primary Health Care

Ariadne Labs is a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Our goal is to drive scalable solutions for
better care at critical moments in people’s lives everywhere. Better care means better health
outcomes, lower costs, and more actual caring. Critical means solving health systems failures
that have major impact, typically touching people by the millions. Ariadne Labs currently has
research programs in the areas of childbirth, surgery, palliative care, and primary health care.
The Primary Health Care (PHC) Program at Ariadne Labs constitutes a portfolio of multiple
interconnected projects, including the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative (PHCPI)
which aims to catalyze improvement in PHC in low and middle-income countries through more
and better measurement, country engagement and effective knowledge management. PHCPI is
a multi-organization partnership and aims for end-to-end improvements, from pushing technical
work pertaining to measurement, to engaging with countries on these technical advancements
while tailoring to countries’ needs and specific priorities.
Under supervision from the Senior Research Manager, the Research Associate will be
responsible for some direct communications with partners within PHCPI and will lead some
engagements with countries in implementing PHCPI products. S/he independently will take
ownership of technical content production and advising partners across PHCPI workstreams.
The Research Associate will work closely with other team members, including research
Associates and project managers.
The candidate must possess strong research and interpersonal and organizational skills. On the
technical side, they should have experience in designing, tailoring, and implementing qualitative
surveys, with some exposure to quantitative research and understanding of basic statistics and
epidemiologic design. Previous experience writing and reviewing manuscripts are a big plus,
along with the ability to tailor tools and products to country contexts, while maintaining rigor and
implementing quality checks. On the organizational side, they must possess time management
skills and the ability to work independently. They must demonstrate excellent communication
and diplomacy skills, both verbal and in writing. Interpersonal skills are also essential, i.e. an
ability to interact effectively with colleagues and partners at all levels.

Our Values
Our core values are: 
● Respect for the Ariadne Labs mission, our community, each other, and ourselves; 
● Stewardship of our work and resources; 
● Pursuit of excellence, with a focus on continual improvement; 
● A belief in a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to our work; 
● A commitment to meaningful diversity and inclusion in our work and in the Ariadne Labs
community. 
Characteristics of people who thrive at Ariadne are:
● humility about the limits of one’s own expertise and experience
● intellectual curiosity

● agility
● self-discipline
● attention to detail
● willingness to roll up sleeves to get the job done

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
● Design and collect study data by interviewing stakeholders, including but not limited to
country-level counterparts
● Critically assess existent assessment tools and design refreshed products
● Apply complex qualitative research ideas, concepts, and methodologies to the design
and development of new projects 
● Independently execute qualitative analyses
● Take on quantitative analyses on a need-by-need basis
● Ensure data validity and quality assurance standards are met and document research
methods
● Monitor and support on-time execution of PHCPI Program activities such as coaching
schedule, training, and close-out meetings
● Manage ethics approvals including the research protocol, study instruments, and
modifications 
● Review and edit manuscripts and other writing for publication or presentation
● Coordinate with Ariadne Labs platform scientists to select appropriate methodologies
and assemble project components 
● Execute designated research tasks such as background research, literature reviews,
and projects utilizing select methodology and materials, field work, library research,
statistical analysis, or other investigative techniques
● Maintain and oversee maintenance of related published articles and prior research
● Train and coach others in technical procedures, research techniques, or operations
Required Skills 
● Microsoft Office Suite
● Familiarity with the Google information environment is valuable (e.g. Google Docs,
Google Sheets, Google Drive, etc.)
● Exposure to qualitative research study design, data collection, consolidation, and
summary
● Exposure to leading direct engagements with international partners remotely
● Strong written and verbal communication
● Strong scientific writing skills
● Ability to effectively present ideas and information in a variety of formats to a wide range
of audiences, including senior leaders and senior clinicians
● Statistical software and competence with basic descriptive statistics, data manipulation,
and regression analysis
● Positive, flexible, professional, and a can-do attitude
● Ability to work both independently and on a team
● Ability to prioritize issues and use sound judgment to recognize when additional
consultation and/or help is needed
● Comfortable working on multiple projects at one time
● Understanding of big internal organization mandates is a big plus

Qualifications
● BA/BS required, preferably in a related field of research study
● Preference for candidates with a Masters degree, preferably in the field of public health
● 4-8  years of relevant experience 
● Experience working in a matrix organization/environment preferred
● Experience with literature searches and/or scientific writing
● Prior experience with manuscript and/or grant writing and preparation
● Experience with qualitative methods 
● Experience conducting and supporting research projects
● Familiarity with standard research methods and statistical techniques 
● Strong preference for candidates with regression analysis
● Strong critical appraisal skills, quantitative skills, effective communication, and
exceptional organizational skills are essential

Preferred Qualifications
● Experience with data manipulation and analysis tools is strongly preferred (e.g. Excel,
SAS, STATA, R, SPSS, etc.) 
● International work experience preferred
Competencies
● Collaborative
● Embraces Change
● Problem Analysis and Solving
● Pursues Excellence
● Teamwork and Collaboration
● Time Management

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