August 18, 2022

Research Project Assistant – Liberia

EcoHealth Alliance seeks a highly organized, collaborative, and self-driven research project assistant to help ensure the smooth planning and execution of EcoHealth Alliance’s research to improve the  understanding of the causes of febrile illness of unknown origin and associated risk factors. This is a One Health position and will involve interacting with teams working on public health and veterinary health aspects of research. The Research Project Assistant will interact with project partners and researchers working in Liberia and other U.S.-based and international collaborators. The Research Project Assistant will work with the Senior Scientist on analyses of pathogen transmission from domestic and wild animals to people. The Research Project Assistant’s primary duties will include supporting EcoHealth Alliance’s Liberia projects including data curation, data quality assurance, the collection of data from literature, supporting collaborations between EcoHealth Alliance and local partners in various countries, assistance in writing manuscripts and grants, preparing presentations and reports, procuring and maintaining approvals and permits, and other project administrative tasks. The Research Project Assistant will be expected to participate in regular meetings. The Research Project Assistant will be supervised by the Senior Scientist and overseen by the Executive Vice President for Health and Policy of  EcoHealth Alliance. The Research Project Assistant will be based at EcoHealth Alliance headquarters in New York with regular multiple-week travel to Liberia. 

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Work on the Liberia Febrile Illness project and other projects that broadly integrate  environmental, animal, and human health data into emerging disease and zoonotic disease models.
  • Provide necessary administrative support to the supervisor and to other staff as required.
  • Manage and assist with data curation using GitHub, R, ODK, and AirTable.
  • Assist in the maintenance of laboratory sample inventories and consumables inventories for  project partners.
  • Monitor laboratory sampling schedules to ensure timely completion of required activities
  • Assist in the development of Standard Operating Procedures and Job Aid documentation for  laboratory and field work partners.
  • Assist in project management and provide administrative support for the project manager
  • Support grant administration, including proposals, reporting, contracting, coordinating invoicing,  and payments.
  • Maintain finances, reimbursements, and expense coding for supervisor and self Maintain collaborations with Liberia project leaders by organizing regular calls to obtain  progress reports and improve project-wide communication.
  • Provide analytical support to EcoHealth Alliance scientists.
  • Take meeting minutes and generate draft agendas for meetings.
  • Participate in all relevant meetings at EcoHealth Alliance. 
  • Represent EcoHealth Alliance and work with stakeholders and collaborators.
  • Some foreign travel may be required.

OTHER DUTIES 

  • Work to ensure smooth functioning of programs at EcoHealth Alliance.
  • Conduct literature reviews for detailed background for grant proposals, scientific manuscripts  and other project needs. 
  • Assist with high quality scientific manuscripts for publication. 
  • Assist with management and budgeting for grants, including ensuring drafting reports on time and reminders about updates and contacting funding agencies. 
  • Assist with the development of other projects related to the EcoHealth Alliance programs.
  • Assist with outreach to donors, media contacts, potential collaborators, and other institutions. 
  • Participate in other projects and tasks as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • BS or BA and 2 year of similar work experience, or a Masters degree in Biology, Epidemiology,  Public Health, Data Science, Statistics, or related field 
  • Strong quantitative analytical skills 
  • Experience with basic statistical analyses, particularly using R, and with laboratory bench work a  plus 
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews, data collation and cleaning, and exploratory data analyses
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Proven ability to work independently and a strong interest in One Health 
  • A strong sense of team spirit and diplomacy 
  • Previous experience in public health or infectious diseases 
  • Willingness to adjust working schedule according to international time zones 
  • Cultural sensitivity 
  • Fluency in English 

At EcoHealth Alliance, our vision is a workplace with a diverse and talented staff where people want to  come, to stay, do their best work, and grow. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote our  staff without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual  orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or socioeconomic status. This position is based at EcoHealth Alliance in New York City and will entail international travel. EcoHealth Alliance offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, and vision  coverage, and a 403(b) pension plan. EcoHealth Alliance is proudly and deeply committed to being an  equal opportunity employer. For further information about EcoHealth Alliance, please visit our website:  www.ecohealthalliance.org. 

SALARY RANGE: US $55,000 – $65,000. 

The position is based at EcoHealth Alliance’s headquarters in New York City. EcoHealth Alliance is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, and vision coverage, and a 403(b) pension plan. For further information about EcoHealth Alliance, please visit our website: www.ecohealthalliance.org

How to Apply:

Send an email with a single attachment labeled with your first and last name only (“first last.pdf”) in PDF  format containing with (a) a cover letter, (b) CV, and (c) three references to jobs@ecohealthalliance.org with “RESEARCH PROJECT ASSISTANT/LIBERIA” in the subject line. Emails without the subject line or with  multiple attachments will not be received. No formal text is required within the body of your email,  since emails will not be evaluated. Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received,  EcoHealth Alliance is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted  directly only if selected as a candidate. 

Thank you for your interest in EcoHealth Alliance!

Thank you for your interest in EcoHealth Alliance!