Health Researcher

  • Full Time
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary:

Population Council

Role Overview 

The Health Researcher will be based in Lusaka and will have the opportunity to gain experience in operations research with a world-leading reproductive health institution by assisting senior research analysts with qualitative and quantitative data analysis and policy research. S/he will collaborate with Population Council staff to develop and execute multiple research agendas over the year, with the ultimate goal of presenting research findings and submitting manuscripts for peer review. There may be opportunities for the Health Researcher to utilize datasets (including interviews, focus group transcripts, household surveys, health facility assessments, and facility utilization data) in order to answer high priority public health research questions identified in consultation with their supervisor.


  • Conduct analysis on projects already in the pipeline focusing on quantitative, qualitative, or policy analysis in line with the fellow’s skills and interests, alongside a senior researcher
  • Upon completion of research and analyses, formally present findings to a variety of stakeholders in the form of posters, oral presentations, and reports
  • Develop manuscripts of completed research and analyses to submit to peer reviewed publications

Skills and Experience 

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required

  • Bachelor’s degree* Preferred: Bachelor’s or master’s degree in relevant health or social science field (e.g. applied informatics, public health, epidemiology, demography, etc.)
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to present complex scientific topics clearly*
  • Experience in quantitative, qualitative, OR policy analysis, as evidenced by at least one of the following:*Quantitative analysis: experience with analytic software packages; R and Stata are preferred, although individuals with SPSS experience or other similar systems will be considered
  • Qualitative analysis: experience with market analysis or healthcare interviews; experience using NVivo is preferred, although manual analysis of interview and focus group transcripts is acceptable
  • Policy analysis: prior experience producing policy briefs and reports
  • Experience creating presentations with MS PowerPoint or similar software*
  • Experience submitting manuscripts for peer review
  • Project management skills, as evidenced by impressive past academic or professional results
  •  Ability to learn on the job
  • Willingness to take initiative and work with inspiration and minimal direction once projects are agreed to and assigned
  • Flexible and creative thinker
  • Self-starter who is organized, responsive to short timelines, inquisitive, and interested in a broad range of global health issues

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