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Technical Director, Breakthrough-RESEARCH


Full-time Staff - United States of America, North America

Apply by: 1st March 2017

CAMRIS International is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today's most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. We apply a customized, customer-centric, cost-effective business approach to offer greater value to our clients and challenge the way things have always been done in our field.

CAMRIS clients include U.S. government agencies and multilateral and private organizations. Our core practice areas include public health, agriculture and food security, economic development, education, environment, humanitarian assistance, democracy and governance, and medical research.

CAMRIS International is seeking a Technical Director for the anticipated Breakthrough-RESEARCH contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Note: This position is contingent on contract award.

Background and Purpose
The purpose of the Breakthrough-RESEARCH project is to increase the practice of priority health behaviors and enabling social norms, including gender norms, for improved health and development outcomes, with an emphasis on FP/RH, HIV/AIDS, MNCH, and malaria. This purpose will be achieved through the integration of proven SBC interventions in health and development programs worldwide. Breakthrough-RESEARCH will closely coordinate with its sister project, Breakthrough-ACTION, to achieve this shared purpose. Specifically: Breakthrough-RESEARCH will work to disseminate and advance research around SBC technical areas and interventions in which existing evidence is considered insufficient, while Breakthrough-ACTION will work to increase coverage of, and innovate based on, investments in SBC programming that already have significant evidence.

The Technical Director will have demonstrated success in managing multiple research projects and successfully taking them to completion. S/he should also be able
to act for - or represent - the Project Director as necessary. S/he will be responsible for managing SBC research, working with other mechanisms such as USAID-supported Mission bilateral projects, as well as direct implementation of country research studies where applicable. S/he will be responsible for ensuring high-quality research by reviewing protocols and providing research technical input when necessary.

A doctoral degree in public health, communication, or a related field with at least ten years' experience in social science related research in the context of developing countries; OR a masters' degree with at least fifteen years' experience in social science related research in the context of developing countries.
A proven record of technical leadership in SBC research and evaluation, including experience as a Principal Investigator for social/behavioral science research projects across a range of intervention types and/or health areas.
A demonstrated expertise and technical leadership in at least one of the project's priority health areas (FP/RH, HIV/AIDS, MCH, malaria), gender, or youth.
The Technical Director may work on research activities outside the scope of Breakthrough-RESEARCH, but must be funded to devote at least 75% of his/her LOE to the project.

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