Mathematica Senior Associate/Senior Fellow - International Health in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Position Description

Senior Associate/Senior Fellow – International Health

Mathematica seeks a senior associate/senior fellow to help us continue to grow the company’s portfolio of health-related evaluations in developing country contexts. Mathematica seeks to contribute to the evidence base of what works to improve a range of health-related outcomes, working collaboratively to meet the needs of our diverse clientele including foundations and government agencies. The senior associate/senior fellow will work with our funders and implementing partners to strengthen their investments in measurement, evaluation, and learning and to help foster institutional cultures of data-driven decision-making. We are especially looking for senior researchers/development professionals experienced in leading program evaluations in Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America with a passion for identifying programs that result in better development outcomes who want to be strategic members of our rapidly expanding International Research Division. The ideal candidate will be a thought leader in reproductive, maternal and child health and nutrition, and or communicable disease health issues and programs in developing countries; have expertise in quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods; interest in working with clients on measurement, evaluation, and learning activities; and experience executing rigorous evaluations in complex and changing environments.

Candidates should have extensive experience designing and leading evaluations in developing countries—including experience working with program implementers and local data collection firms to support execution of evaluation activities, and managing research teams. Candidates should have strong analytic and quantitative/qualitative research skills, as well as ability to write and present findings to policy and research audiences. We provide extensive support for staff engagement in professional activities including journal publications and conference participation.

Candidates should enjoy working in a collaborative environment that emphasizes quality, rigor, critical thinking, teamwork, and professional development. Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential. The position may be filled in our offices located in Ann Arbor, Cambridge, Chicago, Princeton, Oakland, Seattle, and Washington, DC.

  • Responsibilities*

    • Lead design and manage implementation of rigorous evaluations of health programs and policies in a variety of environments

    • Liaise with clients to understand their needs and constraints

    • Mentor junior researchers to develop methodological and management skills and sector-specific knowledge

    • Contribute to the growth and development of Mathematica's international health work, including helping to identify new business opportunities and established relationships with potential clients

    • Travel to the field to discuss and execute evaluations in collaboration with local partners

    • Conduct analyses, write reports and papers, and present findings to funders and country-level stakeholders and at research conferences

    • Help to develop and implement capacity building efforts in rigorous evaluation among local stakeholders, partners, and funders

Position Requirements

Qualifications

  • PhD or equivalent in public health, economics or a related social science

  • 15+ years of experience leading international health program evaluations, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and/or Latin America

  • Experience leading teams to produce high-quality deliverables that meet clients’ needs on time and within budget

  • Experience in evaluation design, preferably experience with quantitative and qualitative methods, and ability to strike a balance between rigor and feasibility of implementation

  • Experience providing technical assistance on measurement, evaluation, and learning activities, including facilitating the development of program logics, selection of key indicators for monitoring and evaluation, and identification of opportunities for various types of evaluation

  • Experience working closely with local stakeholders, implementers, and local data collection firms, and collaborating and communicating effectively with a wide range of professionals and cultures

  • Highly motivated and self-directed, with strong interpersonal skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to convey complex technical issues to a broad and diverse audience

Company overview

Mathematica is an internationally recognized nonpartisan research organization that conducts social policy studies in the areas of health, education, nutrition, child development, and related topics in the United States and in developing countries. Our mission is to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the work we do for government agencies, private foundations, and other private sector organizations. Mathematica has a rapidly growing portfolio of impact evaluations across Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa, in education, health, agriculture, infrastructure, democracy and governance, and a variety of other fields. In addition to hundreds of impact evaluations conducted domestically, Mathematica has conducted randomized and quasi-experimental studies in over 30 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and former Soviet Republics in the past five years alone. Our rapidly expanding body of international work is housed in our newly created International Research Division.

Selected examples of our international health work include:

  • Family Health Initiative (Bihar, India): A multi-year, multi-component evaluation to assess the implementation, impacts, and costs of a variety of interventions aimed at improving reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health outcomes, using a range of quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, including two randomized controlled trials. (Client: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

  • Transforming Health Systems (THS) initiative (Global, Africa, Asia): A mixed-methods, multi-component evaluation of the THS initiative’s global and country work aimed at strengthening health systems and promoting universal health coverage in low and middle income countries. (Client: Rockefeller Foundation)

  • Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) program (Global, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and the U.S.): Mathematica serves as the lead evaluation and learning partner for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s global PRH program; this project includes a range of monitoring, evaluation, learning activities across the program’s four regional subprograms (global, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and U.S.). (Client: Packard Foundation)

  • Community-Based Health and Nutrition to Reduce Stunting Project (Indonesia): Randomized controlled trial in three provinces of Indonesia that examine impacts of interventions promoting good sanitation and hygiene practices, nutrition and breastfeeding practices, and utilization of health services on maternal and child health outcomes. (Client: Millennium Challenge Corporation)

We offer our employees competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of employee ownership.

Available Locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; Seattle, WA

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.