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Job Description
 RTI is currently accepting applications for a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA) Assistant to support our work in global health within the International Development Group. The MERLA Associate will work primarily to support MERLA activities of Global Health Division (GHD) projects globally. The MERLA Assistant will be responsible for a wide range of MERLA technical assistance, operations, administrative and technical tasks and also support business development work as needed. This position will be based at RTI’s headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C., or in RTI’s Washington, D.C., office.

The successful candidate must demonstrate through work products and references/feedback the following:  an exceptional ability to plan and organize MERLA related work, develop tools, prepare and summarize reports and other materials, and follow through on agreed upon actions, while maintaining a positive and productive attitude with other team members in a fast-paced and demanding environment.  S/he must be energetic and show initiative, demonstrate a willingness to take on challenges, while at the same time appreciating the scope of the position and the role within the team. 

Specific Responsibilities:
 
Business Development
  • Support MERLA-specific proposal development efforts, including conducting desk review, landscape analysis and research on technical areas, countries, and competitors, preparing job descriptions, project performance reviews (PPRs) and corporate capability statements;
  • Liaise with and coordinate support services from corporate business partners as appropriate;
  • Work with GHD/IDG Communications staff to solicit and manage photos, descriptions, credits, etc.—to be used for project briefs, websites, and annual reports;
Technical
  • Support/provide MERLA technical assistance for monitoring and evaluation plans, frameworks and tools
  • Support -as needed- design, visualization (graphics, etc.) and write-up of M&E/MEL plans, Performance Management Plans (PMPs), logframes and results frameworks, as well as relevant narrative sections in GHD and IDG proposals. Support other RTI staff to conduct evaluations, comparative analyses, quantitative and qualitative studies, acceptability studies, and other MERLA tasks in support of projects.
  • Contribute to the development of technical publications and ensure tracking, documentation, visualization and publication (where appropriate) of project MERLA best practices and lessons learned.
  • Support additional MERLA initiatives on a needs-basis.
  • Support proposal and project teams to conduct desk reviews, landscape analyses and background research as required.
  • Support project implementation and operational research activities, e.g. development of curricula, procedures and training documents, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and pilot research;
  • Support write-up, presentation and dissemination of project outputs, e.g. peer-reviewed manuscripts, project presentations, visuals/graphics, reports, blogs;
Operational and Administrative
  • Manage GHD MERLA calendars, agendas, meeting logistics, and notes as needed;
  • Routinely track and provide operational support for conferences, workshops and related activities
Qualifications:
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant social science field, with at least 1 year related professional experience or a master’s degree
  • Proficient administrative support and organizational skills and abilities with attention to detail
  • Prior USAID experience highly preferred
  • Knowledge of project management practices and/or proposal development international development desirable
  • Proven excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint
  • Strong data analytics skills (experience with STATA, SPSS, R, ATLAS.ti or other statistical software).
  • Data visualization skills (experience developing graphics, charts and other visuals)
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Excellent soft skills, including strong interpersonal and communication skills, a problem-solving attitude, and being a self-starter who works both independently and as a collaborative team player
  • Language skills in French, Portuguese or Spanish highly desirable
  • Ability to travel internationally
  • Prior experience working, studying, or traveling in developing countries a plus
To qualify, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and should not require now, or in the future, sponsorship for employment visa status. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are not able to provide individual status updates. Only selected applicants will be contacted.
 
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Physical and mental demands of this role include those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job, as outlined above.  Examples include:  remaining in a stationary position for long periods of time; operating a computer and other office machinery; thinking, learning, and concentrating effectively and frequently communicating with other people, both within RTI and outside of RTI; frequently moving about inside and travel between offices and laboratories; frequently conducting laboratory site inspections (if applicable), ability to handle the stress associated in meeting frequent, multiple and tight deadlines, ability to work in excess of 40 hours per week as workload and deadlines may require, consistent demonstration of mental stability and ability to have regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job, per RTI procedure 4.2.1. 


RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on us to answer questions that demand an objective and multidisciplinary approach—one that integrates expertise across the social and laboratory sciences, engineering, and international development. We believe in the promise of science, and we are inspired every day to deliver on that promise for the good of people, communities, and businesses around the world. For more information, visit www.rti.org.
 
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