Research Assistant

VillageReach invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Research Assistant – Research, Evidence & Learning. Ideal candidates will becurrently enrolled in a graduate-level program and interested in joining the VillageReach team for the Winter quarter – and potentially beyond – to apply their talents to furthering the mission of VillageReach.

Research Assistants are paid staff based in the Seattle, WA headquarters and typically work part-time during graduate school working sessions. Research Assistants work closely with VillageReach program staff on a variety of activities to support the work of the Research, Evidence and Learning team. Sample projects that Research Assistants have worked on in the past include conducting a cost-effectiveness study for a maternal, newborn and child (MNCH) health program, conducting research on high impact MNCH programs and their potential application in Malawi, developing evaluation frameworks for specific VillageReach field programs, designing project training materials, and developing and supporting ongoing monitoring and evaluation.

In addition to the Seattle HQ location, VillageReach currently operates offices in three African countries— Malawi, Mozambique, and Democratic Republic of Congo. At VillageReach, graduate-level Research Assistants are a critical part of the team, interacting directly with country-office and Seattle-based staff to support VillageReach’s mission.

The scope of work of the Research Assistant will be determined by the supervisor based on time availability, experience, and program needs. The Research Assistant will support VillageReach’s Next Generation Immunization Supply Chain (NexGen iSC) program. NexGen iSC addresses the needs of the Final 20% of children who remain unimmunized, and to ensure that children world-wide have access to vaccinations. Potential activities to support the program’s research agenda include:

·         Conducting literature reviews and creating bibliographies

·         Helping to prepare research protocols

·         Helping to prepare documentation needed for formal ethics review

·         Conduct qualitative and quantitative data analysis

·         Develop qualitative and quantitative data collection tools


The following competencies reflect what is expected of all VillageReach employees; including examples of how one might demonstrate each of these competencies in one’s role.

·         Personal Motivation and Drive: Is self-directed in one’s approach to work, but asks for help when needed; holds oneself accountable; undertakes self-development activities; seeks to build and master new skills; looks for and takes advantage of opportunities within the organization

·         Collaboration & Effective Communication: Establishes and maintains effective relations with coworkers, partners & stakeholders and external parties; works collaboratively with others to accomplish organizational and team goals and objectives; works actively to resolve conflicts; expresses ideas and thoughts effectively; selects and uses appropriate communication methods and maintains meaningful communication with virtual coworkers and other parties to keep them informed

·         Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: Takes personal responsibility for and supports others across the organization in creating and sustaining a diverse work environment where individuals are welcomed, valued, respected and supported; personally committed to attaining cultural competency including self-awareness of one’s own attitudes about culture and cross-cultural interactions; exhibits the willingness and ability to engage openly and respectfully around issues of race, colonialism, identity and culture; upholds equity in access to sharing of information, ideas, and opportunities throughout VillageReach

·         Commitment to Excellence: Produces a high output of work, both in terms of quality and quantity; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; monitors work to ensure quality; has a personal commitment to the mission of VillageReach

·         Solution Orientation & Innovation: Focuses on results and desired outcomes and how to best achieve them; gets the job done; sees opportunities for creative problem-solving while staying within the parameters of good practice; sees old problems in new ways and has novel approaches to solving those problems; contributes original and/or resourceful ideas to their area of responsibility; is able to consider and articulate risks and consequences of proposed innovations and factor these into decision-making


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no supervisory responsibilities

Education & Experience:

·         Graduate-level student studying public health, epidemiology, public administration, or other relevant field

·         Experience and strong interest in research, monitoring and evaluation work, including literature reviews, preparing research protocols, creating monitoring and evaluation frameworks, collecting data, analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and presenting results.

Other Qualifications:

·         Established cultural competency in partnering with racial, cultural and linguistically diverse groups.

·         Demonstrated understanding of challenges with working in rural, underserved and low-income context; experience living in and/or working in a low-income country a plus.

·         Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel) and comfortable in a fast-paced technical environment.

·         Skillful written and verbal communication abilities, and ability to synthesize and deliver information to diverse audiences in a clear and concise way.

·         Ability to synthesize, organize, and present quantitative and qualitative research; strong experience accessing secondary sources.

·         Self-motivated; independent worker able to set and meet deadlines

·         Fluency in English required; fluency in Portuguese a plus

Environment and Physical Demands

VillageReach has no private offices, employees work in a shared, open environment with task and conference rooms accessible to employees for privacy and meetings. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. The majority of the work is spent sitting during meetings or working at a computer.



To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter [plus any other desired materials] to our online portal:


VillageReach is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity. We believe that diverse, equitably weighted perspectives foster an organizational capacity to create novel solutions that improve health in the most underserved and hard-to-reach areas. To align our values, innovations and impact, VillageReach is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse global workforce.


This is a temporary non-benefited position, 20 hours a week at $18 an hour, January through March 2020.


VillageReach has an established compensation structure that is based on the relevant market and internally transparent. We hire people into the established range based on one’s experience and education and considering internal equity. We do not inquire about salary history.