Research Assistant

VillageReach works with governments to solve health care delivery challenges in low-resource communities. Its programs focus on increasing access to quality health care at the last mile, or the point at which services are delivered. VillageReach develops and implements new ideas and approaches to ensure vaccines and medicines are available, increases the capacity of health workers and ensures they have access to data to improve health. Its work improves the lives of more than 20 million people in sub-Saharan Africa. VillageReach is headquartered in Seattle, WA with offices located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi and Mozambique.

The Digital Solutions team is searching for a Research Assistant to work on developing an Electronic Immunization Registry (EIR) Database. This individual will have the opportunity to contribute to an exciting and innovative project that will be used by many stakeholders within the global health space. Further, this individual will be able to apply and expand on strong research methodology, stakeholder collaboration, and design thinking. This is a temporary, non-exempt position with weekly hours ranging from 15-40 hours per week through the summer depending on your availability. The rate of pay is $18/hour. This position is not eligible for benefits.

Job Description

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

  • Perform literature reviews to answer research questions
  • Attend and lead meetings with external stakeholders at global health agencies/organizations
  • Interview and/or survey professionals within the EIR space
  • Analyze qualitative interviews to identify key findings and recommendations
  • Share key findings and recommendations with VillageReach staff and external stakeholders
  • Assist in developing and designing EIR database through internal and external team collaboration


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

  • Currently enrolled in a Master’s program within the Seattle area
  • 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.
  • Studied and/or applied research methodologies (i.e., qualitative analysis, survey development and analysis, etc.) within an academic and/or professional setting

Other Qualifications

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. Due to the time zone differences between the Seattle office and Country Offices and location of other global staff, US based staff are expected to be available for early morning meetings starting at 6am. In addition, the global HQ and Country office staff are expected to be available for late afternoon/evening meetings up to 6pm.

This person will spend most of their time sitting in front of a computer and using a mouse and keyboard.

Application Information

This is an immediate hire and therefore resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis until June 30, 2019. To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter to the online portal:

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

VillageReach is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity. VillageReach believes 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 its values, innovations and impact, VillageReach is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse global workforce.