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Interactive Research and Development (IRD) is offering exciting opportunities for young people interested in pursuing careers in public health, international development, management of information systems, or information technology.

Research/Project Assistants, Center for Community Development

Position Description: RA/PAs assist in designing and implementing IRD’s research projects. They work closely with Project Leaders to design questionnaires, train and manage field teams, check and analyze data, and oversee the logistics of the project.

Education/Experience/Qualities Required: RA/PAs typically have a Bachelor’s Degree in international development, public health, economics, social sciences, or other related fields. RA/PAs should have an interest in pursuing a career in public health or international development. Strong leadership, management, written and oral communication skills, and fluency in both English and Urdu are required. RA/PAs should be willing to travel to remote locations both domestically and internationally.

What does a job at IRD lead to: In the past year, RA/PAs who have worked with IRD have gone onto graduate studies including at Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and other leading institutions. This not only reflects the caliber of RA/PAs at IRD, but also the skills and networks acquired through these positions.

Some of the Projects for which RA/PAs are needed include:

The Pneumonia Project: The Pneumonia Project is a collaborative project of Interactive Research and Development (IRD), Johns Hopkins University, and the Indus Hospital. The study aims assess the incidence rates of pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis in Karachi and to estimate the proportion of disease and mortality attributable to these diseases. The project aims to enroll a cohort of children when they receive their Pentavalent One vaccine at EPI centres and track them until they are 18 months of age. This study intends to lay the foundation for conducting effectiveness or efficacy trials for vaccines for the prevention of S. pneumoniae infections.

Impact Evaluation of the Microfinance Graduation Program for the Ultra Poor: This impact evaluation is being conducted in collaboration with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) at Yale University. The project aims to conduct an impact on an intervention targeted at the ultra poor residing in the coastal area of the Sindh Province. The intervention combines an intensive period of training, financial education and saving, with the intention that participants will eventually graduate (after 18 months) into a standard microfinance program. The impact evaluation aims to yield independent assessments of strengths and limits in order to validate and improve interventions that have the potential to improve the lives of hundreds of millions of poor households currently outside the purview of microfinance.

X out TB–Monitoring Patient Compliance with Tuberculosis Treatment Regimens: IRD plans initiate a randomized control trial to evaluate the program impacts of “X out TB,” a new monitoring system developed by Innovations in International Health at MIT, which combines deadlines, objective monitoring of compliance and incentives delivered through cell phones. The new system is less resource intensive and allows for remote monitoring of patient compliance with drug-susceptible tuberculosis.

GAVI Hepatitis B Catch up Programme: This project aims to provide catch up Hepatitis B immunizations to 50,000 school-going children in Korangi, Landhi, and Shah Faisal Town. This study is a collaboration between IRD, Indus Hospital, and The Health Foundation.

Center for Health Informatics

All projects at IRD have an information technology component. We have won awards and been pioneers globally in using innovative technology like mobile phones and RFID for health. We are strong advocates for open-source technologies and partner with several organizations globally for providing appropriate technologies for the developing world.

Research/Project Assistants:

Position Description: RA/PAs assist in designing and implementing different technologies for all IRD’s research projects. They work closely with Project Leaders to determine appropriate technologies, design questionnaires, test applications in development, and train on using the technology.

Education/Experience/Qualities Required: RA/PAs for health informatics typically have a Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, information technology or other related field or even social sciences with a keen interest in technology. RA/PAs should be technologically savvy and have an interest in pursuing a career in health informatics . Strong leadership, management, written and oral communication skills, and fluency in both English and Urdu are required. RA/PAs should be willing to travel to remote locations both domestically and internationally.

Film maker and webdesigner:

Position Description: This position is two-fold. The candidate will work on making short video clips (links to a few are listed below as examples) highlighting the different projects at IRD. The second task will be to design an interactive, dynamic website with good use of graphics and visuals. All media needs will be addressed by this person. This person will work closely with Project Leaders to understand the various projects at IRD.

Education/Experience/Qualities Required: Film maker and web designer should typically have a Bachelor’s Degree in media and the arts, ideally with relevent web-development experience. The candidate should be creative and have an interest in using media to promote social causes. Strong communication skills, and fluency in both English and Urdu are required. The candidate should be willing to travel to remote locations domestically.

Geographical Information System(GIS) Technician:

Position Description: GIS technicians will be responsible for digitizing maps of our fieldsites, and providing relevant geographical data for our research projects. They will work closely with a GIS analyst to develop accurate digital georgraphical data of the areas of interest.

Education/Experience/Qualities Required: GIS technicians will typically be computer savvy and pays attention to detail. They should have a keen interest in the field and a desire to learn. Mentoring and training in the area can be provided to those interested.

What does a job at IRD lead to: In the past year, RA/PAs who have worked with IRD have gone onto graduate studies globally including at University of Bergen, Norway, Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and other leading institutions. This not only reflects the caliber of RA/PAs at IRD, but also the skills and networks acquired through these positions.

How to Apply
To apply for any of the above positions, please forward your CV and a cover letter to hr@irdresearch.org with “RA/PA Jobs” as the subject line. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


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