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Harvard University Senior Qualitative Specialist in Cambridge, Massachusetts

59089BRAuto req ID:59089BRJob Code:RS0058 Senior Researcher I Location:USA - MA - Boston Business Title:Senior Qualitative Specialist & Lactation/Infant Feeding Specialist, BetterBirthSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade (https://hr.harvard.edu/salary-ranges#ranges) :058Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent experience required

  • 7+ years of related experience required

Additional Qualifications and Skills: The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:

  • Experience in leading qualitative methods including study design, implementation, analysis, and manuscript development including developing interview guides and structured surveys and conducting in-depth interviews and focus group discussions

  • Experience with qualitative software packages required (e.g., Dedoose, NVIVO)

  • Experience in leading qualitative methods including study design, implementation, analysis, and manuscript development

  • Experience in lactation support/management and infant feeding at facility, community setting, or global level

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including effective design and facilitation of meeting discussions

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively in partnership and in team settings with colleagues of varying backgrounds and expertise

  • Experience in global health

  • Willingness and ability to travel 5-10% of the time when required (assuming COVID risk is lowered)

  • Experience working in a multi-functional, matrixed environment

  • Experience in guiding the development of conceptual frameworks for new projects

  • Experience in implementation science and/or monitoring and evaluation

  • Experience with manuscript writing

  • Experience working in low- and middle-income settings

  • Excellent collaboration skills and experience working with multidisciplinary teams

  • Experience with Human Centered Design approaches

  • Demonstrated interest in maternal health

  • Experience working in a matrix organization/environment

    The following cultural competencies are also preferred:

  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments

  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity

Additional Information: Harvard University offers an outstanding benefits package including:

  • Time Off: 3-4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 12+ paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.

  • Medical/Dental/Vision: Excellent and affordable medical, dental & vision plans, with coverage beginning as of an employee's start date.

  • Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.

  • Tuition Assistance & Reimbursement Programs: $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School, discounted options through participating Harvard graduate schools, and reimbursement options for accredited schools outside of Harvard.

  • Transportation: 50% discount on MBTA passes, as well as additional options (rideshare, biking, etc.) to assist employees in their daily commute.

  • Wellness & Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, hard & soft skills development, career planning, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complimentary health services. Additionally, access to Harvard athletic facilities, libraries, campus events -- and many discounts for various cultural and leisure activities throughout metro Boston.

    Join the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to support our mission of health research and education, and to be a part of the oldest institution of higher learning in the country!


  • The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health does not provide visa sponsorship, now or in the future, for staff positions.

  • Harvard University requires pre-employment reference checks and background screenings.

  • This position has a 90 day orientation and review period.


The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements (https://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/) . Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage (http://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/) .

Department:Ariadne LabsPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Research Position Description: The Senior Qualitative and Lactation/Infant Feeding Specialist will be responsible for:

  • Design tool guide(s) for qualitative data collection via in-depth interviews and focus group discussions as well as approaches for intervention development and implementation

  • Design and conduct trainings on the use of qualitative data collection tools in diverse contexts with a focus on methodology

  • Manage the qualitative data collection process

  • Lead analysis and interpretation of the qualitative component of the study together with data collectors and the co-PIs/study investigators

  • Capacity development for site-based staff

  • Co-design lactation support and management package with key insights on lactation support and collating/coordinating feedback from other experts through design workshops

  • Create reports and presentations on the key findings emerging from the qualitative data and highlight implications.

  • Leading the writing of methods and results sections for manuscripts, abstracts, program reports, and potentially new grant proposals that include qualitative data and/or lactation support/management

  • Liaising with project teams to determine appropriate staffing resources for qualitative studies

  • Other duties as assigned

    PLEASE NOTE: This position has a term appointment of 1 year from the date of hire with the possibility of extension based upon grant funding.

PLEASE NOTE: This position will require a willingness to travel 15-20% of the time required (assuming COVID policy allows).

PLEASE NOTE: The primary work location for this position is Boston, MA and in order to be on Harvard payroll, you must reside in one of the following states – MA, NH, RI, ME, CT, VT, NY, MD, or CA. Until our return to campus and full operational status, which is still to-be-determined, this interview process and position will take place in a slightly modified manner – including virtual interviews and a combination of remote and on-site onboarding and work. On-campus/in-person work is expected, though, upon start date – in accordance with approved COVID-related guidelines and protocols. School/Unit:Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Job Summary: The BetterBirth Program is focused on ensuring better health and wellbeing for women, newborns, and infants by improving quality and standards of care, minimizing complications, and ending preventable deaths. By generating evidence and working with impacted communities to co-design effective and actionable tools, information, and resources, we aim to equip providers with the support they need to provide safe, compassionate care. We do this through the effective implementation of scalable, evidence-based solutions that work in the real world, both at the frontline of care and in communities.

The BetterBirth Program began with the goal of evaluating the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Safe Childbirth Checklist and identifying opportunities and strategies to support its successful implementation. Since that time, our work has grown to address the complexities across the ecosystem of maternal, newborn, and infant health.

One area of the BetterBirth portfolio focuses on building the evidence base for solutions to help vulnerable infants survive and thrive. The Program is currently documenting infant feeding practices across three Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) in order to inform an understanding of what additional evidence is required to guide global recommendations around feeding for vulnerable infants. A next stage research project to test potential solutions for vulnerable infants is planned and will form part of this position’s work portfolio. As with all of the BetterBirth Program’s research and solutions development work, the infant feeding work includes a broad range of stakeholders and experts collaborating with Ariadne Labs to successfully carry out and complete the work.

The Senior Qualitative and Lactation/Infant Feeding Specialist will be a key member of the BetterBirth Program team at Ariadne Labs. The Senior Qualitative and Lactation/Infant Feeding Specialist will be based in Boston (or remote) and work to accelerate Ariadne Labs’ work to improve healthcare outcomes using innovative effective solutions. They will report to the scientific lead on the study, work closely with staff and faculty across the Lab, and with international collaborators/ teams. The position will require limited international travel and an an ability to develop and maintain relationships with field partners through in-person and remote communication. Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging: At the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, we believe that diversity is integral to the Harvard experience and our mission of improving public health education, research and policy. Diversity of cultural backgrounds, identities, lived experiences, perspectives, and ways of understanding the world enriches our community and enables us to best meet the public health needs of the United States and the world. Ongoing learning and development related to diversity allows for both individual and institutional growth, and is necessary to foster and sustain a culture of inclusion. To achieve this, we are committed to ensuring equitable access to opportunities for learning, living, and working at the Harvard Chan School. We maintain an unwavering dedication to diversity, inclusion, and belonging as core to our institutional values and to actively counter, minimize, and address racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, gender bias, and all forms of discrimination.

Learn more about the School’s mission, objectives, and core values (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/about/mission/) and our diversity, inclusion, and belonging (https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/diversity/) initiatives.

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