Senior Research Program Manager

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health - GATE Program
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 08

Position description

Under the direct supervision of the Director of the Gender, Adolescent Transitions and Environment (GATE) program in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, the Senior Program Manager provides oversight and technical support for multiple program activities including research operations, the management of projects globally and in the USA, partnership building and fundraising. GATE is an innovative research and practice program dedicated towards improving the lives of adolescents and women around the world. We are looking for an individual who brings a technical background and aptitude for managing people and who is looking for an opportunity that is aligned with our areas of work, including pubertal health transitions, menstrual health and hygiene, and access to sanitation. The Senior Program Manager will collaborate closely with the larger GATE team of staff and students. The position will involve some international travel.

This position is dependent upon availability of grant funding.

Subject to business needs, we may support hybrid work arrangements. Options will be discussed during the interview process.


Research (45%)

• With the Director, manage research operations in the US and/or in low-resource contexts, including data collection activities, qualitative analysis and drafting of findings.

• Support research design and development of study tools, protocols, and consent forms

• Support training of research team as needed

• Manage students who support the research (e.g., data analysis, IRB procedures).

• Support the development of scientific manuscripts and manage the submission process

• Support or present research findings at national or global conferences

Management (25%)

• Provide overall management support for the GATE program including liaising with institutional and global partners.

• Support budget development and other administrative tasks, such as overseeing or executing narrative reports to funders

• Support the planning and coordination of meetings with partner organizations or larger stakeholder groups of relevance

• Manage junior staff and students, including mentoring and overseeing quality control of GATE deliverables.

Fundraising and development (15%)

• With the Director, support fundraising through developing grant proposals and concept notes (solicited or unsolicited) and managing submission processes.

• Support the identification of new funding opportunities, and conceptualization of new projects.

Other (10%)

• Support research translation efforts, including the development of policy briefs, creation of social media, webinars, knowledge management products (infographics, toolkits), op-eds and other advocacy outputs

• Oversee and facilitate recruitment, onboarding and management of students, staff and relevant consultants.

• Develop and support student-oriented programming and activities.

• Perform other related duties, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in public health, international relations, development studies and/or social science fields
  • 5-7+ years of relevant experience in development and/or international project planning
  • Ability to travel 30% of the time.
  • Experience with conducting qualitative research
  • Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills, including editorial skills
  • Proven project management skills, both direct and as supervisor
  • Superb interpersonal skills, flexibility, and a willingness to multi-task on numerous tasks at once is necessary
  • Ability to work independently and as a key member of a team.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in grant writing and management.
  • Ability to monitor program’s budget.
  • Detail oriented, with previous management experience.
  • Enthusiasm to collaborate within a dynamic network of global partners.
  • Experience conducting public-health related research in low-resource global contexts.
  • Experience conducting qualitative research with girls and women on reproductive health related topics.
  • Prior work and/or living experience in low-income countries
  • Willingness to travel to low-resource global contexts for extensive periods of time for data collection activities.
  • Enthusiasm for working on projects which support adolescent girls and women’s health, sanitation and menstrual health and hygiene.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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