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PMA Graduate Research Assistant-Nutrition

Project Description

Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) is a five-year project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that is designed to facilitate annual progress reporting in support of the goals and principles of FP2020. The project will support low-cost, rapid-turnaround household and facility surveys to routinely update national indicators on family planning and water and sanitation. The project is implemented by in-country university and research organizations, deploying a cadre of female resident enumerators trained in mobile-assisted data collection. PMA2020 establishes a sentinel data collection platform that transforms the way health survey data is collected -- a platform that may be utilized for monitoring a range of health program areas in future modules. Program countries include: Ghana, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Indonesia, and India. 

Position Description

A Graduate Student Research Assistant is needed to assist PMA Data Managers in updating codebooks, cleaning and analyzing data collected through the PMA2020 platform on nutrition surveys implemented in Burkina Faso and Kenya.  The student will assist in analysis, by cross-checking and comparing indicators, and aid in the assistance of report generation and data release. There will be some administrative duties and the possibility of supporting our Program Team.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

We seek motivated research assistants to provide support to our data management team for the preparation and analysis of PMA2020 survey data, specifically for the nutrition module. Tasks will include using STATA to clean datasets for public release, preparing data user tools to accompany datasets using Microsoft Word and Excel, using STATA to generate nutrition indicators, and checking indicators using Microsoft Excel. This position is particularly well-suited for someone with an interest in data analysis, and who is interested in nutrition and/or maternal and/or child health.


+ Experience with Stata, statistical analysis, Dropbox and Microsoft Office Suite preferred.
+ French proficiency strongly preferred.
+ Background and/or experience on nutrition and/or maternal and child preferred.
+ Interest or experience in survey research and design, mHealth, and/or research program coordination is also valued.
+ Must be a fast learner with independent problem-solving ability, strong attention to details, and strong communication skills
This position would begin immediately. The preferred applicant would be available beginning in early-September, 2017 through mid-May, 2018.  

How to Apply: 

This position will pay $18-$20/hour based on experience for up to 19 hours/week. Interested applicants should send their resumes and cover letters to Shulin Jiang, PMA2020 Research Data Manager, at, with a subject line “PMA Nutrition RA Application”.