February 25, 2015 Job Announcement: Field Associate

Location: Benin

Job type: Full-time

 

Position Overview

VaxTrac is a US-based nonprofit that employs technology to improve healthcare delivery in developing countries. Reporting to the Program Manager (US) while working closely with the Africa Regional Manager (Benin), the Field Associate is primarily responsible for overseeing all monitoring, research and evaluation activities in Benin.

 

The Field Associate will start with one week of onboarding in Washington, DC before completing a period of 12 months in Benin, at which point they will rotate back to the US as a Program Associate. Salary for the time in Benin is commensurate with that of our local team. Upon rotating back to the US, salary will be adjusted accordingly with an increased scope of responsibility. We are looking for early career candidates and can offer a flexible working arrangement and a high degree of autonomy.

 

Job Duties

  • Work with evaluation team to lead in-country research and evaluation efforts

    • Implement various project monitoring tools

    • Conduct research initiatives in support of our work, including aspects of study design, data collection, analysis and reporting

  • Work with US and country office program team to monitor project reporting mechanisms and ensure all project activities are operating effectively, troubleshooting any issues or concerns that may arise

  • Support internal and external communication initiatives in both French and English, such as writing project success stories and press releases, generating social media and other web based content, and contributing to reports for partners and funders

 

Skills and qualifications

  • Extensive experience in developing countries, either through Peace Corps, work or traveling

  • Proven history of taking initiative and making effective use of autonomy

  • Excellent communication abilities, with a particular focus on communicating across cultures

  • Proficiency in French and English

 

Bonus Points

  • Prior experience with, or exposure to, research methods and M&E concepts

  • Knowledge of West African region and relevant local language skills

 

Applicants must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States. We will not sponsor applicants for US work visas.

 

VaxTrac is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

 

To apply for this position, please email your updated resume and cover letter as attachments to careers@vaxtrac.com with “Field Associate” as the subject of the message. Selected candidates will be contacted for an initial interview.  Thank you for your interest!

February 12, 2015 Job Announcement: Monitoring and Evaluation Director

Location: Washington DC

Job type: Full-time

 

Position Overview

VaxTrac is a US-based nonprofit that employs technology to improve healthcare delivery in developing countries. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Monitoring and Evaluation Director will be responsible for designing and leading the organization’s strategy and execution of measuring the impact of our work across multiple countries. In addition, this person will conduct research and translate findings to improve the quality of our technology and our programming, as well as work with leading research institutions around the world to communicate the organization’s impact to partners. Job will require travel up to 25% of the time, the majority of which will be international.

 

Responsibilities

Impact assessment

  • Responsible for management of all aspects related to the evaluation of our projects, including conception, design, implementation, analysis and reporting; dimensions of impact may include health outcomes, cost effectiveness and health worker efficiency
  • Orchestrate in-country data collection through coordination with national staff and external partners
  • Design monitoring tools for in country staff and work with program team to implement ongoing supervision methods to collect data on system performance

Performance improvement

  • Work with program team to use primarily qualitative methods (and quantitative to a lesser degree) to elicit user response/feedback and to formulate tangible recommendations to the technical team for ongoing improvements
  • Design monitoring tools for in country staff and work with program team to implement ongoing supervision methods to collect data on system performance
  • Translate findings and results into strategic initiatives and present internally for discussion
  • Maintain a database of current literature and research relevant to our work to identify best practices and innovative approaches and serve as a knowledge management resource to program, technical, and support teams

External communication

  • Disseminate findings and recommendations to a wide audience of stakeholders including funders, Ministries of Health, international agencies and the broader mHealth community
  • Define the organization’s place in the international technology for health ecosystem, building linkages with other organizations and partners
  • Lead thought leadership efforts, including publishing white papers and academic-level reports

 

Skills and Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience designing and implementing M&E programs, conducting research, or related evaluation/analysis activities
  • Advanced degree in relevant field (e.g. public health, international development, information technology) with training and experience in quantitative data analysis, empirical research, and evaluation methodologies
  • Technical knowledge of evaluating system-level health interventions
  • Extensive experience living or working in developing countries
  • Must be comfortable working in a less than traditional work environment, collaborating with multiple teams, and coordinating with a multi-cultural staff
  • Exceptional English communication skills

 

Bonus Points:

  • Experience with technology-driven interventions
  • Proficiency in another language (French preferred)
  • Passion for travel, innovation, and doing better

 

Applicants must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States. We will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

 

VaxTrac is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

 

To apply for this position, please email your updated resume, cover letter, and technical writing sample as attachments to careers@vaxtrac.com with “Monitoring and Evaluation Director” as the subject of the message. Selected candidates will be contacted for an initial interview.  Thank you for your interest!

January 30, 2015 Welcome to the VaxTrac Team Katie Landis

VaxTrac Program Associate-Nepal, Katie Landis

VaxTrac Program Associate-Nepal, Katie Landis

 

Hello everyone! My name is Katie Landis and I will be working as a Program Associate this semester for VaxTrac’s Vial-to-Child project in Nepal. Originally from Corvallis, Oregon, I graduated from the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) in 2013 with majors in psychology and international studies and a minor in Chinese.

Many of my undergraduate experiences shaped my interest in public health. Through my work with University of Oregon Peer Health Education and SCREEN, an Oregon breast and cervical cancer-screening project, I learned more about healthcare systems and preventing disease. Then in summer 2011, I studied abroad in Kunming, China where I learned about traditional medicine and community health. The experience helped me to realize the importance of understanding culture in public health interventions. The trip definitely made an impact on me, because after graduation I moved back to Kunming for one year on a government scholarship. I spent the year improving my Mandarin skills, teaching English, and building up my spicy food tolerance. I hope to continue developing my language skills and to one day contribute to public health research in China. Luckily, it’s easy to become addicted to Chinese TV shows, or “language practice”!

 

Katie Landis

Katie Landis

 

I am currently a graduate student at Emory University pursuing my MSPH in Health Services Research and Health Policy. I enjoy my program’s focus on learning to critically evaluate and produce strong research. I’m excited to apply these skills to the Nepal Vial-to-Child project. As a Program Associate, I will be conducting extensive literature reviews on mHealth topics in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of current research. Next, I will work with Mark and Lauren to draft the Nepal evaluation research proposal for UNICEF for Phase 1 of the pilot. I will also have the opportunity to review relevant evaluation tools and data gathering techniques from the Benin projects, and help revise the key core tools to be piloted in Nepal later this year.

I look forward to collaborating with VaxTrac’s staff and partners, as well as learning about the research process from a global health perspective. It’s going to be a great semester!

January 30, 2015 Meet the VaxTrac Team Members: Judicael

By Jessi Hanson, M&E Manager:

judicael smiling bright as he displays the VaxTrac system

Judicael smiling bright as he displays the VaxTrac system

 

Judicael is a Technician in our Benin VaxTrac office.  Nicknamed ‘Judi’ for short, he is one of our longest employees who came on several years ago when we were still piloting our technology.  Judicael’s hometown is Azove, Kouffo, Benin.  Judicael studied computer science as well as music. He lives currently between the capitol city of Cotonou and the region of Allada, where he is in charge of supporting the local project clinics.

As part of his daily routine, Judicael rides his motorcycle between project clinics to monitor and fix the VaxTrac system in each clinic.  On an average day, he will visit about 3 clinics, talking with the health workers and the administrators to ask about how the computers are working and to inquire about any potential problems, such as syncing issues to the Cloud.  Health workers often light up when they see Judicael approach, knowing they can rely on him to help solve any technical problem.

Judicael is recently a new father and a loving husband.  He values balancing work and family life, yet says that the VaxTrac team is like a second family to him.  Judi also is an exceptional singer and pianist.  He can be found some days playing music on an electric keyboard, alongside Fidele, the Regional Manager, playing guitar.  Judi is famous on the team for his dance moves, and often will try to teach visiting international staff some local steps.  His notorious partner in crime among the staff is Thibaut.  The two are like brothers after 3 years of working together as technicians.

Judicael with Thibaut

Judicael with Thibaut

 

We thank Judi for his incredible hard work and dedication to VaxTrac!  Judicael is a valued member of the VaxTrac team!

January 27, 2015 Meet the VaxTrac Team Members: Anselme

By Jessi Hanson, M&E Manager:

Anselme with teammates in field

Anselme with teammates in field

 

Anselme is VaxTrac’s Head of Transportation, in Benin.  He has been a licensed, professional driver and mechanic for many years.  He completed formal training in auto repair and auto mechanics.  In any sticky situation in the field on a dirt road and the vehicle is having troubles, Anselme’s our guy for the job!  Even after spot-fixing an engine in the back country, Anselme manages to keep his clothes more cleanly pressed than the rest of the team.  He knows the location of nearly every clinic working with VaxTrac, able to navigate unmarked country roads with ease. The words that define Anselme: courteous, kind, organized, patient, and dedicated!

 

Anselme with Regional Manager Fidele

Anselme with Regional Manager Fidele

 

Anselme also has a knack for English.  It took a few trips by the US staff to realize that Anselme didn’t just have the ‘moderate English skills’ that he humbly claimed in his interview, but in fact, that he is quite fluent.  It was a wonderful surprise especially to the US staff like Jessi whose French is pretty poor, and who, without Anselme’s assistance, could often order the wrong dish or improperly introduce herself to a health worker in field.

Anselme is a man of few words but whose actions speak volumes to his teammates!  He always goes beyond the scope of his responsibilities to assist the team with their work on a daily basis.  Quick and brilliant, the team relies on Anselme often for support, as well as advice both professional and personal.  Anselme often offers to help staff with completing family weekend chores in his spare time. A husband and father himself, he still seems to make time to help those he cares about.

We give a huge high five to Anselme, a valued member of the VaxTrac team!

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