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Program Manager, Rwanda - RPCA

Boston College
Job Location:
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
International Programs and Services
Boston College Introduction

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Job Description

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring
Range: $63,880-$79,850 salary commensurate with relevant experience

Kigali, Rwanda

Boston College School of
Social Work (BCSWW) Research Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA)

Theresa S. Betancourt, Sc.D., M.A., Salem Professor in
Global Practice, RPCA Director, School of Social Work, Boston College

The Research
Program on Children and Adversity (RPCA) focuses on understanding trajectories
of risk and resilience in children facing multiple forms of adversity,
including poverty, conflict, and infectious disease. Through quantitative and
qualitative research methods, the program investigates key mechanisms shaping child
development and mental health. The program develops evidence-based mental
health and family based preventative interventions that support positive
outcomes and can be effectively delivered at scale in low-resource settings
both in the United States and abroad. With a current focus on hybrid designs,
the RPCA prioritizes understanding intervention effectiveness and
implementation /process outcomes that support scaling and sustainment efforts.
Capacity building mandates cut across all RPCA research collaborations,
ensuring programs are created, adapted and assessed in conjunction with
community partners and consultants. The RPCA manages a diverse global research
portfolio; including several active projects, the details for which can be
found at

Position Description
RPCA seeks a Program Manager to support all aspects of the Sugira Muryango
Longitudinal and Spillover Study which seeks to understand the longer-term
outcomes of the Sugira Muryango early childhood development home visiting and
playful parenting intervention on Rwandan families living in at the most
extreme level of poverty as categorized under the Rwandan social protection
plan. This research study will follow up families three years after participating
in a Cluster Randomized Trial of the Sugira Muryango intervention. The Program
Manager will be based in Rwanda and will actively collaborate with in-country
partners at Laterite, University of Rwanda, and FXB-Rwanda to oversee all
aspects of the study. The Program Manager will work with study Research
Scientists, Post-Doctoral Fellows, and Program Managers overseeing parallel but
related projects to fulfill all study aims and deliverables. Specifically, the
Program Manager will help with enrollment of participants, organization of data
collection, support to field staff, and regular communication with partner
organizations, local government, and the RPCA team in Boston, MA. The Program Manager will assume a key role in
study dissemination and stakeholder engagement including supporting data
analysis and interpretation of findings, manuscript preparation and
dissemination of findings at relevant conferences.

The incumbent is charged with
the following essential functions:
Coordinate a weekly leadership meeting to
include relevant partners from Laterite, University of Rwanda, and Boston
Attend relevant enumerator trainings and
support field activities as needed
Ensure program approvals remain up to date
Lead reporting of Risk of Harm/Adverse Event
cases to Rwanda National Ethics Committee as needed
Provide progress reports to study funders in line with established reporting structures and timelines
Oversee program activities for longitudinal and spillover study including study design/ planning and coordination with Laterite during field preparation and data collection
Work with RPCA Data Manager to ensure appropriate data management protocols are in place and followed
Support processing and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
Support capacity building efforts related to research at FXB-Rwanda and with University of Rwanda trainees
Work with other Program Managers to ensure a feedback loop of quality improvement connects the Longitudinal & Spillover study with the ongoing PLAY Collaborative Expansion Study
Prepare for and participate in weekly online meetings with the Principal Investigator and study team leaders
Organize meetings with PLAY Collaborative research team, implementers, and government partners to communicate findings from the Longitudinal/Spillover study
Maintain working relationships with key government actors, informing them of annual project progress
Organize meetings to communicate research findings with local stakeholders in Rwanda including government partners
Organize formal dissemination events in Rwanda
Support writing of academic papers and conference submissions to disseminate findings


The RPCA seeks a Program Manager that is experienced and
highly-motivated, self-driven, creative thinker with strong organizational
abilities, and communication and research skills to assist organizational
partners in conducting day-to-day operations. Competitive candidates will
possess the following qualifications:
Masters degree, preferably in Public Health, Implementation Science, Social Work, Developmental Psychology, Mental Health, or other related field.
Experience related to conducting research in culturally diverse contexts, preferably in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) and particularly in Rwanda.
Understanding of the application of technology both for data collection as well as routine symptom monitoring and quality improvement efforts in global mental health and child development.
Exposure to implementation science to include hybrid design, cluster randomized control trials, longitudinal studies, and quality improvement approaches to fidelity and supervision that relate to long-term sustainability and scalability.
Some experience in data collection and qualitative and quantitative research methodologies including mixed-methods.
Proficiency in utilizing computer applications including Microsoft Office, and quantitative and qualitative data analysis platforms like REDCap, Survey CTO, SPSS, STATA, R, and MaxQDA.

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored403bRetirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sickand Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

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