PIVOT’s mission is guided by the principle that all people have intrinsic worth and should have the chance to live healthy and productive lives. As a social justice organization working in a setting of extreme poverty and disease, our core objective is to address social inequity by advancing universal access to quality healthcare, while creating a system that can serve as a model for the country. We see the space in which we work as a unique “crucible” for science and innovation in an ecologically important environment. We partner with a distinctive constellation of academic leaders working in a broad range of scientific disciplines.
We promote implementation research of interest to the MoH that can inform health programs or produce lessons for replicating and scaling-up of the model. We also support scientific research on underlying social, economic, and environmental drivers of disease. As a data-driven organization, PIVOT began its work with a 1520 household baseline study, and counts as its data flagship an ongoing longitudinal cohort study to track the population- level effects of our intervention. In addition, our Monitoring and Evaluation team tracks key indicators of every program implemented by PIVOT over time on a regular basis. This provides an opportunity to evaluate programs and address scientific questions with an unprecedented level of detail for a non-profit global health organization.
The research manager will work closely with PIVOT’s leadership, launch and coordinate implementation and clinical research initiatives to evaluate PIVOT interventions, and to serve as the central coordinator for PIVOT’s broad ranging research partnerships. In addition, this person will work to build both internal organizational capacity and national capacity for conducting field-based public health research in Madagascar. He/she will be expected to organize trainings, provide frequent mentorship to Malagasy students and work closely with PIVOT managers to help them evaluate their programs.
PIVOT’s research vision is shaped in partnership with the site by co-founder and current co-CEO Matt Bonds, an economist- ecologist with an applied focus on the role of healthcare and health systems in breaking cycles of poverty and disease (www.bondslab.com).
- Coordinate research projects, including data collection and project management. Create systems and infrastructure to support long- and short-term operational and scientific initiatives and partnerships.
- With the team in Ranomafana, identify opportunities for new operational and clinical research to document implementation of health programs, follow-up on their outcomes, and produce lessons for replicating and scaling PIVOT’s model.
- Elaborate Annual Plan (PTA) for research in harmony with PIVOT’s logic frame.
- Lead the design and development of new operational and clinical research projects of interest to PIVOT and partners. This includes supporting the M&E team in selecting key indicators for use in program evaluation, collecting additional data for research, analyzing data and publishing results in international scientific journals.
- Assist in the development of grant proposals to support PIVOT research/synergistic partnerships.
- Liaise with key partners at the Ministry of Health, Institute of Statistics, national universities and other Malagasy institutions. Foster strong partnerships with foreign university research partners.
- Be a strong research capacity builder and mentor for Malagasy students and research partners.
- Spearhead internal capacity building for research, engaging with staff to provide close mentorship in the execution of research, from study design through to publication.