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  • Posted on: 21 October, 2014 Deadline: 25 October, 2014
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  • Consultant: Nigeria Maternal Mortality Research Study

    J-PAL is seeking qualified applicants for a consultancy position with the “Strengthening the Midwife Service Scheme with Community Focused Interventions: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Field Trial in Nigeria” project.This project is a randomized controlled trial evaluating several community-based interventions designed to decrease maternal mortality in rural communities in Jigawa State in northern Nigeria. The study is being implemented in 96 communities across the state and involves substantial data collection including household surveys and qualitative data collection. As part of the study, an SMS-based surveillance system has been set up to track births and neonatal and maternal deaths across study communities in real time.

    The project is seeking a consultant to join our team for a period to be negotiated, starting as soon as possible. The position will be based in Nigeria and will travel to study sites in Jigawa state. The consultant will oversee the implementation of data collection related to an audit of the SMS based surveillance system. Tasks include training enumerators, developing a feasible work-plan, managing the fieldwork and ensuring deadlines are met, and monitoring and improving data quality. The consultant may also work on other tasks related to the study including overseeing qualitative data collection and verbal autopsies in households that have experienced a death of a woman of reproductive age.

    Consultant: Nigeria Maternal Mortality Research Study


    Desired Qualifications and Experience

        A Bachelor's or master’s (master’s preferred) degree in economics, social sciences, public policy, public health, or related fields.
        Experience managing field research in health or development economics in a developing country for at least a year.
        Excellent management and organizational skills along with strong quantitative skills.
        Fluency and excellent communication skills in English.
        Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player
        Demonstrated ability to manage high-level relationships with partner organizations
        Knowledge of Stata (strongly preferred) or other data analysis software is preferred.
        Familiarity with randomized controlled trials preferred.
        Prior experience in Nigeria or West Africa preferred.

    Method of Application

    To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter and a CV to Dr. Vandana Sharma (

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