Friday, March 28, 2014

Director (Research & Strategic Planning) - JHUCCP (Apply by: 07 April 2014)


Director, Research and Strategic Planning

About JHUCCP (

The Center for Communication Programs is based out of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and operates in over 30 countries worldwide. The vision of CCP is to advance the science and art of strategic communication to improve health and save lives. We recognize the pivotal role communication plays in the way people think and behave about health and development issues. CCP is a recognized leader in the field of health communication, with extensive technical expertise and program experience in social and behavior change communication, knowledge management, training and capacity building, strategic advocacy, and research and evaluation.

Most importantly, CCP makes a difference in people’s lives, bringing a unique set of skills, approaches and experience that produce results. JHUCCP has been active in India ( for many years, and has contributed to achievements in family planning, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, reproductive health, adolescent health, environmental issues, and tobacco control.

Job Summary

The Director of Research and Strategic Planning will be primarily responsible for and lead the development, implementation and analysis of communication research and also guide the design of overall program strategies and implementation of activities. He/she will play a critical role in translating research into program design for demand generation and behavior change for the various projects that CCP is engaged with in India and the region. The Director of Research and Strategic Planning will work with other team leaders to ensure that all components of the project are strengthened by findings from communication research and that demand generation, behavior change and media impact are synergized with all components of the program. He/she will work with program teams in New Delhi, Bihar, Odisha, UP, Maharashtra and other states within India, and Baltimore headquarters; and with national and state level stakeholders including the Government of India, international and local NGOs, populations of interest, research agencies, media design agencies, and others.

Scope of Work

The Director of Research and Strategic Planning will be responsible for all aspects of communication research and evaluation design, data collection and analysis and will be responsible for integrating findings and insights with the overall program communication strategy and implementation plan. This is a senior level position that will report to the JHUCCP India Country Representative, and will be expected to work amicably as team-member with the other programmatic and administrative staff. This position may also oversee research assistants and/or student interns and will be expected to provide mentorship and guidance to these junior staff.

Roles and Responsibilities

Work closely with the Country Representative and senior and junior program staff to:

• Lead the design, development and implementation of all research, monitoring and evaluation activities at the state level and at national level, as needed, for all ongoing and new CCP projects in India.
• Manage formative and summative research assessments for communication programs ensuring quality in process and deliverables: This includes
- writing research protocols, and design data collection instruments and sampling procedures,
- hiring and supervising local research consultants, staff and agencies,
- assisting research analysts in developing research protocol and tools, sampling procedures, and guidelines for data collection and analysis
- training field investigators
- ensuring quality in process and deliverables
• Conduct qualitative communication research which could include semiological studies, psychographic mapping of audience segments, social network analysis, perceptual mapping, peer research, etc.
• Conduct needs assessments and plan technical assistance missions as requested by national governments or private organizations in the areas of research and evaluation, or make suitable arrangements for subcontractors or consultants to carry out these functions.
• Lead in the training of research personnel to implement and manage fieldwork
• Lead all data management activities, making appropriate arrangements for quality control and confidentiality of data
• Guide in the translation of findings from communication research into actionable recommendations and strategic program design.
• Support the technical guidance to and management of advertising agencies and production firms,
• Lead the development and implementation of pretesting of communication materials, interventions/ activities. Lead the technical guidance given to and management of research agencies and pre-test agencies. Conduct pretests with research agencies; provide pretest findings to program team and help them modify interventions based on findings.
• Determine input, output and impact indicators and a system to track the indicators for each communication program, and for the workplan overall.
• Lead and conduct project monitoring to monitor the progress of target audiences across the behavior change continuum and against project goals. This may include designing programmatic interventions in such a way that it allows for qualitative and quantitative data to be collected on how audiences are moving through the stages of behavior change. Recommend mid-program strategic improvements as a result of monitoring data.
• Use monitoring and evaluation skills to ensure quality control in implementation of interventions research studies and program interventions.
• Help design communication programs whose input, output and impact indicators can be evaluated using robust quantitative and qualitative study designs.
• Write up research results in the form of reports, publishable manuscripts and presentations. Prepare regular research and evaluation reports as required by project partners and donors. Delegate and mentor junior staff in this type of documentation. Disseminate findings and lessons learned widely through presentations, journal articles and other publications and reports.
• Provide technical assistance to partner organizations for the development of research and evaluation plans to meet their needs.
• Promote and represent CCP in meetings with donors and partners
• Share responsibility with Country Representative to attend meetings with partners and other stakeholders when needed.
• Assist in business development for CCP and facilitate increased multi-stakeholder investments in CCP projects
• Supervise the organization and facilitation of workshops, symposia and other training activities necessary to implement research activities and strategy development.
• Identify and work with local institutions when necessary
• Seek and develop innovations in communication research and strategy design
• Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications and Attributes

The position requires strong research, strategy and program design skills. He/she should have:
• Strong understanding of social and behavior change communication
• Strong skills in study design, data collection, analysis and reporting using both quantitative and qualitative research methods
• Strong writing skills,
• Ability to translate research into practice,
• Teamwork skills,
• High level of independent action and flexibility,
• Innovative and strategic thinking to address health issues from a communication perspective.
• Management skills
• Excellent communication skills with colleagues and partners
• Excellent public speaking and presentation skills
• Understanding of public health issues in India

Education and Experience

• Doctoral degree (PhD) in communication or social work or public health with at least ten to fifteen years related experience and/or training in communication programs; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience in strategic health communication marketing/advertising with experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods
• Experience in communication research and translating research into strategy development and program design
• Experience overseeing advertising and production agencies.
• Strong understanding of multiple and multi-channel approaches of strategic communication and how to build synergy across program components (media advocacy, community mobilization, IPC, mass media, etc.)
• Ability to work in fast-paced dynamic environment with multiple partners
• Excellent Hindi and English language skills
• Experience with SPSS or STATA preferred, but must master at least one statistical package

Salary: Commensurate with skill & experience


To be considered for the position of Director of Research and Strategic Planning, applicants must submit the following documents via email to

• Detailed CV
• Cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position (can be in the body/text of the application email)
• One published peer-reviewed journal article, preferably health related
• Completed and signed 1420 form, which can be downloaded here:

The deadline to apply is April 7, 2014.

Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline may not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Please have applicants forward their Resumes/CV’s and COVERLETTERS to

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