Social Solutions

  • Research Associate I

    Job Locations US-MD-Rockville
    Posted Date 1 month ago(4/26/2018 8:13 AM)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    Social Solutions International, Inc. is a woman and minority-owned company. Social Solutions emphasizes quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world. Social Solutions is dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide.


    The Coordinating Implementation Research to Communicate Learning and Evidence (CIRCLE) Project, is the first award of the next generation USAID Health Research Program. CIRCLE supports and coordinates efforts across ​the program, including: stakeholder engagement and knowledge management to facilitate communication and collaborative learning; strategic planning; research translation; targeted technical assistance in implementation research; and other activities to advance research-to-use processes. Activities under CIRCLE span programmatic, technical, logistical and administrative support. Examples of specific tasks include: (1) convening and facilitating meetings; (2) mobilizing subject matter experts; (3) conducting or commissioning research, including landscape analyses on emerging health issues; (4) knowledge management to support dissemination and utilization of research findings; and (5) establishing communities of practice on implementation research and other specific areas.


    CIRCLE Project has an immediate opening for a Research Associate I (RA) on full-time basis. The work includes technical and logistical/administrative tasks.


    The Research Associate I (RA) plays an integral part to the CIRCLE team. The RA performs a variety of knowledge management, research, logistical, clerical and computer-related tasks that involve daily deadlines.


    Position is highly independent and requires frequent email availability and phone contact throughout the day. It requires ability to travel locally to meetings. Work will be done in the Rockville, MD, office and remotely. Position is full-time and may require additional hours including weekend hours when deadlines loom.


    1. Process information and data: Analyze and generate information, literature, and/or data related to project activities 
    2. Writing: Write documents, such as drafting literature reviews, reports, and website content (e.g. blog posts, content for long-form, impact stories) 
    3. Develop content expertise: Gather information about a particular content area, be able to express key findings orally and in writing 
    4. Problem solving: Recommend solutions to problems, seek advice and guidance on which solutions to apply 
    5. Project task management: Manage several tasks associated with an activity, on time and with a commitment to quality 
    6. Administrative and contracts management: Complete administrative and contracts management tasks related to project activities, including developing meeting agendas and writing meeting action items 
    7. Commitment to Value and Leadership - Consistently demonstrate a daily commitment to Social Solutions’ core values by setting a personal example and modeling behavior consistent with: 
    8. Social Responsibility - Demonstrate a professional approach embedded with a high level of social responsibility, integrity, trustworthiness and honesty in all relationships with all staff, customers, contractors, consultants, and the general public. 
    9. Quality - Implement and maintain quality control systems to meet company standards by developing policies and implementing procedures that ensure a high level of quality in all aspects of corporate activity and projects 
    10. Diversity - Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and cultural competency in projects and the professional environment of Social Solutions. 
    11. Other duties as assigned


    • Bachelor’s degree in Global Health or equivalent and 2 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Experience in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health preferred
    • Experience with writing health research documents, including website content
    • Experience working with USAID preferred


    1. Demonstrated appropriate interpersonal, communication and organizational skills, which have resulted in effective team membership
    2. Ability to handle multiple activities simultaneously in a dynamic environment
    3. Demonstrated ability to work with internal and/or external clients and provide required services
    4. Proven skills in the effective use of information technology, including (word-processing, spreadsheet, database, PowerPoint, WordRress, etc.).
    5. Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines
    6. Ability to maintain a positive and respectful attitude
    7. Ability to problem-solve, including being able to identify problems and make recommendations for resolving
    8. Ability to manage and prioritize the tasks associated with an activity or activities
    9. Ability to research and prepare literature reviews and other research and writing assignments


    Social Solutions International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at


    Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.


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