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Senior Research Associate

(New York City)


Director of International Research and Vice President for Research


Full-time, Regular, and Salaried/Exempt


January 23, 2014


A Senior Research Associate (SRA) is responsible for leading or playing a major role in one or more research projects, including managing, planning and carrying out data collection, data analysis and manuscript writing. SRAs also serve as project managers and supervise midlevel and junior staff as they assist in the implementation of research projects. They also assist in proposal development and represent Guttmacher in a range of professional contexts.

We are currently seeking an individual with a focus on and experience in developing-country work.



  • Lead, organize and carry out research projects:
  • Review related literature and past work;
    • Specify questions to be addressed, data sources, variables to be used, data collection strategies, analyses to be undertaken, and analytic techniques, including statistical or qualitative approaches to be applied;
    • Carry out data collection and analysis;
    • Write journal articles or reports;
    • On all of the above, work with research partners in countries, depending on the project
  • Present research findings to academic, journalistic, and other audiences at briefings, seminars, and professional conferences; help prepare communications materials such as news releases and fact sheets; and
  • Review and comment on work of other staff.


  • As project principal (responsibilities described above), coordinate project activities with project manager in situations where the roles of project principal and project manager are shared by two people;
  • As project manager, develop project activities, timelines and budgets; monitor progress of these; coordinate project activities across divisions; orient, train and supervise midlevel and junior staff on project work; assist with reports to funders; archive completed projects; and
  • Manage work with consultants, collaborating organizations, and partner agencies in the U.S. or internationally as needed.


  • Represent Guttmacher at conferences, meetings, etc., held by external organizations or government agencies;
  • Carry out public education activities (e.g., seminars, university lectures, “brown bags,” etc.);
  • Respond to external inquiries in one’s area of expertise or work (e.g., responding to reporters’ questions or doing media interviews);
  • Participate in staff recruitment and selection by serving as a member of hiring teams;
  • Participate in various aspects of project development, including idea generation, budget estimates, proposal drafting and review, and interaction with funders;
  • Stay current on literature related to ongoing projects and topics;
  • Maintain informal and formal relationships with colleagues in relevant fields; and
  • Participate in other tasks as requested by division management.


  • Doctoral degree in social sciences, reproductive health or closely related field;
  • Knowledge of sexual and reproductive health globally, especially in the developing world, including some of the following areas: fertility, contraception, abortion, maternal health, STIs, HIV/AIDS, sex education and adolescent sexual and reproductive health, provision and costs of reproductive health services, and health care systems;
  • Experience in carrying out research on sexual and reproductive health behaviors and services, their determinants and consequences, and related program and policy issues;
  • Training and experience in some of the following areas:
    • Statistical, demographic, epidemiological, and health economics methods;
    • Survey methods, including survey design; fieldwork, data processing and analysis; and
    • Qualitative research methods;
  • Experience in manuscript writing, presentation, and proposal development; prior publication record desirable;
  • Originality and creativity;
  • Interest in policy-relevant research;
  • Project management and planning skills; adherence to schedules and budgets;
  • Effective management and supervision of midlevel and junior staff as well as timely communication with senior supervisory staff;
  • Ability to work as part of a team; interest in working collaboratively within the Institute and with external partners;
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills;
  • Written and verbal proficiency in French or Spanish is highly desirable;
  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time-sensitive manner;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals;
  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally; and
  • Initiative, self-motivation, resourcefulness, dependability, strong attention to detail.


Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits that include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, 401(k) with employer match, commuting subsidy, and generous time off.


Human Resources Department
The Guttmacher Institute
125 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
Fax (212) 558-6268

If applying by E-mail, please type in the subject line your first and last name, and title of position you are applying for and send Email resume/cover letter to:

Please note that no telephone calls will be accepted
No agencies please

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The Guttmacher Institute is an equal opportunity employer.