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The Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Research Coordinator.
This position will work on two separate projects.
The first project is part of a cooperative agreement award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish a national monitoring and evaluation system for syringe services programs (SSPs) (Component 1 of CDC-RFA-PS19-1909, https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/funding/announcements/ps19-1909/index.html). SSPs are an evidence-based intervention for reducing HIV risk among people who inject drugs (PWID) and are an entry point for PWID to access treatment for substance use disorders, other medical care, and social work services. In the wake of the current opioid epidemic and resurgence of methamphetamine use, SSPs are increasingly recognized as one of the key places to reach PWID for preventive services.
One of the primary projects of this award is to coordinate the provision of technical assistance (TA) to SSPs for monitoring and evaluation activities. The University of Washington is working in collaboration with the CDC, NASTAD, the National Harm Reduction Coalition, and other partners to provide a suite of technical assistance support to individual programs including: one-on-one consultation, development of training materials, development of guidance on M&E, development of model databases and reports, and development of model surveys.
The second project is a collaboration with NASTAD on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project, Supplemental Project for Expanding SSP Capacity to Respond to COVID-19 through the Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services Through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health (CDC-RFA-OT18-1802). This project will support the capacity of the infectious disease workforce in syringe services programs (SSPs) to serve as critically essential access points to information on COVID-19 vaccines, referral to COVID-19 vaccine providers or directly offering COVID-19 vaccines, and prevention services for people who inject drugs. NASTAD in partnership with AIDS United will provide direct funding for 50-70 SSPs across the country and expand national SSP capacity to provide COVID-19 and other vaccination services and technical assistance (TA) on COVID-19 and expanded vaccination services for HDs and CBOs that can reach all SSPs in the U.S. These efforts will strengthen capacity for SSPs during the COVID-19 response by 1) increasing vaccination, screening for COVID-19, and linkage to care services for COVID-19 among people who inject drugs; 2) decreasing COVID-19 transmission among people who inject drugs and their communities; and 3) increasing support to create comprehensive COVID and expanded vaccination services within SSPs to improve overall health. This project entails several distinct activities and 3 separate tiers of grantmaking projects, of which AIDS United will be responsible for administering 50-70 low threshold grants to SSPs in the U.S., while NASTAD will administer grantmaking to 2 tiers of demonstration projects. All evaluation activities will be completed by the NASTAD project team in partnership with UW.
The project will work with SSPs to implement COVID and other expanded adult vaccine services onsite or via referral. The primary role the University of Washington will have on this project is planning an evaluation and analyzing the data.
We are hiring for a Research Coordinator to coordinate and assist with the planning and analysis of the evaluation of the SSP COVID project and to coordinate and provide technical assistance to SSPs, support the organization of trainings and learning collaboratives related to M&E at SSPs, assist in the creation of guidance materials, and support the day-to-day operations of this component of the overall project. The Research Coordinator will work closely with the Project Manager, Principal Investigator, Project Coordinator, and Research Assistants for the technical assistance program; for the evaluation of the SSP COVID vaccination project, this position will also work closely with co-investigators at NASTAD and other institutions.
The Research Coordinator will have four focus areas.
First, this position will provide day-to-day support on activities related to the technical assistance program. This program is comprised of multiple, integrated activities that will require innovation, perseverance, partnership building, and teamwork. First, the Research Coordinator will respond to TA requests, which includes but is not limited to: working with SSPs to understand their needs; find, create or match them with resources or TA providers; organize meetings and documents needed for their requests; working with SSPs on quantitative data collection, analysis, and building data systems including forms and reports; and document the TA request throughout.
Second, they will create and support the creation of general guidance materials on M&E at SSPs which may include but is not limited to: researching SSP M&E best practices; documenting best practices; creating example data collection forms, analysis plans, and reports; building example data collection systems; working with SSPs, people who use drugs, and experts in the field; writing case studies of SSP M&E practices; and organizing findings into reports.
Third, this position will be responsible for organizing of trainings and learning collaboratives for SSPs on topics related to M&E. This will include collaborating with and supporting the work of people who use drugs, SSP staff, and subject matter experts; planning and organizing trainings; creating, reviewing, and/or editing training content; facilitating workshops (virtual and in person); conducting evaluations of trainings; and analyzing training evaluation results.
Fourth, within the SSP COVID evaluation, this position will work with our collaborators on developing an evaluation plan for implementing COVID-10 vaccination activities at SSPs, assisting with the creation of indicators and survey design, regular data monitoring and reporting, analyzing the data, and contributing to a final report.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Develops and implements an evaluation plan for implementing COVID-10 vaccination activities at SSPs [45% of time]
Corresponds with internal and external partners
Collaborates with partners to develop an evaluation plan, appropriate indicators, and survey design
Ensures appropriate data are being collected
Monitors data and provides timely updates and reporting to partners
Cleans and analyzes data
Writes final report for partners
Develops short course(s) to train SSPs in conducting M & E [20% of time]
Monitor and support application process for SSPs to participate in trainings or learning collaboratives Collaborating with TA partners, expert consultants, and others to create training curriculums and content
Working with SSPs participating in trainings or learning collaboratives, providing them additional support, reviewing and providing feedback on materials they create in trainings, assisting them in answering additional questions that may come up
Organizing and facilitating or leading trainings and learning collaboratives (in person and/or virtual)
Plan, implement, and analyze evaluations of trainings and learning collaboratives
Develops guidance materials on M&E at SSPs [15% of time]
Researching M&E best practices at SSPs or in adjacent fields
Adapting methods for use in the context of SSPs
Collaborates with SSP staff, people who use drugs, TA partners, and experts in the field to create content on materials and get feedback from them on materials
Organizing and facilitating meetings with collaborators
Communicating with the CDC on updates, reviews, approvals, etc.
Guidance materials that will be created may include (but not be limited to) a model database for SSPs to collect client-level data, model materials (e.g., surveys, reports) for SSPs to collect and analyze data for internal and external reporting, case studies on SSPs M&E processes, case studies on what data SSPs have used to defend or justify themselves from community pushback, guidance on comparing SSP data to community level data, guidance on estimating population of people who use drugs in a given area, protocols for implementing a point in time survey.
Provides technical assistance (TA) to SSPs [10% of time]
Corresponding with SSPs, additional TA partners, and collaborators
Acting as a liason between SSPs requesting TA, TA providers, and TA team
Organizing and facilitating meetings to discuss TA requests
Making work plans for responding to TA requests
Providing the requested technical assistance or creating new content as needed
Provide technical support on REDCap to SSPs
Track and document TA requests and responses
Communicating with the CDC, requestors, and collaborators about updates, reviews, approvals, etc
Collaborates with the study team (Project Manager, Principal Investigator, Project Coordinator, Research Assistants) on general project issues and implementation [10% of time]
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.
Bachelor's degree in health or science related field and 2 years of experience to include:
Following and implementing strict protocols
Developing and providing trainings
Prior experience working with people who use drugs, SSPs, and/or other harm reduction programs
Prior experience related to monitoring and evaluation of health programs
Prior experience creating and implementing evaluation plans
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills with proven ability for effective cross-cultural communication
Ability to anticipate, recognize and resolve problems
Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple priorities and short deadlines; ability to manage several multidimensional activities simultaneously
Aptitude for learning new skills and technologies
High proficiency in Zoom and MS Office Suite (including Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook), in addition to the ability to quickly learn and apply new or unfamiliar software
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Prior experience with project management
Prior experience providing technical assistance to health programs
Prior experience organizing and facilitating trainings or learning collaboratives
Prior experience conducting evaluations and analyzing data
Developing and utilizing databases, especially with REDCap
Knowledge of health outcomes that disproportionately affect PWID including HIV, viral hepatitis, and overdose
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) and will primarily work during regular business hours. However, the position may need to work some time (<5% of total work time) outside of regular business hours to accommodate East Coast time zones and SSPs that primarily have evening or weekend hours. This position will primarily be able to work remotely, although there may be some travel for trainings.
This position is funded for two years (through September 29, 2023). There is the possibility that it will extend beyond that, but that will be dependent on project needs and fundin
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