Reporting to the Refugee Program Manager, the Research Assistant will support research related activities for the RPCA Refugee Switchboard project, Cultural Validation of a Mental Health Screening Tool for Resettled Afghan Youth. The Research Assistant will be responsible for contributing to data collection, management, and analysis to contribute to the greater project’s needs and deliverables.
The Research Assistant may have to travel across New England to support research initiatives. The Research Assistant will work specifically with Afghan refugee families. The RPCA refugee program works with philanthropic and federal partners to conduct research to inform the delivery of a mental health and family strengthening intervention that are designed to support families during resettlement. The RPCA will partner with a local resettlement agency to recruit participants and conduct research for development of learning materials and resources for service providers across the country.
The Research Assistant position is a temporary position and will be limited to a 5-6 month working period in which data collection will occur. The Research Assistant must be fluent in Dari and/or Pashto.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Participant Recruitment (20%)
- Implement effective recruiting strategies in order to achieve a diverse sample size of Afghan families in the New England area.
- Travel as necessary to meet recruitment targets.
Data Management and Analysis (80%)
- Conduct cognitive and pilot testing sessions of the mental health tool being developed with resettled Afghan youth and their caregivers.
- Transcribe and translate any documentation gathered from data collection.
- Collect and store data gathered through secure systems as directed by the Data Analysis Manager of the RPCA.
- Attend regular meetings with the Refugee program team to present data collected and collaborate on best practices for data gathering and recruitment of participants
- Provide cultural expertise to inform on research analysis and the overall development of the culturally validated mental health screening tool for Afghan youth.
- Demonstrated proficiency or ability to be trained in utilizing computer applications including Microsoft Office, RedCap, Box, and Zoom.
- The individual must have at least high school diploma and is expected to have an interest in being actively engaged within the Afghan community.
- Strong skills in organization and communication are necessary, as well as interpersonal skills
- Some background related to conducting research in culturally diverse contexts preferred but not required. ·
- Previous experience working with refugee populations is preferred.
- Strong interpersonal skills and diplomacy to deal with multiple constituencies and cultural diversity at all levels·
- Oral fluency in English and Dari/Pashto. Written skills and literacy in English and Dari/Pashto are also necessary.
This position will be based in Boston with expected travel around New England and the U.S. as conditions allow. The Research Assistant may work nights and weekends to meet project deliverables, as well as follow a flexible office schedule. The Research Assistant will work in the general office setting in the School of Social Work. The Research Assistant is grant funded and contracted until August 31, 2024.
Thank you for your interest in supporting our research!
We have several opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to gain experience in program coordination, research, and outreach. Specific positions are available below, but we are always accepting applications for RAs on a rolling basis! Please email your resume, cover letter, and any additonal information here!
The RPCA accepts Research Assistant applicants on a rolling basis if there are no specific positions outlined. Students are encouraged to submit their resume and cover letter outlining their connection to a project, or projects, at the RPCA. Common skills and responsibilities of RAs are listed below (based on skill level).
- Manage and coordinate slide preparation for regional and national dissemination events
- Develop one-pagers and policy briefs to support the research outcomes
- Support analysis of data outputs
- Support project management activities
- Support data collection as needed
- Previous experience in research setting for 1 year
- Ability to work no less than 8 hours per week
- Strong communicator and strong organizational skills
- Cultural competence and cross-cultural communication skills
- Relevent course work in Public Health, Psychology, Social Work, or related fields required.
Paid positions at the RPCA are very competitive and not all RA applications will be paid. Please contact us with questions.