Under the direct supervision of the Director of the Gender, Adolescent Transitions and Environment (GATE) program in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, the Senior Research Program Manager provides oversight, research and technical support for multiple program activities including research operations, the management of projects globally and in the USA, partnership building and fundraising.

GATE is an innovative research and practice program dedicated towards improving the lives of adolescents and women around the world. We are looking for an individual who brings a research background, an aptitude for managing mentoring staff and students, and who is looking for an opportunity that is aligned with our areas of work, including global research on puberty, menstrual health and hygiene, and gender and sanitation. Our topical focus of work spans from the USA to low-resource countries and communities to humanitarian contexts.

The Senior Research Program Manager will collaborate closely with the larger GATE team of staff and students. The position will involve some international travel.


Research and Writing (55%)

·       With the Director, manage research operations for a range of complex projects across global and US sites. This includes data collection activities, qualitative analysis and drafting of findings in manuscripts

·       Lead and support research design and development of study tools, protocols, and consent forms

·       Lead and support the training of research team as needed (e.g., research ethics, data collection, data analysis)

·       Manage students who support the research (e.g., data collection, data analysis, IRB procedures).

·       Lead and/or support the development of scientific manuscripts for publication and manage the submission process

·       Support and/or present research findings at national or global conferences

·       Support research translation efforts, including the development of policy briefs, creation of social media, webinars, knowledge management products (infographics, toolkits), op-eds and other advocacy outputs


Management (20%)

·       Provide overall management support for the GATE program including liaising with institutional and global partners.

·       Support budget development and other administrative tasks, such as overseeing or executing narrative reports to funders

·       Support the planning and coordination of meetings with partner organizations or larger stakeholder groups of relevance

·       Manage junior staff and students, including mentoring and overseeing quality control of GATE deliverables.


Fundraising and development (15%)

·       With the Director, support fundraising through developing grant proposals and concept notes (solicited or unsolicited) and managing submission processes.

·       Support the identification of new funding opportunities, and conceptualization of new projects.


Other (5%)

·       Oversee and facilitate recruitment, onboarding and management of students, staff and relevant consultants.

·       Develop and support student-oriented programming and activities.

·       Perform other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

·       Master’s degree in public health, social work, international development and/or social science fields

·       6-7+ years of relevant experience in development and/or international project planning

·       Ability to travel 30% of the time.

·       Experience with conducting qualitative research (data collection, data analysis, writing of scientific manuscripts)

·       Excellent organizational, written and oral communication skills, including editorial skills

·       Proven project management skills, both direct and as supervisor

·       Candidates should hold a strong interest and enthusiasm for working on projects which support adolescent girls and women’s health, sanitation and menstrual health and hygiene in global contexts.

·       Enthusiasm to collaborate with a dynamic network of global partners

·       Superb interpersonal skills, flexibility, and a willingness to multi-task on numerous tasks at once is necessary

·       Strong ability to work independently and as a key member of a team.


Preferred Qualifications

·       Experience in grant writing and management.

·       Ability to support inputs into and/or monitoring of program’s budget.

·       Detail oriented, with previous management experience.

·       Experience conducting public-health related research in low-resource global contexts.

·       Experience conducting qualitative research with girls and women on reproductive health related topics.

·       Prior work and/or living experience in low-income countries

·       Willingness to travel to low-resource global contexts for extended periods of time for data collection activities.

·       Enthusiasm for working on projects which support adolescent girls and women’s health, water and sanitation, and menstrual health and hygiene.


This position is contingent dependent upon availability of grant funding.

Subject to business needs, we may support hybrid work arrangements. Options will be discussed during the interview process.

About Gender, Adolescent Transitions and Environment Program at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

The Gender, Adolescent Transitions and Environment (GATE) Program is housed within the Sociomedical Sciences (SMS) Department at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health (CU MPSH). GATE is an innovative research and practice program dedicated towards improving the lives of adolescents and women around the world through addressing issues related to pubertal health transitions, menstrual hygiene management (MHM), and access to sanitation. This includes contributing to building the evidence and learning on best practices, policies, and cross-sectoral partnerships focused on addressing these critical issues domestically and in low resource contexts and humanitarian emergencies globally.