Open Position – Senior Research Manager

Position Description

The QMNC Senior Research Manager will support the QMNC Research Alliance ( online community members, with the goal of facilitating the QMNC research agenda and developing research capacity across the alliance. This position supports the following priority of the QMNC Strategic Plan:

Expanding Research – catalyze the conduct, translation, and implementation of research that meets the needs and preferences of women, infants, and all the families.

Download Strategic Plan

The research manager will provide support and guidance to members organized within the three research priorities (whether individuals or organizations) as they seek to conduct research on maternal and newborn care.

Requirements: PhD (or similar research doctorate) with established research publications, funding, and mentoring history. Able to write and edit in English.


  • Identify shared needs of perinatal health researchers, including emerging and senior researchers, across the six WHO regions.
  • Provide high level support to a small team of research fellows and the three priority teams.
  • Consult with alliance members about study design, feasibility, methods, community engagement, data analysis, and knowledge mobilization.
  • Support with creation of research plans and funding applications.
  • Editorial and scientific review and mentoring trainees through the publication process.


Reports to: QMNC steering committee co-leads

Hours/Salary: 10 hours/week for 48 weeks US $25,000 

Works with:

  • QMNC team leads and research fellows
  • Community management team
Helpful skills/knowledge:

  • Understanding of the perinatal research community, particularly those engaged in research around midwifery
  • A passion for networking and mentoring in research
  • An existing network in the perinatal research
  • A knowledge of how to engage communities virtually
  • Comfort with speaking across generations and
  • A working knowledge of supports and barriers to research, especially in low- and middle- income countries
  • Adequate Wi-Fi/connectivity
  • Experience with grant identification and review

Support QMNC research fellows and teams to produce: 

  • peer-reviewed open-access publications - lay language summaries of findings, to be shared with research participants, media, and the public
  • policy briefs that outline how findings can inform policy, to be disseminated to decision-makers
  • funding applications

Please email CV and cover letter