Open Position – Senior Research Manager

Position Description

The QMNC Senior Research Manager will support the QMNC Research Alliance ( and community, with the goal of facilitating the QMNC research agenda and developing research capacity across the alliance. This position supports the following cross cutting 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.”

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This crosscutting priority provides a base from which the alliance can provide support and guidance to members, whether individuals or organizations, as they seek to conduct research on maternal and newborn care by keeping the research community up to date on improvements in maternal and newborn care. Further, it will assist in the promotion and dissemination of that research to inform the application of research findings using social media and multimedia platforms.

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 the postdoctoral fellows and project team
  • Consult with alliance members about study design, feasibility, methods, community engagement, data
    analysis, and knowledge mobilization
  • Support with creation of research plans, including budgets, staffing, ethics, and research logistics
  • Scientific review of 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
  • Community management team
Helpful skills/knowledge:

  • Understanding of the perinatal research community, particularly those engaged in research around midwifery and physiologic birth
  • 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
  • Grant research/writing experience

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
  • grant research and writing

Please email CV and cover letter