Research Associate

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



2356 University Avenue West
Suite 430
Saint Paul
United States


The Center for Victims of Torture is hiring a Research Associate who will lead the design, development and implementation of research and program evaluation to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of US-based programs and interventions for survivors of torture and war trauma. The position is responsible for assisting CVT in leveraging the knowledge gained through evaluation and research and disseminating results to advance knowledge in the field. The Research Associate works as part of a collaborative team and reports to the Director of Research.



The Center for Victims of Torture works toward a future in which torture ceases to exist and its victims have hope for a new life. We are an international nonprofit dedicated to healing survivors of torture. We offer rehabilitation services to those who have been tortured, train partners around the world who can prevent and treat torture, and advocate for human rights and an end to torture. We are headquartered in Minnesota, and we have US offices in Atlanta and DC, as well as offices in Africa and the Middle East.



·        Intervention Research: Collaborate with program staff and external stakeholders to design and implement research to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of CVT’s projects and interventions or to advance knowledge in the areas of CVT’s work. Provide leadership (as principal investigator or other role) to manage projects, supervise staff, and analyze data and disseminate results.


·        Program Evaluation Implementation: Develop and implement program monitoring and evaluation for CVT’s torture rehabilitation programs, particularly client outcome evaluations. Develop and implement core monitoring and evaluation measures and systems, train and monitor staff on data collection and data entry procedures.


·        Knowledge Dissemination: Advise program leaders and staff on the implications of evaluation and research findings. Effectively integrate client outcomes and program evaluation findings to inform program and stakeholder decision making. Produce reports, publications, and professional presentations on program evaluation findings to advance knowledge in the field of torture treatment, trauma, and human rights.


·        Supervision: Hire, coach, mentor, and develop staff members through ongoing training, feedback, and formal performance management systems. Ensure achievement of goals; coordinate workflow, resources, and priorities; and facilitate communication across the team. Coordinate and facilitate team meetings.


·        Program Development: Serve as an internal consultant on evaluation for current programs and programs in development. Participate in site assessment meetings, trips, donor visits and proposal writing.


·        Other Duties: Participate in other department and organization-wide activities, meetings and trainings. Complete administrative responsibilities. Perform other duties as assigned.



Required education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

·        MA degree in psychology, evaluation, public health, sociology or related field in the social sciences, with a strong emphasis on research, statistics and program evaluation.

·        4+ years of experience in program evaluation and statistics analysis

·        4+ years of experience in the development and design of outcome measures and research methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative approaches

·        2 years of supervisory experience


Preferred education, experience, certificates, licenses or registrations

·        PhD in psychology, evaluation, public health, sociology or related field in the social sciences, with a strong emphasis on research, statistics, and/or program evaluation.

·        Experience working with organizations that serve refugees and/or survivors of torture or other gross human rights violations

·        Experience or training in instrument development

·        Experience in technical writing, grant proposals or reporting


Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

·        Demonstrated success managing intervention research studies

·        Sufficient mastery of statistical software (e.g. SPSS, R or SAS) to be able to conduct and instruct on inferential statistical analysis

·        Ability to work in-depth with complex datasets (including ability to clean data using software) and electronic health records systems

·        Knowledge of human rights or physical and mental health constructs to work with teams of practitioners in the development of population and context sensitive methods and measures

·        Significant experience with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

·        Experience applying academic/theoretical ideas and knowledge in concrete, real-world settings.

·        Experience publishing and presenting research

·        Experience writing or collaborating on proposals, grants and reporting to funding entities.

·        Working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word and Excel)

·        Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills

·        Excellent skills in organization, attention to detail and time management (including the ability to meet deadlines)

·        Interest in working with human rights and vulnerable populations 



Affirmative Action/EEO/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/E-Verify Employer


Comprehensive salary and benefits package

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Submit resume, cover letter and salary expectations by October 22, 2018 to