Research Coordinator

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Population Council
New York, NY
Published 9 days ago

TITLE: Research Coordinator, Social and Behavioral Science Research

REPORTING TO: Senior Manager, Strategic Planning & Operations, Social and Behavioral Science Research 

LOCATION: One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY


ASSIGNMENT LENGTH: Two years, renewable by mutual consent and availability of funding


The Population Council’s Social and Behavioral Science Research (SBSR) Division is looking for a Research Coordinator in its Strategic Planning and Operations (SPO) unit. The SPO unit is responsible for: (1) developing and managing systems to ensure the effective and efficient research operations of SBSR-US; (2) providing leadership on annual planning efforts to ensure progress toward the Council’s strategic goals; (3) overseeing the effective management of SBSR-US grants (4) communicating between management and SBSR-US staff, as well as across the Council (5) providing support on reporting to the Board and (6) ensuring all functions within SBSR, including work in countries, are aligned to the global SBS research agenda, strategy, and standards. The SPO unit works with and across all units, divisions, and functions of the Council. The SBS Research Coordinator reports directly to the Senior Manager for Strategic Planning and Operations and will serve as an integral member of the team who contributes to key decision-making, strategic direction, and operations of the SBSR-US division. 

The essential functions of the Research Coordinator will include:

  • Contribute to research quality assurance and SBSR-US program outputs.
  • Work across different functions and units across the entire Council.
  • Coordinate the submissions, tracking, and review of proposals.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support to SBSR Management.
  • Contribute to oversight and provide day-to-day operations support to SPO.
  • Contribute to research and/or technical assistance on projects.


1. Strategic Planning & Operations (SPO) Support (40%)

  • Serve as the point of contact between SBSR Management and other internal departments, including International Programs (IP), the Center for Biomedical Research (CBR), international offices/affiliated organizations, to coordinate effective and efficient procedures, systems, and processes across SBSR Management. This may include for research quality assurance, knowledge management, peer reviews, publications, proposal development, financial budgets, and/or internal and external communications.
  • Support the development of SPO guidelines and work with SBSR-US and IP to coordinate workflows.
  • Support SPO and SBSR Management in the development and implementation of an annual workplan and achieve the goals identified therein.
  • Support SPO tracking systems of key metrics across all SBSR (resource mobilization, publications, finance, research development and management) and coordination of SBSR-US outputs to ensure donor reporting requirements are met.
  • Support SPO in the analysis of different data points, including SBSR staffing, grants, publications, and impact factors to inform organizational and strategic decision-making.
  • Respond to internal and external requests for information.
  • Ensure effective communication across SBSR-US activities and other functions.

2. SBSR-US Proposal Development (30%)

  • Support the proposal development and submission process for SBSR-US proposals, including their timely submission.
  • Collaborate with the Council’s Resource Mobilization unit, the International Programs division, and CBR on proposals, as needed.
  • Manage donor and partner databases.

3. Administrative responsibilities (20%)

  • Lead administration efforts on all work related to advancing and operationalizing the SBS global research agenda.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support for SBSR-US meetings, including scheduling, invitations, preparation of materials, taking and preparing minutes, write meeting reports, capture meeting outcomes, and organize and ensure follow-up.
  • Support in the convening of regular SBSR-US/IP-wide seminars and events as well as externally facing high-level events.
  • Organize and facilitate meetings, trainings, and activities for coalitions and networks.
  • Coordinate procurement such as consultant and vendor payments.
  • Maintain SBSR-US SharePoint sites and develop and maintain new sites as needed.
  • Maintain SBSR-US listservs and develop and maintain new listservs as needed.
  • Assist SBS Research Management with special projects as needed and provide general administrative support to SBSR senior management.
  • Work with the SPO unit and SBSR Management to draft presentations and documents for internal and/or external use.

4. Research and Writing (based on interests and if time permits) (10%)

  • This could include contributing to or leading on (depending on skillsets and expertise):

i. Publication of Council research via briefs, peer-reviewed publications, and other media.

ii. Synthesis of projects and evidence across SBSR.

iii. Analysis of a research project and/or technical assistance.

iv. Participation in Council-wide working groups and networks.


1. Bachelor’s degree in social science, public policy, public health, communications, or related discipline with at least 2-3 years of relevant work experience.

2. Experience working in a multi-location organization, preferably including international office locations.

3. Demonstrated interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills.

4. Exceptional administrative and organizational skills with keen attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage time efficiently, prioritize, multi-task, and respond to rapidly changing priorities.

5. Excellent English language skills (oral and written). Excellent writing and editing aptitude. Ability to quickly draft correspondence and prepare other written materials with a sharp attention to detail, appearance and accuracy while utilizing good editorial judgment.

6. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook required. Knowledge of or willingness to learn PowerPoint and Access highly preferred.

7. Demonstrated good judgment and discretion in dealing with confidential and high-level matters.

8. Experience in or knowledge of the Council’s regional locations highly desirable. Fluency in a language or languages of the Council’s region(s) a plus.

9. Ability to take initiative, think creatively, and proactively problem solve.

10. Eager to learn, curious to ask questions, and strong interest in learning a range of disciplines across research, management, and operations.

11. Commitment to anti-racism and principles of anti-oppressive practice.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary range between $60,000-70,000 depending on knowledge, skills and experience. Excellent benefits package includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance available immediately upon hire; 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution equal to 12% of annual salary after one year of employment; generous annual and sick leave; and paid parental leave. Competitive packages provided for locations outside of the US. We strive to provide an environment of professional growth and development.

Application Deadline: Friday, December 3, 2021. When applying through the web portal please attach your CV and Cover Letter in Word or PDF format. 

The Council requires all U.S. based staff, interns and fellows to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. New staff members must verify vaccination at the time of hire. Exemptions will only be considered for medical reasons and sincerely held religious beliefs. Exemptions are not guaranteed and must be discussed with Human Resources. 

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of country offices. We are seeking an individual to fill the position described. If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in this position, please apply at:

The Population Council provides equal opportunity; it does not discriminate against any person with regard to age, color, creed, national origin, disability, political belief, veteran status, religion, marital status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation, and record of arrest or criminal conviction. Decisions on employment are based on an individual’s qualifications as related to the position for which they are being considered. The Council especially encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups including but not limited to Black people and people of African descent, Indigenous people, people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, including people who identify as transgender, non-binary, or gender expansive, people with disabilities, first-generation college graduates, and those from communities with the most to gain from expanded access to sexual and reproductive health services and information and quality education. The Population Council is international in the composition of its board of trustees and its staff, as well as in the nature and deployment of its activities.

TITLE: Research Coordinator, Social and Behavioral Science Research

REPORTING TO: Senior Manager, Strategic Planning & Operations, Social and Behavioral Science Research 

LOCATION: One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, New York, NY


Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    January 3, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    December 3, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Entry level
USD $60,000 - USD $70,000
/ year


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
New York, NY, USA

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