Full time (30+ hrs/wk)
Long-Term (6 months-1 year)
KM 36 Carretera a Olancho
La Venta Nueva
Mission: Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, inspired by Christian values, nurtures orphaned and vulnerable children in a loving, stable, secure family environment. We keep brothers and sisters together and provide a quality education, healthcare, and spiritual formation. We model our values through serving the communities in which we live.
Vision: A world without poverty where all children develop their unique potential, becoming productive members of society serving their community.
Overview: The Holy Family Surgery Center is an ambulatory surgical center funded through One World Surgery (www.oneworldsurgery.org) and located on the grounds of NPH Honduras. The surgery center has a full-time Honduran staff that performs surgeries year round. Teams of approximately 60 people from the US also routinely visit the surgery center for week-long medical missions. During medical missions, clinical and nonclinical participants come together to perform over 60 life-changing surgeries for Hondurans who would otherwise go without treatment.
Under the direction of the Administrative Director, the Research Assistant is responsible for the management and implementation of the Surgery Center’s outcomes research project, first implemented in January of 2017. The goal of the project is to evaluate key indicators that measure surgical quality, patient satisfaction and the long-term outcomes of the surgeries performed at the center.
Main responsibilities will include overseeing and participating in data collection, entry, and analysis. Additionally, the Research Assistant will be involved in finalizing design elements of the project as well as the publication and dissemination of results. Lastly, should the results of the study indicate improvement is needed in any area, the Research Assistant will propose and help implement quality improvement projects.
The typical work hours are from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm with several open/close shifts per week. The Research Assistant should expect to work 50-55 hour weeks.
Supervisor and Department
- Supervisor: Holy Family Surgery Center Administrative Director
- Department: Holy Family Surgery Center
- Manage and implement outcomes research project by assuring appropriate data collection (administering surveys in person and over the phone), entry into EpiInfo and analysis
- Assist with procurement of IRB approval and drafting / editing of manuscripts for publication
- Assist with dissemination of results to key stakeholders
- Propose and help implement quality improvement projects based on results
- Assist with procurement of grant funding for continuation and expansion of project
- Consider expansion of outcomes research to include clinically-reported outcomes in addition to patient-reported outcomes
- Assure sustainability of project by finalizing all training manuals and leaving project under management of qualified, local staff
Knowledge, skills, experience and abilities
- Spanish Language Skills
- Experience working in research, preferably in a clinical setting. Grant-writing skills, data analysis/statistics, and experimental design experience all strongly preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree in any health-related field (premed, biology, chemistry, public health, etc.)
- Medical experience (volunteering in a hospital, shadowing a physician, etc.) – helpful, but not required
- Organizational and time-management skills to plan and execute research projects as well as to deal with issues as they arise during research
- Ability to work collaboratively in a team, but also take initiative and work independently
- Microsoft Office literate
- Organized and willing to take initiative to start and maintain new projects
This is a long-term volunteer position. We are looking for someone from January 2019 to February 2020 (13 months).
This position also includes participation in the volunteer program at NPH Honduras. Volunteers live together in a multicultural, multinational community. Volunteers spends time each evening and every other weekend with a section (or “household”) of children. Volunteers and the Volunteer Coordinator together decide during orientation which section is the best fit.
As a long term volunteer, NPH will provide housing, medical care, and a modest stipend. NPH USA will provide pre-service preparation and provide medical insurance. The volunteer is expected to pay for his/her transportation to and from Honduras. Local staff meet all volunteers at the airport.
NPH is guided by the following core values:
- Love & Security: manifested in the safety and stability of the family and realized by profound personal engagement in preparation for meaningful life and gainful employment.
- Responsibility: learning to be responsible and to respond to the needs of others, both individually and collectively.
- Sharing: developing kindness, empathy and care for others, through what we say and do.
- Work: learning to contribute to one's family and community on the path to independence.
- Faith & Service: putting Christian values into action
- Stipend Provided
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers