Research and Evaluation Associate at Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation
The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation is seeking a Research and Evaluation Associate for immediate hire. The Foundation was established in 1964 by Warren Buffett and the late Susan Thompson Buffett, and works to improve the lives of women and families throughout the world by promoting access to contraception and abortion and expanding educational opportunities for Nebraska students. It is comprised of Global, U.S., and College Access and Success (CAS) Programs and the Research and Evaluation Unit. The Associate will be an integral member of the Research and Evaluation Unit with specific focus on supporting Global Programs. The Foundation is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion through its programs, collaborations and research, as well as in the workplace.
The Research and Evaluation Unit (R&E Unit) drives learning across the Foundation by providing technical support and guidance to the Global, U.S., and CAS Programs. The R&E Unit enhances the quality and effectiveness of the Foundation’s grantmaking by guiding the early stages of research and evaluation idea-generation and planning, helping partners think through methodological and analytic approaches, and strategizing about the use of findings.
The R&E Associate will support the work of the R&E Unit and will become deeply involved in several specific projects relevant to the Foundation’s Global Programs, which are primarily in low income countries. Generally, the Associate will contribute meaningfully to R&E team and Foundation-wide dialogue to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion. Examples could include centering a DEI lens in measurement frameworks, supporting diverse pools of potential evaluation partners, etc.; collaborate with colleagues to develop logic models, frameworks, and metrics to measure outcomes and impact of sexual and reproductive health programs; and, assist R&E Officers with project management, including: monitoring timelines; reviewing proposals, contracts, study protocols, progress reports, and budgets and budget justifications; providing input into study design; preparing materials for and documenting key discussion points from internal and external meetings; and facilitating relationships with partners.
Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to reproductive rights and the values of racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion; a master’s degree; at least two years of monitoring, research and/or evaluation-related experience for health programs; familiarity with evaluation study designs, causal inference, and the steps involved in collecting and analyzing data with rigor, quality, and transparency; an understanding of quantitative and qualitative research concepts and applications; and a demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and reflection, a willingness to think critically and creatively, and ask challenging questions.
The Foundation is conducting this search with assistance from Allison Kupfer Poteet, Cara Pearsall, and Catherine Seneviratne of NPAG. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please send a detailed cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position to: stbf-reassocGP@nonprofitprofessionals.com.