Research Project Description
Office of Adolescent Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
A fellowship opportunity is currently available in the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). OAH coordinates adolescent health promotion and disease prevention programs and initiatives across DHHS and works in partnership with other DHHS agencies to support evidence-based approaches to improve the health of adolescents.
Participants will join a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who manage a large portfolio of grant projects. These include a performance management system and national evaluations; working on DHHS-wide adolescent health issues; communicating information about adolescent health to a variety of providers and practitioners, as well as parents, through traditional and social media channels; and conducting substantial strategic planning activities.
The selected participants will assist the OAH Evaluation Specialist on a variety of evaluation activities, which may include:
- Performing rigorous Federal program evaluations, particularly randomized controlled trials (RCTs)
- Assisting with RCT evaluation training and technical assistance to more than 40 grantees
- Assisting with performance measurement training and technical assistance to more than 100 grantees
- Managing a cost study
- Writing articles for publication in academic journals
- Participating in research, evaluation, and evidence-based program workgroups
- Assisting with special projects
- Writing conference submissions
- Preparing statements of work for new contracts
- Developing publications and presentations to showcase evaluation work
The Research Participation Program for DHHS is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of OAH contingent on the availability of funds and project needs. The participant will receive a monthly stipend based on educational level and experience. The appointment is full-time at OAH in the Rockville, Maryland, area. The participant must show proof of health insurance. Participants do not become employees of OAH, DHHS, or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.
- A Master’s degree or higher in economics, sociology, psychology, or a related social science field received within the last five years.
- Experience or understanding of rigorous experimental impact evaluations -randomized controlled trials- and implementation or process studies, analytic techniques to evaluate programs, and strong writing skills are all preferred.
- Experience with performance measures and performance measurement is beneficial.
- Some experience with grants or contracts is helpful.
Please indicate in your cover letter and vita your skills or experience related to the position qualifications.
Further information about the Office of Adolescent Health’s programs, projects, and activities can be found at: http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/.
How to Apply:
To be considered, please send a cover letter stating your interest, a current CV/resume, a writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references to the attention of HHSrpp@orau.org. Please reference DHHS-OAH-2013-0112 in all communications.