Research Assistant, Office of the Dean of Research at University of Global Health Equity (UGHE)

Research Assistant, Office of the Dean of Research


Job Title: Research Assistant, Office of the Dean of Research 

Department: Office of the Dean of Research, Innovation and quality 

Report to: Dean of research

Position Overview 

The Research Assistant will provide strategic and operational support to the Dean of Research, playing a crucial role in advancing UGHE’s research agenda and propelling its global health impact. This position offers an exceptional opportunity to gain invaluable experience in a dynamic research setting, contributing directly to shaping UGHE’s research direction and activities


  • Strategic Support:
    • Conduct comprehensive research to inform the Dean’s strategic planning initiatives for UGHE’s research focus areas.
    • Analyze current trends and developments in global health research, identifying emerging priorities and potential areas for collaboration.
    • Assist with developing and implementing a comprehensive research strategy aligned with UGHE’s mission and vision.
  • Research Activities:
    • Provide research support to the Dean, conducting literature reviews, data analysis, and preparing reports on research findings.
    • Assist with grant proposal development and management, including data collection, budget preparation, and communication with collaborators.
    • Manage and maintain the Dean’s research portfolio, ensuring deadlines are met and projects progress efficiently.
    • Prepare presentations and summaries of research data and recommendations for dissemination to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Administrative Support:
    • Coordinate meetings, travel arrangements, and logistics for the Dean.
    • Respond to inquiries, manage the Dean’s calendar, and schedule appointments.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Dean of Research.


  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Global Health, Science, or a related field (preferred)
  • Strong research skills, including experience with literature research, data analysis, and scientific writing.
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Experience with grant proposal writing and management (a plus).
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken. Proficiency in Kinyarwanda is a plus.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy.
  • Passion for global health research and a desire to contribute to positive change.

To Apply:

Applicants should provide: (1) a resume, (2) a cover letter detailing interest and aptitude for the position, (3) names and contact information of three professional references who can attest to work experience, and (4) copies of all degrees earned. Please upload your cover letter and copies of degrees as a single PDF file under “Additional Files” on the application page before May 3rd 2024..

University of Global Health Equity is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Organization profile:

The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is on a mission to radically change the way health care is delivered around the world. UGHE is a new university based in Rwanda that is growing the next generation of global health professionals—doctors, nurses, researchers, and public health and policy experts—into leaders and change makers who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all. The University launched in Rwanda in September 2015 with the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD). Through an academic experience uniquely rooted in the values of equity, students are empowered to both ease suffering at the bedside and drive transformational, systemic changes to the health system. UGHE is an initiative of Partners In Health (PIH), an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care.

In over nearly three decades of operating alongside public sectors in countries around the world, PIH has developed a model to deliver high quality healthcare to some of the world’s most marginalized communities. Nowhere has this impact been more profound than in Rwanda, where Inshuti Mu Buzima—PIH’s sister organization—and our government partners have driven innovation for a decade.

Members of the UGHE community are tenacious and resolute in our drive to attain social justice, make common cause with those in need, listen to and learn from others, and operate with honesty and humility as we uphold academic integrity and intellectual curiosity. The UGHE team seeks individuals committed to these values to join the team.

Commitment to Safeguarding and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment:

At UGHE, we are committed to ensuring that those who benefit from our work- including community members – as well as our students, contractors, staff and visitors to our campus are treated with dignity and respect and protected from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment and any form of systemic abuse, whilst reducing risk and vulnerabilities. A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with UGHE’s policy.

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