This position is part of a cooperative agreement award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish a national monitoring and evaluation system for syringe services programs (SSPs) (Component 1 of CDC-RFA-PS19-1909, https://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/funding/announcements/ps19-1909/index.html).
SSPs are an evidence-based intervention for reducing HIV risk among people who inject drugs (PWID) and are an entry point for PWID to access treatment for substance use disorders, other medical care, and social work services. In the wake of the current opioid epidemic and resurgence of methamphetamine use, SSPs are increasingly recognized as one of the key places to reach PWID for preventive services.
One of the primary projects of this award is to coordinate the provision of technical assistance (TA) to SSPs for monitoring and evaluation activities. The University of Washington is working in collaboration with the CDC, NASTAD, the National Harm Reduction Coalition, and other partners to provide a suite of technical assistance support to individual programs including: one-on-one consultation, development of training materials, development of guidance on M&E, development of model databases and reports, and development of model surveys.
We are hiring a Graduate Student Research Assistant to assist in the creation of guidance materials and support the day-to-day operations of this component of the overall project. The Research Assistant will work closely with the Project Manager for the technical assistance program, the Principal Investigator, Project Coordinator, and Research Assistants to implement the technical assistance program.
Within the SSP project, the Research Assistant will work on creating example quantitative data systems for SSPs and working with the Project Coordinator on technical assistance related to quantitative data collection and/or analysis. The ideal candidate will have experience in creating REDCap projects and forms, linking REDCap to automated reporting and data visualization (R, tableau, MS Power BI, etc.), basic statistical analysis, and great communication skills.