🏘️ About the Organization and Job Details
Name and Services of the Organization
YLabs is a leading global design and research organization working to improve health and economic opportunity for young people 10–24 years old.
Founded in 2016 at the Harvard Innovation Lab, YLabs has partnered with young people in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Central America to design health programs that address key challenges in sexual/reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, and mental health.
Find out more about our projects here: https://www.ylabsglobal.org/work
Our team of physicians, designers, economists, public health professionals, and educators bring a unique mix of human-centered design, adolescent health, evaluation, economic and health outcome evaluation, behavioral science, and implementation know-how to the global problems facing youth.
We have offices in the US and Rwanda, and are currently supporting our teams to work remotely
during COVID-19 in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
📋 Job Description
Job Position Title
Design for Health Fellow
Number of Job Positions
Under normal circumstances, this role would be based out of the YLabs Rwanda oﬃce. Given the current circumstances due to COVID-19, it is possible to conduct this role remotely within GMT+0 to GMT+4. There is an expectation that this role will be based in Kigali, Rwanda once normal oﬃce life resumes.
YLabs is oﬀering a seven-month fellowship for mid-level professionals from multi-disciplinary backgrounds who wish to develop professional experience in human-centered design and innovation as applied to health and economic challenges. The fellow will complete an introductory training on youth-driven approaches for the design and evaluation of programs aimed to improve adolescent health and livelihoods. The fellow will work collaboratively in small teams with experienced health designers and public health researchers to conduct the following activities:
- Literature reviews to understand background evidence on a given problem
- Qualitative and quantitative data collection with youth and key stakeholders
- Building of rough prototypes to test with users
- Qualitative and quantitative data analysis
- Report writing
- Support with dissemination of ﬁndings to local communities involved in research activities
The ideal candidate will be excited to work with a dynamic interdisciplinary team of designers and public health professionals to support the development of design solutions for some of the biggest challenges facing young people globally.
Job Payment Terms and Contract
Salary range: RWF15,000,000 to RWF19,875,000 gross annual salary, pro-rated for a seven-month fellowship. Compensation is commensurate with experience. YLabs adheres to Project Fair’s principles and standards to establish equity in pay with the overriding principle of “equal pay for work of equal value” outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals. All salary ranges are based on the level within the organization and are competitive to regional and national salary benchmarks, based on the respective oﬃce location.
💼 Job Specification
- A Masters degree in public health, international development, business, economics, or social work.
- Between 5-8 years of professional experience in a relevant ﬁeld to our work (this might include public health [including sexual and reproductive health, HIV, or mental health], management consulting, medicine, research, economics, or international development)
- Prior work experience in sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia
- Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods across the research process, including research protocol development, data collection and analysis, and reporting and presenting work
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong collaboration skills with attention to ensuring equity in our work with the communities with whom we work, and within our organization
- Advanced competency in Excel and G-suite.
- Note: Human-centered design training or experience is not a prerequisite for this role
- Enthusiastic about being part of a vibrant, multidisciplinary global team
- Committed to building trusting, convivial working relationships that support wellness, creativity, and collective joy
- Adaptable, optimistic, and ﬂexible when faced with changing circumstances and challenges
- Able to eﬀectively communicate with supervisor and team members about work ﬂow and prioritization of deliverables
- Willing to work ﬂexible hours to accommodate evening calls with the US-based YLabs team
- Fluent in English
- Interested in strengthening your current professional experience with training in a design thinking approach
🌐 How to Apply
To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “DXH Fellow – Rwanda”. All your information will be kept conﬁdential according to EEO guidelines.
This posting will be open for three weeks from March 16 to April 5. Once the application period closes, all applications will be reviewed by our Hiring Committee. YLabs recognizes the eﬀort that goes into submitting an application; all candidates will be notiﬁed of their application status once the hiring process begins.
All YLabs oﬀers of employment are conditional on satisfactory background check and criminal record clearances.