Job Title: Research Associate – TeaLeaF (Teacher Leading Frontline)Location: Darjeeling, West Bengal IndiaOrganisation: DLR Prerna in partnership with Broadleaf Health and Education Alliancehttp://www.darjeelingprerna.org/https://www.broadleaf.org/ DLR Prerna, is a Darjeeling based NGO who works to build sustainable communities in the Darjeeling Hills and in the Eastern Himalaya by working on a wide range of rural and urban community development issues. Over twenty years, we have developed programmes on school-based community health and education, community based conservation, sustainable agro-ecology and food cultures, WATSAN, zero waste, climate change adaptation and climate smart agriculture.Job DescriptionProgramme SummaryIn partnership with Broadleaf, we work to develop innovative school-based health programs that improve educational outcomes and maximize well-being. We believe that a holistic, community-based approach to improving health can unlock human potential and create opportunities for every child to thrive.As a member of our team you will contribute in TeaLeaF (Teacher Leading Frontline):TeaLeaf expands access to mental health care for children which is a crucial global health challenge including in the Darjeeling Himalaya. According to WHO ten to twenty percent of all children suffer from a mental health challenge. These conditions adversely impact children’s emotional wellbeing throughout life. Innovative care models are urgently needed to support these children.In TeaLeaf, we are conducting a research study to assess the effectiveness of training classroom teachers to deliver evidence-based psychological care in 50 low cost private schools in rural Darjeeling. In the year 2019 to 2021 we will implement alternative and combined models of education and mental health care that leverage existing teachers to improve the lives of children with mental health struggles. We will conduct qualitative and quantitative research to assess and evaluate the efficacy of these interventions.The TeaLeaf programme in Darjeeling is implemented in collaboration with University of Colorado Center for Global Health and University of North Carolina.What we are looking for?We are seeking a talented and skilled professional to join our dynamic team. We envision this as a long-term relationship and are particularly interested in early-career professionals with the desire to learn and grow with us. We are looking for someone with research experience who will be part of the team but with a specific task of critically documenting and analyzing the outcomes of the intervention.We are especially interested in candidates who will use this position to take leadership of future research programs in the Darjeeling Himalayas. The current position is open for 2 years. Qualifications● Masters/PhD or equivalent is required. Advanced degree in Research, Public Health or other Health related fields, Medical Anthropology or other related Social Science Discipline, Social Work, or other relevant field is preferred.● Prior experience or training in research methods (quantitative and/or qualitative and publishing)● Demonstrated maturity and judgment● Ability to work independently and take initiative. Must be a quick learner, able to multi-task, and self-manage● Desire to grow and develop as a professional● Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be fluent in written and spoken English. Fluency in spoken and written Nepali highly valued General Position Summary● The Research Associate coordinates all research activities in our partner schools and communities. You will lead and coordinate implementation of research activities.● You will directly participate in collection of qualitative data, administration of quantitative data measures, data entry and database maintenance, informed consenting, and maintaining database of all process data and be part of the publishing team.● Extensive travel to rural communities in Darjeeling is a necessary part of this role, sometimes requiring overnight stays. Occasional travel elsewhere in India will also be required.Reports Directly to Research Administrator- DLRPrerna - TeaLeaf Coordinates withPrincipal Investigator - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of MedicineProject Director-DLRPrernaExecutive Director-Broadleaf Health and Education AllianceDLR Prerna Team, Broadleaf Team, Research Team and partners.Works Directly withPartner Communities (school administration, teachers, staff, parents and caregivers, and students) Proposed salary: Rs. 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per month ($420 USD per month) gross salary, subject to qualifications and experience, in line with local salaries.DLR Prerna reserves the right to all decisions.