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Graduate Assistantships: Mental Health Program

The Mental Health Program (MHP) Liberia seeks to optimize data collection for both process and outcome measurement in order to evaluate and inform program activities. The MHP Liberia graduate assistant will focus on assessing and further developing the monitoring and evaluation strategies currently in place in Liberia in order to improve data collection and support research for expansion to other countries, including documentation of “proof of concept” for replication and scaling. The graduate assistant will start with an introduction to our current measures and methods, and will work in close communication with the Liberia field office and the Atlanta MHP Liberia staff to learn the program components and design a work plan for the academic year. This project will ultimately serve to identify and document best practices of the programmatic framework in order to establish tools and a model for replication.

 Responsibilities include:

  • Developing platforms for data management; researching data policies for access; reviewing data storage options and dissemination of analysis; identifying publishing/collaboration opportunities
  • Ongoing analysis of quantitative and qualitative data collected in the field
  • Analyzing cost/benefit of tech resources for data collection and analysis in the field with support of Georgia Tech students and consultant
  • Various other specific projects assigned to the graduate assistant as opportunities arise based on programmatic needs and the applicant’s interests

 Project benchmarks include:

  • By the end of 4.5 months, the graduate assistant will have reviewed and analyzed current M&E measures and methods and developed a strategy based on the analysis to optimize data collection.
  • By the end of the 9-month period, the graduate assistant will have in-depth experience at developing and accessing a multifaceted, multi-country health program evaluation plan in order to provide long-term recommendations and assess strengths and challenges of the MHP Liberia M&E Plan.
  • By the end of the 9-month period, MHP Liberia will be able to more confidently synergize efforts in country, optimize resources to measure results and have made progress on documenting our framework in Liberia to demonstrate efficacy.

 Deliverables include:

  • Mid-year report on MHP Liberia Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy, including knowledge management and an implementation plan for the strategy
  • End of project presentation and summary report that includes recommendations (list of tools, methods, resources and corresponding analysis) and strengths and challenges of the MHP Liberia M&E Plan


  • Currently enrolled graduate or doctoral student who has completed at least two semesters of academic coursework in a master’s or post-master’s level program 
  • A 20 hour per week commitment for a period of 9-12 months

Compensation: $14/hour

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Graduate Assistantships

(August Start)
Application Open: Feb. 1-March 30

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