Employment Opportunity

EO No: 2018-032

Position: Research Assistant
Salary: E/1/A $5,955.00PA
Benefits: “No housing or transportation benefits”
Opening Date: January 15, 2018
Closing Date: February 14,2018

National Campus/Health Science
P.O. Box 159
Kolonia, Pohnpei   FM 96941




Under the supervision of the U-24 Pacific Islanders Cohort on Cardiometabolic Health Research Project Coordinator, and such supervisory staff as the Project Coordinator shall assign, the incumbent Research Assistant shall fulfill the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Meet on a regular basis with supervisory personnel to discuss assigned duties, and to make corrective action plans as needed
  • Attend project meetings as required by supervisory personnel
  • Request and/or acquire equipment and supplies as necessary for the project
  • Prepare required reporting materials for submission to agency responsible for the grant, as well as other agencies as identified
  • Demonstrate a high degree of cultural competency and respect to research subjects and their communities
  • Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism toward study staff and supervisory personnel in performing their duties
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a program of key informant interviews, including identification of subjects, collection of contact and other personal information for subjects, and scheduling of interviews with subjects, either in person or vial telephone
  • Travel to field sites to collect informed consent from subjects, including explanation of study protocols and consent procedures as established by the study protocol
  • Collection and recording of data from key informant interviews as appropriate to the specific objectives of the study, and in accordance with the predetermined study research protocols
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records/transcripts of interviews in electronic or handwritten format, with an emphasis on ensuring the confidentiality of both subjects and their responses, and the completeness of data
  • Using specified protocols established in accordance with standards of data management, code quantitative and/or qualitative data according to pre-established categories; and entry of such coded data into computer database programs and/or spreadsheets
  • Review and edit data to ensure completeness and accuracy of information, including following-up with subjects to resolve issues or clarify completeness of data
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisory personnel


Minimum Qualifications:

The minimum qualification shall be an Associates of Science (AS) degree in a health-related field from a US accredited college. Two years of work experience in the field of health research.

Specific abilities and knowledge:

  • The incumbent should have the ability to write and understand reports and documents written in English;
  • The incumbent should have effective verbal communication skills, such as would be required to speak in public meetings, research project presentation, or to the media
  • The incumbent shall be available for a field work schedule that may include evenings and weekends; and,
  • The incumbent should be physically capable of working for an extended period of time in field conditions, with varying weather and travel conditions. 


Applications are available at the College of Micronesia–FSM Human Resources Office, state campus sites or at the college’s website at www.comfsm.fm.

Interested candidates must submit the following documents:

  1. A letter of interest addressing how the candidate’s professional qualification and experience match the minimum essential requirements of the position (not to exceed 3 pages);
  2. COM-FSM application form (http://www.comfsm.fm/jobs/HRdocs/employment08.pdf ); 
  3. A current resume which includes personal email address and cellular phone number;
  4. Copies academic diploma or college transcripts;
  5. A minimum of three professional reference letters;
  6. Provision of a certificate of medical fitness for a licensed medical provider, dated within the last six months;
  7. Copy of valid driver’s license; and
  8. Court/police clearance, dated within the last six months.  


Documents are to be submitted electronically to hro@comfsm.fm (preferably as PDF attachments) or mailed to:

                                    Human Resources Office
College of Micronesia-FSM
P. O. Box 159
Pohnpei  FM  96941

 (U.S Postal Service domestic rates apply in the Federated States of Micronesia.)

Applications will be accepted until February 14, 2018 followed by a period of screening by the Selection Committee. Official and hard copies of college transcripts are require to be mailed directly from schools to HRO when a candidate is being considered.

The College reserves the right to request or require from any applicant additional documentation or certification in addition to the minimum requirements stated in this advertisement in order to be considered for this position. All persons applying must meet or exceed any additional qualifications required in the COM-FSM Personnel Policy and Procedure Manual.

The College of Micronesia–FSM is an equal opportunity employer.
FSM Citizens are encouraged to apply