Regional Researcher, West & Central Africa
Based in Washington DC
Up to 40% international travel
Reports to the Regional Leader for Evidence-based Decision Making
Start Date January/March 2018
This is temporary 3-month employment with the possibility to become permanent and could be based in the field.
Who we are
With over 45 years of experience, working in over 60 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.
There are over 8,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.
PSI is seeking a skilled, creative and dynamic candidate with significant diversity of experience and historical success in conducting quality research and using evidence for decision-making. Candidates should have experience and/or show capacity in designing, implementing, and analyzing rigorous quantitative and qualitative research, have strong communication and technical writing skills, and a record of capacity building. The Regional Researcher will be responsible for providing the vision, technical oversight, management, and quality assurance of the research, evaluation and monitoring activities across the region. A key function of this position is to strengthen the PSI network by being a technical and regional resource for information sharing and capacity building. An anticipated start date is the first quarter of 2018.
Sound like you? Read on.
Defining the evidence agenda, by ensuring that the planned research and evaluation activities are well-articulated, timely, strategic, and rigorous. This includes: managing the research agenda in proposal development (ensure that relevant evidence activities are included), developing and executing annual research plans, contributing to the development of consolidated monitoring systems, assisting teams in articulating information needs and identifying the most appropriate primary and secondary sources to respond to them, and providing guidance and oversight to each platform’s research objectives.
Relevant, Rigorous and Quality Research
Responding to the organization’s information needs requires knowledge and understanding of research design and an analytical and strategic approach to communicating and maximizing the use of evidence. PSI conducts quantitative, qualitative, operations and marketing studies to provide evidence for decision-making for social marketing activities throughout their design, implementation and evaluation. Across the region, we conduct research in the areas of family planning, HIV/aids, malaria, nutrition, water and sanitation, and non-communicable diseases. The regional researcher leads or engages with local teams and external consultants on logical framework development, study design, questionnaire development, data collection, data analysis, dissemination, and data use. You also ensure that research activities are compliant with PSI’s ethical and quality standards and is responsible for submission of all study documentation into PSI’s knowledge management systems.
Managing Human Resources Effectively
Our work relies on the skills, talents, and motivation of our teams. Strong research teams are built through effective recruitment, camaraderie, identifying opportunities for collaboration and information sharing, encouraging creativity, and investing in staff development and through training and performance management. The regional researcher maintains close relationships with PSI’s global research teams to ensure that network members receive appropriate technical support, learn from global trends in research, and contribute to our knowledge base with their research products.
Strengthening the Network
A strong organizational network requires proactive engagement by every network member. Regional and technical resources serve as a bridge to access network resources across the globe and to contribute lessons and experiences with others. The regional researcher plays a key role in building capacity of network members and partners to design studies, oversee data collection, and analyze/interpret/disseminate results to guide program decisions and activities. This is achieved through direct capacity development activities and by supporting teams in identifying internal and external skills and talent, managing relationships with research consultants or stakeholders, and supporting platform-to-platform capacity building within the region and across the PSI global network.
Supporting Evidence-based decision making
PSI network members conduct research studies and collects routine data to inform and evaluate programs. The regional researcher facilitates and supports local M&E and program teams to use and transform research findings into evidence-informed actions by implementing data to action frameworks and data use strategies, and by developing appropriate formats to communicate research results to different audiences. You are also responsible for tracking data use for strategic projects and engaging with communities of practice to facilitate internal and external dissemination and use of evidence.
Repertoire of desired expertise/skills includes:
Preference will be given to candidates with work experience in low-income countries, knowledge of public health issues and social marketing products. Familiarity with donor-funded international development projects preferred. Selected candidates will take a written data analysis/writing skills assessment test.
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PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.