Population Services International

Chair, PSI Research Ethics Board

1 month ago(12/15/2017 2:31 PM)
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Title: Chair, PSI Research Ethics Board

Department: Grants and Contracts

Based in Washington, D.C.

Reports to the Director, Grants & Contracts


This is regular part-time position (20 hours/month)


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.


Join us!

The PSI Research Ethics Board (REB) is guided by the ethical principles for research involving human participants set forth in the Belmont Report and complies with the US regulations for the protection of human subjects (45 CFR part 46). The PSI REB seeks a Chair to further PSI’s commitment to the protection of its research participants through review of US-regulated and non-US regulated social behavioral research studies.  Regular part-time position (25 hours/month)

Sound like you? Read on.


Your contribution

The Chair will:

  • Complete required online training
  • Facilitate trainings, as needed, to PSI colleagues to improve capacity and understanding of research ethics and human subjects research
  • As budget allows, attend conference focusing on research ethics and protection of human subjects to ensure PSI is current with policy changes and other changes in the field
  • Review research / non-research determinations as requested by the REB Senior Technical Advisor
  • Determine level of review for all submissions (Exempt, expedited, continuing review, full board)
  • Conduct review of all submissions submitted to the REB for review to ensure compliance with PSI policies and 45 CFR part 46, including initial reviews, continuing reviews, and modifications
  • In the event of a full-board review, execute the agenda of the full-board meeting, identify conflict of interest for self and REB members, and promote discussion of research protocols’ controverted issues, per the 45 CFR part 46
  • Per PSI Policies and Procedures Manual and 45 CFR part 46, the Chair will review Reportable Events submitted to the REB and report serious Reportable Events to the PSI Board of Directors and applicable federal agencies
  • Collaborates with the REB Senior Technical Advisor to develop new and revise existing policies and procedures related to human subjects research, program research, and research ethics at PSI
  • Collaborate with the REB Senior Technical Advisor to develop new and revise existing forms and workflows related to human subjects research, program research, and research ethics at PSI
  • Primary point of contact is the REB’s Senior Technical Advisor
  • Report to the PSI Board of Directors


What are we looking for?

  • PhD or Masters in related field
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience working in human subject protections and/or international social behavioral research
  • Thorough knowledge of the Belmont Report, 45 CFR part 46 / Common rule. Familiar with ICH GCP, UN CIOMS
  • Experience overseeing or implementing social behavioral research with vulnerable populations in an international setting
  • Experience working in or collaborating with international non-government organizations.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the REB Senior Technical Advisor, researchers, and board members
  • A strong commitment to protecting the rights and welfare of research participants
  • French / Spanish / Portuguese reading and writing skills are highly valuable

References will be required. Must be authorized to work in the United States.  N.B. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.



  • Exempt

*Due to high volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. Curious about your status? Please log into your iCIMS account to find out.


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.


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