Population Services International

  • Principal Investigator, Family Planning and Reproductive Health

    Posted Date 2 months ago(5/4/2018 2:22 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Technical Health Areas
    Position Location: City
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    Position Location: Country
    United States

    Title: Principal Investigator

    Department: Family Planning and Reproductive Health Department

    Based in Washington, DC

    Reports to the Reproductive Health Research Advisor

    Term: 18 months employment initially


    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 Consumer’s Market for Family Planning (CM4FP) will be a new research project designed to provide relevant, high quality evidence on the consumer’s perception of the family planning market in two countries. The design of CM4FP draws on the designs of the FPwatch project for family planning and the ACTwatch project for malaria (http://www.actwatch.info/). The project will collect longitudinal data from all outlets in selected project areas, four rounds of data from women living in the project areas via household-based surveys, and data from clients exiting facilities and outlets in the project areas via client exit surveys. The outlet surveys will collect information about family planning commodity and service delivery availability, price, and market share and the household surveys will collect information from the consumer on family planning use, access, and perception of the supply market to explore local supply and demand interaction. The approach to collecting data from all outlets in the project areas (via a census-based approach) will also be compared to the approaches employed by other large-scale surveys such as PMA2020 and the DHS.


    PSI seeks a qualified candidate to fill the role of a Principal Investigator for the CM4FP research project.


    Your contribution

    1. Review and revise as needed relevant family planning total market monitoring indicators and survey instruments. Incorporate global best practices and guidance into revisions of these indicators and survey instruments.
    2. Collaborate with the RH Research advisor, regional researchers, and the donor to finalize selection of project areas in the two project countries.
    3. Lead the development of research protocols and study instruments for the outlet surveys, household surveys, and client exit interviews and ensure ethical review and approval.
    4. Design data cleaning and analysis guidelines to produce standard indicators and comparable evidence across study sites.
    5. Ensure high quality data collection in partnership with PSI country research teams through adapting and implementing ACTwatch standard operating procedures.
    6. Supervise Research Associates responsible for directly overseeing data collection, cleaning and analysis according to the study protocol and standard operating procedures.
    7. Produce study reference documents and contribute to dissemination materials including conference and meeting presentations, study briefs, and peer-reviewed publications.
    8. Package research tools and lessons learned for wider dissemination to facilitate replication.
    9. Present research findings at relevant fora in collaboration with the Reproductive Health team


    The CM4FP Principal Investigator will be based in Washington DC and will report to the RH Research Advisor. Approximately 30% international travel is anticipated during the first year. 


    What are we looking for?

    • PhD in epidemiology, public health, demography or other relevant field or Master’s degree and 8+ years of experience in the design and implementation of quantitative primary data collection in developing countries including: protocol development; survey instrument design; ethical review board submission; partnerships with in-country research agencies; fieldwork management; fieldworker training; and data collection quality control.
    • Demonstrated expertise in reproductive health research including peer-reviewed publications.
    • Demonstrated quantitative data management and analysis skills required. Proficiency using Stata required.
    • Experience using electronic data collection preferred.
    • Geo-spatial visualization and analysis skills preferred.
    • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills; Relevant foreign language skills are a plus.
    • Ability to travel internationally, including travel to project countries


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



    This position is contingent on funding being awarded, expected June 2018.



    • 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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