Population Services International

  • Reproductive Health Research Analyst

    Posted Date 1 month ago(10/15/2019 10:06 AM)
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    # of Openings
    Technical Health Areas
    Position Location: City
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    Position Location: Country
    United States

    Job Title: Reproductive Health Research Analyst

    Department: Family Planning and Reproductive Health

    Based in Washington, DC

    Reports to the Sr. Reproductive Health Research Advisor


    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 7,000 “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!

    PSI’s Family Planning (FP) & Reproductive Health (RH) Department is looking for a Reproductive Health Research Analyst, under the supervision of the Sr. Reproductive Health Research Advisor, to lead the analysis of data collected through PSI’s family planning and reproductive health research and programs. The Reproductive Health Research Analyst loves data – cleaning, analyzing, managing, organizing, presenting, and disseminating. The Reproductive Health Research Analyst also understands and leverages the power of data and enjoys helping others learn how to use data, particularly for decision–making, and building the skills of headquarters staff and in-country teams.


    Sound like you? Read on.


    Your contribution

    You will be responsible for the development of analysis plans, data management and cleaning, analysis, and dissemination of PSI’s reproductive health research activities and expected to contribute to study design. You will also be responsible for supporting PSI’s data use initiatives. You will:


    Quantitative Study Design, Analysis, & Dissemination

    • Collaborate with Sr. Reproductive Health Research Advisor to provide technical inputs for reproductive health research, including sample size calculations, analysis plans, data cleaning and quality management, and analysis;
    • Lead FP/RH’s Client Exit Interview initiative, particularly through the Women’s Health Project, including providing technical inputs and assistance as well as data analysis and visualization support;
    • Improve reproductive health research analysis capacity at country level by providing remote and occasional in-person technical assistance and by creating and supporting research analysis trainings, standardizing syntax, and creating toolkits and learning modules;
    • Support the joint FP/RH and Evidence departments’ mobile data collection initiative using SurveyCTO to field quantitative studies, including programming, quality control, and capacity-building
    • Collaborate with Sr. Reproductive Health Research Advisor on writing and disseminating research reports, peer-reviewed manuscripts, and other technical briefs;
    • Collaborate with Sr. Reproductive Health Research Advisor to disseminate PSI research findings at international conferences and meetings and coordinate conference abstracts to highlight research at country, regional and organizational levels;
    • Coordinate with Regional Researchers and Regional M&E advisors;
    • Work with New Business Development, marketing, and the FP/RH technical team to provide evidence, data and research findings for fundraising, marketing, and program planning efforts in reproductive health.


    Support Data Use Initiatives

    • Conceptualize, design, and produce data visualizations to support the use of data to aid in programmatic decision-making;
    • Collaborate with Sr. Reproductive Health Research Advisor and Evidence Department to support the Result to Action with Research (RAR) initiative, including through online and in-person webinars and workshops;
    • Collaborate with M&E advisors to align and find synergies in the integration and use of both research and monitoring data.


    This position will be based in Washington DC and will report to the Sr. Reproductive Health Research Advisor. Up to 25% international travel is anticipated. 


    What are we looking for?


    The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:

    Measurement: You use hard evidence to make decisions and guide your work. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.

    Pragmatism: You’ll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won’t be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.

    Honesty: You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.

    Collaboration: You’ll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won’t succeed.

    Trust: You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt

    Commitment: You are in it for the long-haul and want to grow with the organization, just like PSI serves its consumers and partners with host-country governments through thick and thin



    The basics

    • You have a master’s degree and 3+ years of professional experience in biostatistics, epidemiology, econometrics, public health, demography, or another related field
    • Extensive knowledge of statistical methodologies for quantitative research including analysis of survey data, longitudinal data, multi-level models, case-control studies, etc.
    • FP/RH knowledge and experience, including knowledge of routinely measured and monitored standardized indicators
    • Extensive knowledge of and proficiency in the use of Stata
    • Demonstrated experience in cleaning and analyzing complex quantitative data
    • Experience with mobile data collection, including programming, preferably utilizing SurveyCTO or other Open Data Kit (ODK)-based platforms
    • Experience in and passionate about building data analysis and data use capacity
    • Extensive familiarity with monitoring and evaluation systems and tools, including logframes.
    • Demonstrated attention to detail
    • Excellent written, verbal and inter-personal communication skills required. Must be highly organized with thorough follow-through
    • Experience fielding research studies in low-resource settings, including supervision of data collectors and data quality checks a plus
    • You are fluent in English
    • Candidates with a working knowledge of French are strongly preferred
    • References will be required
    • Must be authorized to work in the United States. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.
    • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check. 


    What would get us excited?


    International Field Experience. You have field experience in conducting family planning and reproductive health related research and measurement activities.


    Technical Expertise. You have specific experience designing, analyzing, and presenting reproductive health research, especially safe abortion related projects.


    Visual. You are skilled in data visualizations to be able to communicate evidence to non-technical audiences.


    Language Skills. You can work in French, communicating with a technical audience, and/or have the ability to work in another language such as Spanish.




    • Exempt


    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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