Population Services International

  • Research Coordinator (Temporary)

    Posted Date 2 months ago(11/25/2019 9:47 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Technical Health Areas
    Position Location: City
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    Position Location: Country
    United States

    Research Coordinator (6 months position)

    Sexual and Reproductive Health Department

    Based in Washington, DC

    Up to 10% international travel

    Reports to the CM4FP Associate Data Analyst


    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!

    PSI’s Consumer’s Market for Family Planning (CM4FP) research project is designed to provide relevant, high quality evidence on the consumer’s perception of the family planning market in Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. 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 is collecting four rounds of longitudinal data from all outlets in selected project areas and four rounds of data from women living in the project areas via household-based surveys. The outlet survey is collecting information about family planning commodity and service delivery availability, price, and market share. The household survey is collecting information from the consumer on family planning use, access, and perception of the supply market, in order to explore local supply and demand interaction. The census-based approach to collecting data from all outlets in the project areas will also be compared to the approaches employed by other large-scale surveys such as PMA2020 and the DHS. 

    PSI seeks a Research Coordinator (RC) to provide research and coordination support to the CM4FP project. The RC is a key member of CM4FP team and should love research, organizing and coordinating work across various team members, both local and based in country. The RC also enjoys contributing to all the steps required to collect data successfully- reviewing and updating data collection tools, testing electronic data collection forms for operability and accuracy, troubleshooting electronic data collection issues that arise during fieldwork, and documenting all of these issues and processes systematically. The successful candidate will be detail-oriented, have demonstrated ability to multitask and to work in a fast-paced environment, and have some experience working with data. Proficiency with STATA is highly desired.


    The position will be based in DC and the incumbent will be expected to interact regularly with the field offices in the three CM4FP countries. Ideally, this would be a full-time position (40 hours a week), but there is some flexibility for a reduced schedule (30 hours a week). This is a short-term position for 6 months only.


    Sound like you? Read on.


    Your contribution

    • Assist with review and revision of CM4FP study tools- both paper and electronic versions- in preparation for survey roll-out, to ensure alignment across countries and across study rounds
    • Assist in programming paper tools into electronic data collection forms, ensuring proper alignment with paper versions of tools. This includes testing multiple drafts of the forms, noting errors and ensuring that they are resolved.
    • Coordinate electronic data collection activities between the field and HQ- keeping track of issues that arise in the field and liaising with the PI, data analysts, and country research team members to troubleshoot and get to a resolution
    • Keep track of changes made to tools across countries and across rounds throughout data collection periods
    • Support data analysts with creating GIS maps used in the field for navigation and data collection
    • Assist with review, analysis and/or presentation of data for project reporting and for internal review and planning, using Excel and STATA
    • Review data collection monitoring sheets and other fieldwork reports to identify issues which need to be addressed through data cleaning, amendment of study procedures or tools, or re-training of fieldworkers
    • Assist with preparation of fieldwork training materials
    • Support the CM4FP team in managing administrating tasks such as keeping track of general project timelines, training and data collection dates; booking travel for various team members; preparing logistics for meetings; maintaining the team calendar, etc.
    • Fulfill other programmatic and administrative functions as required, including for the SRH department at large


    What are we looking for?

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

    Collaboration: You can work independently, but thrive within a team.

    Trust: You trust that your manager and team will have your back and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates

    Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous and you don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.

    Honesty: You aren’t afraid to speak up and speak your mind.

    Measurement: You set clear and challenging goals and hold yourself accountable to driving measurable results.

    Commitment: You’re independent and a free thinker, but you’re ready to buy in to the direction of the team and commit to its success.


    The basics:

    • Bachelor's degree, preferably in a relevant subject (Public Health, International Development) plus minimum two years relevant experience required
    • Advanced computer skills (MS Office applications, including Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, and PowerPoint) required
    • Strong quantitative skills, with particular emphasis on working with Excel spreadsheets; but some experience in cleaning, managing and analyzing quantitative dataset using STATA preferred
    • Excellent written, verbal and inter-personal communication skills
    • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills
    • Excellent organizational and administrative skills with strong attention to detail
    • Proven ability to develop routines to manage large workloads and organize work efficiently to meet deadlines
    • Readiness to interact with a variety of people and assume diverse duties and tasks
    • 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. 


    • 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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