Population Services International

Research Advisor

Posted Date 1 month ago(12/16/2021 12:36 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Strategy and Insights
Position Location: City
Washington, DC
Population Services International
Position Location: Country
United States


Research Advisor I

Based in Flexible location

15-50% international travel

Work From Almost Anywhere Status = Approved US location or Nairobi, Kenya

Reports to Senior Research Advisor, Africa



Who we are

For more than 50 years, PSI has used consumer and market insights to design innovative solutions that address the global health challenges of the day, resulting in transformative contributions to global goals related to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), HIV/AIDS, malaria and others. Our vision for the next decade is that the healthcare consumer will be at the center of healthcare systems.  We seek to listen, to help inform, and to elevate consumer voices, knowing that health outcomes will be better when we design with them instead of designing for them. More quality care and control in consumers’ hands will expand equitable access, improve sustainable health behaviors and outcomes, and accelerate progress towards universal health coverage (UHC).


There are over 4,500 “PSI’ers” around the world across more than 35 countries. We are a diverse, multidisciplinary group of 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 Strategy & Insights team champions insight-driven prioritization across PSI, ensuring we are “doing the right things” even as we work on “doing things right.” The team promotes best practice in program design, marketing discipline, research, learning, and strategy development. The team works with other departments to systematically capture, synthesize, and share internal and external evidence, consumer and market insights, competitive market intelligence and program experience to guide global, market level, and program level strategy.

The Strategy & Insights team is seeking a Research Advisor I that will support the quality and ethical compliance of fit-for-purpose formative, design, implementation, and evaluation research. They will conduct data analysis and produce research outputs for a portfolio of research studies. Under the supervision and mentorship of a Senior Research Advisor, the Research Advisor will support a portfolio of PSI network members across Africa by providing compliance oversight, technical support, and capacity building. The Research Advisor will serve as part of PSI’s global Strategy & Insights team and contribute to global research initiatives across the organization. We're looking for someone who is a self-starter, motivated to learn and open to being adaptable in their work.


Your contributions

Research Support

-Support research design and provide technical review on research studies to ensure quality and compliance.

-Conduct both quantitative and qualitative data analysis and produce concise, well written outputs (reports, insights decks, etc.) describing research findings for technical and general audiences.

-Support implementation of company-wide research initiatives, including development of logframes, data and research use frameworks and tools, data capture forms, and data protection/quality initiatives.


Program Management

-Support the development, review, or documentation of annual research plans and learning agendas.

-Support activity budgeting, monitoring of project timelines, and reporting.


Thought Leadership / Knowledge Management

-Contribute to the implementation of thought leadership and knowledge management agendas, including the development and internal and external dissemination of technical and programmatic briefs, webinars, and reports.

- Work with country teams to support the documentation and knowledge management for research studies, including compliance and research documentation.



-Represent the research function for the department, project, or headquarters team internally within the PSI network. May present research results to donors and other external audiences



Contribute to new business development by contributing to or reviewing proposals


What are we looking for?

-Master’s Degree (or international equivalent) in a related field (e.g., MPH, MSc, MPP, MPA).

-At least 3 years of related years of experience. Equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted.   

- Experience implementing quality assurance protocols during research implementation.

-Experience submitting research protocols to Research Ethics Boards (REBs).

-Ability to produce research products and tools with oversight and direction.

 -Experience designing, collecting, cleaning, analyzing, and presenting quantitative and qualitative research.

-Extensive experience with quantitative or qualitative data analysis programs required.

-Ability to provide research technical assistance to the PSI network with support and oversight from the Senior Research Advisor. 

-Ability to develop and maintain relationships with internal colleagues. Able to work as a member of a team and independently. 

-Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability. 

-Demonstrate emotional intelligence and ability to collaborate with colleagues. 

-Proficiency in Microsoft 365, high level of knowledge of Microsoft Excel. 

-Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written. 

-Proficiency in French or Portuguese preferred. 

-Experience living or working in Africa preferred.

-Cultural humility and respect.


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.


References will be required and candidates will be asked to complete a written assignment as part of the recruitment process. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check. For domestic positions: Must be authorized to work in the United States. N.B. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.


PSI has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate to provide a hazard free employment and work environment in our commitment to our employees. Candidates offered a position will be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to their start date and their employment will be contingent on this. Candidates needing a medical or religious accommodation should let their recruiter know.

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.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: newhiresupport@psi.org or call (202)785-0072.


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