Population Services International

Temporary Technical Writer, Public Health Consultant

Posted Date 4 months ago(1/26/2022 12:17 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Strategy and Insights
Position Location: City
Washington, DC
Population Services International
Position Location: Country
United States


Technical Writer, Public Health Research Consultant- Temporary

Based in: Washington, DC or remote

Reports to Head of Strategic Research & Learning







Who we are

Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization.  We are a diverse group of over 5,000 entrepreneurial development professionals located in over 40 countries committed to making it easier for all people to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire. PSI is using its global presence and 50+ years of experience to help reimagine healthcare. We are working to shape market systems, shift policy and funding, and strengthen global capacity to better support consumer empowered healthcare. 


Join us!

The Strategy & Insights (S&I) Department promotes best practice in program design, marketing discipline, research, learning, and strategy development. S&I works with other departments to systematically capture, synthesize, and share internal and external evidence, consumer and market insights, competitive market intelligence, and program experience. As part of S&I, the Strategic Research and Learning Team is accountable for establishing and advancing an organizational learning agenda, ensuring the identification and exchange of learning and insights internally, and for the implementation, use and elevation of quality, ethical research.


PSI seeks a Technical Writer, Public Health Research Consultant to support the Strategic Research and Learning Team from April 2022 through September 2022. The consultant will produce technical communication products that distill and elevate PSI's research and learnings and work across diverse teams to build the organization's profile as a contributor of relevant, credible evidence for what works and why in achieving consumer-powered healthcare.


Your contributions

-Maintain a pipeline for technical research outputs from PSI’s SEA-aligned research studies and strategic projects that streamlines workflows, documents outputs, and tracks evidence communications. Compose and circulate regular updates to PSI’s internal research community that summarize new evidence produced by PSI research projects and highlight resources offered by S&I. Coordinate internal research webinars to share and workshop in-progress research activities. 25% of the time

-Develop and lead capacity building initiatives for technical research writing, including the development and delivery of a peer-reviewed journal manuscript writing workshop and a research brief writing workshop for PSI staff. 20% of the time

-Support the development and publication of peer-reviewed journal manuscripts. Support may include publication planning, writing, copyediting, proofreading, and journal submission across PSI projects. 20% of the time

-Lead and contribute to other strategic technical writing as needed, including technical outputs that cut across PSI projects. Coordinate and facilitate SEA-aligned communications that frame PSI’s contribution to external bodies of evidence. Engage with senior research advisors to develop and support concept notes and fundraising pitches with technical research content. 25% of the time

- Work closely with External Communications (EC) to advise on communication and dissemination of PSI’s technical research products. 10% of the time

Time percentages listed above are not exact. They are estimates and may change.


What are we looking for?

-Doctorate degree (or international equivalent) PhD or DrPH in public health, sociomedical sciences, health policy, behavioral health, global health, or interdisciplinary/related field 
-At least 2 years of related experience. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted, such as an MPH or MS in relevant field (e.g., social science, medical science, health science, health communication or health policy, implementation science, technical and science communication, information and dissemination science) with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.
-Track record of publishing in peer review journals. 

-Experience leading writing workshops or teaching scientific writing at the graduate level
-Ability to shape research content for different audiences and frame findings for internal learning and external influence. 
-Adept at bringing together multiple information sources clearly and succinctly and communicating technical content in creative and engaging ways. 
-Strong communication and copyediting skills. 
-Familiarity with digital communications and social media content management. 
-Ability to distill insights across rigorous research studies and package them in engaging ways. 
-Strong track record of generating funding, influencing policy through use of evidence, and developing strategic research partnerships. 
-Ability to work across teams effectively and build strong partnerships with colleagues and stakeholders.


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. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.


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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