Senior Research Advisor or Research Advisor, DISC Project
Based in: Preference for candidates in Nairobi, Kenya; Kampala, Uganda; Abuja, Nigeria; or Washington, DC; eligibility for candidates in countries where PSI is registered
Up to 25 % international travel (once restrictions are lifted)
Reports to DISC Evidence Lead, Sr. SRH Technical Advisor, Implementation Science & Learning
Who we are
With over 50 years of experience, working in over 40+ 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 powered healthcare.
There are over 5,000 “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.
PSI seeks an innovative Senior Research Advisor or Research Advisor to provide technical leadership for high quality, relevant, and insightful analyses across an array of data workstreams in Uganda and Nigeria. PSI welcomes both mid-career and senior applicants, and will assign a pay grade based on the successful candidate’s qualifications. This position is a key part of the Evidence and Learning team in the DISC project-- a $18-million five-year self-care project made possible with the generous support of the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).
The is working with consumers, healthcare providers, governments and health systems in Nigeria and Uganda to catalyze voluntary self-injection of DMPA-SC contraceptives and promote additional forms of self-care. The investment aims to better understand the conditions under which consumers and providers will demand self-care interventions, and the feasibility of delivering high quality, cost-effective self-care services at scale.
As a flagship project of PSI, we are part of PSI’s organizational pursuit of universal health coverage through innovative and sustainable solutions that meet the actual health needs of people in low and middle income countries. Our mission is clear: every woman and girl – and every man and boy – should have access to the products, information and services they need to plan for the families, and lives, they desire. Access to quality-assured contraception and safe abortion where it is legal is part of that package.
Our evidence and learning objectives align with this. The DISC project emphasizes a rigorous relationship to evidence generation and use throughout its design and implementation phases, requiring innovation to enable safe and ethical research practices in the current COVID19 scenario.
We seek a (Senior) Research Advisor who is a skilled quantitative researcher, eager to play a leading role as part of DISC’s Evidence & Learning team, and who is committed to supporting others to join them in this Evidence & Learning journey.
Experience with multi-country projects emphasizing evidence use for adaptation and learning; familiarity working across public and private sectors; sexual and reproductive health programs; design and execution of diverse research methods including client exit interviews, mystery clients, and pilot assessments of complex interventions, will all be parts of this position. We’re looking for someone who is eager to lead in taking all of this to the ‘next level’ as we learn how to advance self-care as a new, consumer-powered cornerstone of sexual and reproductive health care.
Sound like you? Read on.
As a key role in the DISC Evidence and Learning Team, you will work closely with country-level programmatic and M&E teams in Uganda and Nigeria to develop and optimize high quality, timely, and reliable research in line with the DISC project’s learning agenda, focusing on ensuring research is:
You will play a leading role within the DISC Evidence and Learning team to ensure DISC country research aligns with protocols and ethical guidelines, and effectively speak to DISC evidence objectives. Your specific contributions will include:
What are we looking for?
The position location is flexible with potential for frequent travel (up to 25%). This position will require close coordination and collaboration with many people—good people skills are a must.
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