Research Advisor II, Malaria
Based in Washington D.C. or anywhere PSI has a registered office
15-50% international travel
Work From Almost Anywhere Status = Eligible (DC/Eastern US time zone preferred)
Reports to Senior Research Advisor I, Malaria & WASH Department
Who we are
Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We are a diverse group of over 4,500 entrepreneurial development professionals located in over 35 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.
Working across 23 countries in sub-Saharan Africa as well as Cambodia, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) VectorLink (VL) Project is equipping countries to plan and implement safe, cost-effective, and sustainable life-saving malaria vector control interventions with the overall goal of reducing the burden of malaria. Proven to reduce malaria illness, severe disease, and death due to malaria in endemic areas, insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) protect people while they are sleeping from the bite of mosquitoes. ITNs maintain effective levels of insecticide to repel mosquitoes for approximately three years, even after repeated washing. PMI VectorLink supports ministries of health to achieve and maintain universal coverage of ITNs, delivered through all available channels. PMI VectorLink is building capacity for evidence-based policy and decision-making, social and behavior change communication (SBCC), and monitoring and evaluation to increase ITN access and ensure ITN use.
PSI seeks an Advisor II, Research that will Lead or support the design, research quality and ethical compliance of fit-for-purpose formative, design, implementation, and evaluation research across a portfolio of countries or projects. Serve as a research focal point and support teams in the use of research results. Support other technical functions (marketing, monitoring, learning) with research support on key initiatives. Position may have one to two direct reports.
Research: Lead the design and provide technical review to research studies to ensure quality and compliance. Conduct 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 initiatives, and monitoring function in the development of logframes, D2A frameworks, data systems, data protection/quality and analysis of monitoring data. 45% of the Time
Thought Leadership / Knowledge Management: Identify and foster opportunities for internal learning, capacity building, and P2P exchanges and cross-country and project learning. 20% of the Time
Program Management: Support the development of annual research plans and learning agendas. Support activity budgeting, monitoring of project timelines, reporting, and communicating with clients as appropriate. 15% of the Time
Representation: Represent the research function for the department, project, or headquarters team internally and externally. May participate in technical work groups externally and present research results to donors. 10% of the Time
Fundraising: Engage with fundraising teams to support development of the Monitoring, Evidence and Learning (MEL) plans, Theory of Change (TOC) and log frames. 10% of the Time
Time percentages listed above are not exact. They are estimates and may change. This is also not an exhaustive list of all tasks that an incumbent is expected to perform but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included above. PSI reserves the right to revise job profiles at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities.
What are we looking for?
-Master’s Degree (or international equivalent) in a related field.
-Doctorate Degree (or international equivalent) in a related field preferred.
-At least 5 years of related experience. Equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted.
-Experience leading the design, collection, cleaning, analysis, and presentation of quantitative malaria research in countries in which malaria is endemic.
-Significant experience with quantitative or qualitative data analysis programs required (proficiency in Stata will be tested).
-Experience submitting research protocols to Research Ethics Boards (REBs).
Experience implementing quality assurance protocols during research implementation.
-Ability to provide research technical assistance to the PSI network with minimal technical oversight.
-Ability to produce technical products and tools with limited oversight and direction.
-Ability to develop and maintain relationships with internal colleagues. Able to work as a member of a team and independently
-Ability to contribute to technical approach for proposals.
-Demonstrate emotional intelligence and ability to collaborate with colleagues.
-Proficiency in Microsoft 365. Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative data analysis programs required.
-Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
-Proficiency in French, Spanish, or Portuguese preferred.
-Cultural humility and respect.
Experience in designing, fielding, and monitoring the quality of data collected through mobile devices. Experience with ODK (and SurveyCTO) preferred
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. 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.
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