Research Utilization Technical Advisor, Strategic Evidence
Based in Washington, DC
Up to 25% international travel
Reports to the Sr. Strategic Research Advisor
Who we are
With over 50 years of experience, working in over 50 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 7,000 “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's global strategy focuses on consumer powered healthcare (CPH) as the sustainable pathway to universal health coverage (UHC). PSI is seeking a Research Utilization Technical Advisor for Strategic Evidence to support the organization's CPH evidence, learning and thought leadership initiatives. The Technical Advisor will primarily provide technical support on research utilization, knowledge management, and scaling of evidence-based insights on the Research for Scalable Solutions (R4S) Project. R4S is a 5-year, USAID-funded implementation science award that seeks to build the evidence base for sexual and reproductive health interventions, including self-care, private sector solutions, and the cost-effectiveness of high-impact practices for family planning. PSI works as a member of the R4S consortium, which is primed by FHI360 and includes partners such as Save the Children, Makerere University School of Public Health, and EVIHDAF.
The Technical Advisor will be part of PSI's Evidence Department. The Evidence Department brings together performance metrics, knowledge management and thought leadership teams at PSI. The multi-disciplinary department spearheads technical learning for the organization that is used for internal decision-making and external influence. The department is coordinated by the Evidence Leadership Team, which is led by the Chief Evidence Officer. The Technical Advisor will also have a dotted line to PSI's Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Department, which provides technical expertise to PSI's global SRH programs.
The Technical Advisor is responsible for providing technical support to the R4S team and wider SRH and Evidence Departments on research utilization and knowledge management, and to make technical contributions on a global, multi-year implementation research project. To excel in this position, the Technical Advisor must be able to integrate research utilization and knowledge management planning and processes into implementation science research studies, enjoy engaging and working alongside country teams and partners; have a passion for SRH, and a willingness to be a thought partner in research design, implementation, and documentation and scale-up of learnings.
The position requires experience and willingness to engage on the technical aspects of research, including stakeholder engagement, the development of research utilization plans, the implementation of knowledge management approaches, and the development of research outputs. The ideal candidate will: have a talent for data analysis, technical writing, a creative approach to problem solving, and the skills and interest to engage in technical aspects of research. The ability to speak French or Portuguese would a strong plus.
Sound like you? Read on.
Technical Support - 60%
- Lead PSI's research utilization (RU) activities through the development and continued adaptation of research utilization and knowledge management plans
- Collaborate with country teams to develop and execute on RU plans, and coordinate HQ-to-country platform research and RU initiatives
- Conduct literature reviews, support development and refinement of research protocols and RU plans, and draft standard operating procedures for research integration
- Support in the development of learning questions, the production of research outputs, and the use and dissemination of research insights
- Manage the R4S project's knowledge management approaches, including the design and ongoing maintenance of the project SharePoint and Teams sites
- Ensure project milestones are tracked and RU indicators are supported with documentation and evidence
- Design and conduct research utilization workshops and other RU capacity-building activities, tools, and templates for PSI headquarters and country staff
- Support the Sr. Strategic Research Advisor to identify and secure country buy-ins
- Support new business development efforts
Leadership, Communication, and Capacity Building - 40%
- Build relationships with partners, stakeholders, country teams, consultants, and communities of practice
- Build the capacity of PSI's country teams and technical staff to use evidence, scale insights, and to integrate RU best-practices into existing evidence generation efforts
- Develop tools, templates, and resources for RU best-practices to be scaled across PSI
- Facilitate communication and coordination across project staff both internally and externally
- Produce research briefs, blogs, presentations, webinars, and other research outputs
- Contribute to conference presentations and scientific manuscripts for publication
- Support the design of templates, tools, and materials for research uptake and scale-up of best practices across PSI
- Facilitate workshops, webinars, and trainings and other stakeholder engagement activities
- Develop project theories of change, document program learnings/adaptations, and support program management functions as neededQualifications
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 be the enemy of the good
- 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.
- Credentials: BA required. Masters of Public Health, Masters in Project Management or relevant Social Science degree preferred.
- Experience: At least 2 years' of experience in program evaluation or public health research with a non-profit, development, or international organization (5 years preferred). Previous experience in project or study management/coordination, or in research utilization/knowledge management.
- Skills: Ability to manage multiple long-term and large-scale projects across diverse teams. Proficiency with SharePoint and Office365 for knowledge management. Knowledge of data analysis software packages (e.g. STATA/SAS/R/SPSS, Nvivo/DeDoose) for qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis preferred. Strong scientific writing skills a must.
- Familiarity with public health programming: Previous experience working in large scale family planning (FP), malaria, HIV/AIDS, or other public health projects or studies in developing country settings. Familiarity with FP High Impact Practices (HIP) preferred.
- Familiarity with research: An understanding of human subjects' protection in research, familiarity with research principles and methods, experience supporting teams conducting research, familiarity with data collection platforms, experience in communicating research results to a variety of audiences, familiarity with research utilization and knowledge management strategies/approaches. Experience in contributing to peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, conference abstracts, etc. a plus.
- Communication: Exceptional interpersonal and communications skills on and off-line. Strong technical writing skills. Ability to facilitate large webinars, workshops, and trainings.
- Language skills: Fluent English is essential. French or Portuguese language skills a strong plus.
- Previous field experience is strongly preferred
- PSI will not support a work visa for this position if an individual is not authorized to work in the United States
- References will be required.
- The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
What would get us excited?
Capacity Builder: You have experience in building institution, local technical, and research utilization or knowledge management capacity.
Team Player. You are able to effectively communicate across diverse teams, organizations, and contexts. You thrive on helping your coworkers learn, grow, and build their skills.
Self-Motivated: You look for opportunities to contribute and don't hesitate to jump in. You're willing to develop your skills, to try new things, and to learn by doing
Outcome & Detailed Oriented. You are organized, ready to build and execute workplans, and committed to achieving project objectives. You are excited about knowledge management and ensuring your team has access to the information they need, when and where they need it
Passionate about reproductive health: You are excited about sexual and reproductive health, and want to help build the evidence base for high impact practices in family planning
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