Saturday, May 14, 2011

Regional Researcher, East Africa

PSI seeks a Regional Researcher for East Africa to provide support to PSI's global mission. The Regional Researcher will provide strategic leadership, capacity building support, and technical assistance for study design and data analysis to multiple PSI programs in the East Africa region and will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. The position reports to the Sr. Program Manager, East Africa with a dotted line reporting to the Deputy Director, Research & Metrics.

Responsibilities: The regional researcher collaborates across PSI country platforms to:

  • Co-develop and review research monitoring and evaluation activities, including logframe development, study design, questionnaire development, data analysis, and dissemination;

  • Train country-level researchers and build capacity to design studies, oversee data collection, and analyze/interpret/disseminate results;

  • Work with country-level researchers to develop annual research portfolios and manage local research subcontractors;

  • Design quantitative studies to segment populations, monitor social marketing activities over time, and evaluate intervention effectiveness;

  • Design qualitative studies to generate insight into target audiences, design interventions, and improve quantitative instruments;

  • Provide country research managers to analyze study data, write reports, and deliver presentations to internal and external stakeholders;

  • Provide technical assistance to country platforms to build skills in interpreting research results and using evidence to guide program decisions and activities;

  • Build skills among researchers and programmers in health impact metrics as outcome measurements and strategic decision-making tools;

  • Develop training materials to build capacity of local researchers and partner organizations; and,

  • Collaborate with countries to present and publish research findings.

Experience:


  • Master's degree (MA, MPH, MSc) in public health, behavioral sciences, population studies, psychology, communication, or a related field preferred; PhD a plus

  • At least five years of professional experience in applied research, including field experience in a developing country (experience in Sub-Saharan Africa preferred)

  • Proven experience successfully building capacity in and mentoring researchers

  • Demonstrated ability to design, analyze, disseminate, and manage quantitative and qualitative behavioral research pertaining to HIV/AIDS, family planning, malaria, or child survival

  • Extensive knowledge of a statistical analysis program (R, SPSS, or SAS) and the ability to conduct multivariate analysis

  • Ability to develop partnerships with internal senior management, external donors, and NGOs

  • Experience managing multiple studies and teams in a variety of environments

  • Excellent analysis and writing skills

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills

  • Willingness to travel up to 50% of time within the East Africa region

  • Fluency in English required


Repertoire of desired expertise/skills includes:

  • Experience in market research or research with vulnerable populations

  • Experience analyzing qualitative data (in Atlas TI, Ethnograph, or similar program)

  • Experience with mapping studies and maintaining GIS

  • Experience programming PDAs

  • Experience developing learning materials

  • Health metrics analysis

  • French, Spanish or Portuguese language skills


Preference will be given to candidates with work experience in low-income countries, knowledge of public health issues and social marketing products. Familiarity with donor-funded international development projects preferred.

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