Position: Learning & Evidence Consultant
Department: PMI Impact Malaria
Based: Washington, DC or Remote
Who we are
With nearly 50 years of experience, working in over 60 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.
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PMI Impact Malaria
The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Impact Malaria project is PMI’s flagship global service delivery project, supporting countries in their efforts to fight malaria and save lives by strengthening diagnosis, treatment, and drug-based prevention for those most at risk—particularly young children and pregnant women. PMI Impact Malaria is a USAID contract hosted and led by PSI as the prime contractor.
PMI Impact Malaria is helping national malaria control programs tackle malaria service delivery challenges by working to:
- Close the gaps in malaria diagnosis and treatment to get the right medicine, with the correct diagnosis, to patients in need, in the timeliest manner.
- Unlock the potential of key drug-based prevention approaches by helping countries introduce, implement, and scale-up proven interventions.
- Strengthen malaria health systems and data for decision-making to accelerate service delivery improvements and advance key learnings.
The PMI Impact Malaria (IM) team provides global technical leadership along with implementation support and technical assistance in health facility and community settings in up to 27 countries around the world.
We are a focused, multi-disciplined, and multi-cultured team, based out of Washington DC, working through PSI country offices as well as through our partners Jhpiego, MCDI, and UCSF.
IM is developing a collection of learning questions to serve as the foundation for IM’s learning agenda. The learning questions will be influenced by discussion with PMI, WHO, and other technical colleagues, and informed through evidence generated from learning and country activities. IM will use evidence to achieve technical objectives more effectively and efficiently and to support the broader malaria community in advancing malaria service delivery.
IM will run several working meetings with members of the technical team, PMI, and a few other malaria experts to unpack draft learning questions and discuss themes, theories of change, and critical knowledge gaps. IM will identify gaps through raising questions and sharing feedback between IM headquarters (HQ), country teams, NMCPs, and PMI. IM will then formulate concrete learning questions within thematic areas.
Working closely with PMI and country teams, IM will determine the mix of learning activities that are best going to answer the learning questions and map out a specific timeline of activities. Learning activities could include literature reviews, performance and context monitoring, analyses, academic and/or technical research, and capturing the tacit and experiential knowledge of stakeholders. Through these activities, IM will ensure that learning is integral to program implementation and that it informs decisions at the level of global malaria technical leadership.
IM will plan for the development of a series of products that will help to ensure that the evidence generated supports adaptive implementation and decision-making processes. IM will carefully consider the format or modality that is most likely to influence target audiences and the best channels to reach them. Products are likely to include blog posts, briefs, webinars, videos, data visualizations, and infographics.
Using your technical and subject matter expertise, the consultant will work with IM to identify learning needs and gaps to produce a learning agenda that aligns with IM’s strategic objectives and USAID learning goals. From there, the consultant will continue collaborating closely with IM team members to develop a learning agenda work plan that includes a timeline of learning activities, incorporates learning questions into country work plans, and maps out a series of products. The consultant will also develop, write, and edit material to translate and package the evidence that is generated. This assignment will start as soon as possible and run through September 30, 2020—requiring about 80 days of LOE.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field such as public health, international relations, or organizational development;
- Substantial experience in strategic planning, project design, and/or organizational learning;
- At least ten years of professional experience in international public health, ideally with some knowledge of malaria, and a commitment to becoming highly knowledgeable about IM’s malaria service delivery activities and intervention areas;
- Superb English writing and editing skills that demonstrate an ability to convert complex topics into easily understandable and digestible information for a global audience;
- Facility with soliciting and receiving input from a variety of stakeholders and incorporating recommendations into logical, concise draft documents; and
- Experience and excellence in working with a large and diverse global team.
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.