Research Utilization Senior Technical Advisor
Based in Washington, DC, US or Southern Africa
Up to 25% international travel
Reports to the Project Director
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 anticipates leading a $85 Million global USAID/PEPFAR program, which aims to accelerate introduction and scale up of biomedical products for HIV prevention for adolescent girls and young women and cisgender and transgender women in Southern and Eastern Africa. PSI is seeking a Research Utilization and Translation Senior Technical Advisor to support this project’s evidence, learning and thought leadership initiatives. The Senior Technical Advisor will primarily provide technical support on research utilization, knowledge management, and scaling of evidence-based insights across project countries in close collaboration with research and implementation partners.
The Senior Technical Advisor is responsible for providing technical support to the project team 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 Senior 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 researchers, Implementers, policy makers, and UN partners and donors; have a passion for HIV and PrEP; and have 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 translate research/evidence into policy development and adaptation of implementation
Sound like you? Read on.
- Lead the project’s research utilization and translation (RUT) activities through the development and continued adaptation of research utilization, translation, and knowledge management plans
- Collaborate to develop and execute on RUT plans, and coordinate cross-country platform research and RUT initiatives
- Conduct literature reviews, collaborate with the Research Lead to develop and refine research protocols and RUT plans, and draft standard operating procedures for research integration
- Translate implementation evidence and insights into knowledge products
- Support in the development of learning questions, the production of research outputs, and the use and dissemination of research insights
- Manage the project’s knowledge management approaches, including the design and ongoing maintenance of the project SharePoint and Teams sites
- Ensure project milestones are tracked and RUT indicators are supported with documentation and evidence
- Facilitate communication and coordination of knowledge products 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
- Participate and support Project Director for convening and coordinating the Product Access Advisory Committee (PAAC).
- Support the design of templates, tools, and materials for research uptake and scale-up of best practices across project countries
- Document program learnings/adaptations
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 5 years’ of experience in program evaluation or public health research with a non-profit, development, or international organization (10 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 HIV/AIDS, family planning, or other public health projects or studies in developing country settings.
- 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.
- 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
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