Research Manager, Malaria

Population Services International, Zimbabwe

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th March, 2019

Job Description

Job title: Research Manager

Department: Malaria

Location: Multiple locations possible

Reports to: the Health Area Research Advisor, Malaria and WASH

Who we are

We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to be healthy by providing access to products and services that range from mosquito nets to HIV testing.

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Join us!

We are looking for a Research Manager to support malaria monitoring and research activities across English- and French- speaking countries, mostly in Africa. The position will primarily support PSI’s LLIN work for the PMI VectorLink project. VectorLink 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. PSI manages ITN Durability Monitoring studies for VectorLink, and the Research Manager will support the Health Area Research Advisor in the planning, implementation and analysis of these studies. The position will work as part of a distributed team and will require working independently as well as travel to study countries for training and quality assurance during field implementation. The position will also entail some data analysis and report preparation. There will be an opportunity to contribute to strategic discussions about the future direction of malaria monitoring and research, and to contribute to writing for publication. The successful candidate will need to be detail oriented and a self-starter. The Research Manager will report to the Health Area Research Advisor, Malaria and WASH, with approximately 30% travel.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

The Research Manager will be expected to:

  • Lead study planning in a subset of study countries by:
  • Working directly with implementing agencies and PSI offices to develop study designs (where required), budgets and timelines.
  • Maintaining country progress in line with agreed timelines and proactively troubleshooting to avoid or advance through delays.
  • Ensuring appropriate IRB approvals have been received for all study rounds.
  • Working with countries to develop or revise study materials, including training slides and other training materials.

Support field work implementation by:

  • Supporting teams to program and/or update electronic data collection tools.
  • Co-facilitating field work training.
  • Supervising field work teams and performing quality assurance checks during field work.
  • Providing remote review of data collection activities and intervening to resolve errors while field work is ongoing.

Support analysis and reporting by:

  • Conducting data cleaning and analysis according to standard project syntax.
  • Ensuring quality and timely production of study reports in English.
  • Participating in country analysis workshops and/or dissemination events as requested by partners.

The Research Manager will work with the Health Area Research Advisor and other team members to:

  • Review and revise the electronic data collection tool to strengthen internal logic checks towards improved data quality.
  • Conduct secondary analysis of study data and participate in the writing of project briefs, presentations and publications.
  • Support activities under the broader vector control research agenda research steps as required.

What are we looking for?

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

Our ideal candidate will possess:

  • PhD or a Master’s degree (with 5+ years of experience) in public health, behavioral sciences, epidemiology, tropical medicine, population studies, or a related field
  • 5 years of professional experience supporting the planning and implementation of high-quality field-based research studies, including field worker training and data collection supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, highly organized, and comfortable working on multiple simultaneous studies
  • Experience programming and troubleshooting electronic data collection tools
  • At least 2 years of quantitative data management and analysis experience.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Stata is required
  • Excellent written, verbal and inter-personal communication skills.
  • Fluency in French is required.
  • Malaria research experience preferred.

This position is pending donor approval. Candidate must have authorization to work in base country. No relocation or allowances will be considered for this position. References will be required. The sucessful candidate will be required to pass a background check,

STATUS: Exempt

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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