United States of America: Adolescent Reproductive Health Evidence Advisor

Organization: Population Services International
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 05 Mar 2017

Job title: Adolescent Reproductive Health (RH) Evidence Advisor

Department: Family Planning and Reproductive Health (FP/RH)

Based in Washington, D.C.; Up to 30% international travel

Reports to the Adolescents 360 (A360) Project Director

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.

There are over 9,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals with an unusually wide range of backgrounds – from the medical industry to the music business – all with unique skills we bring to the job.

Join us!

PSI is currently implementing a multi-year year project for an estimated $30 million to increase both demand for and access to a full range of quality, voluntary contraceptive services for adolescents in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania. This project is taking a multi-disciplinary user-centered design approach to developing youth-focused RH interventions. The Adolescent RH Evidence Advisor will lead the development and implementation of a monitoring strategy for the project and support the project’s aims in capturing and sharing evidence to support replication of strategies the project develops. This position will require close coordination and collaboration with country teams as well as with PSI’s Evidence Teams such as Evidence for Implementation, Strategic Research and Evaluation, Program Analytics and the RH Health Researchers. The Adolescent RH Evidence Advisor will report to the Project Director. The position is based in Washington, DC with approximately 30% travel.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

You will:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive and responsive monitoring strategy for the project, working closely with a range of key stakeholders, including country programmatic teams, country M&E teams, and the project’s external evaluation team.
  • Ensure the application of global best practices in the generation and use of routine data for this adolescent reproductive health project, taking into account PSI’s frameworks for routine monitoring and countries’ existing monitoring systems.
  • Design data quality assurance mechanisms and validate data.
  • Design approaches to assess and learn from prototyping and piloting during the design process.
  • Design strategies for engaging with youth in data collection, interpretation and analysis.
  • Work with project countries to analyze routine data from project monitoring and the design process to provide evidence to develop adolescent youth RH interventions and ensure continuous improvement, with a particular focus on the use of programmatic dashboards for decision making.
  • Support project team on data interpretation and promote regular use of data for decision-making and program improvement.
  • Disseminate best practices throughout PSI using various capacity building and communication channels (e.g. trainings, toolkits, teleconferences).
  • Support the implementation of research protocols as identified by the project, together with regional experts and project stakeholders.
  • Contribute to constant documentation of the project to assist with the project’s external evaluation.
  • Contribute to the evidence base by authoring articles and publishing in peer-reviewed journals; providing support to country-level teams for publications; presenting at conferences and meetings; and documenting lessons learned for internal and external stakeholders.

What are we looking for?

The basics

  • Masters or doctorate degree in public health, health informatics, information sciences, behavioral sciences, epidemiology, population studies, or a related field.
  • 10 years of experience creating and leading implementation of complex, national or multinational M&E efforts in the area of reproductive health and contraception.
  • Excellent research skills, including demonstrated ability to design and execute quantitative and qualitative research studies in challenging data and operations environments.
  • Proven experience designing and implementing M&E frameworks, including: routine data collection, data quality assurance, and data use (preferably for public health interventions).
  • Proven experience mentoring and increasing capacity of colleagues to use data in program implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience working in sub-Saharan Africa, preferably in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel and/or southern Nigeria.
  • Expertise in adolescent sexual and reproductive health highly desired.
  • Expertise in collecting contraceptive service delivery data in a variety of service delivery settings (public, private, and outreach).
  • Knowledge of DHIS2 desirable.
  • Experience with electronic data collection and mHealth solutions highly desirable.
  • Ability to interpret data and explain findings to non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience with data analysis and visualization solutions.
  • Experience engaging beneficiaries such as youth in data collection.
  • Excellent English written, verbal and inter-personal communication skills.
  • Experience and excellence in working with large, diverse teams.
  • High-level attention to detail and effective time management skills.

What would get us excited?

  • Pragmatic: You have deep experience with M&E and with a focus on practical, cost-effective, and creative solutions to collecting data in challenging circumstances and presenting it in ways that allow programmers to use it to guide decisions.

  • Strong Communicator: You communicate effectively with researchers and non-researchers along a variety of learning curves and needs. You have excellent written, verbal, and inter-personal communication skills and an ability to train others.

  • Creative: You see figuring out the challenge of collecting sensitive data from adolescents through a highly novel program design as an exciting contribution to the field of public health. You have attacked thorny M&E challenges with success.

  • Self-starter: You can work independently, manage your own projects, and meet deadlines.


  • Exempt
  • Level 6
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position

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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