Principal Investigator, Family Planning and Reproductive Health

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Population Services International
Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 3 June 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 4 May 2018

Job Description

Title: Principal Investigator

Department: Family Planning and Reproductive Health Department

Based in Washington, DC

Reports to the Reproductive Health Research Advisor

Term: 18 months employment initially

Who we are

With over 45 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 empowered healthcare.

There are over 8,000 “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.

Join us!

The Consumer’s Market for Family Planning (CM4FP) will be a new research project designed to provide relevant, high quality evidence on the consumer’s perception of the family planning market in two countries. The design of CM4FP draws on the designs of the FPwatch project for family planning and the ACTwatch project for malaria ( The project will collect longitudinal data from all outlets in selected project areas, four rounds of data from women living in the project areas via household-based surveys, and data from clients exiting facilities and outlets in the project areas via client exit surveys. The outlet surveys will collect information about family planning commodity and service delivery availability, price, and market share and the household surveys will collect information from the consumer on family planning use, access, and perception of the supply market to explore local supply and demand interaction. The approach to collecting data from all outlets in the project areas (via a census-based approach) will also be compared to the approaches employed by other large-scale surveys such as PMA2020 and the DHS.

PSI seeks a qualified candidate to fill the role of a Principal Investigator for the CM4FP research project.

Your contribution

  1. Review and revise as needed relevant family planning total market monitoring indicators and survey instruments. Incorporate global best practices and guidance into revisions of these indicators and survey instruments.
  2. Collaborate with the RH Research advisor, regional researchers, and the donor to finalize selection of project areas in the two project countries.
  3. Lead the development of research protocols and study instruments for the outlet surveys, household surveys, and client exit interviews and ensure ethical review and approval.
  4. Design data cleaning and analysis guidelines to produce standard indicators and comparable evidence across study sites.
  5. Ensure high quality data collection in partnership with PSI country research teams through adapting and implementing ACTwatch standard operating procedures.
  6. Supervise Research Associates responsible for directly overseeing data collection, cleaning and analysis according to the study protocol and standard operating procedures.
  7. Produce study reference documents and contribute to dissemination materials including conference and meeting presentations, study briefs, and peer-reviewed publications.
  8. Package research tools and lessons learned for wider dissemination to facilitate replication.
  9. Present research findings at relevant fora in collaboration with the Reproductive Health team

The CM4FP Principal Investigator will be based in Washington DC and will report to the RH Research Advisor. Approximately 30% international travel is anticipated during the first year.

What are we looking for?

  • PhD in epidemiology, public health, demography or other relevant field or Master’s degree and 8+ years of experience in the design and implementation of quantitative primary data collection in developing countries including: protocol development; survey instrument design; ethical review board submission; partnerships with in-country research agencies; fieldwork management; fieldworker training; and data collection quality control.
  • Demonstrated expertise in reproductive health research including peer-reviewed publications.
  • Demonstrated quantitative data management and analysis skills required. Proficiency using Stata required.
  • Experience using electronic data collection preferred.
  • Geo-spatial visualization and analysis skills preferred.
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills; Relevant foreign language skills are a plus.
  • Ability to travel internationally, including travel to project countries
  • References will be required
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position

This position is contingent on funding being awarded, expected June 2018.


  • Exempt

*Due to high volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. Curious about your status? Please log into your iCIMS account to find out.

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.


About the Organization

About PSI: PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations, in over 65 countries to lead healthier lives. Over 150 staff in the Washington D.C headquarters, 100 overseas expatriate staff and almost 8,000 local staff work to execute PSI’s critical and innovative programs worldwide. Health Impact and Donors: PSI has a unique focus on measurable health impact much like successful corporations measure profitability. Measuring the results of PSI’s health interventions isn’t as simple as counting lives saved. PSI employs an entire team of researchers to continuously evaluate PSI performance against evidence-based objectives and verifiable indicators. Such strict measurement of PSI performance is what sets the organization apart from others in the field and feeds into the design of innovative, targeted and cost-effective interventions. By utilizing the DALY (Disability Adjusted Life Year) system, PSI estimates that in 2009 alone, its programs directly prevented more than 156,000 HIV infections, 2.6 million unintended pregnancies, almost 150,000 deaths from malaria and diarrhea and 19 million malaria episodes. In addition, roughly 25,000 patients were treated for TB. With a focus on decentralized management and local experts, innovative programs and successful benchmarking, PSI is proud of its long term commitment to serve those most in need. PSI is supported by several major donors including: governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands; the Global Fund, various United Nations agencies, private foundations, corporations and individuals. Areas of PSI focus: HIV: PSI has HIV programs in over 60 countries around the world. Interventions, which include social marketing of HIV products and services and targeted HIV communications, are based upon a commitment to produce measurable health impact and an emphasis upon rigorous research and evaluation. Although condom social marketing and targeted communications remain the cornerstones of PSI's work to address the HIV pandemic, country programs also implement an increasingly comprehensive range of interventions in response to the changing needs of specific country contexts and populations. PSI is increasingly implementing innovations such as male circumcision services and targeted communications for concurrent sexual partnerships and injection drug use interventions. TB: Tuberculosis (TB) is a curable and preventable illness, yet it remains a major cause of death worldwide. It is one of the biggest killers of women of reproductive age and the most common cause of death among people living with HIV/AIDS. PSI provides a variety of innovative TB and TB/HIV-related services, engaging private providers in diagnosis and treatment and integrating HIV counseling and testing with TB services. It also creates innovative behavior change communications campaigns to increase awareness of TB and TB/HIV and to promote healthy behaviors. Child Survival: Vulnerable children are one of PSI’s most important target groups. According to the WHO, nearly 10 million children under the age of five die each year – more than 1,000 every hour. Tragically, about two-thirds of child deaths are preventable through practical, low-cost interventions. PSI works to improve child survival by helping developing countries address water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, pneumonia and HIV with prevention and treatment education and products. PSI’s child survival programs improve the health and save the lives of children under five in more than 30 countries. Reproductive Health: In over 30 countries throughout the world PSI empowers women and couples to lead healthier lives by providing access to innovative family planning and maternal health products and services. Every year, there are more than 60 million unintended pregnancies and more than 500,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes. In 2008 alone, PSI prevented an estimated 3.1 million unintended pregnancies and 15,000 maternal deaths, and enabled millions of couples to plan their families. Over the past three decades, PSI has expanded the contraceptive methods in its portfolio from male condoms and oral contraceptives to include injectable contraceptives, intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUD), emergency contraception pills, implants, female condoms, voluntary sterilization, and fertility awareness methods such as the Standard Days Method using Cyclebeads®. PSI’s RH platform has also grown to address maternal mortality through the prevention of post-partum hemorrhage and sepsis, and the prevention of unsafe abortion. Clean Water: Access to clean water is a challenge in almost all of the countries PSI operates in. Increasing awareness of water borne diseases and accessibility to treated water are a core part of PSI’s efforts across its health areas. PSI and its many partners are working together to promote the Safe Water System, a water quality intervention that employs proven, easy-to-use and inexpensive solutions such as household water treatment appropriate for the developing world. Household water treatment and safe storage ensures that each sip of water is safe to drink. Household water treatment can be adopted quickly, inexpensively, at national scale in both development and emergency situations, making an immediate difference on the lives of those who rely on transporting to and storing water in their homes. Malaria: PSI provides malaria control support to national Ministries of Health in over 30 countries worldwide. PSI tailors its malaria control programs to the unique environment in each country and the needs outlined by the Ministry of Health to achieve the Abuja Targets and MDGs. PSI’s malaria control programs include delivery of insecticide treated mosquito nets, pre-packaged malaria treatment, behavior change communications and operational research.

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