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Evidence and Impact Advisor

About Us

MSI Reproductive Choices is one of the world’s leading providers of sexual and reproductive healthcare. We believe that everyone should have the right to choose. From contraception to safe abortion and life-saving post-abortion care, we are committed to delivering compassionate, affordable, high-quality services for all.

Today, our organisation has over 9,000 team members working in 37 countries across the world. Our success lies in the fact that MSI teams are locally led, entrepreneurial and results-driven, and are passionate about delivering high quality, client-centered care in their own communities. As a social business, we focus on sustainable delivery, efficiency, and funding models that are built to last, so that the women and girls we serve today will have a choice in the future too.

We know that access to reproductive choice is life changing. For some, it can mean the ability to complete an education or start a career. For others, it means being able to look after the family they already have. For everyone, it means the freedom to decide their own future, creating a fairer, more equal world.

About the Role

The advisor will work primarily on the Women’s Integrated Sexual Health (WISH) program, a high-value multicountry programme which aims to improve access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for women and girls in areas of highest unmet need. WISH is split into two separate Lots – Lot 1 works across 11 countries in West and central Africa (Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Chad, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire) and is implemented by a consortium led by MSI. MSI is also a consortium partner in WISH Lot 2, which is led by IPPF, with inputs from 8 MSI country programmes. WISH combines delivery of SRH services with work to strengthen national ownership of WISH outcomes through supporting an enabling policy environment, strengthening domestic resources for family planning and building the capacity of the public sector.

In addition to the technical responsibilities listed below, the Evidence and Impact Advisor is expected to be the MSI technical and thematic expert, representing MSI E&I team within WISH consortium. The Evidence Advisor is charged with providing technical leadership and oversight of key consortium deliverables; drawing data together; identifying strategies and actions that need to be taken because of the data; developing dissemination strategies and action plans; etc. This post will also be a key source of strategic support to the MSI FCDO programme management team, supporting reporting needs and more in-depth analytics, and enabling consortium partners in-country to identify ‘what works’ and also enable rapid course correction.

About You

We recruit talented, dynamic people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, all united by a belief in our mission and a focus on delivering measurable results. We’re proud to be an equal opportunities employer and are committed to creating a fully inclusive workplace, where everyone feels able to participate and contribute meaningfully. You must be open-minded, curious, resilient, and solutions-oriented, and committed to promoting equality, and safeguarding the welfare of team members and clients alike.

To succeed in this role, you must have:

Essential

• Proven experience with advanced analytics software such as STATA and excel ( R highly desirable) • Proven experience (a minimum of 3 years) working within a research, data analytics or monitoring & evaluation role • Have been exposed to a wide range of challenging research, monitoring and evaluation problems to solve (ideally in healthcare) • Highly familiar and experienced in writing and editing documents for various audiences, including non-research ones • Demonstrated experience managing projects involving multiple stakeholders, including priority setting, planning, and influencing with limited authority • Experience of project management or cross-functional (matrix) team working

Desirable

• Proven experience working cross culturally and providing technical support to remote teams and in providing technical research assistance and training to staff, including non-researchers in resource constrained settings • Experienced in utilizing a range of qualitative research methods to answer key challenges / questions • Experience with health research, reproductive health, and / or family planning / service delivery / operations environment

Key Skills

Essential

This is a highly specialised role that requires deep analytical skills in turning large data sets into meaningful, useful insights. Develop data visualisation tools that meet stakeholders’ needs and easy to use. It also requires someone with the passion and skill in helping motivate their adoption and usage.

  • Extremely strong analytical skills, – highly numerate and analytical with knowledge of a broad range of technical skills in research and evaluation methods (incl. quantitative and qualitative); STATA and advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Strong interpretation skills, being able to see beyond the analysis and describe what this means for our clients and services and how it feeds in towards reaching our MSI 2030 goals
  • Ability to perform data mining, blending large datasets to enhance reporting and “Know how” in data visualisation using Excel, PowerBI, Tableau or equivalent and using data to make informed recommendations
  • Excellent verbal and written communicator: ability to convey complex concepts in plain English to non-technical audiences and to lead confidently representing MSI externally, including liaising with donors and building relationships with external partners. A passion for sharing data, insight and the benefits that good evidence can bring to an organisation.
  • Ability to review and appraise findings and proposed project designs to ensure that we deliver clear, usable and robust insights
  • Strong team player: can quickly and effectively build strong and positive working relationships
  • Drive for results: Curious, interested and passionate how data can be used to improve performance and results; challenging the status quo to look for new ways of doing things.
  • Ability to rapidly and effectively prioritise tasks. Highly comfortable working within deadlines, data constraints and shifting priorities

Desirable:

  • Experience working cross culturally and providing technical support to remote teams and in providing technical research assistance and training to staff, including non-researchers in resource constrained settings
  • Experienced in utilizing a range of qualitative research methods to answer key challenges / questions
  • Experience with health research, reproductive health, and / or family planning / service delivery / operations environment
  • Practical experience in developing donor research logframes and developing evidence based proposals; developing cases studies and data to support winning bids, especially for value for money and new models

Education

  • Degrees in public health research, statistics, economics, epidemiology, demographics, health sciences or related discipline – Essential
  • Proficiency in French highly desirable – Please state level in application
  • Additional qualification or formal training in research design, epidemiology or impact evaluation, data visualisation such as PowerBI – Desirable

Personal Attributes:

We seek exceptional individuals who are aligned to MSI’s mission and entrepreneurial mindset. You must be a strong communicator, self-motivated and solutions-seeking, committed to driving social change in an environment that measures sustainable results and impact at an individual and global level. You must be able to work effectively with and across diverse teams and be comfortable with ambiguity.

  • Pro Choice. Energy, drive and passion for purpose and MSI Reproductive Choices’ mission, able to inspire others with the MSI mission.
  • Excellent communication skills both through verbal and written methods, particularly in sharing compelling stories through data, explaining complex ideas simply, and presenting key messages to senior audiences.
  • Highly numerate; able to analyse and critically query complex data
  • Excellent attention to detail; methodical and precise
  • Highly developed skills to influence and persuade: ability to build relationships quickly and effectively with team members and stakeholders at all levels
  • Strong self-starters with initiative-taking attitudes
  • Flexible attitude towards working in a fast-changing operating environment. empathetic patience and thoughtfulness even in high-pressure, stressful situations
  • Able to travel internationally

If you fit the above and are easy-going yet concentrated, eager to help, sharp, capable under pressure, and have an eye for detail, we look forward to hearing from you.

For more information about the role, please view the job framework on our website.

Location: London Support Office (hybrid working) or any MSI Country Programme

Full- time: 35 hours a week (UK hours)

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £39,700 – £46,500 + discretionary bonus (UK salary range only), For applicants not based in the UK, the role will be banded within the national context

Closing date: 5th August 2022 (midnight GMT+1). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

How to apply

Please apply directly on our website https://careers.msichoices.org/vacancyinformation.aspx?vguid=112798d3-fc94-4a68-8c94-a52e8dc02fb0

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