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Technical And Scientific Consultant To Support Evidence To Action Team

Recruiter: Marie Stopes International
Salary: Competitive
Location: London
Job sector: Charities & NGOs
Health & Social Care
Job type: Fixed term contract
Hours: Full-time
Date posted: 03/12/2018
Degree Level: Master


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Deadline for applications:
21/12/2018



1. BACKGROUND

Marie Stopes International (MSI) operates in 37 countries worldwide to increase access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and to expand contraceptive choices for millions of women and couples. MSI is a results-oriented social business which uses modern management and marketing techniques to provide SRH care including family planning, safe abortion, and post-abortion care. In MSI, service delivery is complemented with marketing and behaviour change communication campaigns that improve health-seeking behaviour and build social support for SRH within communities. MSI develops policy and programmes which are informed and supported by evidence.

MSI’s Evidence to Action (E2A) team has access to a wealth of data, evidence and insights to support operational best practices for delivering SRH programmes worldwide. The organisation has robust and standardised data systems used across its country programmes, facilitating rapid evaluation, adaptive programming and pooled analyses for cross-organisational learning. These include its own client health management system (the Client Information Centre (CLIC)), an individualised dataset allow client tracking and analysis over time and across teams. MSI also uses an adaptation of the DHIS-II platform within its private sector social franchises, and is now scaling up its Mobile Application TEchology (MATE), a mobile data platform used for client reporting by community health workers, as well as for other mobile applications (job aids etc.). MSI also has a centralised accounting system which allows for detailed costing analyses.

In addition to its routine system, MSI also manages surveys and conducts discrete studies to gather insights on client needs, behaviour or satisfaction, including annual client exit interviews conducted across 22 countries, mystery client surveys, willingness to pay surveys, and client insight/market research surveys. Discrete scientific studies are implemented in selected countries, either alone or in collaboration with research partners, to both gather formative insights into care-seeking behaviour, or evaluations to test the effectiveness of interventions.

MSI disseminates evidence through multiple mechanisms including internally through best practice guidance (Success Models, clinical guidance, organisational policies), through internal communications (sharepoint, email, webinars, technical meetings), through external communications (evidence briefs, newsletters and peer-reviewed publications). It is also currently coordinating development of a multi-partner ‘Safe abortion knowledge hub’ to facilitate cross-sector learnings around implementation of abortion programmes. MSI also presents insights and evidence at external meetings including conferences, symposia and technical meetings throughout the year.

MSI is now looking to recruit a consultant for six months to provide technical scientific support to the E2A team across a range of data analysis and research activities and functions.

2. OBJECTIVE

To provide timely and high quality scientific review and guidance to the E2A team on data analytics, insight gathering, research projects and products.

3. TASKS or SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES

The consultancy will include some or all of the following activities:

1) Technically review global guidance and global protocols that aim to standardise insight gathering and research activities.

2) Advise on the design, implementation and analysis of evidence activities and operational studies, including:
Advise on methods proposed by E2A team for data analysis, data visualisation and data synthesis for routine data analytics.
Advise on study and protocol design, including statistical advice on sampling calculations and approaches.
Review the scientific integrity of evidence tools and outputs produced by E2A team members, including concept notes, protocols, questionnaires, dashboards, powerpoint outputs, research reports and papers.
Provide scientific review of strategic studies (protocols, reports) implemented by E2A and its research partners.

3) Review evidence dissemination products produced by E2A team, including:
Write-ups for the ‘Safe Abortion knowledge hub’ (blogs, evidence briefs, case studies).
Write-ups of evidence case studies for MSI’s Success Models
Write-ups and webinars for internal communication (including Sharepoint and website materials)
Manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.
Provide technical support to the marketing team on production of a special journal supplement presenting MSI evidence on Adolescent SRH programming (6-8 original research articles).
Review and advise on design or responses to external evaluations of MSI programmes.
Provide technical review of capacity-building plans and activities for E2A staff based in country programmes.

4. MATERIALS

Provision of scientific and dissemination content as outlined above.

The consultant will use his/her own analysis software (Microsoft Excel, SPSS and/or STATA, qualitative software). He/she will use their own laptop.

5. OUTPUTS

Outputs will be negotiated as the consultancy progresses and the consultant will be requested to produce any such deliverables within the timeframes agreed. Individual deliverables will be negotiated as the consultancy progresses, and the consultant will be expected to produce any such deliverables within the timeframes agreed. Deliverables may include:
Study protocols (original or reviewed with tracked changes)
Concept notes
Questionnaires (original or reviewed with tracked changes)
Dashboards (reviewed)
Powerpoint slide decks (original or reviewed with comments)
Reports (reviewed)
Evidence briefs
Blogs/case studies for website
Plan for journal supplement
Scientific papers (original or reviewed)
Capacity building policies or plans (reviewed)

6. TIMING

65 days from 1st January to 30th June 2018 (usually averages 2.5 days per week).



7. ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS

The consultant will be provided with an MSI email address to facilitate ongoing technical support to the team for duration of the contract.

The consultant will invoice on a monthly basis for days spent on the contract, up to a maximum of 80 days within the 6 month time frame. There is no guarantee of a minimum or maximum number of hours or days per week.

Any additional costs incurred during the consultancy period (phone calls, travel if necessary, printing, purchasing of literature if needed etc.) will be reimbursed to the consultant at any time by inclusion on the monthly invoice and the provision of receipts. All extra costs must be approved by MSI in advance.

International travel may be required to MSI country programmes or to international meetings, if deemed necessary to complete the required TOR. Travel is considered an extra cost to be approved by MSI in advance. The consultant is to book and pay for all flights, accommodation, visas, and per-diems to cover the costs of meals and other incidentals up front. Reimbursement for pre-approved travel costs will be via invoices. The consultant will be responsible for providing his/her own travel/health insurance and all necessary vaccinations, and they will not be reimbursed by MSI.

8. SPECIFICATIONS OF THE CONSULTANT
The successful applicant will:
Have a master’s degree or PhD in Public Health or a related field
Experience in operational research on sexual and reproductive health (or other closely related field), preferably with experience in abortion and family planning research.
Proven experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis, including management and analysis of ‘big data’, and experience with STATA.
Have previous experience of work with non-profit organisations, particularly those working in the reproductive health sector, either as a consultant, employee or research partner.
Experience conducting research or implementation of health management information systems in low- or middle-income settings.
Be flexible, able to work under pressure and meet assigned internal or external deadlines.
Be a compelling communicator and excellent writer with the confidence and proven ability to package data into actionable recommendations for non-research audiences.
Have an excellent attention to detail; highly numerate; strong communication and interpersonal skills
Excellent problem-solving skills, with ability to think laterally when confronted with problems
Be sensitive to cultural contexts and target audiences found in international organisations.
Have high-speed internet connectivity.
Pro-choice, with a strong commitment to the vision and goals of Marie Stopes International.




Job description

1. BACKGROUND

Marie Stopes International (MSI) operates in 37 countries worldwide to increase access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and to expand contraceptive choices for millions of women and couples. MSI is a results-oriented social business which uses modern management and marketing techniques to provide SRH care including family planning, safe abortion, and post-abortion care. In MSI, service delivery is complemented with marketing and behaviour change communication campaigns that improve health-seeking behaviour and build social support for SRH within communities. MSI develops policy and programmes which are informed and supported by evidence.

MSI’s Evidence to Action (E2A) team has access to a wealth of data, evidence and insights to support operational best practices for delivering SRH programmes worldwide. The organisation has robust and standardised data systems used across its country programmes, facilitating rapid evaluation, adaptive programming and pooled analyses for cross-organisational learning. These include its own client health management system (the Client Information Centre (CLIC)), an individualised dataset allow client tracking and analysis over time and across teams. MSI also uses an adaptation of the DHIS-II platform within its private sector social franchises, and is now scaling up its Mobile Application TEchology (MATE), a mobile data platform used for client reporting by community health workers, as well as for other mobile applications (job aids etc.). MSI also has a centralised accounting system which allows for detailed costing analyses.

In addition to its routine system, MSI also manages surveys and conducts discrete studies to gather insights on client needs, behaviour or satisfaction, including annual client exit interviews conducted across 22 countries, mystery client surveys, willingness to pay surveys, and client insight/market research surveys. Discrete scientific studies are implemented in selected countries, either alone or in collaboration with research partners, to both gather formative insights into care-seeking behaviour, or evaluations to test the effectiveness of interventions.

MSI disseminates evidence through multiple mechanisms including internally through best practice guidance (Success Models, clinical guidance, organisational policies), through internal communications (sharepoint, email, webinars, technical meetings), through external communications (evidence briefs, newsletters and peer-reviewed publications). It is also currently coordinating development of a multi-partner ‘Safe abortion knowledge hub’ to facilitate cross-sector learnings around implementation of abortion programmes. MSI also presents insights and evidence at external meetings including conferences, symposia and technical meetings throughout the year.

MSI is now looking to recruit a consultant for six months to provide technical scientific support to the E2A team across a range of data analysis and research activities and functions.

2. OBJECTIVE

To provide timely and high quality scientific review and guidance to the E2A team on data analytics, insight gathering, research projects and products.

3. TASKS or SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES

The consultancy will include some or all of the following activities:

1) Technically review global guidance and global protocols that aim to standardise insight gathering and research activities.

2) Advise on the design, implementation and analysis of evidence activities and operational studies, including:
Advise on methods proposed by E2A team for data analysis, data visualisation and data synthesis for routine data analytics.
Advise on study and protocol design, including statistical advice on sampling calculations and approaches.
Review the scientific integrity of evidence tools and outputs produced by E2A team members, including concept notes, protocols, questionnaires, dashboards, powerpoint outputs, research reports and papers.
Provide scientific review of strategic studies (protocols, reports) implemented by E2A and its research partners.

3) Review evidence dissemination products produced by E2A team, including:
Write-ups for the ‘Safe Abortion knowledge hub’ (blogs, evidence briefs, case studies).
Write-ups of evidence case studies for MSI’s Success Models
Write-ups and webinars for internal communication (including Sharepoint and website materials)
Manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication.
Provide technical support to the marketing team on production of a special journal supplement presenting MSI evidence on Adolescent SRH programming (6-8 original research articles).
Review and advise on design or responses to external evaluations of MSI programmes.
Provide technical review of capacity-building plans and activities for E2A staff based in country programmes.

4. MATERIALS

Provision of scientific and dissemination content as outlined above.

The consultant will use his/her own analysis software (Microsoft Excel, SPSS and/or STATA, qualitative software). He/she will use their own laptop.

5. OUTPUTS

Outputs will be negotiated as the consultancy progresses and the consultant will be requested to produce any such deliverables within the timeframes agreed. Individual deliverables will be negotiated as the consultancy progresses, and the consultant will be expected to produce any such deliverables within the timeframes agreed. Deliverables may include:
Study protocols (original or reviewed with tracked changes)
Concept notes
Questionnaires (original or reviewed with tracked changes)
Dashboards (reviewed)
Powerpoint slide decks (original or reviewed with comments)
Reports (reviewed)
Evidence briefs
Blogs/case studies for website
Plan for journal supplement
Scientific papers (original or reviewed)
Capacity building policies or plans (reviewed)

6. TIMING

65 days from 1st January to 30th June 2018 (usually averages 2.5 days per week).



7. ADMINISTRATIVE ARRANGEMENTS

The consultant will be provided with an MSI email address to facilitate ongoing technical support to the team for duration of the contract.

The consultant will invoice on a monthly basis for days spent on the contract, up to a maximum of 80 days within the 6 month time frame. There is no guarantee of a minimum or maximum number of hours or days per week.

Any additional costs incurred during the consultancy period (phone calls, travel if necessary, printing, purchasing of literature if needed etc.) will be reimbursed to the consultant at any time by inclusion on the monthly invoice and the provision of receipts. All extra costs must be approved by MSI in advance.

International travel may be required to MSI country programmes or to international meetings, if deemed necessary to complete the required TOR. Travel is considered an extra cost to be approved by MSI in advance. The consultant is to book and pay for all flights, accommodation, visas, and per-diems to cover the costs of meals and other incidentals up front. Reimbursement for pre-approved travel costs will be via invoices. The consultant will be responsible for providing his/her own travel/health insurance and all necessary vaccinations, and they will not be reimbursed by MSI.

8. SPECIFICATIONS OF THE CONSULTANT
The successful applicant will:
Have a master’s degree or PhD in Public Health or a related field
Experience in operational research on sexual and reproductive health (or other closely related field), preferably with experience in abortion and family planning research.
Proven experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis, including management and analysis of ‘big data’, and experience with STATA.
Have previous experience of work with non-profit organisations, particularly those working in the reproductive health sector, either as a consultant, employee or research partner.
Experience conducting research or implementation of health management information systems in low- or middle-income settings.
Be flexible, able to work under pressure and meet assigned internal or external deadlines.
Be a compelling communicator and excellent writer with the confidence and proven ability to package data into actionable recommendations for non-research audiences.
Have an excellent attention to detail; highly numerate; strong communication and interpersonal skills
Excellent problem-solving skills, with ability to think laterally when confronted with problems
Be sensitive to cultural contexts and target audiences found in international organisations.
Have high-speed internet connectivity.
Pro-choice, with a strong commitment to the vision and goals of Marie Stopes International.


https://careers.mariestopes.org.uk/vacancy/technical-and-scientific-consultant-to-support-evidence-t

Vacancy type

Fixed term contract

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Location

London

Salary

Competitive


Deadline for applications

21/12/2018

Posted on

03/12/2018

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