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Senior Research and M&E Manager



Posted on Saturday, November 11, 2023

Senior Research and M&E Manager

Posted Date 7 months ago(11/10/2023 8:08 AM)
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Population Services International
Position Location: Country

Job Title: Senior Research and M&E Manager
Department: Research, Monitoring & Evaluation (RM&E)
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Reports to: Director of Programs/Chief of Party

Who we are

PSI is a network of locally rooted, globally connected organizations working to achieve consumer-powered healthcare — people-centered health systems that ensure quality, affordable care wherever and whenever it is needed. Our origins in sexual and reproductive health have grown into a broader mission. Today, we work with the public and private sectors as well as local communities, prioritizing people’s voice and choice and developing solutions to meet their essential health needs. Over the past five decades, we have helped push boundaries, break taboos, set trends, and develop innovative solutions to complex global health challenges.

Join us!

We are looking for an experienced Senior Research and M&E Manager to lead the country’s research and M&E portfolio for strengthened data collection, management, quality assurance, and market insights, and research use in Nigeria. The Senior Research and M&E Manager will have a main focus on ACTwatch Lite, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded research project that will collect market data on antimalarial and diagnostic commodities in Nigeria. Training and data collection are expected to begin in early 2024.

The position will work with the central, zonal and state level M&E and digital focal teams across Nigeria’s target geographies and reports to the Director of Programs/Chief of Party.
The position requires travel of about 40%.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

You will be responsible for the following:

Market research and evaluation: PSI Nigeria research centers around formative insight through qualitative and quantitative research to improve the design of interventions, implementation science to better understand how to deliver existing interventions more effectively and market analysis to understand the broader context of health issues and responses, and evaluation to measure how programs are doing. The role will provide technical leadership for PSI Nigeria by ensuring that research and learning activities are well-planned, strategic, rigorous, and budgeted for. In addition, this role will ensure compliance with Nigerian regulations and PSI research ethics and policies for research.

  • Participate in the design and implementation of the ACTwatch Lite study in collaboration with PSI global and region- or project-specific researchers to further the goals of PSI Nigeria programs.
  • Support the development and finalization of ACTwatch Lite training materials, manuals, and standard field operations procedures.
  • Support consumer insights research and research collaborations using both qualitative and quantitative methods, such as ethnography, structured interviews, and surveys that support various kinds of segmentation.
  • Oversee fieldwork in 3 states in Nigeria, including providing data quality checks and daily updates to the ACTwatch Lite Core team
  • Supporting the ACTwatch Lite core team in the interpretation of results
  • Support the ACTwatch Lite project dissemination workshop with presentations and help lead discussions as needed
  • Leverage digital data collection methods and design research focused on digital health interventions
  • Support data analysis, including exploratory analysis, data quality checks, final analysis, visualization, and final data presentation, for both quantitative and qualitative studies.
  • Elevate key market insights—from secondary data analysis and from primary data collection—to drive PSI Nigeria’s strategic direction and programmatic decision-making

What are we looking for?

We are looking for someone with:

  • 7 years of relevant experience in market research and research, monitoring and evaluation and at least 3 years supporting research or M&E activities for a country-wide program.
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (statistics, public health, epidemiology, anthropology, development, demography).
  • Proven experience of capacity building staff (both technical and non-technical) on use of data for performance management.
  • Strong mastery of market research approaches, including analysis of existing data and design of data collection activities (such as consumer insight and stakeholder interviews) where necessary
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, study implementation, and data analysis.
  • Experience with digital health campaigns, such as on Facebook, WhatsApp, web advertising, etc.
  • Experience in implementation of DHIS2 and mobile technology solutions for data management.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and inter-personal communication skills. A strong communicator with a proven ability to explain data related concepts to a non-technical audience in a way that they understand and appreciate. Experienced with proactively managing communications with project stakeholders across countries and teams.
  • Language skills: Fluent English is essential.
  • Ability to travel locally up to 40%.
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.

What would get us excited:

  • Proven experience in developing and implementing a data quality plans
  • Research on health financing and health insurance enrollment
  • Extensive experience with peer-reviewed publications

The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:

Collaboration: You can work independently but thrive within a team.

Trust: You trust that your manager and team will have your back and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates

Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous, and you don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.

Honesty: You aren’t afraid to speak up and speak your mind.

Measurement: You set clear and challenging goals and hold yourself accountable to driving measurable results.

Commitment: You’re independent and a free thinker, but you’re ready to buy in to the direction of the team and commit to its success.


Applications are currently accepted on a rolling basis.

Population Services International is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender identity, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status. #LI-DNI


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