Innovation, Research and Evidence Manager ( Pillar 1)

United Kingdom - London (Global Support Office)

This vacancy is now closed


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 Innovation, Evidence and Research Manager leads strategic evidence projects, ensuring impactful delivery of actionable insights and financial and project management of research budgets. The role provides technical leadership on core MSI themes (safe abortion/postabortion care, family planning, health system strengthening, equity, social norms, quality of care, etc) and ensures that operational learnings and insights are shared effectively across the partnership, as well as with the wider sector. They represent MSI in external engagements, effectively liaising with partners across the sectors. The Manager supports in-country teams in their efforts to produce, design, analyse, interpret, use data and evidence to inform and improve programming and to ensure that best practice is built into global and country-led initiatives and proposals. They advise senior leadership on important strategic initiatives using data and best available evidence and proactively contribute to MSI achieving our 2030 goals.

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:

•    Proven experience (a minimum of 6 years) working within a research, monitoring & evaluation or analytical role. Including significant experience in data analytics, study design, overseeing/quality assuring research fieldwork, statistical analysis and reporting and disseminating findings 
•    Proven experience in project and team management
•    Excellent data analysis skills using statistical software packages (STATA or R) and advanced excel skills; experience of advanced quantitative analysis techniques such as Interrupted Time Series Analysis, multilevel regression etc. 
•    Proven experience with health research, reproductive health, abortion and / or family planning 
•    Proven experience in writing and editing documents for various audiences, including non-research ones
•    Proven experience in communicating analytics and research findings concisely and effectively to a wide range of audiences 

•    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 in evaluating commercial initiatives and deconstructing financial elements of a profit and loss
•    Experience with financial modelling and cost effectiveness 
•    Experience in developing technical proposals, research logframes, case studies 


•    Degree, in public health research, statistics, economics, epidemiology, demographics, health sciences or related discipline – Essential
•    Additional qualification or formal training in research design or impact evaluation desirable
•    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 ; advanced excel skills - Desirable


Personal Attributes

For this role, we’re looking for an individual who is:

•    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 quickly and effectively build relationships with team members and stakeholders at all levels
•    Strong self-starters with initiative-taking attitudes
•    Supportive of MSI as a “social business”
•    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)

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

Contract type: Permanent

Salary:  £46,000 – £53,000 + discretionary bonus (UK salary range only)

Closing date: 30 November 2022 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

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