Evidence and Insights Advisor (Francophone) - UK or Senegal-based

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Job reference
International | Technical Services Department
United Kingdom - London (Global Support Office)
Closing date

About Us:


Marie Stopes International is a client-focused, results oriented, social enterprise, delivering efficient, effective and sustainable family planning programmes in 37 countries worldwide.

Our mission is to ensure the individual’s fundamental human right to have children by choice not chance, and our vision is a world where every birth is wanted.

Marie Stopes International operates through a network of service delivery channels (Clinics, Social Franchise, Marie Stopes Ladies and Outreach). This network is complemented by our Commercial Sales operation which provides and supplies medical abortion and emergency contraception and other contraceptive and Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) products both within and outside our channels.


The Role:

The Evidence and Insights Advisor supports in-country teams (primarily in West Africa) in their efforts to produce, design, analyse, interpret and 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. 

About you

To succeed in this role, you must have:

Skills and Experience:

  • Very strong data analysis skills using statistical software packages (SPSS and STATA) and experience of advanced quantitative analysis techniques such as Interrupted Time Series Analysis essential
  • Proven experience (a minimum of 3 years) working within a research, data analytics or monitoring & evaluation role. Essential
  • Experience in leading on research study design and protocol development, overseeing/ quality assuring research fieldwork, planning and implementing data analysis and reporting and disseminating findings essential
  • Proven experience working cross culturally and providing technical support to remote teams essential
  • Experience utilizing a range of research methods (quantitative and qualitative) to elucidate successful programme activities highly desirable
  • Experience working in developing countries for extended periods highly desirable
  • Experience with health research, reproductive health, and / or family planning highly desirable
  • Experience within a service delivery / operations environment highly desirable
  • Experience in providing technical research assistance and training to staff, including non-researchers, highly desirable
  • Experience in writing and editing documents for various audiences, including non-research ones, highly desirable
  • Experience in evaluating communication, demand generation, and marketing initiatives desirable
  • Experience in project management desirable

Qualifications and Training:

  • Masters Degree in public health research, statistics, economics, social sciences, health sciences or related discipline essential
  • Proficiency in French essential; please state level in application
  • Additional qualification or formal training in research design, epidemiology or impact evaluation desirable

Personal Attributes:

If you’re inspired by doing work that directly impacts those most in need, MSI could be a good fit for you. MSI is a fast-paced service delivery organisation. Tangible results are fundamental, and you can directly contribute to them. Our team members often return from the field with incredible stories of the clients we serve and the impact our work has on their lives.

Being a service delivery organisation means we need Evidence to Action team members that understand programming; can see, based on the evidence, how to better implement such activities; can put technical points in lay terms; and who can influence and persuade programme staff, often under tremendous pressure from donors to deliver services now, to invest in changing the way they do things. MSI is fast paced, and we need people who can manage their time well, stay on top of a number of disparate projects across multiple countries, and know when/how to push countries not to pursue certain research activities.

We seek people who have/are:

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
  • Strong self-starters with initiative-taking attitudes
  • 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
  • Pro-choice on abortion and committed to Marie Stopes International’s goal and mission
  • Results-oriented


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.

In addition, you will be pro-choice


Location: London, W1T or Dakar, Senegal


Closing date: 22nd July 2019 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

Salary: £35k - £40k dependent on experience - please note that this is only for team members based in the UK, if based in Senegal it will be in local currency in line with local market rates.


Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and post holders to share this commitment.


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