Senior Scientific Advisor

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International | Technical Services Department
United Kingdom - London (Global Support Office)
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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 Senior Scientific Advisor leads MSI’s strategic research agenda, delivers quality assurance of the work of global and local Evidence to Action teams, and provides technical expertise and thought leadership on SRHR (family planning, SA/PAC, youth).

About you

To succeed in this role, you must have:

Skills and Experience:

  • Proven record of influencing practice in a research, monitoring or evaluation leadership role as essential.
  • Proven scientific output in operational and/or clinical research on safe abortion and/or family planning essential
  • Substantial background in a scientific discipline relevant to MSI’s work and in-depth knowledge of health research, abortion, family planning, adolescent health and/or social marketing essential
  • Has been Principle Investigator or co-Principle Investigator on quantitative research studies essential, including intervention studies, preferably in the field of SRH essential
  • Experience of qualitative research methodologies desirable
  • Effective manager of donor funded projects or substantial research budgets against timelines essential
  • Experience within a service delivery environment, applying operational research or implementation science to optimise service delivery, behaviour change communication, demand generation or marketing initiatives highly desirable
  • Experience in communicating research findings concisely and effectively to a wide range of audiences, essential Track record in publishing (including in peer-reviewed journal articles) highly desriable
  • Proven experience working cross culturaly and providing technical support to remote teams, highly desirable

Qualifications and Training:

  • Trained in quantitative and qualitative research methods, including experimental and quasi-experiemental methods and statistics essential.
  • Master’s degree in public health, statistics, epidemiology, or a related science essential. Doctoral degree desirable.
  • Advanced data analysis skills (including use of SPSS or STATA knowledge) essential
  • Fluency (written and spoken) in languages: English is essential; French is highly 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 organization. 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 country programmes 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 6LP

Closing date: 19th July 2019 (midnight GMT). Interviews may take place before this date for exceptional candidates.

Salary: up to £58,000 depending on experience


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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