Job Title: Research Officer
Project: Sayana Press Project
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Tracking Code: 7446
PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.
About Sayana Project:
The Sayana Press Pilot Introduction Project is a four-year project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. Sayana Press is a three-month, progestin-only injectable contraceptive product packaged in the Uniject™ injection system, a small prefilled auto-disable device. It contains 104 mg per 0.65 mL dose of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) and is administered via subcutaneous injection. Because Sayana Press is small, light, easy to use, and requires minimal training, it is especially suitable for community- based distribution—and potentially for women to administer themselves through self-injection. The project is coordinating the introduction of Sayana Press in four African countries - Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger and Uganda. In Uganda, the project aims to make Sayana Press available in the public and NGO sector, with delivery by VHTs. In addition, PATH will conduct research in Uganda that will build the evidence base for global decision-making about whether and how to include Sayana Press in family planning programs in the future. As part of the evidence base, global and country stakeholders are interested in learning about the possibility of offering Sayana Press through self-injection, as well as assessing its value administered through “normal” delivery channels.
Job Summary: The Research Officer will provide support to the Sayana Press project and represent PATH in specific forums, in consultation with the PATH Uganda Team, and the PATH Seattle-based team, conduct site visits to select districts for data collection and quality assurance at facilities, and work with FP focal persons and VHTs (as needed) to ensure that reporting forms are completed accurately and in a timely fashion and implement Sayana Press research activities, in close collaboration with the Sayana Press Uganda Research Officer.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Offer timely support and participate in the collection and entry of costing data.
- Regularly monitor on-going field work, supervising PATH study staff engaged in data collection.
- Implement Sayana Press research activities, in close collaboration with the Sayana Press Uganda Research Officer.
- Coordinate and resolve issues as they arise, in consultation with project team, to assure effective implementation of monitoring activities.
- Actively participate in the coordination of activities of the subcontracted research organization, as needed, including monitoring quality of data collection.
- Coordinate and resolve research-related issues as they arise, in consultation with the project team, to assure effective implementation of research activities.
- Offer technical support to the Sayana Press project and represent PATH in specific forums, in consultation with the PATH Uganda Team, and the PATH Seattle-based team.
- Carry out site visits to select districts for data collection and quality assurance at facilities, and work with FP focal persons and VHTs (as needed) to ensure that reporting forms are completed accurately and in a timely fashion.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- At least five years of demonstrated experience in implementing and managing public health research projects, preferably with family planning or reproductive health components, demonstrated experience in quantitative research methods acquired through both practical and academic experience,
- Previous experience in interacting with country governments, donor agencies, research organizations, and other local and international non-profit agencies
- Prior experience with research project monitoring and evaluation.
- Excellent analytical skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Strong expertise in research and, preferably, research related to family planning.
- Demonstrated ability to nurture effective and positive relationships with national governmental stakeholders, NGO partners, and donor representatives.
- Proven ability to work collaboratively with local and international project management team to effectively oversee project implementation, and to work harmoniously as a team member.
How to Apply:
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