Vacancy for Senior Research Manager, Population Council (Malawi)

The Population Council seeks a Senior Research Manager (2 yrs renewable) to provide leadership, professional representation, and skillful management of the Council’s research, resources, and relationships in Malawi. At this time, these activities are within Project SOAR (Supporting Operational AIDS Research), a USAID-funded initiative to improve HIV and AIDS program outcomes through strengthened operations research (OR) and evaluation. Specifically, the position will oversee three streams of research: a large-scale evaluation of a community-based HIV prevention intervention, implementation science research focused on reducing HIV risk among adolescent girls and young women and an assessment of Community-based ART Service Modalities Linking Female Sex Workers to HIV Care and Treatment.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Washington, DC-based Project SOAR Senior Management Team (SMT) and study principal investigators to ensure the studies are implemented on time, within budget, in accordance with Council and USAID policies and procedures, and produce their expected deliverables. S/he manage and oversee the implementation of research studies and ensure that the studies are implemented according to study protocols and procedures, and that data generated are of high quality. S/he will serve as the primary Project SOAR representative in-country, communicating and coordinating with USAID, research and implementing partners, the Ministry of Health (MoH), National AIDS Commission, and other key stakeholders. As appropriate, the incumbent will also represent the Population Council in all of its activities to donors, collaborating agencies, government institutions, and other stakeholders in Malawi.

This position requires substantial experience with the management of community-based research and program evaluation in developing country settings, and preferably in the field of HIV and AIDS. It also requires the ability to work well with professionals and staff from a wide range of national and international organizations; and excellent management, leadership, and communication skills. The ideal candidate should also have experience strengthening capacity to conduct OR and to facilitate the use of findings to inform policies and programs.

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