Research Manager – French Speaking

Research Manager – French Speaking

Surgo Health

  • Contract

Surgo Health

  • Contract

Surgo Health

Department: Research and Development

Employment Type: Contract / Temp

Location: West Africa


Surgo Health aims to revolutionize the effectiveness of healthcare by understanding people’s behavior at the individual level. We have extensive experience collecting behavioral data to deeply understand health behaviors and shape precise interventions. We are a small, agile team made up of technologists, data scientists, behavioral scientists, and health experts with offices in Delhi, London, and DC but our employees work from all around the world.

We are looking for an experienced, effective and highly motivated research manager to oversee implementation of a multi-country research project around women’s family planning intent, preferences, and needs across Nigeria, Senegal, and Cote d’Ivoire (and potentially Ethiopia). You are an experienced, French-speaking researcher who can execute complex fieldwork and effectively manage multiple data collection vendors across multiple countries and design gender-sensitive research. You will lead efforts to deliver quick, exceptionally reliable, ethically and sensitively collected, and high quality data to answer key open questions around women’s contraceptive needs.

Past experience in quantitative research design and execution a must; experience with family planning, reproductive or maternal health a plus.

Key Responsibilities

Research Management and Program Coordination

Lead relationship management and coordination with in-country programmatic partners
Liaise with technical team of behavioral and research scientists to develop research protocol and implementation fidelity plan
Support insight generation and implications for interventions alongside core technical team
Support dissemination of research findings to partners and government stakeholders
Build deep expertise in family planning policy and implementation context in-country

Research Operations

Draft field operation plans, training modules, discussion guides, research protocols
Identify and support in contracting third party data collection agencies and manage the relationship on a day to day basis
Ensure high quality training of large survey teams on quantitative (and qualitative) methods to ensure high quality data collection
Manage coordination and relationship with research implementation teams
Support the development of documentation for obtaining government approval for research
Lead fieldwork planning, testing and execution
Oversee fieldwork implementation to ensure data quality; develop data quality protocols
Liaise with tool programmer and manage functioning of data collection
Support development/modification of data collection instruments as directed by the team

Data Management and Analysis

Devise data quality audit methods and reports and take corrective actions to ensure excellent data quality
Clean and manage large data sets: create, record and execute data cleaning commands; version control data sets, link data sets etc.
Analyze large datasets: compute indicators from raw data, descriptive stats and univariate and bivariate analyses; collapse data, merge different data sets etc.
Visualization of analytics results for general audience

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise

5+ years of work experience in executing large scale research (qualitative & quantitative); experience in development sector research preferred
Fluency in French and English, other local languages desired
Expertise in coding in STATA/R and advanced Excel; familiarity with Github for collaborative version control
Excellent data analytic skills, ability to manage and mine large amounts of data, etc.
Excellent communication (written, verbal and visual presentation) skills
Experience in the planning and execution of field research, developing training materials and data quality monitoring processes
Ability to translate insights from study into recommendations for on the ground programming
Experience in management of mobile based application/software for data collection
Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity, and problem solve in a fast-paced, limited-structure, multicultural environment
High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint and Word
High level of proficiency with research methods
Please submit your resume in English*

Research Manager – French Speaking

Surgo Health aims to revolutionize the effectiveness of healthcare by understanding people’s behavior at the individual level. A life-saving drug or treatment is of no use if people don't take it. Today, most healthcare engagement strategies are based on clinical data and profiles alone. Yet it is often people’s beliefs, biases, social norms, socio-economic conditions, and the overall social environment in which they live that determine whether and how they will engage with the health system, as well as the health behaviors they will adopt. While understanding of social determinants of health (SDOH) has increased in recent decades, the need for sufficient, robust data and insights on behavioral factors has remained a persistent challenge. Surgo Health is a technology company and Public Benefit Corporation (PBC) developing a revolutionary socio-behavioral analytics platform and generating novel, real-world data designed to inform and improve health equity and outcomes by enabling a greater understanding of the complex factors that influence how individuals engage in their healthcare.

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