SBC Research Advisor

FHI 360, Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and AnalysisTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th December, 2020

Job Description

FHI 360 is seeking qualified candidates for the position of SBC Research Advisor for an upcoming proposal which will provide technical support and oversight of a portfolio of research studies conducted in support of social and behavior change (SBC) program design and oversight. The SBC Research Advisor will be responsible for developing and implementing main study documents, leading teams through protocol development, facilitating calls, ensuring timelines are set and maintained, ensuring review schedules set/completed. This position will lead the design, implementation, and management of one or several SBC research projects from initiation to delivery. **This position is contingent upon award and will be based in Washington, DC.

Job Summary / Responsibilities:

  • Lead the development and implementation of an overall research agenda that focuses on key behavioral and social change issues related to health, education, environment, and other development topics.
  • Lead the design and implementation of country- or project-specific research studies, including the sampling, recruitment, and statistical analysis.
  • Oversee the preparation of data monitoring plans, protocols, final reports and/or publications.
  • Conduct data analysis, data reviews, and reporting of research data for evaluation and quality.
  • Provide overall management and oversight of a portfolio research activities, including coordination of inputs from other research staff and contractors.
  • Serve as the liaison with internal and external partners to ensure effective collaboration efforts.
  • Lead research and implementation teams to identify, prioritize and plan technical assistance/support to local research partners and contractors.
  • Contribute to efforts to translate research results into implications for SBC program design.


  • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Environment, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field. PhD preferred.
  • Minimum 5-8 years of experience in primary research, including work experience in developing country settings.
  • Minimum 5-8 years of experience managing/directing research or project teams.
  • Strong research methods skills, including sampling, quantitative and/or qualitative research design and data analysis.
  • Expertise in SBC research in health, education, environment or other relevant development topics.
  • Strong writing and communication skills in English, including ability to write clearly and concisely on short deadlines.
  • Familiarity with technology use in data collection, including ODK and other survey development software and knowledge management systems based on SharePoint.
  • Facility with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and statistical analysis and/or qualitative analysis packages.
  • Demonstrated success in collaborative research.
  • Experience in research capacity-building preferred.
  • Professional proficiency in French preferred.
  • Experience working with NGOs and other donor/international organizations preferred.
  • Must be able to travel approximately 15%.


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