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Senior International Researcher - Health (Learning and Strategy)

Job ID 1552-5

Position Description:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to address complex social challenges and improve well-being around the world. We create and use evidence to help our public and private sector partners improve programs, refine strategies, and advance knowledge. Over the past two decades, we have developed a large portfolio of international development work that spans more than 50 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Our work provides actionable learning to guide decision-making and improve outcomes in a range of policy areas, including health, agriculture, climate change, energy, education, and workforce development.

Mathematica’s International Research Unit seeks a versatile, client-oriented Senior Researcher with expertise in the international health sector to lead high-profile learning and strategy engagements with philanthropic organizations. Working with diverse colleagues in small teams, the Senior Researcher will generate and distill evidence to guide our clients’ strategy, grant-making, and program improvement efforts. The ideal candidate will have experience leading user-oriented research and consulting engagements, as well as a high level of comfort engaging with philanthropic clients. Strong candidates will also have substantial content knowledge and experience in the international health sector, preferably in reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health; nutrition; and/or health systems strengthening. Individuals who excel in this position have a passion for using data and evidence to drive social change, a talent for conceptual and strategic thinking, and an ability to produce high-quality work in the face of compressed timelines and changing circumstances.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) frameworks for complex strategies and programs, including theories of change (ToCs), results frameworks, learning agendas, and key performance indicators
  • Designing performance measurement systems and dashboards that are optimized to serve clients’ monitoring and learning needs
  • Leading the design and execution of evaluations and portfolio reviews that require systematic analysis of multiple data sources, including program data and documents, stakeholder interviews, survey data, and other secondary data sources
  • Facilitating group learning and reflection sessions to discuss the results and implications of evaluations and other learning products
  • Offering technical assistance to on-the-ground partners, including support for MEL frameworks, monitoring dashboards, and evaluation designs
  • Assessing and synthesizing a large body of evidence to provide clients with compelling insights and sound recommendations for strategy

Position Requirements:

Position Requirements:

  • A minimum of 8 years of post-graduate professional experience leading complex learning efforts, including research, performance measurement, and/or facilitation tasks
  • PhD or Master’s degree in international development, public policy, economics, public health, nutrition, or a related discipline
  • Deep experience and demonstrated expertise in international health, preferably in reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health; nutrition; and/or health systems strengthening
  • A demonstrated track record of success meeting the strategy, evidence, and learning needs of foundations, corporate philanthropies, nonprofits, and/or bilateral and multilateral donors
  • Excellent qualitative and quantitative analytical skills and a strong understanding of theory-driven, mixed methods research
  • Superlative written communication skills and an ability to distill and convey complex findings using slide decks, intuitive visuals, and issue briefs
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including an ability to collaborate in a poised and professional manner with diverse stakeholders
  • Excellent conceptual thinking skills, including an ability to put parameters on nebulous concepts and create insightful conceptual models
  • Experience in Asia and/or Sub-Saharan Africa preferred

Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company’s growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength. Read more about our benefits here: 

We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. We encourage staff to collaborate in developing creative solutions to difficult problems and to share the responsibility and enjoyment of carrying out complex projects. This collegial spirit has helped us earn our reputation for innovative and high-quality work. As a winner of the "Excellence in Diversity Award," we know that building an inclusive culture based on the diverse strengths of employees from different backgrounds is key to our success.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. The ideal writing sample will: (1) be written primarily by the candidate; (2) have strong links to the health sector; (3) demonstrate analytical and conceptual thinking; and (4) present decision-makers with recommendations. In addition to the writing sample, applicants are invited to share a slide deck they have created that showcases their ability to present findings, implications, and recommendations in a digestible format.

All candidates that apply by February 15, 2022 will receive full consideration. This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of $120,000-$180,000. This position may be eligible for a discretionary bonus based on company and individual performance.

In accordance with Executive Order 14042 and its implementing guidelines, all Mathematica employees must provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain an accommodation through Human Resources by providing documentation from a licensed health care provider that they are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because of a disability (which would include medical conditions) or provide an attestation that they are entitled to an accommodation because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

Available locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Chicago, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; Oakland, CA; Seattle, WA; Remote

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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