Global Director of Research and Impact

Living Goods
Kampala, Uganda
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The Opportunity

Living Goods is entering a phase of rapid scaling. To support our ambitious goals, we seek an innovative, results-driven and passionate individual, with a strong-track record of public health, research and M&E experience, to join our team as the Global Director of Research and Impact.

The Global Director of Research and Impact will own the impact strategy, research, M&E, and learning for Living Goods globally.  As part of the global senior leadership, you will work across the organization and with external stakeholders to shape program strategy and drive new research and analysis towards the organization’s strategic objectives.

The ideal candidate is a results focused professional with vision and health technical experience as well as deep research, monitoring & evaluation skills. You are a global thought leader in community health related research, program learning and evidence generation.

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the development and execution of Living Goods’ research and impact strategy to dramatically improve the health of millions of low-income households.

Key Responsibilities

Health Technical Leadership and Strategy

Provide global health technical leadership in: MNCH, Nutrition, and RH/FP, Community Health, Behavior Change. Design strategies for new health areas.
Refine and continually strengthen Living Goods’ Theory of Change through new evidence and practical research and analysis to fill knowledge gaps.
Ensure LG team understand key drivers of impact that we learn from research and analysis, and that across the organization we focus on deepening impact.
Recommend KPIs that are focused on metrics that drive the most impact.  Together with country teams, set targets for KPIs annually.
Ensure high impact, effective design, testing, execution and evaluation of priority experiments in partnership with country leadership, partnerships and technology teams.
Incorporate new research, evidence, and best practices into program strategy. Identify opportunities for significantly deepening impact or maximizing cost-effectiveness of program.
Collaborate with business development team, partnership team, and country health leads in evaluating new opportunities and contribute to health technical areas of funding proposals and reporting.
Support team in high quality training, behavior change and mobile technology tools to support impact goals and focus.
Build relationships with external health technical experts to advice on health technical areas or new guidelines.
Represent Living Goods to key external constituencies, including attending conferences and other meetings.

Research, Monitoring & Evaluation and Learning

Lead the development and execution of Living Goods’ research strategy
Build evidence of impact of Living Goods community health model through managing current evaluations and conducting additional practical, targeted research and analysis towards our strategic learning and advocacy goals.
Partner with country leadership to develop measurement and operations research plans to support priority experiments and innovations.
Partner with Global and Country-based Advocacy teams to identify priority research questions relevant to the field of community health as a whole and develop and disseminate evidence to support advocacy goals.
Partner with BD team to design and report on RME strategy for funding proposals.
Package up program data and field research into publishable briefs, reports and journal manuscripts for influence and advocacy.
Develop and manage collaborations with external academic or government research partners in Uganda and Kenya
Build and manage, with country M&E Managers, robust monitoring and quality management systems including extensive data auditing systems to ensure accuracy of reported KPI data.
Oversee program data analysis to drive continual learning and improvement
Build high-performing country research, quality and monitoring and evaluation teams.
Manage external consultants and research firms as needed.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Minimum of 10 years of experience in designing, conducting and managing research, monitoring and evaluation of health programs or projects
Experience with a range of qualitative, quantitative, and economic methods for program evaluation, implementation research and program improvement
Experience building strong data collection and management systems
Outstanding analytical skills to both analyze data and manage others to do so
Excellent writing skills and ability to develop protocols for research, abstracts and manuscripts for publication, and to package up data, research and analysis into reports and briefs for dissemination to funders and policy makers
Ability to synthesize data, research and evidence for program decision making
Deep research or program-related experience in one or more of Living Goods health technical areas: Community Health, MNCH, Nutrition, Reproductive Health / Family Planning.
Publishing track record a plus
Creative, energetic and innovative approach to identifying solutions and working as a part of a fast-paced, quickly-growing and results-oriented organization.
Willingness to travel approximately 35%, mainly in Kenya and Uganda.  This will also include international travel to the Living Goods California Global Headquarters and to represent the organization at conferences or meetings
Master’s Degree or PhD in Public Health, Epidemiology, or related field