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Data Science Advisor

Posting Number: #200-21

Position Title: Data Science Advisor

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC

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SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES

FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Data Science Advisor
HOST ORGANIZATION:  Strategic Information, Evaluation and Informatics Division, Office of HIV/AIDS, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development
LOCATION: Washington, DC
POSITION LEVEL: : Mid-Career Technical Advisor
STAR-P3-148

STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). STAR is a Global Health talent hub. Through fellowships, internships, and strategic partnerships, STAR supports building the capacity of diverse global health professionals and organizations at all levels to make inclusive, collaborative, and innovative contributions to global health. STAR participants collaborate in the development of systems and tools that strengthen and sustain the local and global health response. https://www.ghstar.org/ Sign up with our listserv.

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP

The STAR Fellowship is a two-year global health and learning opportunity with:

  • Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement of personal and professional goals.
  • Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
  • Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing.

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
Background:

The Bureau for Global Health’s Office of HIV and AIDS (OHA) is the locus of technical leadership for HIV and AIDS programming implemented by USAID. The Office provides input into USG decisions concerning the strategic allocation of financial and human resources in the sector and supports USAID headquarters and field missions in designing and implementing effective HIV and AIDS programs. Within OHA, the Strategic Information, Evaluation, and Informatics (SIEI) Division provides strategic direction, technical leadership, and implementation support to USAID HQ, Missions, and the interagency in managing and utilizing PEPFAR program and financial data and systems to ensure accountability and demonstrate progress towards epidemic control. The SIEI Division is hiring two Data Science Advisors, one who will be a member of the Health Informatics Team and one who will be a member of the Evaluation Team in the SIEI Division.

Introduction:

The Data Science Advisor (Advisor) provides leadership and technical expertise in conducting advanced analytics to better inform HIV/health programming through complex relationships with and between PEPFAR Measurement, Evaluation, and Research (MER) data and country specific or survey data. They are responsible for working with subject matter experts to address priority development challenges and enhance the Agency’s capacity to integrate data and analysis into routine decision making.

Reporting structure:

The Advisor will be based with the Evaluation Branch of the OHA Strategic Information, Evaluation, and Informatics Division. S/he will work closely with and receive technical direction from the Evaluation Branch Chief, who will serve as their Point of Contact.

Essential Duties and Outcomes:

Enhance quality of data science and analytical support across OHA:

  • Apply data science techniques to priority international development challenges.
  • Assist USAID subject matter experts with data science focused analytical thinking for improved planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of programs.
  • Design, develop and deliver data analysis and visualization products to support USAID/OHA operations at all stages of the development programming cycle.
  • Acquire, process, manage, and analyze data from a range of sources for improved decision making.
  • Collaborate with data analysts and program experts across USAID to develop, streamline, and improve existing and emerging PEPFAR and USAID Strategic Information systems, processes, and coordination.

Build agency capacity on data analysis:

  • Provide consultation to non-technical audiences and develop and implement guidance on integrating data and analysis in routine decision-making processes.
  • Prepare concept papers, background analyses, and briefings to build support for the use of data analytics and data science techniques throughout the USAID.
  • Facilitate discussion among key USAID stakeholders to articulate a vision and plan for integrating data science into planning, delivering, and assessing development programs.
  • Lead and conduct trainings to improve the skill sets of headquarters and field staff in the areas of data analysis and visualization through statistical software packages (eg. R, Stata, Excel) and visualization tools (eg. Tableau, ArcGIS/QGIS, R, Excel, and Inkscape/Adobe Illustrator).

Anticipated learning outcomes: approximate 10% time

  • Apply data science and HIV/health programming knowledge to strengthen program.
  • Apply and distinguish international standards within technical/content area to support programming.
  • Cultivate leadership skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to effectively facilitate capacity building and knowledge sharing activities amongst staff and peers.
  • Expand access to knowledge and resources through networking and collaborative practice within global health.

FELLOWSHIP REQUIREMENTS
Required:

  • Minimum 7 years of relevant technical experience with a master’s degree in Statistics, Math, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering,
  • or a related technical field or a minimum 9 years of relevant technical experience with a bachelor’s degree.
  • Strong quantitative background; experience in data collection, management, cleaning, processing, and applied analysis using one or more.
  • of these statistical software or programming languages (Python, Stata, SAS, R, SPSS, MATLAB, Tableau, PowerBI).
  • Ability to produce compelling data visualization products.
  • Curious, self-motivated individual with excellent communications skills — must be able to distill highly technical quantitative methods into policy relevant snippets.
  • Experience translating analysis into briefing documents or presentations for senior leadership.
  • Ability to apply data science analytical techniques to problems and data sets spanning diverse sectors as agriculture, democracy &
  • governance, economic growth, education, environment, and health.
  • Ability to travel internationally at least 25% of the time.
  • U.S. citizenship/ or U.S. permanent residency required.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

  • The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including learning programs.

TO APPLY

  • All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at https://www.ghstar.org/, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. The position will remain open until filled.

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

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