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Data Science Specialist

Posting Number: #153-21

Position Title: Data Science Specialist

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC

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A. Position Identification

Position Title: Data Science Specialist

Division: Strategic Information, Evaluation, and Informatics (SIEI) Division

Department: Office/Bureau: United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of HIV/AIDS (USAID/GH/OHA)

Work Location: 500 D St SW, Washington, DC 20024

Supervisor’s Title: GHTP Deputy Project Director

Work Status: Full-time

FLSA: Exempt

Classification: GS 13 Equivalent

Funding Sources: OHA/PEPFAR

B. Summary Statement

The U.S. Government’s (USG) engagement to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS is a top priority worldwide. The USG response includes coordination among the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Peace Corps (PC), and other entities. This initiative is collectively known as the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). USAID has been at the forefront of the USG’s response to provide quality HIV/AIDS services to over one hundred countries to mitigate the health crisis that threatens the prosperity, stability and development of these nations.

The Bureau for Global Health’s Office of HIV/AIDS (GH/OHA) is the center of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for USAID and has primary responsibility for the Agency’s HIV/AIDS program. OHA provides strategic direction, technical leadership, and support to field programs in HIV/AIDS. It provides input to decisions concerning the strategic allocation of financial and human resources in the sector and assists in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs.

The Strategic Information, Evaluation, and Informatics Division (SIEI) within OHA, to which the Data Science Specialist will be assigned, provides technical expertise to advance and support country-owned, sustainable strategic information systems and promotes data-driven program planning. The SIEI Division also has the primary responsibility of supporting USAID headquarters and its Missions to build capacity in managing and utilizing data to improve impact and accountability of HIV/AIDS programs.

C. Job Requirements

The Data Science Specialist provides technical advice and 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. The Data Science Specialist will work closely with other data science staff across SIEI and the Health Informatics Branch Chief as his/her USAID Point of Contact (POC) at USAID.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

D. Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide reproducible data science techniques and technical expertise to promote data-informed decision-making to priority international development challenges.
  • Acquire, assess, process, ingest, manage, and analyze structured and unstructured data from a wide range of sources for improved decision making, rapidly conceptualizing and responding to health and development data requests from Agency and OHA leadership, and presenting and disseminating complex analytics and results to a diverse set of stakeholders.
  • Serve as a technical expert in the formulation and management of data and analytics requirements, policies, procedures, and tools to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of quality USAID and PEPFAR data.
  • Prepare and deliver hands-on training materials, using standard OHA tools (Excel, Tableau, Python, SQL/CQL and R) to improve the technical skills of USAID staff in the application of PEPFAR-specific data management, analytics and visualization for enhanced decision-making.
  • Collaborate with data analysts/scientists and program experts across USAID and other US Government agencies to develop, streamline, and improve existing and emerging Health Strategic Information systems and processed for addressing complex problems.
  • Participate in routine PEPFAR global performance review processes, providing data management support, analytic products, and other visualizations as needed to help inform strategic planning activities for PEPFAR country teams.
  • Be willing to travel internationally and domestically, up to 25%.

Training and Professional Development:

  • Increased knowledge of tools, techniques and frameworks for PEPFAR data analytics, combining PEPFAR program data with other data sources to assess HIV service delivery performance.
  • Deepen knowledge of current literature, research, policies and programmatic experiences related to the HIV response.
  • Participate in professional meetings as appropriate to the position description.
  • Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.
  • Complete and execute and Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan.

 E . Minimum Qualification Requirements

  • 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.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience with two or more technical disciplines (such as, data science; research; statistics etc); job duties/responsibilities specifically related to PD requirements.
  • Strong quantitative background and data wrangling skills; experience in i) data collection, management, cleaning, processing, and integration, ii) database management or extract, transform, load (ETL) processes, and iii) applied data analysis and visualization using statistical software or programming languages (R, Python, SQL/CQL, Stata, SAS, SPSS and/or MATLAB); package development experience a plus.
  • Practical experience working within a data science ecosystem — R + RStudio (Tidyverse & geospatial related packages) + Git preferred (or strong willingness to learn it).
  • Practical experience with Git/Github (setting up repos, reviewing code, and tracking issues).
  • Practical experience working with relational and NoSQL databases, AWS Simple Storage Services (S3), Google Cloud Storage, and Google Drive.
  • Ability to shape broad analytic requests, summarize appropriate data and produce compelling data visualization products using programming languages (R or Python), data visualization software (Tableau, PowerBI), or spreadsheet processing software (Excel, Google Sheets). Experience with Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape a plus.
  • Strong empathy, comfort with ambiguity, and a willingness to define the nuances of team roles and grow professionally/learn continuously to meet these nuances.
  • Knowledge and experience with the PEPFAR Initiative, HIV/AIDS Programs Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting, and general M&E data collection and management techniques are preferred.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency with the ability to obtain and maintain Facility Access Clearance required.

 F. Clearance Required

  • Facility Access

Credence Management Solutions, LLC and Public Health Institute are Equal Opportunity Employers.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or disability.

This position described in this announcement falls under a contract with USAID, and therefore is subject to the provisions put forward in OMB Circular A-76 which prohibit contractors from performing inherently governmental functions.  Specifically, TPs placed in USAID positions will not perform inherently governmental functions, nor supervise any employees other than the contractor’s own staff, nor make final decisions or sign documents that commit the U.S. Government.

Please note: The Public Health Institute (PHI) and its partner, Credence Management Solutions, are both employers for the Global Health Technical Professionals (GHTP) project which provides expertise in support of USAID global health programs. The hiring of this position will be through the PHI and as such the selected person will become a PHI employee. Your applicant data will be shared with both organizations.


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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