Strategic Information Advisor
Posting Number: #118-21
Position Title: Strategic Information Advisor
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Washington, DC
A. Position Identification
Position Title: Level II Technical Professional – Strategic Information Advisor
Division: USAID Global Health (USAID/GH)
Department: Office of HIV/AIDS, Strategic Information, Evaluation, and Informatics Division, Strategic Information Branch (OHA/SIEI/SI)
Work Location: Washington, DC
Supervisor’s Title: Deputy Director, GHTP
Work Status: Full-time
Classification: GS 13 Equivalent
Funding Sources: OHA
B. Summary Statement
USAID is at the forefront of the U.S. Government (USG) response in the fight against HIV. USAID is a key partner in the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and works closely with other USG agencies on this multi-billion dollar initiative in developing countries around the world. The Bureau for Global Health Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) is the center of HIV technical leadership for the Agency with primary responsibility for the Agency’s HIV program. OHA provides strategic guidance, technical leadership, and support to field programs in HIV, including direction on the allocation of financial and human resources and technical assistance in design, implementation and monitoring of HIV programs.
The Strategic Information, Evaluation and Informatics Division (GH/OHA/SIEI) provides strategic direction, technical leadership, and support to OHA and USAID missions in managing and utilizing data and data systems for epidemic control. The SIEI Division advances data science and infrastructure leading to smarter decision-making, improved USAID programs, and ultimately better health outcomes for beneficiaries. GH/OHA/SIEI is composed of four Branches – Health Informatics, Evaluation, Expenditure Analysis, and Strategic Information. The Strategic Information Branch (GH/OHA/SIEl/SI) provides technical expertise to support and promote data-informed decision making, through program monitoring, reporting and analysis to achieve HIV epidemic control. The Branch supports headquarters and missions by strengthening capacity for program monitoring and surveillance to improve HIV programs and to provide accountability, oversight and management of programs and partners. This position reports to the SI Branch Chief in the Strategic Information, Evaluation and Informatics Division.
C. Job Requirements
The Strategic Information Advisor (the Advisor) will conduct integrated data analysis and will support the interpretation and dissemination of HIV-related data and analytics tools to facilitate data use for program improvement and decision-making for USAID stakeholders. S/he will work closely with technical program experts at USAID Headquarters and Missions in the development and execution of data analyses and visualizations.
The Advisor will develop/expand expertise in PEPFAR data systems and data sources, analytics, and visualizations in order to collaborate with technical and program stakeholders. The Advisor will develop single and multi-data stream analytics to be used to assess USAID’s program efficiency, effectiveness, and impact. Data sources to be analyzed include annual and quarterly-reported programmatic data, high-frequency data, quality of service, budget, expenditure, epidemiologic, among others.
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
Support PEPFAR Interagency Work
- Engage interagency PEPFAR teams, technical experts, country team and other stakeholders to advance analytical products;
- Support and conduct data analyses for use by USAID headquarters and mission-level staff;
- Work with SI Branch and interagency groups to develop and present interagency; USAID-specific country program reports, trainings, and technical area results; and
- Communicate results of analyses through visuals that adhere to visualization standards and best practices.
Support HQ Technical Teams
- Provide technical support to OHA technical clusters and/or country clusters on data analysis, visualization and advice on interpretation and use;
- Serve as a point of contact between OGAC, ICPI and OHA on issues and updates related to strategic information, including but not limited to technical-specific MER data, data analysis and visualization, and USAID-funded program data/research agenda;
- Respond to ad hoc technical team and OHA Front Office data analysis and visualization requests as needed;
- Follow global developments and provide recommendations to USAID regarding the application of this information to USAID’s technical and strategic approaches; and
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of strategic information, data analytics, HIV survey and surveillance data, epidemiological literature, the latest literature, reports and international guidelines and standards.
Support USAID Missions and Implementing Partners
- Provide virtual and/or in-country technical advice on strategic information, including but not limited to technical guidance on program monitoring and/or surveys/surveillance, data management, data quality checks and review, and data visualization;
- Serve as the OHA SI liaison and the primary conduit in coordinating other support for the country within the SIEI division, as appropriate;
- Contribute to PEPFAR quarterly data review efforts, including but not limited to validation/verification of data and/or modification and creation of data visuals;
- Provide technical advice to USAID field Missions, PEPFAR country programs, host country governments and implementing partners with expert input to country-specific strategic information issues relating to HIV/AIDS;
- Strengthen field teams’ capacity to use and analyze partner-level data and enhance the triangulation of epidemiological and program data when assessing population program performance and epidemic control progress;
- Lead the analysis, and interpretation of PEPFAR country program results for different technical areas and to recommend appropriate HIV strategies and interventions;
- Assist with the development of Country Operational Plans, including target-setting, writing of target justifications, ensuring appropriate use of data and analytics; and
- Support field-based SI Advisors to best monitor progress towards HIV epidemic control and other technical priorities, including supporting work plan development.
- Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.
- Complete and execute an Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan.
E. Minimum Qualification Requirements
- Minimum of a Master’s degree in public health, biostatistics, epidemiology, social science, health policy, mathematics, or relevant field and seven (7) years of relevant experience or a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and nine (9) years of relevant professional experience;
- At least 5 years of professional experience with two or more technical disciplines (such as HIV/AIDS, Health Informatics, Infectious Disease, etc); Job duties/responsibilities specifically related to position description requirements.
- Experience in public health data management, preferably HIV-related, with at least two (2) years in an international or resource challenged setting;
- Demonstrated experience/expertise in analytics and statistical software such as Tableau, Stata, or SPSS;
- Proficiency in R or Python is desirable;
- Demonstrated experience in data analysis, visualization and presentation of data;
- Strong oral and written communication skills;
- Comfortable working both independently and collaboratively;
- Demonstrated experience working with large data sets and survey dataset;
- Ability to travel internationally and domestically approximately 25%.
- US citizenship or permanent residence with the ability to obtain and maintain Facility Access 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.
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