Strategic Information Advisor
Posting Number: #256-21
Position Title: Strategic Information Advisor
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Washington, DC
A. Position Identification
Position Title: Strategic Information Advisor
Division: Strategic Information, Evaluation, and Informatics Division (SIEI)
Department: 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 20457
PCO’s Title: Expenditure Analysis Branch Chief
Work Status: Full-time
Classification: GS 13 Equivalent
Funding Source: OHA
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 US 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 US 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 (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 and 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 within OHA, to which the Data Analysis Advisor 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 has primary responsibility of supporting USAID headquarters and its Missions to build capacity in managing and utilizing data systems to improve impact and accountability of HIV/AIDS programs.
The Expenditure Analysis (EA) Branch, located in the Office of HIV/AIDS’ (OHA) Strategic Information, Evaluation, and Informatics (SIEI) Division, provides global technical expertise to advance the use of data for increasing transparency, efficiency and accountability across programs to achieve the greatest impact in the HIV/AIDS response. The branch supports USAID Headquarters, Missions and Inter-agency field teams by building capacity for data collection, analysis and application of economic and program data for strategic program planning, budgeting and management. The EA Branch conducts inter-agency and intra-agency analysis to understand program input indicators and assess the potential for increased efficiencies in program implementation.
Under the direction of the EA Branch Chief, the Strategic Information Advisor will advise on and promote the use of economic and financial data as strategic information to guide and inform data-driven USAID and PEPFAR strategies, policies, and programming. S/he will be responsible for thought and technical advice to headquarters and Missions on the aforesaid subject matter.
C. Job Requirements
The Strategic Information Advisor position is a critically important role within SIEI. The incumbent provides support to technical and managerial staff in advancing the EA Branch agenda by providing technical support on a variety of both complex and routine program and financial analysis related activities and advancing OHA’s vision for the use of financial information for strategic decision-making.
D. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide technical direction and strategic support on application of data science and analysis to improve use of financial and input data to assess program performance, promote efficiencies, and optimize resources.
- Serves as a subject-matter expert on routine PEPFAR financial, input, and program data use in support of various country and technical teams.
- Follow USAID and PEPFAR priorities and provide recommendations regarding the application of this information to the EA branch’s technical and strategic approaches.
- Advance and amplify EA branch agenda through strategic engagement in the agency and interagency space.
- Communicate and synthesize complex analytics and results to a diverse set of stakeholders including agency, interagency, and OHA leadership.
- Collaborate with USAID field and HQ based technical and program experts across to identify needs for financial/input data analytics.
- Promote and advance use of EA branch products and analytics for strategic and data-driven decision making.
- Provide technical guidance and coordination to agency and interagency financial and input data collection and other processes.
- Participate in routine PEPFAR performance monitoring and strategic planning processes using standard OHA tools (Excel, Tableau, Python, SQL/CQL and R).
- Provide technical support to OHA technical clusters and/or country clusters on data analysis, visualization and advice on interpretation and use.
- Strengthen capacity to use and analyze expenditure, budget, and input data and enhance the triangulation with epidemiological and program data.
- Increase external visibility of the EA branch through publication, conference/meeting presentations, and building meaningful connections and collaborations across USAID and beyond.
- 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 7 years of relevant technical experience with a master’s degree in social science, public health, economics, statistics 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, HIV/AIDS, Health Financing, Health Informatics, etc); job duties/responsibilities specifically related to position descriptions requirements.
- Demonstrated skills in data analysis and visualization, monitoring systems, program coordination and implementation, and evaluation, preferably relating to HIV/AIDS or other public health programs.
- Technical expertise in costing, economic evaluation, resource tracking highly and/or use of economic/financial data for program planning/budgeting highly desired.
- Familiarity with PEPFAR programs, data, and systems highly desired.
- Excellent writing, editing, research, and presentation skills.
- Strong interpersonal, facilitation and team building skills, and ability to work across agencies and cross-culturally with diverse teams on sensitive issues.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and successfully prioritize competing tasks with shifting deadlines and multiple points of contact.
- Ability to present information effectively and respond to questions from managers, customers, and the State Department.
- Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to reports and financial tracking systems.
- Must be proficient with basic financial management and budgeting concepts.
- Must have advanced MS-Excel and Pivot Table skills.
- Advanced Excel proficiency required; proficiency in statistical software (e.g. R, SAS, STATA), and data visualization tools (e.g. Tableau); familiarity with Business Intelligence Platforms (e.g Microstrategy, Power BI) desired.
- Ability to travel internationally at least 25% of the time.
- Ability and willingness to travel internationally to developing countries (up to 30%).
- U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency with the ability to obtain and maintain Facility Access required.
F. Clearance Required
- Facilities Access clearance.
FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA) STATUS
This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.
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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.
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