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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: Arlington, VA
POSITION LEVEL: Mid-Career Technical Advisor
TRAVEL: 25% estimated travel
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).
The STAR Fellowship is a two-year global health and learning opportunity with:

Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement 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.

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.
Health information systems (HIS)/ Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) activities are a key component of PEPFAR Strategic Information (SI) programs. At the facility and community level, HIS assists health care workers in providing high quality and timely care. At the national, regional and Headquarters level, HIS assist public health managers in finding answers to key questions about the state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the delivery and process of prevention, care and treatment services, the effectiveness of these services, the capacity needed to improve programs, as well as to plan and report and reach goals impacting the epidemic.
Many countries lack robust health information systems and the related information and communications technology infrastructure (IT) needed to access and report high-quality data. Wherever possible, PEPFAR HIS activities build on existing data and information system standards and infrastructures in program countries. HIS activities target the design, development, implementation, operations, maintenance and evaluation of information systems and technologies.
The Data Science Advisor (Advisor) will be a member of the Health Informatics Team in the Strategic Information, Evaluation and Informatics (SIEI) Division in the Office of HIV/AIDS within USAID’s Bureau for Global Health. The Advisor will include providing technical guidance to USAID, interagency partners, Ministries of Health, and implementing partners in the design, development, improvement, and maintenance of information systems that strengthen health service quality, effectiveness, and efficiency.
Reporting structure:
The Advisor will work closely with and receive technical direction from the OHA Division Chief, who will serve as their Onsite Manager.
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 SI 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: * Required 10% time

Develop an understanding of how to apply core global health competencies defined as development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, ethics of public health, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease to global health practice.
Apply technical knowledge in health information systems and strategic information development to global health program activities.
Identify and leverage a broad network of peers and advisors within global health to enhance peer support learning and professional development.


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 and experience in data collection, cleaning, processing and applied analysis and visualization using statistical software or programming languages (Python, Stata, SAS, R, SPSS, MATLAB, Tableau, PowerBI).
Ability to produce compelling data visualization products using Adobe applications, such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
Ability to create interactive web-based products using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
Curious, self-motivated individual with excellent communications skills — must be able to distill highly technical quantitative methods into policy relevant snippets.
Experience translating statistical, regression and visualization results 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.
Strong advisory and technical acumen, including hands-on health information system/information technology (HIS/IT) technical expertise.
Strategic project leadership: experience leading and facilitating projects through concept, iterative design and development, delivery, and ongoing support.
Proven ability to develop rapport and effective working relationships with USG, host ministry, national and international working partners at all levels, local organizations, and other program partners, highly desirable.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to travel internationally at least 25% of the time.
US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

Additional skills (preferred)

Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is preferred.

All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at, 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. All online applications must be submitted by September 30, 2019 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.
Public Health Institute is proud to be an EEO/AA employer.

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