FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Data Science Advisor
HOST ORGANIZATION: Supply Chain for Health 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
STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
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).
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 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
The Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA) is the center of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for the Agency 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 Supply Chain for Health (SCH) Division provides strategic and technical leadership on supply chain issues to ensure adequate quantity and quality of essential commodities for people affected by HIV/AIDS and related infections. SCH is responsible for managing the largest public health supply chain in the world. Specifically, the Division is responsible for:
Operating a sustainable central procurement operation and managing the supply chain for HIV/AIDS commodities. This includes procuring and distributing pharmaceuticals and other commodities needed to provide care and treatment of persons with HIV/AIDS and related infections.
Providing technical support and leadership to USAID Missions in strengthening partner country capacity to ensure a safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable supply chain system.
Providing technical assistance to support country and regional supply chain programs.
Coordinating with other US Government agencies, international organizations, and donors to provide global leadership on supply chain issues.
Providing rapid response in emergency situations and potential stock-outs.
Tracking and reporting the HIV/AIDS Working Capital Fund.
Administering the Agency Antiretroviral and Rapid Test Kit approval lists.
Administering the “restricted commodities” approval of pharmaceuticals and “clearance” authority on source-origin waivers under Agency regulations.
The Data Science Advisor (Advisor) will provide technical guidance to USAID, interagency partners, Ministries of Health, and implementing partners in the design, development, improvement, and maintenance of information systems that strengthen central procurement operation and supply chain for HIV/AIDS commodities, and host country capacity to ensure a safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable supply chain system.
The Advisor will work closely with and receive technical direction from the SCH Branch 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
Demonstrate proficiency across the 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 that is necessary for persons practicing in global health.
Apply HIV and key populations 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.
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.
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.
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 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. All online applications must be submitted by September 30, 2019 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.
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