Specialist, Data Quality and Use for Program Improvement / Grade Level D

  • Added Date: Monday, 20 March 2017
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 06 April 2017

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The Global Fund welcomes applications from all appropriately qualified individuals. People living with HIV are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please note that all our offers are subject to a pre-employment background check.

Vacancy Number:

Closing Date:
06 April 2017

Contract Type:

Reporting to:
Senior Manager, MECA (M&E and Country Analysis)

Work Division or Department:
Strategy Investment & Impact Division (SIID) / Technical Advice and Partnerships (TAP)

Benefits and Allowances:
Learn more on benefits and allowances.

Role summary

The Specialist, Data Quality and use for Program Improvement is responsible for implementing the program and data quality framework with a primary focus on ensuring that data from program and data quality assessments are actively used to improve programs and achieve impact.

The incumbent will ensure programmatic assurance plans are put in place across the portfolio to provide necessary risk mitigation and contribute to program and data quality improvement.

The role is responsible for providing the necessary tools, training and technical guidance for Country Teams to use when monitoring and evaluating program and data quality within country portfolios, as well as how best to use data for improving program quality.

The role will also provide ongoing training and technical guidance to the Global fund partners, health service providers, including Local Funding Agents and other external implementers of the program and data quality activities.

The role will work with other partners/donors to coordinate efforts around program and data quality assessment and quality improvement strategies, tools and activities.

The role is responsible for providing the technical M&E inputs to the procurement processes for the operationalization of the program and data quality OPN and will also serve as a focal contact with the Risk Department to ensure the tools, guidance, and planned program and data quality country activities link to the overall risk assurance planning process for the Global Fund.

The position requires excellent coordination, project management skills and decision-making skills, as well as expertise in: monitoring and evaluation of health programs; program and data quality; quality improvement; and stakeholder management.


1. Contribute to the development of the program and data quality framework and data use for action

Actively input into the development of a program quality strategy that leads to improved health outcomes, including components such as programmatic risk assurance, impact reporting / evaluation, and improved efficiency of health care delivery etc., in close collaboration with other TAP members and Grant Management / PHME.

2. Operationalization of the program quality and data quality framework.

Lead the planning, implementation, and follow-up of the program and data quality risk assurance tools, mechanisms and activities across the Global Fund portfolio of grants, based on the program and data quality framework, the corporate differentiation approach and specific risks identified by the Country Teams.

Work closely with Global Fund PHM&E Officers, Disease Advisors and HSS teams, supply chain, health product quality, as well as external partners, to provide technical guidance and support to Global Fund Country Teams on program and data quality assessments and using data from these assessments for quality improvement (guidance, processes, data use, etc.)Support the routine implementation of program and data quality improvement cycles in countries

Provide ongoing support, training and guidance to the health service providers and the local funding agents and other external partners on how to implement program and data quality assurance and improvement activities.

Enable and strengthen on-going feedback from Global Fund Country Teams and PHME Officers on the results of program and data quality assessments and how best to further improve portfolios assessment, risk mitigation and quality based on lessons learnt.

Develop mechanisms to assess the performance of health service providers and partners working in program and data quality to continuously improve the contracting mechanisms and program efficiencies.

Collaborate with the Global Fund Disease Advisors and with technical partners for development of strategies and tools for improved country (national, sub-national site levels) use of data for decision-making, improved programs and service delivery.

3. Contribute to portfolio assurance plans and programmatic and M&E risk mitigation:

Ensure linkages between program and data quality framework and the Global Fund corporate risk assurance framework so that the results of the program and data quality assessments feed into individual country risk prioritization, as well as form part of e risk mitigation and assurance planning. Work closely with the Country Teams, through the PHME specialists, and the Risk Department to mitigate risks and plan assurances across the different Global Fund portfolios.

Ensure with PHME the increased and systematic use of data and recommendations from program and data quality assurance mechanisms to improve service delivery and efficiency, as well as data quality.

4. Ensure effective implementation of programmatic and M&E assurance framework

Establish program management processes that enable timely delivery, tracking of deliverables, budget execution, reporting to finance and accountability.

Coordinate the programmatic and M&E aspects and the operationalization of the program and data quality framework (e.g. writing the RFPs, participating on technical review panels, coordinating with Country Teams, Finance and Supply chain, and other Global Fund groups

5. Mobilise technical support through collaboration and Coordination with Partners

Strongly contribute to the Global Fund's input and support to the Health Data Collaborative initiative, including participation in various working groups.

Prepare the documentation to respond on various areas in program and data quality, including reports and presentation (case studies, KPI, annual progress report, etc.) for Senior Management, for the TERG and OIG and other stakeholders (External relations).

Coordinate with stakeholders (internal and external) through Impact through Partnership platform and foster networking and collaboration, particularly around program and data quality, and implementation of health facility assessments, data quality reviews and other assurance tools. Ensure smooth mobilisation of Technical Support in close collaboration and coordination with bilateral partners and in-country coordination mechanisms.



  • Advanced university degree in public health, health management, epidemiology, or related field.


  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative analysis methods.
  • Knowledge of statistical sampling methods.



  • Experience in health program and data quality improvement processes.
  • Expertise in data use solutions.
  • Proven decision-making competencies and ability to work with a variety of partners and civil society to reach consensus in the context of a complex multiple-stakeholder environment.


  • Seven or more years of professional and practical experience in monitoring & evaluation of public health programs, including country experience.
  • Experience with survey and study management, particularly health facility assessments/data quality assessments.
  • Experience of working with relevant international partners.
  • Evidence of procurement experience and consultant/contractor management.
  • Statistical sampling experience.



  • Fluency in English required. Advanced knowledge of French or Spanish highly desirable.

Technical competencies:

Strategy and analytical skills

  • Analytical expertise in epidemiology, survey and scientific design.
  • Strong analytical capabilities with proven ability to communicate complex results.
  • Data management expertise.
  • Ability to provide strategic options to management based on robust evidence.
  • Rigorous, structured, implications-focused.
  • Pragmatic, action oriented implementation focus.
  • Ability to quickly process and absorb new information.

Interpersonal skills

  • Excellent written and spoken English is imperative.
  • Ability to work across divisions and as part of a cross functional team.
  • Strong team working skills.

Computer skills

  • High proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Core competencies:

  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Working with Others
  • Core Expertise
  • People Leadership
  • Global Fund Mind-set
  • Project Management

Mandatory cover letter

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About the Global Fund

The Global Fund is a 21st-century organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.

Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund raises and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in countries and communities most in need.

We operate with three core principles: partnership, country ownership and performance-based funding. All partners need to take part in decision-making. People actually implementing grants know the best way to fight disease in their country, and come up with the most effective solutions. Funding should be provided where it can achieve the best results. By challenging barriers and embracing innovative approaches, we strive for maximum impact.

Working together, we have saved millions of lives and provided prevention, treatment and care services to hundreds of millions of people, helping to revitalize entire communities, strengthen local health systems and improve economies.

Global Fund staff, all based in Geneva, Switzerland, come from all professional backgrounds and from more than 100 different countries, united in their dedication to the defeat of these epidemics.

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