Specialist, Data Use for Action, Gender / 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:
IRC3699

Closing Date:
06 April 2017


Contract Type:
Open

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 Use for Action, Gender, provides technical support to the Global Fund's response on gender equality, with a particular focus on reducing HIV incidence among Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) aged 15-24 in sub-Saharan Africa, and gender equality among key populations. She/he plays a lead role on a range of responsibilities related to data collection, analysis and use in program monitoring and corporate performance monitoring (Global Fund Key Performance Indicators). The position supports program and impact evaluations aimed at improving and documenting Global Fund's impact towards improving gender equality.

This position will be responsible for working with country teams to support the development of clear and meaningful indicators and performance frameworks for interventions targeting AGYW, and ensuring the regular analysis of data to inform investment decisions. The position will contribute to the conceptualization of, and regular reporting against, the accountability framework on gender equality. This will be reported against annually to the board in the Gender Equality Thematic report. The position will take the lead in ensuring the accurate and sound measurement of HIV incidence in countries to inform the annual reporting against the corporate gender equality indicator (HIV incidence reduction for 15-24 females in 13 countries).

In close collaboration with Community Rights and Gender, and the Grant Management Division, the role ensures that strategic goals are communicated to the relevant GMD staff to support achievement of objectives, improving data availability, quality and use, and achieving the Global Fund's Key Performance Gender Equality indicators. A key responsibility of this position is also to provide routine technical assistance and mentoring to Public Health and M&E (PHME) specialists on AGYW. The incumbent will also serve as MECA focal point to gender team.


Responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the Specialist, Data Use for Action, Gender:

Ensure that data use and analysis inform AGYW and gender-related programs to maximize the impact of Global Fund investments

  • Serve as M&E focal point for gender by synthesizing the data and analysis from the AGYW and other gender-focused programs, and leading a learning space across the Secretariat.
  • Leading on the approach to gender-related (sex and other) data disaggregation and data availability for Global Fund Strategic Actions to Advance Gender Equality.
  • Coordinate within GF and with key partners also funding AGYW evaluations and implementation science to ensure that investments are complimentary.

Support country teams and PHME to streamline information/analysis use in gender programs

  • Provide support to country team to ensure that investments are appropriate to the epidemiologic context based on latest available data with a specific focus on AGYW and/or gender.
  • Support the development of sound performance frameworks and metrics to report on progresses against AGYW and gender programs.
  • Provide ongoing expertise to Country Teams/GMD on M&E to ensure improvements in strategic information, data availability and data disaggregation for Global Fund Strategic Actions to Advance Gender Equality within Global Fund grants.

Provide guidance to strengthen country M&E systems and the production and use of strategic information on gender and key populations for programmatic action and improvement

  • Assist with identifying data gaps and ensure that adequate funds are allocated for data systems for routine reporting such as HMIS/DHIS, disaggregated by age and sex.
  • Assist with ensuring establishment of systems for the measurement of data for programs addressing improvements in gender-related health outcomes.
  • Coordinate and compile data availability within the select grants and recommend opportunities for improvements and portfolio optimization.
  • Coordinate and routinely compile evaluation and implementation science activities to measure implementation, progress and impact of Global Fund investments to reduce new estimated HIV infections among AGYW in high burden settings.
  • Assist in strengthening M&E and data availability for key populations with a focus on women who inject drugs, transgender people and male sex workers.
  • Assist with bio behavioural survey (e.g., IBBS) protocol reviews and gender analyses.

Strengthen reporting against the accountability framework for gender equality

  • Ensure reporting on the Global Fund's accountability framework on gender equality for select Global Fund Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and thematic reporting.
  • Strongly input / lead on the reporting on Key performance indicators linked to gender in the selected countries.
  • Support the design and implementation of the gender equality thematic reviews.
  • Seek to ensure that Global Fund investments in evaluation and implementation science are technically sound and are able to contribute to improved program and data quality and impact.

Mobilize and strengthen external partnerships on strategic information and gender equality

  • Facilitate transparent communication and engage with partners on gender- related M&E, including modelling and estimates in collaboration with the Disease Impact and Modelling Team for Global Fund Key Performance.
  • Assist with facilitation of discussions with partners and in-country stakeholder on strategic investments in M&E for women and girls, building resilient and sustainable systems for health and community systems strengthening.
  • Represent Global Fund at international, regional and country level meetings in Global Fund designated gender high priority countries and at high priority planning meetings; attend other relevant high level Global Fund meetings as required to address Strategic Information and AGYW and gender-related data including with the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief/Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and the UNAIDS Reference Group on Modelling and Estimation.
  • Identify relevant opportunities to link data related to gender with global initiatives, e.g. Health Data Collaborative.

Information and knowledge sharing to improve program and data quality on gender equality

  • Drawing on complex epidemiologic, monitoring, evaluation and peer reviewed literature data sources, synthetize and share key information with PHME Specialists.
  • Contribute to skills-building among PHME on evaluation, implementation science and protocol development, review and human subjects' guidelines and approvals.

Some travel to international meetings with multilateral and bilateral partners is expected but must be prioritized as necessary to achieve deliverables.


Qualifications

Essential:

  • Advanced degree in epidemiology or social sciences, public health or a related-field.
  • Proven experience in conducting mixed methods analyses and epidemiologic analyses.

Experience

Essential:

  • Proven track record in accountability frameworks, gender and gender equality, and HIV-related global and bilateral progress reporting.
  • Sound M&E knowledge and experience on public health and disease program management with focus primarily on HIV and TB/HIV.
  • Robust experience in planning, collecting, analyzing and reporting information for assessing progress and ensuring program and data quality, particularly for programs for AGYW and gender equality.
  • Proven track record in protocol development, ethics and clearance procedures.
  • Ability to interpret and convey scientific results, including on epidemiology and evaluation.
  • Solid understanding and experience of strategic, organizational and management issues.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a proven track record in writing study protocols and technical guidance.

Desirable:

  • At least 12 years of professional experience (combined international and national levels) working in guidance or policy development, routine monitoring, the design and execution of epidemiologic methods, social science mixed methods, planning, management and M&E of programs in the health sector, including in developing countries.
  • Post-advanced degree epidemiologic training.
  • Experience in conducting data analyses related to gender.
  • Documented field experience in information system, executing surveys, evaluation, research or implementation science.
  • Experience in developing M&E frameworks, policies, tools, and guidance.
  • Experience in conducting trainings or teaching based on adult learning principles.
  • Scientific publication track record.

Competencies

Languages:

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

Technical Competencies:

  • Ability to apply sound knowledge of epidemiology, M&E, public health and HIV, TB and malaria to inform investment decisions related to gender equality for the Global Fund.
  • Ability to apply sound knowledge and understanding of M&E tools, policies and guidelines, to ensure effective implementation of M&E-related activities.
  • Ability to solve complex issues with minimum guidance and supervision, and to adapt policy and guidance to the country reality and international contexts.
  • Ability to take the lead in solving complex issues. Adapt policy and guidance to the reality and international contexts.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Initiates and drives complex and strategic approaches which require full understanding of wider organisation and the international strategic information architecture.
  • Ability to guide and provide learning opportunities for other Public and M&E specialists and mentor newly recruited Public and M&E specialists on gender and other key areas as needed.
  • Ability to lead, collaborate and coordinate work and technical assistance at central, regional and country level with technical partners and other donors.

Core Competencies:

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

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