Strategic Information Technical Advisor (GS 13 Equivalent)

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 20 March 2020

Overview

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 Technical Advisor (Advisor) will serve as a member of the Strategic Information (SI) Branch within Strategic Information, Evaluation, and Informatics Division (SIEI) and will work under the direction of the SI Branch Leader. The Advisor will work closely with OHA, USAID Missions, and the Interagency Collaborative for Program Improvement (ICPI) providing support in the areas of HIV-epidemic and PEPFAR-specific data analyses. SI work will include the interpretation of HIV-related data, report generation for interagency Epidemic Control Teams (ECTs), agency-specific requests, as well as providing technical assistance and capacity building for data analysis for use at Headquarters and in the field.

The purpose of the SI Branch in SIEI is to:

  • Advance and support country-owned, sustainable health information systems and promote data-informed decision making, through program monitoring and evaluation;
  • Improve health/HIV programs and ultimately health outcomes by strengthening PEPFAR and USAID data quality, reporting and analysis for improved data use for program management and planning at headquarters and in-country;
  • Provide technical expertise at headquarters and in-country for SI systems including health information systems; and
  • Strengthen USAID Missions’ capacity to effectively manage their SI systems in an effort to provide program accountability, oversight and management.

Job Requirements

The Advisor will conduct integrated data analysis, interpretation and dissemination of HIV-related data to facilitate decision making for PEPFAR and USAID stakeholders. S/he will work closely with the subject matter experts at USAID Headquarters and Missions to engage stakeholders in the development and prioritization of data analyses, and receive day-to-day guidance from the Division Chief, Strategic Information, Evaluation and Informatics as his/her Point of Contact.

The Advisor will bring knowledge of PEPFAR data systems and data sources, analytics, and display in order to collaborate with technical and program stakeholders to develop relevant single and multi-data stream analytics to be used to assess PEPFAR’s program efficiency, effectiveness, and impact. Analyses will include reports that are global, by country and by program area. Data sources to be analyzed include annual and quarterly-reported programmatic data, quality of service, budget, expenditure, epidemiologic, and other data sources.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Responsibilities

Serve as an Advisor to Country Teams (40%):

  • Provide direct technical support on Strategic Information (SI) in the design, implementation, and evaluation of global HIV and AIDS programming to PEPFAR countries with guidance from both OHA and the Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).
  • Collaborate with OGAC and the other agencies’ SI teams to streamline and improve SI and data use roles, responsibilities and systems.
  • At the beginning of “Planning and Reporting Season,” review the latest guidance (Country Operational Plan [COP], Annual Performance Report [APR], Semi-Annual Performance Report [SAPR] Reprogramming) and required quarterly reporting with the Country Team and USAID Headquarters to ensure that the teams understand the implications of any changes.
  • In addition to the mandatory quarterly PEPFAR indicators, work with country teams to determine other metrics that best monitor the PEPFAR engagement to ensure epidemic control.
  • Discuss the country process for planning and reporting development, including target-setting and collection of results data, to ensure the process reflects policy and guidance changes. This might include reviewing templates for data collections for COP, SAPR and APR.
  • Review targets, target justification document, and the use of data in the COP and SI components of the COP with the Country Team prior to submission. This may include reviewing SI as a program area, as well as SI components of all other program areas.
  • Provide guidance to Country Teams on appropriate application of both global and PEPFAR indicators to monitor the HIV epidemic in a routine manner appropriate to the country context.
  • Work with the in-country SI Liaison to ensure there is a training plan for implementing partners on the new indicators.
  • Inform the Country Team of changes in SI and data use policies and assist the team to operationalize them.
  • Support the country SI Liaison to communicate the role of SI and data management with the USG Country Team and implementing partners, ensuring there is a strategy for incorporating the aspects of SI and data use into the portfolio.

Provide Support to OHA (30%):

  • Serve as an SI Branch point of contact for other teams within OHA.
  • Research, plan, analyze, and organize technical and statistical information and develop data for use in briefings, publications, and reports.
  • Recommend statistical formats for reports, ensuring consistency with USAID standards.
  • Conduct analyses of PEPFAR and HIV data using epidemiology or statistical package software in support of assessment, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Provide technical support and training to USAID and interagency country teams on SI and data use and interpretation.

Serve as Advisor for Inter-Agency Work (30%):

  • Based upon interactions with Country Teams and technical program experts, advise on inter-agency teams to ensure appropriate ‘products’ (analyses and reports) are developed for both the field and HQ.
  • Support and conduct Agency-neutral technical analyses for use at USAID Headquarters and in the field.
  • Work with the SI Team and inter-agency groups to develop and present inter-agency and USAID-specific country program reports and technical area results.
  • Respond to OHA Front Office and program area data and data analysis requests.
  • Work with program areas, country teams, and other stakeholders to develop, interpret analyses.
  • Present results of analyses in an easily understood manner.

Professional Development:

  • Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.
  • Complete and execute and Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan.

Qualifications

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in public health, Epidemiology, health management, health policy, or relevant field and 7 years of relevant experience or a Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and 9 years of relevant professional experience.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience engaging with global health or international development technical disciplines (such as, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, maternal, newborn, and child health, population and reproductive health, etc.), preferably two or more.
  • Minimum 7 years of experience in strategic information, data management, and program monitoring, evaluation and communication. This can include experience in international or resource-poor settings and experience with HIV and AIDS programs.
  • Experience with PEPFAR is required
  • Knowledge of the cultural, environmental, social, economic, and other factors that influence the planning, implementation, and evaluation of global health programs in developing countries
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and successfully prioritize competing tasks with shifting deadlines and multiple points of contact.
  • Knowledge of USAID programming processes, the foreign assistance framework and uses and purposes of USAID health funding preferred.
  • Ability to perform complex analytical studies and interpret results; ability to coordinate the evaluation of programs and recommend improvements
  • Ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, to make clear, convincing presentations; ability to explain and justify recommendations to program administrators and to interact with high level officials and representatives from public and private public health organizations
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office, with an emphasis on Excel workbook skills, PowerPoint, Internet and Google e-mail applications. Experience in the use of database applications and presentation software desirable.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail, particularly with regard to the organization of information and tracking frequent changes to data.
  • Positive, ‘can-do’ attitude, flexibility and patience in the face of uncertainty.
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally to and in developing countries up to 30%.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency with the ability to obtain and maintain, at a minimum, a Facilities Access clearance.

LANGUAGE SKILLS

  • Must have excellent writing skills in English.
  • Oral and written communications skills and the ability to read, analyze, interpret and summarize financial reports.
  • Ability to present information effectively and respond to questions from managers, customers, and the State Department.

MATHEMATICAL and ANALYTICS SKILLS

  • 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 have excellent Excel and Pivot Table skills.
  • Experience with data management and analytic software such as EPI-INFO, SPSS, SAS, STATA and/or ArcView
  • Experience with data visualization software such as Tableau, R programming.

REASONING ABILITY

  • Must have excellent analytic skills and reasoning ability.
  • Ability to work under moderate supervision and bring a problem-solving approach to carrying out duties.
  • Demonstrates initiative and an eagerness to learn.

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