Program and Data Quality Advisor (GS 13 Equivalent)

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
ID
2020-4041
Category
Global Health/Public Health
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

Global Health Technical Professionals (GHTP) is a US Agency for International Development (USAID) program that offers early- to mid-career global health professionals the opportunity to advance their careers supporting the USAID Bureau for Global Health and its implementing partners. GHTP is helping USAID improve global health outcomes in communities around the world by building a new generation of global health technical professionals who reflect the diversity of the American people.

 

Credence and its partner, the Public Health Institute (PHI), are both employers for the Global Health Technical Professionals (GHTP) project which provides expertise in support of USAID global health programs.

 

The hiring of this position will be through the PHI and as such the selected person will become a PHI employee.

 

The U.S. Government’s (USG) engagement to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS is a top priority worldwide. The USG response includes coordination among the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Peace Corps (PC), and other entities. This initiative is collectively known as the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). USAID has been at the forefront of the USG’s response to provide quality HIV/AIDS services to over one hundred countries to mitigate the health crisis that threatens the prosperity, stability and development of these nations.

 

The Bureau for Global Health’s Office of HIV/AIDS (GH/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/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, Evaluation, and Informatics Division (SIEI) within OHA, to which the Program and Data Quality Advisor will be assigned, provides technical expertise to advance and support country-owned, sustainable strategic information systems and promotes data-driven program planning. The SIEI Division has primary responsibility of supporting USAID headquarters and its Missions to build capacity in managing and utilizing data systems to improve impact and accountability of HIV/AIDS programs. The Program and Data Quality Advisor(s) will be based in the Evaluation Branch of SIEI.

 

Job Requirements

The Program and Data Quality Advisor will work most closely with the Senior Program and Data Quality Advisor and oversee program and data quality assurance and improvement efforts across the Office of HIV/AIDS (OHA). S/he will provide technical and operational leadership in the data quality and performance improvement plan working with technical experts from the SIEI Division, OHA technical program teams and USAID Missions. The Advisor will lead and coordinate the development of Mission-specific quality improvement action plans and will work closely with the SIEI Division to develop and execute the service and data quality analytic plans and monitor the improvement plans’ implementation which may include but not be limited to: PEPFAR program indicators, USAID custom program indicators, site monitoring visit summaries, DQA/RDQA reports and financial monitoring data. S/he will closely work with the Evaluation Branch Lead who will be the Point of Contact (POC).

Responsibilities

  • Provide technical leadership and implementation support to OHA, USAID Missions, and the interagency in developing and implementing quality assurance and improvement approaches, plans and tools with a particular focus on data quality assessments and program improvement plans.
  • Support the rollout and scale-up of the OHA data quality assurance and improvement strategy across USAID PEPFAR portfolio and in close collaboration with USAID, Missions and Implementing Partners (IPs).
  • Lead the institutionalization of data and program quality practices across technical areas and across the USAID Missions to ensure accurate and efficient reporting.
  • Lead the process of data integration and analysis across PEPFAR indicators, SIMS data, Expenditure data and other types of data by IMs, geography, and other relevant parameters with a focus on program and performance improvement.
  • Guide the development of tailored data quality assurance approaches and tools to respond to PEPFAR, OHA and field emerging needs and priorities.
  • Guide enhancements to and implementation of existing routine site quality monitoring solutions such as Site Improvement through Monitoring Systems (SIMS) to identify areas for improvement, devise responses that ensure quality standards are met, and maximize PEPFAR programmatic impact on the HIV epidemic.
  • Coordinate the implementation and evaluation of data and program quality management policies and practices.
  • Provide technical support to the USAID Missions teams to assess, improve and maintain data quality on routine basis across international and indigenous partners.
  • Participate in interagency and agency specific data quality assurance (DQA) exercises and the analyses of the results, in order to identify the root causes of poor routine data and make appropriate recommendations for continuous improvement.
  • Assist in review of OU and partners quarterly performance review with SIEI and technical teams and propose additional, supplemental analyses that would expand and deepen USAID HQ understanding of factors affecting performance.
  • Analyze, synthesize and apply evidence to ensure high quality data and services inform new programs.
  • Frequently travel internationally to provide technical assistance to USAID Missions and partners and to monitor implementation of quality improvement activities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by senior leadership.
  • 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 ability required.

  • Master’s degree with 7 years’ of experience or bachelor’s degree with minimum of 9 years’ experience or higher in public health, epidemiology, computer science, social science, or a related field is required.
  • A minimum of 7+ years of progressive work experience in data systems and data quality management necessary.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience with two or more public health technical disciplines (HIV/AIDS, data analytics/visualization, quality assurance, quality improvement, etc); job duties/responsibilities generally related to PD requirements.
  • Extensive experience in quality assurance and quality improvement methods and approaches; particular interest in individuals with QA/QI approaches application in healthcare and development sectors.
  • Advanced proficiency in data analysis and data use methodologies, approaches, tools, and software (e.g. R, STATA, Tableau, ArcGIS, etc.)
  • Have a deep understanding of data flow design and data reusability.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications such as Excel and Word processing.
  • Superb organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strategic thinker with a strong track record of taking a proactive approach to problem identification and solution. 
  • Should be able to multitask in a variety of projects at a time.
  • Demonstrated experience working in developing country setting
  • Knowledge of/experience of PEPFAR programming.
  • Must have excellent writing skills in English.
  • Willingness to travel internationally 30+%.
  • U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency with the ability to obtain and maintain Facility Access required.

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