Social Solutions

  • Strategic Information Technical Advisor

    Job Locations US-VA-Crystal City
    Posted Date 3 months ago(3/29/2018 10:08 AM)
    ID
    2018-1232
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Public Health
  • Overview

    Social Solutions International, Inc. is a woman and minority-owned company. Social Solutions emphasizes quality research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and institutional support services. We are a mission-driven organization that believes that superior science can improve the world. Social Solutions is dedicated to the creation of social and health solutions to improve the welfare of underserved populations worldwide. 

     

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

                     

    Title: 

    Strategic Information Technical Advisor

    United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of HIV/AIDS/Strategic Information, Evaluation and Informatics Division (USAID/GH/OHA/SIEI)

     

    Salary Range: $96,970 – $126,062 (GS-13 equivalent)

     

    Application Deadline:   Open Until Filled

     

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION

    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 (SI) Technical Advisor (Advisor) will serve as a member of the SI Branch within 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.

    The Advisor will conduct integrated 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 USAID point of contact. 

    The Advisor will bring knowledge of PEPFAR data 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 support on Strategic Information (SI) and 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.

    Qualifications

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

    • Master’s degree in public policy, public health, health management, health policy, or relevant field
    • Minimum 7 years of experience in program monitoring, evaluation, and strategic information, data management, and relevant 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.
    • S. citizenship 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 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.

    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 technical and program management.

    CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:  None.

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand and walk.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

    The position also requires international air travel to and in developing nations.  International air travel usually entails long flights.  Travel within developing countries usually entails use of bus or cars over unpaved roads to locations where further physical adjustments must be rapidly made to occasionally severe conditions that require prolonged walking, working in cramped rooms, standing for long periods of time, and eating and resting in inadequate facilities.  The work environment in developing countries entails uncontrollable risks of infection due to poor sanitation and the prevalence of communicable diseases, for some of which there are not effective immunizations or preventative measures.

     

    Social Solutions International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.social solutions.biz

     

    Social Solutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law.

                     

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