Senior Strategic Information (SI) Advisor

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 16 September 2020

Job Description

General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

The HO is USAID/Tanzania’s largest team with responsibility for a FY 2019 operating year budget of approximately $395 million, making up most of the total Mission budget. The 51-person team in the HO manages a complex, robust and integrated health program including interventions in HIV/AIDS, Maternal Child Health and Nutrition, tuberculosis, family planning, global health security and malaria. All health activities are guided by USAID/Tanzania’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS). USAID/Tanzania’s Program and Operations team supports the technical teams in the HO to carry out the following functions outlined in ADS200: activity design, budgeting, reporting, monitoring and evaluation.

This position would be based in the Program, Analysis, and Operations Team and would lead the PEPFAR SI Unit. The incumbent will focus on leading three critical components, namely:

1) Providing technical assistance for the development, coordination and evaluation of the USAID/Tanzania’s PEPFAR strategic information systems, including analysis of epidemiology and service utilization statistics

2) Leading the harmonization and alignment of USAID’s project-supported information systems/databases with PEPFAR’s information requirements.

3) Guiding project and activity design and implementation through analysis of gaps and project needs for relevant PEPFAR indicators

The success of this position requires leadership from a seasoned advisor who possesses extensive technical expertise in program monitoring and evaluation; data use and analysis; surveillance; and health information systems. Additionally, strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills are critical to effectively collaborate, communicate and negotiate with national and sub-national government counterparts, the PEPFAR interagency, other donors, and civil society groups.

Statement of Duties to be Performed

The PEPFAR Strategic Information Technical Advisor position is in the USAID/Tanzania Health Office in Dar es Salaam. The incumbent serves as a key member of the Health Office and plays a leadership role providing expertise and guidance in areas related to PEPFAR strategic information. The PEFAR SI Technical Advisor provides technical expertise in program monitoring and evaluation; data use and analysis; surveillance and health informatics for PEPFAR-funded activities. S/he also provides technical advice and guidance to Government of Tanzania officials in multiple ministries at national, regional and local levels.

S/he will design, analyze, and translate a variety of quantitative and qualitative data, including national as well as U.S. Government (USG) specific, into concrete programmatic implications/inputs. This will include epidemiological, service utilization, and human resource related statistics to draw conclusions to inform programmatic and policy dialogue within the USG and for national counterparts as needed.

The incumbent is responsible for leading and providing technical direction and expertise to the USAID PEPFAR SI Unit, which supports all target setting, monitoring, and reporting for PEPFAR-funded activities. S/he serves as activity manager for select HO awards and is actively involved in the planning, design, monitoring, implementation and evaluation of those awards and plays a critical role in strategic information program coordination, analysis of progress and project design for inclusion in the annual Country Operational Plan (COP), CDCS, Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) and other reporting documents.

The PEPFAR SI Technical Advisor maintains highly collaborative interagency relationships and ensures that data generated by program monitoring and other strategic information systems are of high quality and used for program planning, policy development, advocacy, and program evaluation. The incumbent plays a leadership role within the PEPFAR technical work groups, playing a key role in the development of annual and long-term strategic information strategies. The incumbent represents USAID within multiple GOT and donor technical working groups and maintains collaborative working relationships with mid-to-senior level government officials in the GOT, donors, USG agencies and non-governmental organizations. This requires sound judgment, diplomacy and tact in negotiating and working closely with the GOT and other stakeholders, and in the provision of ongoing guidance to implementing partners on health strategic directions and activities.

Specific activities of the PEPFAR SI Technical Advisor will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Technical Leadership and Expertise (60% of time) .
  • Program Management (30% of time)
  • Representation/Coordination (10% of time)

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

1. Education (10%)

  • Possession of an advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in the field of public health informatics, epidemiology, demography, statistics, computer science, or related field required.

2. Relevant Work Experience (35%)

  • Eight to ten years of progressive and responsible experience in public health, including experience in strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, data analysis, program planning and budgeting is required.
  • At least three years working on PEPFAR programs, either for USG or implementing partner on strategic information or health information systems.
  • Experience in program design, strategic planning, and program management, implementation and evaluation of HIV/AIDS and TB programs and/or other health related programs with demonstrated technical expertise in strategic information, particularly in a developing country context is highly preferred.
  • Experience and knowledge of other donor programs and donor coordination processes in HIV/AIDS, TB, etc., such as the Global Fund or WHO is preferred.
  • Understanding and knowledge of USG regulations and procedures preferred to include knowledge or experience working with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

3. Technical Knowledge and Ability (35%)

  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of best practices in program monitoring and evaluation; data use and analysis; and surveillance.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and capacity in statistics and quantitative analysis.
  • Demonstrated competency in information management systems.
  • Demonstrated competency in data analysis tools such as STATA/SPSS, SPECTRUM, ArcGIS, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in technical skills transfer and/or mentoring.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills, verbal skills and ability to communicate technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical colleagues.
  • Must be able to obtain, analyze, organize and interpret data and present findings in both oral and written form.
  • Must be able to prepare precise and accurate reports and to develop and present briefings.

4. Communication and Interpersonal Skills (20%)

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy are required to establish and maintain a wide range of senior-level and working-level contacts with health programs in governmental, non-governmental, and private-sector circles.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams and collaborate in an interagency setting, often under pressure of short deadlines and multiple demands.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and interpersonal skills including flexibility, patience, facilitation, team building and conflict/problem solving skills required in a cross-cultural environment are required.
  • Demonstrated excellent writing and speaking/presentation skills in English is required, and in preparing analytic briefings for key USG and other leaders/decision makers.
  • Strong financial management and administrative skills to track the performance of implementing partners as needed.
  • Computer literacy, including ease and skill in using word processing programs, email, spreadsheet applications, and presentation software; and familiarity with the worldwide web.

CLOSING DATE : October 06, 2020, 5:00 P. M.