Senior Technical Advisor - Data Analytics

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 27 February 2020

Job Description

Overview

The Senior Technical Advisor (STA) - Data Analytics (DA) participates in the provision of technical assistance aimed at strengthening collection, analysis, and use of data for decision making on procurement and supply chain management, rational use of medicines and medical products, regulatory system, pharmacovigilance, and antimicrobial stewardship. S/he supports the Technical Director and Senior Technical Advisors in the design and implementation of technical activities at the Department of Health (DOH) and regional and local government levels to ensure the adequate contribution to MTaPs results. The STA-DA is also responsible for the implementation and evaluation of designated field activities, such as deployment of tools or implementation of facility and community based interventions. Under guidance from senior staff, s/he provides support to program quality reviews, reporting, and knowledge management activities.

Specific Responsibilities

Technical Support (40%)

  • In collaboration with MTaPS and DOH technical staff, facilitate the design, development, and implementation of technical assistance on PSCM and PV related data collection, analysis, presentation, and use in support to DOH and regional offices.
  • Conduct desk-based and field-based data analysis and technical assistance activities, including delivery of training, in coordination with MTaPS senior technical staff and DOH offices.
  • Participate in the development of communication materials, presentations, articles, concept papers, abstracts, and posters in the context of knowledge management and participate in the presentation of these products to various audiences and forums.
  • Provide writing and analytical assistance to produce special thematic reports, such as quantification, distribution planning, regular stock status reports, use case, and technical briefs documents.
  • In coordination with the MTaPS Management Information System (MIS) advisor and other senior technical staff, facilitate the design, development, and implementation of PSCM-related data quality assurance mechanisms.

Capacity Building (40%)

  • Participate in human resource capacity assessments for data driven decision making; collaborate with MTaPS senior technical staff and DOH in the development and implementation of data use capacity building plan.
  • Conduct targeted training, mentorship, and supportive supervision at regional and LGU level (when necessary) for developing and implementing supply chain information systems and procedures for sub-regional distribution of health commodities.
  • Attend technical and informational meetings when required and prepare related briefs for senior technical staff. Also, work with senior technical staff for developing MSH proposals and new assistance projects, as needed.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Leadership, and Strategic Decision Making (30%)

  • Participate in the design, development, and implementation of pharmaceutical systems and supply chain assessment and strengthening activities, including the development of tools, implementation of data collection and analysis; and data utilization plans; also assist in data interpretation, reporting, and decision making.
  • Under the guidance of the Technical Director/Senior Technical Advisors, and in collaboration with the in-country Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team, support the development and implementation of specific M&E plans, including indicators. Participate in the review of designated program documentation and activity products, ensuring quality of program deliverables.
  • Represent MTaPS in technical meetings with other USAID implementing partners as needed.
Qualifications and Experience

Education:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a data management-related field.

Preferred:

  • Graduate degree, such as a master’s or doctorate.

Experience:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years of experience, or master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of experience.

Preferred:

  • Specialized training and/or experience related to pharmaceutical systems, supply chain management, or pharmaceutical data analysis.
  • Relevant experience in data analytics, research, and health information systems in low and middle income countries, preferably in the Philippines and/or Southeast Asia countries.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to write technical reports and documents, and to make presentations in English is required.
  • Competency in the use of word processing programs, spreadsheets, and database applications is required.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English are essential.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously; excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with team spirit.
  • Ability to work independently and in team.
  • Good judgment for decision making.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability to build consensus and constructively lead a team.

Competencies:

  • Functional competencies: Highly motivated, resourceful, results driven, and persistent. Ability to think strategically, and gather and analyze information in order to make appropriate decisions. Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Core MSH competencies: adaptability, communication, problem solving, creativity and innovation, timeliness of work, quality of work and team relationships, resource utilization.
  • Sound judgment, self-motivated, strong initiative.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to travel internationally and domestically up to 30% of the time.

About the Organization

Management Sciences for Health, an international nonprofit organization, is dedicated to closing the gap between what is known and what is done about public health problems. MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. Their mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with their partners, they are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.


EXPERTISE


MSH takes an integrated approach to building high-impact sustainable programs that address critical challenges in leadership, health systems management, human resources, and medicines. Simply put, they support stronger health systems for greater health impact.


Their expertise in these areas falls into the broad categories of management functions—for example, leadership and governance or pharmaceutical management—and health areas like tuberculosis or maternal, newborn, and child health. They apply their expertise by

  • Partnering with governments, local organizations, and communities in developing nations to build their own capacity for long-term health impact;
  • Providing global leadership in critical areas of health management and health care delivery;
  • Bringing the best of MSH from around the globe to the people we serve, working as One MSH with a focus on lasting health system improvements.

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Leadership, Governance, & Management

They work with in-country partners to build stronger health systems to improve:

    • the management and leadership of priority health programs, health organizations, and multisectoral partnerships such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developing a critical mass of managers at all levels of the health system who can lead and inspire teams to achieve results;
    • the management systems of health organizations in the public and private sector, transferring practical approaches and skills to ensure that management structures contribute to sustainable organizational success;
    • the governance and management of health organizations and multisectoral partnerships, facilitating change and transferring knowledge to enable organizations to administer their resources efficiently and scale up their services.

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Health Service Delivery


MSH combines extensive public health expertise, proven service delivery approaches, and evidence-based interventions in five critical areas:

    • HIV & AIDS
    • Tuberculosis
    • Maternal, newborn, and child health
    • Family planning and reproductive health
    • Other communicable diseases, including malaria and pandemic and avian influenza

Human Resources for Health

MSH helps governments develop multisectoral strategies and policies to plan and manage their health workforces. We use a comprehensive approach that addresses all the facets of human resources for health needed to achieve an adequate supply of well-trained and motivated health workers. MSH offers capabilities in leadership, human resource management, education, partnerships, policy, and finance to achieve these goals.


Pharmaceutical Management


Vital to our success is a participatory approach to project design and implementation, which cultivates broad-based support from all stakeholders. We also build and improve infrastructure and local capacity to effectively purchase, store, deliver, and use quality essential medicines.

Health Care Financing


MSH helps governments and NGOs assess their current financial situation and systems, understand service costs, and develop initiatives to use existing funds more effectively and generate additional revenue—all with the goal of supporting a nation’s health priorities.

Health Information


MSH has developed proven methods for rapidly strengthening the analysis and use of existing health data—normally at the province, district, and facility levels—without revising existing recording and reporting requirements. With an emphasis on learning through action, district teams undertake assessments of health services, identify gaps in performance, and design solutions to support better decision-making and, therefore, better management of improved services.


MSH has worked closely with the Health Metrics Network of the WHO to develop a comprehensive approach for enhancing the performance of health information systems and data by employing a practical, strategic planning process that can be carried out by national working groups.

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