The Data, Informatics and Analytical Solutions Practice (DIAS) in Palladium is currently seeking a Senior Technical Advisor to provide leadership in clinical HIV strategic information. The Data, Informatics and Analytical Solutions Practice (DIAS) in Palladium is currently seeking a Technical Advisor to support project coordination of the Translating Data for Implementation (Data.FI) award. Data.FI is a five-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Data.FI partners with PEPFAR programs to accelerate and sustain access to high-quality data to expedite HIV epidemic control and maintenance. Data.FI supports host country governments to enhance existing health information systems (HIS) and conduct in-depth analysis of HIV epidemiologic and program data to inform management responses to gaps in HIV and AIDS programming and sustain impact by supporting local partner transition.
The Senior Technical Advisor is based in Washington, DC and is responsible for providing technical leadership in data analysis of PEPFAR and health information system data with the purpose of improving client management and program performance.
The Senior Technical Advisor will:
- Set a vision for PEPFAR clinical and community-based program analytics, develop new analytical approaches that consider and link various data sources (e.g., MER, EA, EMR, lab, pharmacy, commodity) and continuously lead improvements in using data for client management and program implementation;
- Lead data visualization as it relates to PEPFAR program analytics; produce new innovative data visualizations that help tell a story and unpack program performance;
- Analyse and triangulate PEPFAR program, lab, pharmacy, commodity and population-level for USAID; apply innovative techniques in data analysis and data use in collaboration with data scientists;
- Advise on the M&E system implications at program level, of changes to indicators, disaggregations and analytical guidance.
- Lead a community of excellence around HIV data analytics, comprising a number of analysts, ensuring organizational consistency, efficiency and effectiveness;
- Backstop in-country HIV data analysts, serving as a conduit between project leadership and field implementation teams;
- Contribute to project work planning, budgeting, progress and financial reporting; Ensure country activity decisions with respect to data analysis that relate to subcontractors/partners, staffing, recruitment, activities, technical design and milestones, and budget are accurate, reasonable, represent the best use of funds and resources, and can be achieved successfully;
- Maintain strong, positive working relationships with Palladium colleagues, USAID Washington, USAID Missions, and partners, including but not limited to major sub-recipients, local grantees, subcontractors, and local governments, to ensure effective implementation of project activities;
- Contribute to new business development.
The role reports to Project Director, Data.FI. Reporting requirements include:
- Attendance at all regular Data.FI team meetings;
- Provision of regular updates to the line manager, including status of Key Result Areas (KRAs), and any other material matters and/or areas of concern;
- Submission of financials and forecasts, and contributions to Data.FI internal project and client reporting;
- Other reporting as requested by the line manager.
- The role is part of the Data.FI Project Team and will work in coordination with technical leadership and project management staff. Additional analytical work on our global and bilateral projects may be assigned as part of portfolio.
- As delegated, the role liaises with clients, corporate services, professional service providers, and other stakeholders as required.
- This role will backstop Data.FI HIV data analysts, which may include direct supervision in some cases.
- The role carries a degree of autonomy on technical leadership with appropriate consultation. The role is required to analyse and make sound recommendations to the line manager;
- Oversee and maintain quality country over analytical activities at the global and country level;
- Contribute to process improvement through innovative and cost-effective proposals and ideas.
Minimum education and experience required
- Masters in public health, statistics, data science, computer science or similar. PhD preferred.
- Five or more years of professional experience analyzing and triangulating clinical PEPFAR program data and other types of data (e.g., lab, commodity, pharmacy, population-based data) in support of program improvement.
- Experience working in a field-based analytical or M&E role for a PEPFAR clinical partner, strongly preferred.
Key competencies and professional expertise required
- Deep knowledge of PEPFAR data streams and strengths and weaknesses of each; and an understanding of how PEPFAR data relate to clinical patient management, USAID PEPFAR program improvement and data in the country health information system, especially in electronic medical records.
- Understanding of the organization of PEPFAR data and the implications for analysis, with a vision of how to overcome challenges
- Top-tier analytical skills with current experience analyzing PEPFAR data sets in statistical software required; an understanding of predictive analytics preferred
- Demonstrated ability to use a range of programs to visualize data, such as Excel, Tableau, Power BI, etc.
- Clear ability to hone in on the story the data present, and a practiced ability to use analyses and visualizations to tell the story
- Demonstrated experience in working with USAID and PEPFAR partners in the field, to improve program performance and build analytical capability
- An understanding of how PEPFAR clinical and community-based programs manage their data and report results
- Deep knowledge of electronic medical records and how to use data in EMRs for analysis
- Clear experience in managing and supervising a team of senior professionals
- Detail-oriented and deadline-driven with strong organizational skills, and ability to work in a dynamic and agile environment with changing requirements and priorities.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a fast-moving and multicultural team while maintaining a client-centered focus, and promoting diversity and inclusion across different cultures, genders, and hierarchical levels.
- Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
- Highly self-motivated and able to work independently as well as in team settings.
- Sound problem solving and decision-making skills.
- Entrepreneurial and inquisitive mindset that takes initiative to learn new systems, technologies, and skills pertinent to the work of the DIAS Practice.
- Willingness to travel and work abroad 25-30% of the time in developing countries and elsewhere.