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Position: Statistician/Technical Advisor I
Institution: FHI 360
Location: Washington, D.C, United States
Duties: The Technical Advisor/Statistician will work with the Learning Lead to manage and execute disease-specific and cross-cutting scientific research studies on the NTDs targeted with preventive chemotherapy (PC-NTDs). The incumbent will apply a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts such as sample size calculations and survey designs for protocol development, verification of the accuracy and completeness of data, complex data analyses and data modeling, disease-specific geospatial risk analysis, and data summaries from surveys. This role is critical to ensure that valid and reliable data will be used for programmatic decision making
Requirements: Master’s degree in biostatistics, statistics, public health, data science, epidemiology, or related field; At least 5 years of experience on M&E in health sector data systems. Experience in data management and data analysis activities for infectious diseases program in Africa is vital; Experience working on NTD projects and/or programs (or a related infectious disease field such as malaria or HIV) strongly preferred, including epidemiological data analysis using large data sets and data from multiple sources; Excellent quantitative analytical skills, with knowledge, experience, and proficiency with a statistical analysis package such as SAS, SPSS, STATA, R, or ArcGIS. Facility with one of these statistical packages is a must. Proficiency in data visualization tools such as PowerBi or Tableau would be desirable. Very strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel (e.g., abilities with pivot tables, conditional formatting, etc.) and experience developing Excel templates required
   
Text: Skip to main content careers Careers Statistician /Technical Advisor I page is loaded Statistician /Technical Advisor I Apply Statistician /Technical Advisor I Apply locations Washington, DC USA (Any) time type Full time posted on Posted 22 Days Ago job requisition id Requisition - 2021201583 FHI 360 staff working in the United States are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, regardless of the type of project or client they serve, or of their employment status (full/part-time, remote, telework, or in-office), unless an accommodation applies. FHI 360 complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy. Program Overview: FHI 360 is the lead organization for a consortium that implements USAID’s Act to End Neglected Tropical Diseases | West (Act | West) program. The program supports disease-endemic countries to control and/or eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) with proven, cost-effective public health interventions. Over the next two years (2021-2023, with possibility of extension), the Act to End NTDs | West program will work to eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (LF), trachoma, and where feasible, onchocerciasis in West Africa. It will ensure sustainability of National NTD Programs and strengthen country capacity to implement and maintain ongoing MDA and disease surveillance for Soil Transmitted Helminths (STH), Schistosomiasis (SCH) and, in some cases, onchocerciasis. The FHI 360-led consortium will use its NTD expertise and implementation experience in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Niger, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo to help these countries eliminate and/or control five NTDs: LF, trachoma, onchocerciasis, SCH and STH. Job Summary: FHI 360 is seeking a qualified NTD data analyst and statistician to join the MEL (Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning) team, which supports the NTD program Act to End NTDs | West program, implemented by the FHI 360 consortium. This position will report to the Learning Lead, under the overall direction of the MEL Director, and maintain a good working relationship with the Act | West MEL team and other program staff, other advisors in the regional Act | West team, with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), subgrantees, and national NTD Programs of the countries in the Act | West portfolio. The Technical Advisor/Statistician will work with the Learning Lead to manage and execute disease-specific and cross-cutting scientific research studies on the NTDs targeted with preventive chemotherapy (PC-NTDs). The incumbent will apply a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts such as sample size calculations and survey designs for protocol development, verification of the accuracy and completeness of data, complex data analyses and data modeling, disease-specific geospatial risk analysis, and data summaries from surveys. This role is critical to ensure that valid and reliable data will be used for programmatic decision making. Accountabilities: With technical oversight, develops data analysis plans independently to conduct statistical analysis of disease-specific surveys conducted under Act | West. Surveys include SCH and STH impact assessments, Transmission Assessment Surveys (TAS) for LF, Trachoma Impact Surveys (TIS), and onchocerciasis impact evaluation surveys. Provides statistically appropriate approaches to answer key questions in NTD control and elimination, helping to address knowledge gaps in the NTD community. Advanced knowledge of statistics, study design and power calculations to strengthen NTD program implementation and provide technical assistance to countries and partners within Act | West and beyond. Provides both simple data summaries and complex data analyses of both mass drug administration (MDA) reported data and DSA survey data implemented by technical advisors within Act | West, under the supervision of the Learning Lead, ensuring that data is in-line with the survey protocol. Collaborates with other program staff (particularly the Learning Lead) in undertaking simple and complex data analyses using SAS, SPSS or Stata in support of research questions that further the learning agenda. Critically analyses and interprets data, identifies, and corrects errors. Documents any issues with identified data and raises queries based on these issues and communicates issues with the Learning Lead, MEL focal points and Disease Focal Points where required. Works with the Learning Lead in publishing and disseminating Act | West program successes and lessons learned in the peer-reviewed literature and contributes substantially to the publication of manuscripts. Engages USAID, consortium partners, MOH officials and global in the development of the above activities. Represents Act | West and FHI 360 as a statistician at key international NTD meetings, conferences, technical working groups, and advisory committees. Develops publications, web pages, and presentations in detailing program successes, best practices and lessons learned in peer-reviewed journals. Collaborates with higher level statisticians as needed for the advancement the Act | West research agenda. Keeps up to date on the latest scientific literature and developments related to the PC-NTDs. Contributes to strategic scientific decisions of the Act | West program. Responds and/or handles responses to ad hoc data requests from donor and program colleagues (e.g., in support of presentations at meetings and/or conferences), which includes working with technical staff to define their data needs and to fulfil them, as well as interpreting data verbally and in writing Performs other duties, as assigned by the Learning Lead and the MEL Director Education: Master’s degree in biostatistics, statistics, public health, data science, epidemiology, or related field. Experience and Skills: At least 5 years of experience on M&E in health sector data systems. Experience in data management and data analysis activities for infectious diseases program in Africa is vital. Experience working on NTD projects and/or programs (or a related infectious disease field such as malaria or HIV) strongly preferred, including epidemiological data analysis using large data sets and data from multiple sources. Excellent quantitative analytical skills, with knowledge, experience, and proficiency with a statistical analysis package such as SAS, SPSS, STATA, R, or ArcGIS. Facility with one of these statistical packages is a must. Proficiency in data visualization tools such as PowerBi or Tableau would be desirable. Very strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel (e.g., abilities with pivot tables, conditional formatting, etc.) and experience developing Excel templates required. Extensive knowledge of scientific theories, concepts and practices, and their application to research studies. Knows, or can quickly learn, the preventive chemotherapy - neglected tropical disease (PC-NTD) field to be able to conceptualize and realize meaningful research activities related to the control and elimination of the PC-NTDs and disease-specific assessments. Excellent written and verbal presentation skills Scientifically creative; able to collaborate with other; thinks independently Proficiency in the remaining MS Office Suite (Word, Power point and Access) required Experience in writing advanced SAS code (e.g., abilities in SAS macros, arrays, and do-loops), and experience in interpreting advanced SAS code with minimal documentation or context an asset Experience in processing large datasets from multiple source Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a complex international program/ multicultural setting. Strong ability to plan, organize, prioritize work, and multi-task to meet tight deadlines. Fluency in English required; fluency in French is an asset. Travel Requirements: No more than 15%. Typical Physical Demands: Typical office environment. Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time; ability to move 5-25 lbs. This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time. FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws. FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself. Please click here to continue searching FHI 360's Career Portal. Similar Jobs (3) Technical Advisor I location Washington, DC time type Full time posted on Posted 22 Days Ago Technical Advisor: Professional Development and Capacity Building, K-12 Education location 2 Locations time type Full time posted on Posted 20 Days Ago Technical Advisor, Civil Society and Peacebuilding location Washington, DC time type Full time posted on Posted 22 Days Ago About Us Logo FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, technology, communication and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories. As we evolve to meet the challenges of the future, we stand committed to the principles that have guided our organization for the last 40+ years. Our work continues to be grounded in research and science, strengthened by partnerships and focused on building the capacity of individuals, communities and countries to succeed. FHI 360 staff working in the United States are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, regardless of the type of project or client they serve, or of their employment status (full/part-time, remote, telework, or in-office), unless an accommodation applies. FHI 360 complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy. FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws. FHI 360 will never ask you for your career site username or password, and we will never request money, goods or services during the application, recruitment or employment process. If you have questions or concerns about correspondence from us, please email CareerCenterSupport@fhi360.org. 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