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Assistant Scientist – Senior M&E Officer, The Challenge Initiative (TCI)

Scientist and Technical Deputy Director for PMA


Assistant Scientist – Senior M&E Officer, The Challenge Initiative (TCI)

Level: Faculty – Scientist – Rank commensurate with experience

Status: Full Time

TCI General Description: The Challenge Initiative (TCI) represents a business unusual approach to providing lifesaving reproductive health and family planning information and services, including adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH), to underserved poor communities in urban areas, building on the demonstrated success of the Gates Foundation’s Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (URHI). The TCI model is based on rapidly scaling up and sustaining proven family planning and AYSRH solutions by cultivating a culture of local ownership, innovation, learning, exchange and continuous improvement. TCI also leverages funding support from other bilateral, multilateral donors as well as foundations and the private sector. TCI works with four Accelerator Hubs covering East Africa, Francophone West Africa, India and Nigeria. As a learning consortium, TCI seeks to continuously challenge its thinking, assumptions and adaptations in order to improve its model to not only ensure rapid, sustainable scale-up of evidence-based family planning and AYSRH interventions but also for other health and development interventions more broadly.

Eligibility: The Senior M&E Officer will coordinate activities related to TCI’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) initiatives, including data collection, analysis, reporting and convenings. With guidance and supervision from the Senior Technical Advisor, s/he will establish effective administrative, management, and dissemination systems to meet the initiative’s M&E goals, while seeking out strategic opportunities to improve and strengthen the M&E program. This is a challenging opportunity for candidates who are passionate about global development and rigorous monitoring and impact evaluation efforts. The applicant should have robust expertise and experience in conducting surveys and extracting actionable insights from those surveys; a strong desire to expand and deepen his or her skills in the management of M&E and integration of data into learning processes; and be energized to help build upon the M&E initiative while contributing to the long-term success of a dynamic organization.

Specific essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • The Senior M&E Officer will oversee the data collection efforts under TCI’s Local Tracking Surveys (LTS), which are LQAS-based household and facility surveys conducted in several TCI cities in partnership with the four regional hubs.
  • S/He will coordinate closely with other projects (such as PMA Agile, PMA2020, MLE, Full Access Full Choice) in the implementation of other research and data collection efforts associated with TCI, which include PMA Agile’s service delivery point (SDP) surveys, client exit interviews (CEI) and Youth Respondent-Driven Sampling Survey (YRDSS).
  • S/He will liaise with the M&E staff at each of the four hubs to compile and analyze the data coming in from LTS, PMA Agile, YRDSS and other survey data.
  • S/He will ensure that the LTS, PMA Agile and YRDSS data trackers are accurate, up-to-date and regularly utilized for performance monitoring and decision making.
  • S/He will assist with the integration and synthesis of data from various sources to provide proof points for different aspects of TCI’s theory of change and Results Framework.
  • S/He will identify and assess other data collection modalities that can be used to monitor and evaluate TCI’s activities in all regions of operation.
  • S/He will liaise with IRB office/s to coordinate submissions and ensure IRB compliance.
  • S/He will contribute to the writing of technical and programmatic reports.
  • S/He will organize/co-organize Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) meetings.
  • S/He will manage budgets related to LTS and other data collection activities.
  • S/He will participate in internal working groups, performance management, process documentation, and strategic planning.
  • S/he will report to the Senior Technical Advisor.

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a quantitative discipline (PhD preferred), including economics or related fields such as demography, public health, sociology, and public policy AND/OR equivalent experience of at least 5 years developing and providing M&E technical support to international programs in family planning and public health
  • Solid experience coordinating empirical research projects in a developing country, such as overseeing field data collection and analysis
  • Ability to work in a variety of developing country settings, using appropriate technologies
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in strategic problem solving, technical analysis, performance metrics, and program monitoring and evaluation
  • Demonstrated technical skills and familiarity with grant management and reporting, program monitoring and evaluation, and donor relations and reporting 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Well-organized, with strong administrative skills and outstanding attention to details
  • Self-directed, intrinsically motivated; proven capacity to manage work independently, multitask and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines
  • Ability to remain flexible and adapt to change
  • Strong and effective interpersonal skills in working with colleagues at all levels. Ability to use discretion and maintain confidentiality
  • Strong competency with MS Office (including solid understanding of Excel) and Google applications
  • Ability and willingness to travel for up to 40 percent of the year. 
  • The position is funded for two years with potential for extension.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in quantitative disciplines, including economics or related fields such as demography, public health, sociology, and public policy
  • Technical expertise with various sampling methodologies and survey modalities, including LQAS and RDS
  • Competency in outcome mapping and developing theory of change
  • Conversant with M&E principles for building credible, actionable, responsible, and transportable (CART) evidence systems
  • Solid experience working on developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia
  • Proficiency with STATA and other statistical software
  • Experience working with researchers and faculty in an academic setting
  • Proficiency in the French language is a definite plus but not mandatory

Applications:  Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. Reviews are ongoing.  Applicants for the position should demonstrate their potential for leading a high-quality sponsored research program. 

Applicants should submit the following via Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/59523

  • A current CV;
  • A 1-2 page statement outlining survey analysis and research experience and interest; and
  • Names and contact information for at least 3 references who can be contacted as appropriate.

The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students.  All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.


Scientist and Technical Deputy Director for PMA

Level:  FACULTY – Scientist – Rank commensurate with experience

Status:  Full Time

Position Description

Background:  The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is launching a second phase of an innovative survey research program, entitled Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA), formerly entitled PMA2020. The project is designed to deliver high-quality, rapid-turnaround data into the hands of public health policymakers, program managers, and other stakeholders at frequent intervals to promote data-driven decision-making to improve the health and welfare of populations.  To achieve this goal, PMA recruits women from a set of nationally or sub-nationally representative sentinel communities and trains them to collect data on a routine basis using smartphone technology.  Data are collected at both household and facility levels.

PMA data collection platforms have been established in 11 countries in Africa and Asia, working with local university and research partners.  In the next phase, PMA is will expand to several new geographies, while retaining many existing geographies.  The core survey covers family planning (including contraceptive dynamics) and reproductive health, while maintaining flexibility to add new modules in related health areas.  It will also introduce a panel design that will follow a cohort of reproductive age women on an annual basis and a representative set of service delivery points over a 3-year period.  The panel will be combined with periodic cross-sections drawn from the same sampled, sentinel communities.  In this next phase, Jhpiego will be providing support for sub-award management, partner sustainability, communications, and overall program management through its central and field offices.

PMA is a program with a diverse Baltimore-based team that includes faculty, staff, faculty, and students at both masters and doctorate levels.  This team works closely with implementing teams at universities and research institutes across the constituent geographies.

To assist in leading and guiding the cutting-edge survey implementation approaches of PMA, the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health within the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health (PFRH) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health now invites applications from individuals to serve as a Deputy Director for this program with a focus on ensuring technical quality of the program throughout full spectrum of survey operations, including survey design and development and dissemination of data products.

For qualified individuals, this will be a faculty position in the Scientist track.  Rank will be commensurate with experience, but preference will be given to an appointment at the Associate or Senior Scientist level.

Responsibilities:  The Deputy Director will assist the Director in executing the following duties:

  • Provide technical leadership and vision for PMA’s overall program direction and new initiatives.
  • Provide technical and programmatic guidance for survey implementation across multiple countries, including panel and other innovative design features.
  • Provide guidance in capacity-strengthening among PMA implementing partners, including advising on the priority training activities that incorporate south-to-south modalities.
  • Advise on the development of data utilization approaches, including data access and visualization.
  • Provide mentorship and supervision to a team of data managers and analysts.
  • Represent PMA at international forums and technical meetings, facilitating dissemination and use of project data among key stakeholders.
  • Strengthen partnerships with collaborating projects, including Track20 and IPUMS PMA.
  • Coordinate with related programs at the Gates Institute and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Participate on the Gates Institute Leadership Team and serve as Acting Director of PMA as needed.
  • Teaching or co-teaching of Departmental courses is negotiable with the PFRH department.
  • Mentoring students and participating on Departmental committees, as appropriate and as requested by the PFRH department.

Qualifications:  The successful PMA Deputy Director will be a visionary, innovative, and proactive individual who thrives working in a highly interdisciplinary team environment that cross-cuts public health research and practice.  The Deputy Director will contribute exemplary expertise toward the success of the PMA program.  The candidate’s level of accomplishment will be judged based on achievements in the areas of public health research and practice, as they relate to survey operations and analysis areas of PMA.  Evidence of sustained accomplishments and potential for continued growth in these areas should be clear.

  • Preference will be given to those with a background in demography or public health. Experience in family planning and reproductive health-related disciplines or survey implementation sciences are encouraged.  However, outstanding applicants working in other related public health fields are also encouraged to apply.
  • The position requires a Ph.D. in demography, social science, public health or survey methodology with a minimum of 6 years of relevant international experience in survey operations and analysis.
  • Preference will be given to applicants having experience in overseeing and implementing survey research in low and middle-income settings and to those who have experience with electronic data collection.
  • Applicant should have excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills as well as strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience working in one or more PMA countries, including Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Guinea, India, and Pakistan is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with international donors and foundations and success in grants management is a plus.
  • Proficiency in French or another PMA program country language is a plus.

Applications:  Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled with initial review beginning February 4, 2019.  Applicants for the position should demonstrate their potential for leading a high-quality sponsored research program. 

Applicants should submit the following via Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/58411

  • A current CV;
  • A 1-2 page statement outlining survey analysis and research experience and interest; and
  • Names and contact information for at least 3 references who can be contacted as appropriate.

The Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students.  All applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.