Sr Technical Advisor Strategic Information and Surveillance for COVID-19 Programs
FHI 360, United States
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FHI 360 is seeking qualified candidates to fill a new position of Senior Strategic Information and Surveillance Technical Advisor for COVID-19 for the EpiC Project to support strategic information and surveillance (including pharmacovigilance) for COVID-19 programs in low- and middle-income countries globally. Through the support of this position, FHI 360 aims to ensure leadership from HQ and improve country level COVID-19 surveillance and strategic information systems through the use of high-impact, sustainable, accessible, and cutting-edge approaches. The Senior Strategic Information Technical and Surveillance Advisor will provide technical and scientific leadership to those designing, and implementing technical strategies, programs or tools in support of surveillance, monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities for COVID-19 programs globally. S/he will provide technical advice based upon expertise and knowledge of evidence-based methods and strategies, current practice, and established operational and research standards to ensure quality and rigorous design. This includes establishing key components of M&E and COVID-19 surveillance systems including data collection, analysis, and reporting on key output, outcome and impact indicators for the program and developing data dashboards for real-time reporting. S/he will undertake periodic reviews of program and/or country surveillance systems and participate in planning M&E system strengthening actions. S/he will also be responsible for ensuring data quality and accuracy; and for collecting, analyzing, and processing monitoring and evaluation data, assisting in monitoring and reporting against performance indicators and results, developing methods and milestones to support project teams to monitor the project progress towards goals, and contributing to program strategy to ensure that activities and assignments are carried out as planned and the program objectives are being achieved.
- Provides leadership and guidance to ensure that SI and surveillance for COVID-19 program implementation adheres to appropriate technical standards and guidelines and that programs are technically sound.
- Coordinates the work of other SI advisors working on COVID-19 programs.
- Contributes substantively to COVID-19 business development proposals and protocols, including design and evaluation of SI and surveillance inputs, to ensure they are technically sound and evidence-based.
- Builds capacity in country-level, regional or global program staff. Assesses current technical, scientific, managerial, and operational efficiencies at the program, regional, or global levels as appropriate.
- Provides global scientific leadership by staying current in a field of quickly evolving technical standards, guidelines, and program developments regarding COVID-19 SI and surveillance.
- Responsible for sharing best practices in the field of COVID-19 surveillance and contributes to the knowledge base through participation in scientific forums and technical networks.
- Coordinates with a diverse group of organizations, such as: USAID/Washington, Ministries of Health, district health staff, several international and national development partner organizations, and the USAID mission in order to complete work. Maintains a constructive dialogue and technical exchange with field counterparts and technical staff of implementing partners.
- Responsible for planning and scheduling own workflow and managing demanding deadlines in a fast paces work environment.
- Provides broad global technical leadership to multiple components for moderate to complex programs.
- Contributes to planning, recommendations, and development of department/program/project concept, operations, and/or implementation COVID-19 surveillance and M&E data systems.
- Advises and creates plans based on analysis of issues and trends, and how these link to the responsibilities, capabilities, and potential to continue to advance the rigor or COVID-19 surveillance systems in low- and middle-income countries
- Develops strategies and tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components.
- Coordinates with employees and consultants, on-site and in the field for situations that is less routine and more unusual.
- Contributes to and executes parts of the strategic and operational plans of the organization. Leads through subordinate directors and managers and other direct reports, all of whom are management. Responsible for financial matters within the division.
- Considered a technical expert in surveillance and SI by internal and external entities.
- Communicates organization-wide strategies and priorities to functional leaders who will develop strategic and operational plans and policies for their own areas.
- Assists senior management in determining organizational objectives and interprets
- organization policies.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Master's degree in epidemiology, public health, statistics, demographics, public policy, international development, economics, or related field
- Minimum of 11+ years of relevant experience in developing and supporting surveillance and health monitoring and evaluation systems.
- Considered an expert in surveillance and SI
- Expertise is data visualization
- Proven track record of written and published materials related to technical area (e.g., journal articles, job aids training curricula, and other tools)
- Experience in supervising technical staff.
- Ability to tackle complex problems that are often broad in scope and implications, manage projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.
- Demonstrable skills and experience in development of M&E tools, data analysis, data use, data visualization, and assessments.
- Demonstrable skills and experience in developing study protocols, supervising study field activities and data management, and has peer-reviewed publications.
- Experience working with donor-funded surveillance, monitoring and evaluation systems highly preferred.
- Proficiency in data management and analytic software e.g. Excel, DHIS2, PowerBI, Tableau, SAS, SPSS, Stata, R.
- Experience with business development a plus.
- Ability to travel internationally between 25-30%.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, additional languages desirable.