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Strategic Information Specialist
NOTE: Please note that the job title is listed as an “Staff Associate – ICAP” on the Recruitment Academic Personnel Job Posting Site
The goal of the HIV Coverage, Quality, and Impact Network (CQUIN) is to increase the number of people living with HIV (PLHIV) initiating and sustaining highly effective HIV treatment with sustained viral suppression. Towards this end, ICAP aims to catalyze the delivery of high quality differentiated care at scale by supporting a network of countries in sub-Saharan Africa at various stages of implementing differentiated care services, enabling experience sharing, cross-learning, and collaborative problem solving. Reporting to the CQUIN project epidemiologist, the CQUIN Strategic Information (SI) Specialist provides technical assistance to the CQUIN project team and ICAP country teams on enhancing the quality of and building capacity in M&E of differentiated care with a focus on building sustainable public-sector systems. This technical assistance includes helping to establish or improve systems for routine data collection, and strengthening data use and dissemination at the facility, community, subnational, or national levels. The CQUIN Strategic Information (SI) Specialist also provides support for program evaluation and research activities, including development of study protocols and tools, standard operating procedures and training materials, analytic approaches, and dissemination of findings.
M&E technical assistance to CQUIN project team
- Provides high-level technical guidance on designing and implementing M&E systems for differentiated HIV services in sub-Saharan Africa
- Develops M&E strategies, frameworks, plans, logic models and indicators to assess CQUIN project performance and impact
- Develops and/or adapts Standard Operating Procedures for data quality assurance, reporting, data dissemination, and other routine M&E processes and support their implementation
- Reviews routinely collected M&E data and ICAP survey data, provides feedback to the CQUIN project team, and supports the team in using findings to improve program performance
- Provides technical guidance for use and dissemination of routinely collected and survey data; dissemination approaches include slidesets, meetings, abstracts, and manuscripts
- Supports the development of technical assistance and capacity building for proposals being developed by ICAP by reviewing SI related activities for new and continuing awards and gathering the information required to submit along with the proposals
- Maintains regular communication with the CQUIN project team regarding work planning and technical assistance. Communicates regularly with the CQUIN project team presenting key data trends/findings, as well as ongoing and upcoming SI activities and challenges
- Based on understanding of country program data and/or expertise in a technical area, develops and/or contributes to the development and implementation of program evaluation and other operational research proposals, protocols, data collection tools, databases, SOP and IRB submissions
- Leads, collaborates with or assists New York and in-country staff on development and preparation of abstracts, posters, presentations, and manuscripts resulting from program evaluation
- Leads or participates in regular meetings of the CQUIN project team and the SI Specialist working group to keep colleagues abreast of recent CQUIN SI developments, challenges and lessons learned.
- In collaboration with the CQUIN project team, contributes to the timely implementation, accurate and appropriate reporting of project activities and results to funders, including quarterly, semi-annual and annual progress reports
- Performs other related duties as directed
- Bachelors degree or higher
EXPERIENCE SKILLS & MINIMUM & REQUIRED SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS
- Requires a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education and experience plus 4 years of professional experience in a relevant field.
- Minimum four (4) years of related experience working with monitoring and evaluation and/or surveillance systems
- Experience and knowledge in monitoring and evaluation and/or public health surveillance systems
- Experience working on M&E and program evaluation in low-resource settings
- Demonstrated problem-solving skills and analytical capabilities
- Excellent written and oral communications skills
- Demonstrated interpersonal and team-building skills
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
EXPERIENCE, SKILLS & PREFERRED QUALIFICATION
- 8 years of related experience
- Master’s degree in Public Health or related discipline preferable
- Requires international travel of 1-3 trips per year with each trip lasting approximately 10-14 days
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