Overview

POSITION SUMMARY

ICAP at Columbia University, a global health leader situated within the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City (NYC), seeks a Senior Staff Associate I (Strategic Information (SI) Specialist) to be based in NYC. The incumbent will provide technical assistance to ICAP country teams and Ministries of Health on enhancing the quality of and capacity in SI, including monitoring and evaluation (M&E), surveillance and health information systems (HIS) with a focus on building sustainable systems.

ICAP seeks highly qualified and experienced candidates to fill the Senior Staff Associate I (SI Specialist) position. The incumbent will have a demonstrated track record working with U.S. government or other bilateral donors, especially PEPFAR. The Strategic Information Specialist will also have experience working effectively as part of diverse staff teams, and contributing to successful collaborations with donors, host-country ministries of health, and civil society.

MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • Provides high-level technical guidance to country programs in planning and implementing M&E systems and surveillance
    Develops M&E strategies, frameworks, Evaluation Performance Monitoring Plans (EPMP), logic models and indicators to assess project performance and impact
  • Develops and/or adapts standard operating procedures (SOP) for data quality assurance, reporting, data dissemination, and other routine M&E processes and support their implementation
  • In collaboration with in-country M&E/SI teams, contributes to the timely implementation, accurate and appropriate reporting of project activities and results to funders, including quarterly, semi-annual and annual progress reports
  • Reviews routinely collected M&E data, provides feedback to country teams, and supports country teams in using findings to improve program performance
  • Provides technical guidance for use and dissemination of routinely collected data; dissemination approaches include preparation and review of slide sets, meetings, abstracts, technical briefs and manuscripts
  • Supports the development of technical assistance and capacity building for proposals and annual reports/continuation applications by developing SI related activities, logic models, and M&E plans
  • Maintains regular communication with in-country M&E/SI teams regarding work planning and technical assistance. Communicates regularly with New York staff as well as in-country leadership presenting key data trends/findings, as well as ongoing and upcoming activities and challenges
  • Works with the Informatics Center to support ongoing efforts to enhance health information systems including aggregate and patient-level databases and support in-country teams in the use of eHealth technology
  • Support country teams to develop data visualization dashboards in Power BI to ensure data is reviewed and used routinely for program improvement
  • Based on understanding of the country program and/or expertise in a technical area, develops and supports the implementation of program evaluation and other proposals, protocols, data collection tools, databases, SOP and IRB submissions
  • Perform other duties as assigned

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health or related discipline and 6 -10 years experience
  • Minimum six (6) years of related experience working with M&E, surveillance, research or health information systems
  • 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)

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in Public Health or related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
  • The successful candidate will hold an MPH and a minimum of six (6) years of experience in relevant M&E, program evaluation, and/or implementation research in resource-limited settings.
  • Experience working with U.S. government or other bilateral donors, especially CDC
  • Experience collaborating with Ministries of Health
  • Experience writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications
  • Experience working in low or middle-income countries
  • Experience in surveillance and/or M&E
  • Experience with data visualization software such as Tableau or Power BI
  • Data analysis experience using SAS, STATA or SPSS
  • Fluency in French, Spanish and/or Portuguese

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Requires international travel of 3-4 trips per year with each trip lasting approximately 10-14 days