USAID Project Development Specialist - Data Scientist Jobs in Pretoria South Africa

USAID Project Development Specialist - Data Scientist Jobs in Pretoria South Africa

Basic Function of Position:

  • The USAID/South Africa (SA) Health Office (HO) manages one of the largest President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programs in the world. The Health and HIV/AIDS portfolio covers a broad range of health topics, including HIV Treatment, Care, Voluntary Counseling and Testing, Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission, Tuberculosis/HIV, HIV Prevention, Orphans and Vulnerable Children programs, and Health Systems Strengthening investments.

  • Within the Health Office, the Strategic Information (SI) team is responsible for the collection, analyses, visualization, and utilization of data. The Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) team is responsible for providing technical guidance and oversight for the development, implementation, and evaluation of activities related to health information systems, supply chain, health financing, and building human resource capacity.

  • The Data Science Specialist will serve as a key advisor within the SI team and will collaborate with the HSS team to provide technical assistance to the HO, implementing partners, Department of Health, and other collaborating partners in the evaluation, improvement, and harmonization (where appropriate) of various health management information systems in use by the above-mentioned entities. PEPFAR 3.0 states that doing the right things means improving site monitoring, strengthening program quality, and scaling-up core interventions. In line with PEPFAR, USAID is dedicated to using quality data—budget data and results data—to focus resources geographically and programmatically to save lives and prevent the spread of HIV.

    Major Duties and Responsibilities:

    Strategic Information (40%)

  • Perform complex data analyses related to the USAID SI portfolio, and make programmatic recommendations based on findings.

  • Provide leadership and technical expertise in conducting advanced analytics to better inform HIV/health programming through complex relationships with and between PEPFAR Measurement, Evaluation, and Research data and country-specific or survey data.

  • Acquire, process, manage, and analyze data from a range of sources for improved decision making.

  • Rapidly conceptualize and respond to health and development data requests from a variety of actors.

  • Prepare professional quality data visualizations for use by USAID, USAID implementing partners, South African government, and other external stakeholders.

  • Train and mentor USAID, USAID implementing partners, and South African government staff in data analytics.

  • Prepare data requirements for the PEPFAR Country Operational Plan for health system strengthening activities, quarterly/semi-annual/annual performance reports (e.g., data completeness checks), and other routine PEPFAR processes.

  • Collaborate with USAID, USAID implementing partners, South African government, and other external stakeholders on special data analytics projects for monitoring, evaluations, research, and learning.

  • Participate in the U.S. Government Inter-Agency Strategic Information Technical Working Group. Establish and maintain close working relationships and technically represent USAID to all levels of staff at relevant USAID operating units, South African government, implementing partners, the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (including the Inter-Agency Collaborative for Program Improvement), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Embassy Pretoria and other agencies.

    Project Management Support for USAID-funded HSS Activities (40%)

  • Advise USAID and USAID implementing partners during the design and re-design of information systems.

  • Provide technical oversight and professional review of USAID HSS partner activities that leverage data analytics, machine learning, and predictive analytics.

  • Serve as technical and subject matter authority in the management of data and analytics requirements, policies, procedures, and tools to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of quality data.

  • Facilitate discussion among key USAID staff and partners to articulate a vision and plan for integrating data science into planning, delivering, and assessing health and development programs.

  • Participate in the negotiation of data-user agreements with the South African government and other external stakeholders.

    Project Management Administrative Responsibilities (20%)

  • Act
    as Contracting Officer’s Representative and/or Agreement Officer’s Representative (COR/AOR) for contracts and/or agreements in the USAID/Southern Africa health portfolio, including management of budgets as well as administrative, financial, and technical management and oversight of contracts and agreements.

  • Represent USAID to external organizations and audiences at key professional meetings and conferences as assigned.

  • Represent USAID on donor committees and South African government working groups.

  • Participate in the strategic design and procurement of PEPFAR activities.

  • Lead the design of special studies and evaluations.

  • Implement interventions to leverage technology and innovation to improve data analytics and advance an AIDS-free generation.

  • Establish innovative partnerships and linkages with multilateral and bilateral donors, foundations, and/or corporations to strengthen programmatic linkages.

  • Oversee compliance of USAID/South Africa health and HIV programs with South African government and U.S. Government policies and guidelines.

  • Prepare guidance for PEPFAR implementing partners related to data capture, storage, curation, transfer/entry, and quality.

  • Participate and lead Site Improvement through Monitoring System (SIMS) visits to facility, community, and above-site sites.

  • Domestic travel approximately 10-15%.

  • CCN PSCs may participate in temporary duty (TDY) travel to USAID/Washington and other Missions in order to participate in the Foreign Service National Fellowship Program described in ADS 495maa.

    Position Elements

    Job Knowledge:

  • Clear understanding of information and data management required.

  • Knowledge of USG, donor, multilateral organization or similar policies, procedures, and reporting requirements. Knowledge of epidemiology and HIV and TB service delivery data elements required. Advanced knowledge of R, Python, SQL or similar statistical software and programing language is required.

  • Advanced knowledge of Tableau, Power BI, or a similar business intelligence tool is required. Knowledge of database and information system design required.

    Skills and Abilities:

  • The ability to operate independently with limited direct supervision of day-to-day activities is required. Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team is also required.

  • Advanced analytic skills required. Ability to present the findings from complex data analyses to programmatic staff and leadership in easy to use and interpretable formats is required. Ability to prepare written material in a clear manner and according to professional standards is also required.

  • The ability to orientate, train and guide staff, when appropriate. Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work within a large cross-cultural team of healthcare technical advisors, program managers and other staff from different USG agencies (USAID, CDC, DOD, DOS, and Peace Corps) are also required. Ability to travel is required.

    Post Entry Training:

  • The Specialist will be required to undergo USAID training in Programing Foreign Assistance, Project Design and Management, and maintain a COR/AOR certification.

    Minimum requirements


  • Master’s degree in biostatistics, health, business intelligence, computer science, monitoring and evaluation or a related field is required.

    Prior Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 7 years experience in biostatistics, data analytics, or monitoring and evaluation. Preference given to candidates with experience in machine learning, predictive analytics and PEPFAR/South Africa implementing partner experience.

    Language Proficiency:

  • Level IV (fluent) English in writing, speaking and listening ability is required.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; USAID Project Development Specialist - Data Scientist Jobs in Pretoria South Africa

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