The Population, Family, and Reproductive Health department in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University is seeking a Research Program Officer to support data management and analysis activities across all project countries and Baltimore. The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) has launched the second phase of an innovative survey research program in partnership with Jhpiego, entitled Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA), formerly 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, the 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 operates in eight geographies. The core survey covers family planning (including contraceptive dynamics) and reproductive health indicators while maintaining flexibility to add new modules in related health areas according to local data needs. It also includes a panel design that follows a cohort of reproductive-age women annually and a representative set of service delivery points over a 3-year period. The panel combines periodic cross-sections drawn from the same sampled sentinel communities.
The PMA Global team, based in Baltimore, is composed of faculty, staff, and master and doctoral students. This team works closely with universities and research institutes across the constituent geographies to implement the surveys and build capacity for those organizations to undertake this work independently. The PMA Global partner Jhpiego oversees sub-award management with country partners and promotes platform sustainability, communications, and data utilization efforts.
This position will report to the Associate Director for Data.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Provide remote/in-person technical assistance during field staff training, field pre-testing, and data collection, including computer programming, data management, and analysis activities.
Support capacity-strengthening activities for the data management team, with a specific goal of transferring data management responsibilities from the PMA Baltimore team to in-country partners.
Assist with grant-reporting to project funders, especially for the PO's designated countries.
Document country-level changes to questionnaires or protocols at the PMA Global-level.
Coordinate with relevant module and activity-specific leads within the PMA survey platform that may be organizing separate data collection activities.
Facilitate the JHSPH IRB submission and amendment processes as needed.
Develop and update standard cleaning and analysis Stata do-files and standard operating procedures.
Monitor quality and rapidity of data collection during active fieldwork.
Maintain and improve data user tools released with public datasets.
Perform data analyses, and assist with the preparation of reports, data briefs, and auxiliary publications.
Coordinate and assist with training of in-country partner technical staff.
Engage External stakeholders.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ability to manage multiple activities, deadlines, and priorities simultaneously, and to execute assignments with a short turnaround time.
Must be a fast learner with independent problem-solving ability and strong communication skills.
Willing to travel internationally up to 30% of time.
Master's Degree in a related field.
Three years related experience.
Additional education may substitute for experience and additional experience may subsitute for education to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
Advanced Stata, SAS, or R skills.
Experience working with organizations or governments in low and middle-income countries.
Knowledge and work experience in family planning programs.
Experience with survey data collection programs (ODK, CsPro or others).
Experience with conducting trainings or teaching experience preferred.
Experience working with GitHub or PowerBI desirable.
Working proficiency in any project languages, especially French, is highly desirable.
Classified Title: Program Officer Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD Starting Salary Range: $54,080 - $74,390 (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Hybrid/School of Public Health Department name: PFRH Gates Institute Personnel area: School of Public Health
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