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Data Analysis Specialist At Malaria Consortium

Date Posted: 08/Aug/2019
Deadline: 14/Aug/2019

Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations specialising in the comprehensive prevention, control and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases among vulnerable and under privileged populations. We increasingly find our work on malaria can be effectively integrated with other similar public health interventions for greater impact and therefore expanded our remit to include child health and neglected tropical disease interventions.

Data Analysis Specialist

Donor title: Data Analysis Expert 
Department: Technical Length of contract: 2 years  
Role type: National Grade: 9 
Travel involved: In-country travel (35%) 
Child safeguarding level: TBC 
Reporting to: Senior Project Manager 
Dotted line manager: Country Technical Coordinator 

Job Purpose

  • The Data Analyst will support data analysis, sample size calculations, study design and the epidemiological interpretation of programme and project results. 
  • The post-holder will also further develop and support the project’s secondary analyses and documentation of learning through analyses of data sets addressing key disease control questions.  

Scope of Work

  • The role requires the ability keep track of multiple responsibilities, plan and work semiindependently and to use initiative.
  • The Data Analyst will be responsible for supporting SMC data analysis to deliver scientifically robust technical outputs.
  • The Data Analyst will consolidate information from key studies on analyses plans, activities, progress, and impact to identify key learnings and promote best practice within the project.
  • The position holder will work under the overall oversight by the Country Technical Coordinator and with support from the Global Data Analyst.

Key working relationships:

  • The Data Analysis Expert will report to the SPM and will work within a team comprising of the Operational Research Expert, Senior M&E Officers, HMIS Officer, M&E Specialist and Regional Epidemiologist. 

Key Accountabilities (percent of time spent on each area) 
Technical contributions (85%):

  • Support study design, including methodology, sample size calculations, database development and statistical analysis of projects data, and contribute to reports to disseminate among partners Explore research questions and performance indicators of interest for SMC using available data through conducting secondary and meta-analyses  Participate in the development of tools and  procedures in surveys, rapid assessments, routine data collection and surveillance 
  • Support all data analysis requirements of SMC, including analysing in-process monitoring, LQAS, coverage survey, OR data, HMIS data (for impact evaluation) and other data related to SMC activities
  • Participate in building capacity in data management, statistics and data analysis for SMC staff and NMEP/SMEP stakeholders  
  • Participate with other members of the MEAL team in design and implementation of surveys 
  • Provide input in development of project data quality assessments (DQA) plans
  • Provide technical support to State teams in communicating the results to MoH and partners 

Strategic Contributions (5%):

  • Contribute to the project’s strategies on knowledge management and data use

Programme Management (5%):

  • Participate in the review of programme/M&E narrative reports

Communication and Advocacy (5%):

  • Write peer-reviewed publications on key projects and data analysis exercises
  • Contribute to documentation of lessons learnt from the project’s work including production
  • of learning briefs, learning papers, general documentation and contribution to publications

Qualifications and Experience 
Essential:

  • Postgraduate degree in statistics or public health with focus on epidemiology/bio-statistics or demography 
  • Minimum of 5-year experience working in data management and epidemiology in Nigeria within government, an international organization or research institution
  • Experience in developing data analysis plans and methods, data cleaning and validation
  • Extensive experience in research design and implementation
  • Knowledge and experience of Monitoring and Evaluation tools and methods in the international development or global health sector
  • Significant experience in the development and management of  databases, data entry systems (PDA or phone-based) and softwares
  • Excellent statistical analysis skills including familiarity with software such as STATA, R or Statgraphics, CSPro, Atlas ti, NVIVO

Desirable:

  • Significant knowledge in malaria
  • Knowledge and experience of disease surveillance mechanisms
  • Working knowledge of DHIS2
  • Ability to do impact and regression analysis

Work-based skills: 
Essential:

  • Ability to plan, manage and prioritise workload semi-independently
  • Good interpersonal skills and effective working style
  • Sensitivity to confidentiality issues and diplomacy
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Management and mentoring skills with respect to junior staff
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to work independently with little support

Core Competencies
Delivering results: 
LEVEL C - Supports others to achieve results:

  • Displays a positive and enthusiastic approach and is not deterred by setbacks, finding alternative ways to reach goals or targets 
  • Supports others to plan and deliver results 
  • Supports others to manage and cope with setbacks

Analysis and use of information: 
LEVEL C - Works confidently with complex data to support work:

  • Interprets complex written information
  • Works confidently with data before making decisions: for example, interpreting trends, issues and risks
  • Acquainted with the validity, relevance and limitations of different sources of evidence

Interpersonal and communications: 
LEVEL C - Adapts communications effectively:

  • Tailors communication (content, style and medium) to diverse audiences
  • Communicates equally effectively at all organisational levels 
  • Understands other’s underlying needs, concerns and motivations and communicates effectively in sensitive situations 
  • Resolves intra-team and inter-team conflicts effectively  

Collaboration and partnering: 
LEVEL C - Builds strong networks internally and participates actively in external networks and think tanks:

  • Builds strong networks internally 
  • Participates actively in external networks and/or think tanks
  • Engages with relevant experts to gather and evaluate evidence 
  • Shares and implements good practice with internal and external peers

Leading and motivating people 
LEVEL B - Manages own development and seeks opportunities:

  • Actively manages own development and performance positively
  • Learns lessons from successes and failures 
  • Seeks and explores opportunities within Malaria Consortium which develop skills and expertise

Flexibility/ adaptability: 
LEVEL C - Supports others to cope with pressure:

  • Responds positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish goals and solve problems and supports others to do the same 
  • Adapts team approach, goals, and methods to achieve solutions and results in dynamic situations
  • Sets realistic deadlines and goals for self or team

Living the values:
LEVEL B - Promotes Malaria Consortium values amongst peers:

  • Shows a readiness to promote Malaria Consortium’s values amongst peers 
  • Promotes ethical and professional behaviour in line with Malaria Consortium’s values

Strategic planning and thinking and sector awareness: 
LEVEL B - Is aware of others’ activities and vice versa in planning activities

  • Takes account of team members and others’ workloads when planning.
  • Maintains awareness of impact on other parts of the organisation, keeping abreast of other’s activities, objectives, commitments and needs
  • Has a good understanding of the sector in which Malaria Consortium works

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