Senior Program Officer

Maryland, United States
$70,103 - $96,472
11 Jan 2019
End of advertisement period
11 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MF 
Starting Salary Range: [[$70,103 - $96,472 / commensurate with experience]]
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: [[Monday - Friday, 8:30a - 5:00p / 37.5 hrs per wk]] 
Exempt Status: Exempt ​​​​​​​ 
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health 
Department name: 10001207-PFRH Gates Institute 
Personnel area: School of Public Health

General Summary/Purpose

PMA-Ethiopia builds upon the previous success of the Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) and the PMA Maternal and Newborn Health (PMA MNH) survey in Ethiopia to track various health indicators, strengthen national M&E systems, and provide programmatic feedback to key health stakeholders. Both research projects have been led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in collaboration with Addis Ababa University.

PMA-Ethiopia is a 5-year project in Ethiopia and will be responsive to the Government of Ethiopia’s need for independently valid and high-quality coverage and health performance data. PMA-Ethiopia is designed to generate both cross-sectional and longitudinal data on a variety of reproductive, maternal, and newborn health indicators that can inform both national and regional governments. Capacity building of local institution is also an essential component of the project scope. PMA-Ethiopia will be implemented in collaboration between Addis Ababa University, Ethiopian Public Health Association and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The Senior Program Officer will provide expertise in program management, implementation, survey design, technical assistance, financial cost tracking, administration and coordination to PMA-Ethiopia related activities in Baltimore and in Ethiopia. The Sr. Program Officer will work closely with senior faculty and leadership on the project.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Specific tasks that the Senior Program Officer will be responsible for include:

  • Serve as program lead on the project and provide technical support to the country partner for questionnaire development, training material development, and survey design in the implementation of data collection throughout the grant period
  • Oversee the development of work plans, monitor overall progress toward project deliverables and work closely with senior faculty to send quarterly updates to the primary funder on progress and milestones achieved
  • Contribute to the timely, accurate and appropriate reporting of project activities and results to funder and other key stakeholders
  • Develop standard operating manuals and protocols for implementation, data collection and program management
  • Support country team in the formation of the project’s technical advisory group, including developing the terms of reference for the group, scope of work and provide additional support, as needed, for the annual meetings
  • Coordinate the hiring of an independent consultant to conduct a needs assessment analysis that will be completed at the start and end of the project of the staff and faculty working in Baltimore and Ethiopia
  • Work closely with finance team to track project costs and develop regular costing analysis reports
  • Provide capacity building training and support to project staff in Ethiopia on training tool development, training workshop facilitation and overall project management
  • Support the communications officer to train and develop capacity of local staff
  • Coordinate, along with the country team and lead consultant, the development and execution of the data translation plan
  • Assist with administrative aspects of development of survey methodology curriculum to be offered in partnership with AAU
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for a myriad of tasks including, assistance to visiting scholars from Addis Ababa University to Baltimore in obtaining necessary visas, lodging etc. meeting planning,
  • Represent the project at external meetings, preparing presentations/reports, and planning country and regional workshops
  • The Senior Program Officer will report to the lead Principal Investigator and will be supported by student research assistants. The position will require a high degree of independent initiative and problem solving

The position is a remote/telework position. The position will be required to have occasional phones calls with colleagues in Ethiopia that may require working from 7-9 am (approx. two times monthly) and anticipated travel of 1-2 trips per year for up to two weeks each.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in public health or related social science field.

  • Five years working in the field of survey implementation and programming, preferably in low or middle-income countries. 
  • Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge of Amharic is a plus
  • Experience working in academic or research environments preferred.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with statistical software packages (notably Stata) or publishing software (InDesign) are a plus.
  • Working knowledge of other program country language(s) is a plus.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must be comfortable using various software applications, e.g., Microsoft Office package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), SharePoint, Dropbox, etc.
  • Must be a fast learner with independent problem-solving ability and strong communication skills.
  • Must be able to travel internationally up to 25%-30% of the time.
  • Professional working proficiency in English

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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