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SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES
Strategic Information Advisor
Health, Population, and Nutrition Office, United States Agency for International Development
Mid- Career Advisor
10% estimated travel
STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implement in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The STAR Fellowship is a two-year global health and learning opportunity with:
FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
In 2009, Malawi became the first country to sign the PEPFAR Partnership Framework that harmonizes U.S. Government and host country government HIV/AIDS programs. USAID uses PEPFAR resources to invest in systems strengthening; promote a broad range of HIV prevention, treatment, and care activities; and mitigate the social and economic impact of the disease.
USAID participates in national technical working groups where key programmatic and technical decisions are made. USAID also maintains a close working relationship with national and district governance structures by contributing to district implementation planning, strengthening financial accountability, encouraging supportive supervision and program reviews, and engaging in targeted capacity building interventions. The Strategic Information Advisor will be a member of the HIV/AIDS Team in the Health, Population and Nutrition (HPN) office at USAID/Malawi. The HIV/AIDS team is comprised of 25 staff members with an approximate annual PEPFAR budget of $63 million/year managed by 25 implementing partners.
The Strategic Information Advisor (Advisor) will play a critical role in two areas that are key for achieving, measuring, and documenting progress towards HIV epidemic control: 1) provides technical leadership in the use of epidemiological and research data for decision making and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the USAID/PEPFAR portfolio, and 2) supports local partner transition through mentoring and advising M&E units in local partners, including key government ministries and other local institutions on building sustainable data collection and analysis systems. The Advisor will provide technical guidance to ensure that USAID’s Implementing Partners (IPs) employ sound data management and analysis techniques to enable the US Government (USG) and the Government of Malawi (GOM) to effectively measure progress toward HIV epidemic control. The Advisor will apply data analysis and visualization techniques to enable the USG, GOM, IPs and other stakeholders to monitor progress and evaluate the impact and reach of USAID’s work. The Advisor will also participate significantly in the process of target setting for USAID IPs during the Country Operational Plan (COP) development process. As a member of the USAID/Malawi HIV/AIDS team, they will participate in technical, policy, and strategic planning meetings with the GOM, interagency, other donors, civil society, the private sector, and other stakeholders.
The Advisor will be based at USAID/Malawi and will work closely with the HIV/AIDS Team, receiving technical direction from the HIV/AIDS Team Leader, who will serve as their Onsite Manager.
Essential Duties and Outcomes:
A standardized M&E system and process for documentation of progress toward achieving goals and objectives established across all USAID PEPFAR IPs:
State-of-the art data analysis and visualization techniques developed and employed to guide the USAID HIV/AIDS team in activity adjustments and partner management, and teams trained on the use of data visualization systems and software:
USAID/PEPFAR’s local partners trained on PEPFAR Data systems (DATIM) and standard MEL Plans are developed:
PEPFAR IPs trained and supported on Point of Care (POC) Electronic Medical Records and eMastercard use:
Anticipated learning outcomes: * Required 10% time
Additional skills (preferred)
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