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Data Analyst / Data Scientist

Vitamin Angels (VA) is a global non-profit organization with headquarters in Santa Barbara, California, USA. It promotes and implements evidence-based nutrition interventions among hard-to-reach and underserved populations (those that lack access to national health services), in 70 countries.

Employer: Vitamin Angels Alliance, Inc. (VA)
Position: Data Analyst / Data Scientist 


ROLE OR PURPOSE OF POSITION

The Data Analyst/Data Scientist is a member of Vitamin Angels’ (VA) Program Division team within the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) unit. The role of the Data Analyst/Data Scientist is to contribute to advancing the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of the Program Division’s Monitoring and Evaluation strategy through data collection systems design, management, analysis and interpretation of results toward impact and learning.  


MAJOR DUTIES AND ILLUSTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES

The Data Analyst/Data Scientist, as a member of the M&E Unit of the Program Division, works collaboratively with other members of the Program Division to fulfill a range of duties, including: 

  • Conduct data management and analysis within the Program Division to support M&E and implementation research activities
  • Contribute to the development of evaluation design and data interpretation, presentation and dissemination activities
  • Apply models to estimate program and health impact using statistical or modeling software, such as the Lives Saved Tool (LiST)¹
  • Visualize global data for the Program Division using mapping software (e.g. ArcGIS, R, QGIS)


Responsibilities associated with each major duty are listed below.

Conduct data management and analysis within the Program Division to support M&E and implementation research activities 

  • Assist in developing policies and procedures for effective data management
  • Design and implement secure and accessible data repository systems, and reproducible data analysis procedures for reporting out on Program Division activities
  • Provide support and mentorship to Vitamin Angels’ global program monitoring team (including team members in Africa, Asia and Latin America) in data management and analysis to improve program performance


Contribute to the development of evaluation design and data interpretation, presentation and dissemination activities 

  • Provide technical assistance in study design, sampling methodology and data collection tool development for surveys and implementation research efforts
  • Apply an adaptive management approach for improving data collection and programming processes (e.g. contribute to data-driven decision making)
  • Regularly share data (e.g. reports, presentations, publications) with key stakeholders, including VA and global program team members, technical counterparts (e.g. VA program partners, national governments, multilateral organizations, etc.), and donors


Apply models to estimate program and health impact using statistical or modeling software, such as the Lives Saved Tool (LiST) 

  • Work with the M&E Manager, Implementation Research Manager, Senior Public Health Nutrition Scientist and Senior Vice President for Nutrition to develop methodologies to estimate impact based on modeling and use of the LiST tool


Visualize global data for the Program Division using mapping software  

  • Produce visual representations of findings, including mapping, dashboards and/or interactive reports for key Vitamin Angels’ stakeholders (e.g. VA program partners, national governments, multilateral organizations, etc.)
  • Conduct other tasks and take on responsibilities within the M&E Unit and Program Division as needed

 

LEVEL OF DECISION-MAKING

Within the bounds of VA’s mission, values and policies, and sound professional practices, the Data Analyst/Data Scientist is free to manage his/her activities in whatever way will best serve VA clients, partners and employees. Specific authorities associated with this position and their implementation procedures will be determined in conjunction with the M&E Manager and Senior Vice President for Nutrition.


ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

VA operates under a collaborative management model. The Data Analyst/Data Scientist is supervised by the M&E Manager with respect to overall assignments and performance, and interacts daily with other team members to coordinate his/her activities. The Data Analyst/Data Scientist establishes his/her own daily work priorities, but does so consistent with the needs of the M&E Manager and Program Division, schedules and budget. 

 

REPORTS TO: M&E Manager

SUPERVISES: None at this time, but subject to change

PRIMARY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS: M&E Manager and M&E Specialist, Senior Vice President for Nutrition, Associate Director of Program Operations, Implementation Research Manager, Learning Solutions Unit, Senior Public Health Nutrition Scientist and VA Country Program Advisors

TRAVEL (U.S. + INTERNATIONAL) REQUIRED: Yes (10-20% of time)

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED AND DESIRED)
Required: 

  • Master’s degree or PhD in public health or similar/relevant discipline from an accredited university
  • Minimum five years of experience engaged in data management and analysis related to public health programming
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills (e.g. descriptive and inferential statistics) and demonstrated experience collecting, cleaning, and managing data sets using statistical software (e.g. R, SPSS, SAS, STATA, etc.)
  • Experience with mapping software (e.g. ArcGIS, R, QGIS)
  • Strong written/oral communications skills, interpersonal skills, organizational skills.


This role is based in Goleta, CA or remote.
Highly desirable: 

  • Specialized expertise in biostatistics or some aspect of health or public health
  • Minimum one year of experience working in a relevant position in a low and middle-income country environment
  • Loves data!
  • Experience using Salesforce.com or other online databases
  • Understanding of the role of nutrition in public health programming.

 

APPLICATION

To apply, interested persons should submit a letter of application; resume or curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses and phone numbers of three references – to M. Boyle, Corporate Services Manager:  

Email:  [email protected]; or
FAX: 805.564.8499


Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until a qualified applicant is identified.

 


¹ Developed by the Institute for International Programs (IIP) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) with B&MGF funding, the Lives Saved Tool (LiST) estimates the impact of scaling up on maternal, newborn, and child health, and nutrition (MNCH&N) interventions in low and middle income countries. https://www.livessavedtool.org/ 


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