Senior Staff Associate I

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Last update: 9 days ago Last update: May 13, 2022


Deadline: Jun 12, 2022
Location: USA USA
Sectors: Monitoring & Evaluation Monitoring & Evaluation
Job type: Contract, 12 months +
English English
Work experience: From 6 years
Date posted: May 13, 2022


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ICAP at Columbia University, a global health leader situated within the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City (NYC), seeks a Senior Staff Associate I (Strategic Information (SI) Specialist) to be based in NYC.

The incumbent will provide technical assistance to ICAP country teams and Ministries of Health on enhancing the quality of and capacity in SI, including monitoring and evaluation (M&E), surveillance and health information systems (HIS) with a focus on building sustainable systems.

ICAP seeks highly qualified and experienced candidates to fill the Senior Staff Associate I (SI Specialist) position. The incumbent will have a demonstrated track record working with U.S. government or other bilateral donors, especially PEPFAR. The Strategic Information Specialist will also have experience working effectively as part of diverse staff teams, and contributing to successful collaborations with donors, host-country ministries of health, and civil society.

Please note that a hybrid work schedule is available.

The position is contingent upon availability of grant funding. Columbia University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, religion, creed, national and ethnic origin, age, citizenship, status as a perceived or actual victim of domestic violence, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran, or any other legally protected status.


Provides high-level technical guidance to country programs in planning and implementing M&E systems and surveillance
Develops M&E strategies, frameworks, Evaluation Performance Monitoring Plans (EPMP), logic models and indicators to assess project performance and impact
Develops and/or adapts standard operating procedures (SOP) for data quality assurance, reporting, data dissemination, and other routine M&E processes and support their implementation
In collaboration with in-country M&E/SI teams, contributes to the timely implementation, accurate and appropriate reporting of project activities and results to funders, including quarterly, semi-annual and annual progress reports
Reviews routinely collected M&E data, provides feedback to country teams, and supports country teams in using findings to improve program performance
Provides technical guidance for use and dissemination of routinely collected data; dissemination approaches include preparation and review of slide sets, meetings, abstracts, technical briefs and manuscripts
Supports the development of technical assistance and capacity building for proposals and annual reports/continuation applications by developing SI related activities, logic models, and M&E plans
Maintains regular communication with in-country M&E/SI teams regarding work planning and technical assistance. Communicates regularly with New York staff as well as in-country leadership presenting key data trends/findings, as well as ongoing and upcoming activities and challenges
Works with the Informatics Center to support ongoing efforts to enhance health information systems including aggregate and patient-level databases and support in-country teams in the use of eHealth technology
Support country teams to develop data visualization dashboards in Power BI to ensure data is reviewed and used routinely for program improvement

Based on understanding of the country program and/or expertise in a technical area, develops and supports the implementation of program evaluation and other proposals, protocols, data collection tools, databases, SOP and IRB submissions

Perform other duties as assigned



Bachelor’s degree in Public Health or related discipline and 6 -10 years experience
Minimum six (6) years of related experience working with M&E, surveillance, research or health information systems
Demonstrated problem-solving skills and analytical capabilities
Excellent written and oral communications skills
Demonstrated interpersonal and team-building skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


Master's degree in Public Health or related discipline or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.
The successful candidate will hold an MPH and a minimum of six (6) years of experience in relevant M&E, program evaluation, and/or implementation research in resource-limited settings.
Experience working with U.S. government or other bilateral donors, especially CDC
Experience collaborating with Ministries of Health
Experience writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications
Experience working in low or middle-income countries
Experience in surveillance and/or M&E
Experience with data visualization software such as Tableau or Power BI
Data analysis experience using SAS, STATA or SPSS
Fluency in French, Spanish and/or Portuguese


Requires international travel of 3-4 trips per year with each trip lasting approximately 10-14 days