At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.
The USAID-funded Zambia Community HIV Prevention Project (Z-CHPP) supports the Government of Zambia to reduce new HIV infections through increased adoption of high impact HIV services and protective behaviors among at-risk populations, using evidence-based and locally owned solutions and in close partnership with a range of local Zambian organizations and institutions.
The Data Analyst/Research and Learning Officer will actively participate in the implementation of the learning agenda of the USAID Z-CHPP as well as discharging other MERL functions as necessary. Specifically, She/He will be responsible for developing and conducting assessments, operations and mixed method research and also support the analyses of project data to strengthen the use of evidence for program development, policy influence as well as resource allocation. S/he will support in building the projects evidence base in its various HIV prevention interventions.
- Support the Project in all statistical analyses, and technical trouble shooting related to data
- Interpret, and analyze data and trends using standard practices and techniques
- Participate in implementing the USAID Z-CHPP’s research and learning agenda including enrollment assessments, baseline assessment, project evaluation and other research and learning priorities
- Ensure ethical conduct of research activities, including management and implementation of IRB processes, ensuring adherence to country level IRB policies and procedures
- Provide support in conducting targeted evaluations and operations research, including design, data collection, management, analysis, report writing, and dissemination of findings
- Participate in developing the implementation of standard operating procedures for learning activities
- Actively participate in design and implementation of activities to respond to the USAID Z-CHPP learning agenda with mixed methods, such as assessments, program surveys, case studies, learning reviews, and operations research protocols
- Represent USAID Z-CHPP’s research and learning activities in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations
- Participate in promoting both formal and informal learning, as well as knowledge exchange, among USAID Z-CHPP and partners
- Provide data for input in project publications for dissemination to internal and external audiences
- Apply quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques and methods
- Support the documentation and dissemination of the project’s findings, best practices, and scaled up efforts stemming from the project to key audiences.
Other tasks as required
- A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in research, Data Analysis, public health, social sciences, or other relevant discipline.
- Minimum eight years of experience in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies such including impact evaluations and surveys.
- Minimum of five years of experience conducting research in Zambia or other developing countries.
- Experience in all phases of evaluation research, including protocol design, sampling, instrument design, data collection, data analysis, and report writing.
- Knowledge of data analysis and statistical packages such as SPSS, STATA or NVivo among others
- Solid knowledge of and practical experience with the health sector in Zambia.
- Should have evidence of publications in peer review journals and conference presentations previously done
- Experience with USAID projects preferable
- Strong analytical skills
- Excellent report writing, analytical and oral presentation skills
- Ability to handle competing demands compounded by a heavy workload
- Excellent verbal, writing, and presentation skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills
- High level of personal integrity
Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.
Method of application
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