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Technical Advisor I (Senior Statistician)

FHI 360

FHI 360

Multiple locations
Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2024

FHI 360 is seeking a senior qualified Technical Advisor I to join the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team, which supports the NTD program Act | West program, implemented by the FHI 360 consortium. This position will report to the Learning Lead, under the overall direction of the MEL Director, and maintain a good working relationship with the Act | West MEL team and other program staff, other advisors in the regional Act | West team, with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), subgrantees, and national NTD Programs of the countries in the Act | West portfolio.

The Technical Advisor I shall be responsible for collaborating with and work with another statistician who also works with the Learning Lead to managing and execute disease-specific and cross-cutting scientific research studies on the NTDs targeted with preventive chemotherapy (PC-NTDs). The incumbent will apply a wide variety of scientific principles and concepts such as sample size calculations and survey designs for protocol development, verification of the accuracy and completeness of data, complex data analyses and data modeling, disease-specific geospatial risk analysis, and data summaries from surveys. This role is critical to ensure that valid and reliable data will be used for programmatic decision making.

The position will be fully remote but US-based, with a preference for eastern time zone working hours. The incumbent will work remotely for the time being with the possibility of returning to the office, dependent on adjustments to the FHI 360 work policy in relation to the current pandemic.


  • With technical oversight of complex scope that requires evaluation of variable factors, develops data analysis plans independently to conduct statistical analysis of disease-specific surveys conducted under Act | West.

  • Provides statistically appropriate approaches to answer key questions in helping to address knowledge gaps in programs supported by Act | West. Advanced knowledge of statistics, study design and power calculations to strengthen NTD program implementation and provide technical assistance to countries and partners within Act | West and beyond. Provides both simple data summaries and complex data analyses of both mass drug administration (MDA) reported data and DSA survey data implemented by technical advisors within Act | West, under the supervision of the Learning Lead, ensuring that data is in-line with the survey protocol.

  • Collaborates with other program staff (particularly the statistician and Learning Lead) in undertaking simple and complex data analyses using SAS, SPSS, or Stata in support of research questions that further the learning agenda.

  • Critically analyses and interprets data, identifies, and corrects errors and raises queries based on these issues and communicates issues with the Learning Lead, MEL focal points and Disease Focal Points where required.

  • Works with the Learning Lead in publishing and disseminating Act | West program successes and lessons learned in the peer-reviewed literature.

  • Engages USAID, consortium partners, MOH officials and global in the development of the above activities.

  • Represents Act | West and FHI 360 as a statistician at key international NTD meetings, conferences, technical working groups, and advisory committees.

  • Develops publications, web pages, and presentations in documenting program successes, best practices and lessons learned in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Collaborates with higher level statisticians as needed for the advancement the Act | West research agenda.

  • Keeps up to date on the latest scientific literature and developments related to the PC-NTDs. Contributes to strategic scientific decisions of the Act | West program.

  • Responds and/or manages responses to ad hoc data requests from donor and program colleagues (e.g., in support of presentations at meetings and/or conferences), which includes working with technical staff to define their data needs and to fulfil them, as well as interpreting data verbally and in writing

  • Performs other duties, as assigned by the Learning Lead and the MEL Director


  • Master’s (mandatory) or PhD (preferred) degree in biostatistics, statistics, public health, data science, epidemiology, or related field.

Experience and Skills:

  • At least eight (8) years’ experience working in M&E in health sector data systems applied research, quantitative and qualitative analysis, team collaboration, stakeholder engagement, and data analysis activities for infectious diseases program in Africa is necessary.

  • Experience working on NTD projects and/or programs (or a related infectious disease field such as malaria or HIV) strongly preferred, with experience as a lead project design including epidemiological data analysis using large data sets and data from multiple sources.

  • Excellent quantitative analytical skills, with knowledge, experience, and proficiency with a statistical analysis package such as SAS, SPSS, STATA, R, or ArcGIS. Facility with one of these statistical packages is a must.

  • Proficiency in data visualization tools such as PowerBi or Tableau would be desirable. Very strong proficiency in Microsoft Excel (e.g., abilities with pivot tables, conditional formatting, etc.) and experience developing Excel templates required.

  • Peer-reviewed publications in public health journals required – as first author or co-author.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of scientific theories, concepts and practices, and their application to research studies.

  • Knows, or can quickly learn, the preventive chemotherapy – neglected tropical disease (PC-NTD) field to be able to conceptualize and realize meaningful research activities related to the control and elimination of the PC-NTDs and disease-specific assessments.

  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills

  • Scientifically creative; able to collaborate with other; thinks independently

  • Proficiency in the remaining MS Office Suite (Word, Power point and Access) required

  • Experience in writing advanced SAS code (e.g., abilities in SAS macros, arrays, and do-loops), and experience in interpreting advanced SAS code with minimal documentation or context an asset

  • Experience in processing large datasets from multiple sources.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a complex international program/ multicultural setting.

  • Strong ability to plan, organize, prioritize work, and multi-task to meet tight deadlines.

  • Fluency in English required; fluency in French is an asset.

Travel Requirements: No more than 15%.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.

  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to move or lift 5 lbs.

The expected US Based hiring salary range for this role is listed below. Candidate FHI 360 pay ranges represent national averages that vary by geographic location. When determining an offer amount, FHI 360 factors in multiple considerations, including but not limited to: relevant years of experience and education possessed by the applicant, internal equity, business sector, and budget.

Base salary is only one component of our offer. FHI 360 contributes 12% of monthly base pay to a money purchase pension plan account. Additionally, all US based staff working full-time, which is calculated at 40 hours/week, receive 18 days of paid vacation per year, 12 sick days per year, and 11 holidays per year. Paid time off is reduced pro rata for employees working less than a full-time schedule.

US Based Hiring Salary Range: $115,000 - $135,000

International hiring ranges will differ based on location.

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

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