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Job Req ID:  62584

Associate Director

The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute within Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) has launched a second phase of an innovative survey research program in partnership with Jhpiego, Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA), formerly PMA2020. This program is designed to deliver high-quality, rapid-turnaround data to public health policymakers, program managers, and other stakeholders at frequent intervals to promote data-driven decision-making to improve the health and welfare of populations. To achieve this goal, PMA recruits’ women from a set of nationally or sub-nationally representative sentinel communities and trains them to collect data on a routine basis using smartphone technology. Data are collected at both households and facilities.

PMA is seeking a full-time Senior Program Officer II  (Associate Director) to lead the PMA data team, ensure overall technical quality of the project, and contribute to the larger leadership and strategy initiatives as PMA looks to grow and expand beyond its current funding cycle (end of 2021).


PMA operates in eight geographies. The core survey covers family planning (including contraceptive dynamics) and reproductive health indicators, while maintaining flexibility to add new modules in related health areas according to local data needs. It also includes a panel design that follows a cohort of reproductive age women on an annual basis and a representative set of service delivery points over a 3-year period. The panel is combined with periodic cross-sections drawn from the same sampled, sentinel communities.


The PMA Global team, based in Baltimore, is composed of faculty, staff, masters and doctoral students. This team works closely with universities and research institutes across the constituent geographies to implement the surveys and to build capacity of those organizations to undertake this work independently. The PMA Global partner Jhpiego oversees sub-award management with country partners, and promotes platform sustainability, communications and data utilization efforts. 

Specific Duties & Responsibilites:

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Provide technical leadership and vision for PMA’s overall program direction and new initiatives
  • Provide technical and programmatic guidance for survey implementation across multiple countries, including panel and other innovative design features
  • Provide guidance in capacity-strengthening among PMA partners, including advising on the overall capacity strengthening strategy across PMA’s Technical Unit and supporting capacity strengthening activities related to data management and analysis
  • Lead the development of new data utilization approaches and data products, including data access and visualization
  • Provide mentorship and supervision to a team of data managers and analysts within the PMA Technical Unit
  • Represent PMA at international forums and technical meetings, facilitating dissemination and use of project data among key stakeholders
  • Strengthen partnerships with collaborating projects, including Track20 and IPUMS PMA
  • Coordinate with related programs at the Gates Institute and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as needed
  • Oversee PMA’s sampling plan to ensure the survey is powered for estimation of change in key indicators over time
  • Advise country partners on sampling requirements as they work with their own statistical institutes


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Master’s Degree (M.A., MHS, MPH)
  • Six years of related international experience in survey operations and analysis
  • Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula. 
    • JHU Equivalency Formula:  30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.  Additional related experience may substitute for the required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. 
  • Strong and extensive experience in data collection, storage, quality-assurance, analysis, and feedback to key data consumers (policy and program mangers)
  • Proficiency in database development and data management software, with experience with Stata
  • Applicant should have excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills as well as strong written and oral communication skills
  • Professional working proficiency in English
  • Must be a fast learner with independent problem-solving ability and strong communication skills
  • Must be able to work in Baltimore and travel internationally up to 30% of the time


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in demography, social science, public health or survey methodology
  • Previous experience with management of personnel
  • Experience in overseeing and implementing survey research in low and middle-income settings
  • Experience in demography or public health
  • Experience in family planning and reproductive health-related disciplines or survey implementation sciences are encouraged. However, outstanding applicants working in other related public health fields are also encouraged to apply.
  • Professional working proficiency in French




Classified Title: Sr. Program Officer II
Working Title: Associate Director 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MG 

Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 8:30 - 5 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: School of Public Health

Department name: ​​​​​​​PFRH Gates Institute 
Personnel area: School of Public Health


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