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Job Req ID:  62100

Program Officer

The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute within the 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 and is seeking a Program Officer. The project 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 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, and 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 & Responsibilities:

PMA is seeking a full-time Program Officer I to provide cross-cutting support across the PMA Baltimore Survey Operations and Data management teams. This is a new position within the PMA Baltimore team and the person hired should be excited by the flexibility of providing project support across a variety of technical areas related to global project management and administration, as well as specific country support to in-country partner technical staff working in survey operations and data management. The Program Officer I reports to the Associate Director of Operations.


Specific tasks for which the Program Officer I will be responsible include:

  • Assist with grant-reporting to project funders, especially for any countries to which the PO’s designated countries
  • Document country-level changes to questionnaires or protocols at the PMA Global-level
  • Coordinate with relevant module and activity-specific leads within the PMA survey platform that may be organizing separate data collection activities
  • Facilitate the JHSPH IRB submission and amendment processes across the constellation of PMA grants
  • Assist the PI, Executive Director, finance staff and other project staff in the preparation of proposals and budgets for new business, such as when a donor or iNGO has interest in funding the addition of new questions in a given PMA survey round
  • Provide technical assistance to partners in leading field-staff trainings, pre-testing of questionnaires, and data collection, including providing in-person or remote training support on new survey content or research protocols.
  • Assist with miscellaneous tasks related to the project’s global technical capacity strengthening initiative.
  • Support the Associate Director of Operations with administrative tasks, as needed
  • Assist with analysis and development of PMA reports, survey results briefs, snapshots of indicators, and auxiliary publications


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Master's degree in public health, epidemiology, international development, or a similar discipline required.
  • Three years of related experience working in the field of survey implementation or sexual and reproductive health programming, preferably in low or middle-income countries.
  • Professional working proficiency in English.
  • Must be comfortable using various software applications, e.g., Microsoft Office package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), SharePoint, Dropbox, Teams, etc.
  • 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. Remote hires will be considered for the right candidates.
  • Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in academic or research environments.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with statistical software packages (Stata, SAS or R) or publishing software (InDesign).
  • Working knowledge of other program country languages, particularly French.  


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 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.


Classified Title: Program Officer
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD 
Starting Salary Range: $53,020 - $72,935 annually (commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: ​​​​​​​School of Public Health
Department name: ​​​​​​​PFRH Gates Institute 
Personnel area: School of Public Health


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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