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Job Req ID:  54373

Research Program Officer


General Summary/Purpose:

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. 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 Francophone Research Program Officer to support data management and analysis activities across all project countries and in Baltimore, with a particular focus on Francophone countries. PMA Francophone countries currently include Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger and DRC.  Major responsibilities include providing remote/in-person technical assistance during field staff trainings, field pre-testing, and data collection, including computer programming and data management activities. In addition, the Francophone Research Program Officer will also program questionnaires on the innovative Open Data Kit (ODK) platform. These questionnaires will be used to collect responses from tens of thousands of women about their health and welfare. In both of these core functions, the Francophone Research Program Officer will also take a lead role in technical capacity strengthening initiatives, including providing direct support to Francophone country teams to become more autonomous in the areas of data management and ODK programming.

  • Assist with grant-reporting to project funders, especially for 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 as needed
  • Develop and update data cleaning Stata do-files
  • During active fieldwork, monitoring quality and rapidity of data collection
  • Developing and managing data documentation and materials for publicly released data
  • Assist with analysis for reports, survey results briefs, snapshots of indicators, and auxiliary publications
  • External stakeholder engagement
  • Program, test, and maintain PMA Questionnaires in ODK using Microsoft Excel
  • Serve as a technical resource for capacity-strengthening activities around data management and ODK programming for Francophone country teams.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s in public health or related field, with specialization in biostatistics, epidemiology, demographic method, or other concentration with a strong quantitative/analytical field.
  • Professional working proficiency in English and French.
  • Minimum of three years of data management experience, requiring advanced skills with Stata, SPSS, SAS, or R.


  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, statistics, biostatistics, math, or other related discipline.
  • Minimum of five years of data management experience, requiring advanced skills with Stata, SPSS, SAS, or R.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with programming (Python preferred) and creating web applications. Strong critical thinking skills and analytical reasoning skills.
  • Experience working with GitHub desirable
  • Experience with conducting trainings or teaching experience.
  • Experience working in the field of public health or with data systems in low and middle-income countries is preferable


Classified title: Research Program Officer

Working title: Research Program Officer

Role/Level/Range: ACRP 37.5/E/04/MD

Starting Salary Range: $52,494.96 - $72,212.64 (commensurate with experience)

Employee group: Fulltime

Employee Status: Exempt

Schedule: Monday-Friday – 8:30am-5:00pm 37.5hrs/Wk - The person in this position must be willing to travel internationally up to 30% time.

Location: Gates Institute – Baltimore, MD

Department name: 10001207-PFRH Gates Institute - Population, Family and Reproductive Health

Personnel area (School): BSPH – Bloomberg School of Public Health



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