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Job Req ID:  18922

Sr. Programmer Analyst


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, entitled Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA), formerly PMA2020. The project is designed to deliver high-quality, rapid-turnaround data into the hands of 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 household and facility levels.


PMA data collection platforms have been established in 11 countries in Africa and Asia, working with local university and research partners. In the next phase, PMA continues this work in eight geographies, with plans for targeted expansion in donor priority 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 will also introduce a panel design that will follow 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 will be combined with periodic cross-sections drawn from the same sampled, sentinel communities. Jhpiego joins the PMA Global team to oversee sub-award management and program management with country partners, and promote platform sustainability, communications and data utilization efforts.

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.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • PMA is seeking a full-time Sr. Programmer Analyst who will join the PMA Engineering team. The Sr. Programmer Analyst will bolster PMA’s web app development and data visualization efforts. The Sr. Programmer Analyst will also be a master of the innovative ODK technology, to use it and to train on it. This is a dynamic role, and the Sr. Programmer Analyst is expected to bring his/her expertise to introduce efficiencies to the project. The Sr. Programmer Analyst will assist with any additional technical support needs that arise throughout the duration of the PMA project. This position reports to the Engineering Team Lead.
  • Primary duties and responsibilities
  • Create web applications to manage and interpret PMA questionnaires and data
  • Maintain and test PMA questionnaires in ODK
  • Train in-country staff to create and edit ODK survey forms
  • Set up and monitor central servers for housing data
  • Assist data visualization efforts through custom web application development and with Microsoft PowerBI
  • Provide support to data cleaning and the release of final datasets


Minimum Qualifications (mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, public health, statistics, biostatistics, math, or other related discipline.
  • Minimum of three years of computer programming experience, requiring advanced skills with programming languages like Python or object-oriented programming languages.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.


Minimum Requirements for Job:

  • Must have experience with programming (Python preferred) and creating web applications.
  • Should be proficient with terminal/command line programming and version control (e.g. Git).
  • Has a conceptual understanding of web application architecture, object-oriented programming (OOP), and REpresentational State Transfer (REST).
  • Strong critical thinking skills and analytical reasoning skills.
  • Excellent, clear and concise verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be able to converse fluently with technical and non-technical people.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science or related field.
  • Knowledge of or experience with Java, Android, ORM, web scraping, devops, cloud hosting, Linux server administration, data visualization proficiency in any language/library, geographic information systems (GIS), business intelligence platforms, advanced Excel skills (e.g. complex formulas, VBA macros).
  • Experience working in the field of public health or with data systems in low and middle-income countries is preferable
  • This position may include support to Francophone Africa in its portfolio and therefore work experience within the region, as well as strong French language skills are highly desirable.


Classified Title: Sr. Programmer Analyst 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PD 
Starting Salary Range: $59,280 - 95,000 annually
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M - F 8:30-5 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health 
Department name: 10001207-PFRH Gates Institute 
Personnel area: School of Public Health


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