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Rockville, Maryland, United States of America
JOB #R1803019

Survey Manager - Demographic Health Surveys

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.


ICF’s International and Health Division is seeking a Survey Manager responsible for planning and coordinating the implementation of Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) in one or more countries. This involves working with host- country implementing organizations and other survey stakeholders such as USAID, UN agencies, and host-government ministries to implement the DHS Program surveys and activities to meet data needs within budget and time constraints.

Specific programmatic and technical tasks include:

  • In-person and remote monitoring of data collection and data quality, and working with implementing agency to ensure proper fieldwork procedures are followed
  • Preparing training materials and working with implementing agencies to train local field staff in questionnaire content and interviewing techniques
  • Adapting questionnaires, drafting survey protocols, and obtaining IRB-approval
  • Many surveys include biomarkers including anthropometry, blood pressure measurement, and blood collection for malaria rapid diagnostic testing, hemoglobin measurement, and HIV testing.
  • At a minimum, the survey manager must become familiar with each testing procedure in order to offer guidance on the implications of including biomarkers in the survey and ordering equipment and supplies
  • Systematically reviewing computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) data entry systems
  • Preparing data tabulation plans, carefully reviewing and number checking tabulations, and overseeing report writing process including drafting and reviewing survey final report text and graphics.
  • Communicating throughout all stages of the survey process with other DHS staff, implementing agencies, USAID Missions, and other key stakeholders in a clear and timely manner
  • Negotiating and/or managing survey budgets with host country implementing  organizations
  • Developing work plans, MOUs, and subcontracts

The position will be based in Rockville, Maryland, and involves approximately 25-30% travel mainly to countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Trips are typically 2-5 weeks in duration.


  • MPH or Master’s degree in demography, public health, nutrition, epidemiology, or a similar topic area, or PhD in similar fields
  • 6+ years of experience of survey work, preferably on international programs
  • Fluency in spoken and written English essential
  • Project management experience on international programs preferred
  • Proficiency in one or more of the following languages strongly preferred: French, Portuguese, Spanish, or Arabic.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience working in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Experience working with biomarkers and using computer assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to negotiate survey budgets and content with technical and non-technical stakeholders is essential
  • Ability to foster productive workings relationships with multiple stakeholders in a complex political environment
  • Strong organizational and program management skills, including the ability to balance multiple tasks simultaneously and set strategic priorities
  • Ability to work both independently and in teams
  • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)

ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce. 

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email icfcareercenter@icf.com and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination: EEO is the law and Pay Transparency Statement.

About ICF

ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI) is a global consulting and technology services provider with more than 5,000 professionals focused on making big things possible for our clients. We are business analysts, policy specialists, technologists, researchers, digital strategists, social scientists and creatives. Since 1969, government and commercial clients have worked with ICF to overcome their toughest challenges on issues that matter profoundly to their success. Come engage with us at icf.com.

Rockville, MD (MD18)

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