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Health Data Scientist – Kenya
ICF is a partner on the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Measure Malaria project, a five-year cooperative agreement led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. ICF’s role includes providing technical assistance to PMI and national governments to build capacity in monitoring and evaluation primarily for malaria programming in PMI-supported countries. ICF seeks a Health Data Scientist to join our team in Kenya.
The Health Data Scientist will provide technical leadership on malaria data issues to the project. The data scientist will participate in various aspects of data analysis including developing analytical approaches for routine data and data from other sources such as program data and survey data. The data scientist will support data quality improvement efforts across the all health service levels in Kenya. The data scientist will lead collaborative efforts among the Ministry of Health stakeholders geared towards improving availability and quality of data for malaria surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation (SME) at both national and county levels.
The position will be assigned initially for one year, renewable, thereafter, pending availability of funding.
- Support collation, analysis, and interpretation of data from various sources, including Kenya health information system, Kenya Malaria Indicator Survey, other population-based surveys, census data, demographic surveillance site data, civil registration, and vital statistics data
- Support development of dashboards and reports to assess malaria data quality, program performance, and support decision making for specific audiences depending on their data use needs
- Conduct independent analysis to identify new insights on malaria data in Kenya
- Contribute to malaria SME capacity-building efforts for Division of National Malaria Program and focus county departments of health
- Contribute to generating evidence to inform malaria SME at the national, and county levels
- Provide technical leadership through participation in forums, research, and support to government and implementing partners
- Manage project activities, including developing work plans and activity budgets, and ensure timely project reporting
- Manage client (including USAID) relationships
- Mentor county level staff in data science and analytics
- Contribute to dissemination of results through peer-review publications.
- Perform occasional work on other strategic initiatives in malaria for ICF as assigned.
- Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, demography, data science, statistics, or biostatistics
- At least seven years of experience working with quantitative heath data
- Understanding of routine health data and health information systems in Kenya
- Understanding of data quality assessment tools and methods, and experience in addressing data quality issues related to routine health information data
- Proficiency in analyzing and interpreting routine and non-routine data, and effectively communicating results and findings
- Knowledge of data analytics and visualization tools, techniques, and methods
- Proficiency in statistical analysis and good knowledge of at least one statistical package (e.g., SPSS, R, Stata, SAS)
- Knowledge of geospatial analysis
- Excellent English oral and written communication skills and
- Ability to package information for various audiences
- Ability to travel locally up to 30% of time
- Legal ability to work in Kenya
- Experience working with infectious disease data
- Proficiency in malaria epidemiology and SME
- Proficiency in abstracting and linking data from large relational data sets
- Previous experience in working with Kenya Ministry of Health, USAID-related projects, and PMI
- Ability to work in programming languages and big data technologies such as Python, SQL, Hadoop, Apache Spark, etc
- Professional certification in data science
- Excellent problem-solving skills with ability to analyze situations, identify existing or potential problems and recommend solutions
- Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, outside clients, and vendors
- Ability to be flexible to handle multiple priorities
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Nairobi, Kenya (KE51)