Data Analyst (NDOH secondee), South Africa
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Through Translating Data for Implementation (Data.FI) award, Palladium is seeking a Data Analyst. This a seconded position to the South African National Department of Health, based in Pretoria.
Data.FI is a five-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Data.FI partners with PEPFAR programs to accelerate and sustain access to high-quality data to expedite HIV epidemic control and maintenance. Data.FI supports host country governments to enhance existing health information systems (HIS) and conduct in-depth analysis of HIV epidemiologic and program data to inform management responses to gaps in HIV and AIDS programming and sustain impact by supporting local partner transition.
In South Africa, Data.FI is supporting the National Department of Health (NDoH) to strengthen the national health information system, providing support to Tier.Net and the continued development of a national data warehouse solution. Data.FI also extends NDOH capacity to support national HIV policy implementation through a number of secondee positions.
The Data Analyst is a National Department of Health (NDOH) seconded position, that will be responsible for routinely developing and conducting analyses from a large, TB/HIV patient-level dataset. The Data Analyst will also be responsible for compiling these analyses into audience-specific reports, presentations, and materials that are clear, organized, and concise. The Data Analyst will be required to conceptualize and execute analyses that are translatable in different public health settings, and that relate back to the core strategies and concepts as communicated by relevant NDOH teams. The Data Analyst will draw on a strong understanding of the database schema and relevant data fields in order to produce analyses as requested by the NDOH. Critically, the Data Analyst will serve as the primary link between the raw data and those who are required to communicate key observations from said data.
The position reports to the Analytics Lead and is based at the NDOH office in Pretoria. The Data Analyst is expected to travel no more than 10% of the time.
Routinely analyse and interrogate raw data relating to the HIV and TB programmes, including related/linked data as it is integrated
Develop and execute routine and bespoke analyses as requested and approved by the NDOH
Review analytics to monitor performance and distil observations that will support implementation and monitoring of the HIV and TB programmes, and associated information systems
Prepare strategic documents and presentation material to inform NDOH interventions
Coordinate with team members to assess the cleanliness and completeness of the provincial and national databases, notify the relevant managers, and collaborate to develop plans to address said issues
Conceptualize, develop, and deploy targeted reports in SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
Troubleshoot issues as they arise with utilisation and functionality of the SSRS mechanism
Develop guidance and support materials to enable sustained utilisation of data analytics by relevant health system stakeholders
Provide support, as requested, to establishing and maintaining the processes for the centralisation of patient-level data in national and provincial instances
Navigate complex government processes and favourably influence decision-making in a professional and collaborative manner
Document analysis procedures, in a clear and organised fashion, for routinisation and knowledge management
Other responsibilities as requested
The role reports into the South African National Department of Health.
The postholder will have limited reporting requirements into Data.FI/Palladium.
Minimum education and experience required
Tertiary level degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, statistics, or equivalent experience
Approximately 2 years’ experience applying epidemiological and/or statistical concepts to public health-related data analysis, preferably with HIV, ART, and/or TB data
Strong understanding of the public health system, with a specific focus on health information, including data production, routine data in public health settings, cohort monitoring, and data quality improvement
Demonstrated experience with statistical analysis package, such as STATA (preferable) and/or R
Demonstrated experience working with data visualization tools
Demonstrated experience working with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) preferred
Experience working in, and supporting, the public sector, preferred
Key competencies and professional expertise required
Working knowledge of SQL and PostgreSQL (will be tested during the recruitment process)
High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook)
Ability to learn and absorb new material in an efficient and effective manner
Strong analytical skills and demonstrated experience of being to apply those skills
Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task
Proactiveness in terms of one’s day-to-day work
Approachable, able to build and maintain effective relationships within the team, and with colleagues and external partners
Strong organizational skills and deadline-oriented
Valid driver’s license
Must have legal authorization to work in South Africa.
Level of Effort
A maximum of 45 working days.
Period of Performance
June 2020 to September 2020
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