United States of America: Data Visualization Advisor

Organization: Global Health Fellows Program
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 25 Jan 2017

Global Health Fellows Program

Technical Advisor I/II: Data Visualization Advisor

Data Analytics Hub, Division of Strategy, Analysis, Evaluation and Outreach, Office of Policy, Program and Planning, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development

Location: Arlington, VA

Assignment: Two year fellowship


The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP-II) is a five year cooperative agreement implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. GHFP-II is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

GHFP-II’s goal is to improve the effectiveness of USAID health programs by addressing the Agency’s immediate and emerging human capacity needs. The program seeks to accomplish this goal first through the recruitment, placement and support of diverse health professionals at the junior, mid and senior levels. These program participants include fellows, interns, corporate volunteers and Foreign Service National professionals. The program then provides substantial performance management and career development support to participants, including annual work planning assistance, and ensures that professional development opportunities are available.

Looking to the future, GHFP-II also seeks to establish a pool of highly-qualified global health professionals that will ensure the Agency’s ongoing technical leadership and effectiveness. This objective is supported by an extensive outreach program that brings global health opportunities and specialized career advice to a diverse range of interested individuals, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the field of global health.


The Office of Policy, Programs, and Planning (P3) within the Bureau for Global Health (GH) has the primary responsibility for GH’s strategic planning, budgeting, programming and procurement functions. The P3 Office provides leadership, advice and support for cross-Bureau and cross-sector strategic direction, resource allocation, and procurement planning. It supports efforts to monitor and promote the effectiveness of programs and the achievement of the Bureau for Global Health’s objectives.

Within P3 is the Global Health Data Analytics Hub (the Hub). The vision for this central unit is to organize, manage and analyze data on global, country and regional trends related to health and on USAID programmatic impact; develop and utilize consistent data reporting practices; produce cutting-edge data visualizations, and enhance USAID’s demonstration of its technical and scientific expertise. The Hub addresses the strategic questions facing USAID in the global health area, both emerging from GH corporate priorities and those arising from the data and programs in the field missions.


The Data Visualization Advisor (Advisor) will serve as the point person on Data Visualization for the Global Health Data Analytics Hub. The primary purpose of this position is to design and develop data visualizations that support and facilitate the development of new analytical insights for the GH offices and USAID Missions. The Advisor will work closely with GH Monitoring and Evaluation advisors and data analysts, to develop visualizations to support their analyses, and present newly derived insights to USAID and outside partners. Analyses and visualizations may contribute to reports that are global, by country or by program area. The Advisor is expected to work with a variety of data sources including annual and quarterly-reported program and quality of service data, Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) data, budget, expenditure, and epidemiologic data. In addition to generating data visualizations, the Advisor will support efforts to scale up Tableau adaptation and build capacity for data visualizations and data analytics within GH offices and USAID field missions. S/he will work closely with the Senior Global Health Data Strategist and receive guidance from the Division Chief who will serve as his/her onsite manager.


The Data Visualization Advisor will be responsible for:

  • Developing visual presentations of global health data to help USAID programming and tell the story of GH’s programming impact.
  • Supporting GH’s data transparency and openness goals through clear and compelling data visualizations.
  • Collaborating with GH Data Analytics Hub staff and members of the GH Monitoring and Evaluation Collaborative to interpret, visually represent and disseminate global health data to facilitate decision making for GH leadership and USAID Missions.
  • Working with the GH Communications Team to polish data products and communicate analytical findings to relevant audiences within USAID and other stakeholders through briefings, publications and reports.
  • Organizing and supporting efforts to scale up Tableau adaptation within GH and build in-house capacity of GH offices to improve data analytics and visualization on Tableau.
  • Conducting training on best-practice data management, analysis and visualization for USAID staff and partners.
  • Participating in GH and USAID data science working groups and communities of practice, and working collaboratively with subject matter experts at USAID/Washington and USAID Missions, engaging stakeholders in the development and prioritization of data analyses.
  • Recommending formats for reports, ensuring consistency with USAID standards.


An Advisor at the Level II will be further responsible for:

  • Participating in the development of final data visualization products on USAID GH program impacts and investments.
  • Participating as a member of the GH Data Analytics Hub in technical meetings with implementing partners and other development organizations working on visualization of global health data.

International and domestic travel approximately 15%.


  • Keeping abreast of literature and latest developments in the fields of data analysis and data visualization.
  • Deepening knowledge of health data visualization and data science tools.
  • Participating in interagency and intra-agency working groups as appropriate to the scope of work.
  • Participating in professional continuing education and skills training within the purview of GHFP-II.


  • Master’s degree or higher in public health, data visualization, statistics, or a related social or computer science field.
  • Demonstrated experience producing dynamic visualization and presentation of data, from simple graphics to complex stories. Experience with health data visualizations is preferred. Please see below instructions on submitting work samples.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Tableau Desktop/Server and skilled in creating Tableau workbooks, dashboards, and stories is required. (Tableau Certification is preferred).
  • Experience working with databases for generating Tableau data sources.
  • Experience with new visualization tools and big data technologies (such as D3.js, Adobe Illustrator, or similar).
  • Exceptional problem-solving ability, logical reasoning, creative thinking, comfort with numbers, and the ability to untangle complex issues.
  • Familiarity with USAID or global health programs is preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Comfortable working both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency required.

In addition to the above, the position requires the following at each level:


  • 0-7 years’ experience public health or research, or health data, with or without experience in an international or resource challenged setting.


  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in public health or research, or health data, with at least two (2) years’ experience in an international or resource challenged setting.


Salary based on commensurate experience and earnings history. The Public Health Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including professional development programs.

How to apply:

A complete application will include the following:

1). Online application: All applicants are required to apply for this position through GHFP-II’s online recruitment system at https://www.ghfp.net/recruitment/, which allows you to store your CV, profile and bio data form in our database. A separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application.

2.) Submit work samples: In addition to the above, all applicants must submit a portfolio demonstrating data visualization skills by using the following instructions:

a) Title work sample as: “Your Name- Portfolio” (ie: Jane Doe- Portfolio)

b) Upload file to: https://dropitto.me/GHFPII_Data_Visualization_ using upload password: 1111

c) Upload file.

All online applications must be submitted by January 25, 2017 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.

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