United States of America: Data Specialist, Health System Strengthening, GHSC-PSM

By Chemonics Organization: Chemonics
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 26 Oct 2018

Chemonics seeks a Data Specialist in support of the Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project within the Warehouse and Distribution unit on the Health System Strengthening team. The GHSC-PSM project is the primary vehicle through which USAID 1) procures and provides health commodities, 2) provides technical assistance to improve partner countries’ management of the supply chain, and 3) collaborates with key international stakeholders to support global health initiatives.

As part of the Warehouse and Distribution team within the Health Systems Strengthening team, the Data Specialist will support the GHSC-PSM project by providing technical assistance on warehouse and distribution activities. The Data Specialist will support analysis of warehouse and distribution operations, in relation to inventory analysis, inventory turnover, volumetric flow, distribution analysis, routing and scheduling etc. The Data Specialist will conduct data cleaning, processing and analyses efforts in a prompt, consistent, reliable, and repeatable manner. The Data Specialist will also work to strengthen data systems to promote data use, quality, access, and transparency that enable GHSC-PSM to deepen and broaden analysis capabilities. This position will work closely with other teams in Health System Strengthening, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Communications, Global Supply Chain, Commodity Security, and other teams to access, analyze, and communicate to support data-driven decision to enhance commodity efficacy and security, optimize in-country warehouse networks, and increase efficiencies of warehousing and distribution operations. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Please note, the successful candidate would not be expected to start in this position until January 2019.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support warehouse and distribution analyses by using existing methods and tools to respond to support both ad-hoc and larger warehouse and distribution activities (e.g. Optimization, Costing Analysis)

  • Adapt or develop repeatable methodologies and tools to respond to new types of data analysis requests

  • Investigate anecdotal evidence using rigorous and structured quantitative methodologies

  • Conduct exploratory data analysis to identify underlying trends and opportunities for further analysis

  • Collaborate with GHSC-PSM in-country team, M&E, Data Quality, and other teams to ensure consistency and reliability in reporting

  • Pursue innovative approaches, technologies, and uses for supply chain data

  • Identify opportunities for automation, streamlining, and continual improvement in data systems

  • Communicate findings effectively with internal and external stakeholders using data analysis, visualization, through written and verbal communication, and other formats as appropriate

  • Advocate for evidence-based decision making in headquarters, field offices, and USAID

  • Promote use, transparency and accessibility of data

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required


  • Bachelor’s degree in job relevant field required

  • Master’s degree in Supply Chain, Operational Research, Data Analytics, or related field preferred

  • Minimum of 3 years of job-related work experience

  • Supply chains, operational research and data analysis experience preferred

  • Demonstrates maturity, dependability, integrity, ethical behavior, and excellence in all work assignments

  • Demonstrated experience in programming for data science using Python, R, SPSS or STATA

  • Advanced understanding of Microsoft Excel, with VBA skills preferred

  • Business Intelligence software (e.g. Tableau) skills strongly preferred

  • Competence with statistical analysis packages (e.g. R, STATA), including regression analysis and modelling, is a plus

  • Ability to clearly and convincingly communicate complex findings to non-technical audiences verbally, in writing, and with visuals

  • Strong organizational skills; ability to prioritize, solve problems creatively, and work under tight deadlines

  • Ability to work across teams

  • Ability to travel and work abroad in less developed countries for at least 4 to 8 weeks a year

  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity

  • Fluency in English required, proficiency in secondary language preferred

How to apply:

Apply through our Career Center at https://chu.tbe.taleo.net/chu02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=CHEMONICS&cws=1&rid=2778 by October 26, 2018. Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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