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Data Processing Specialist:
Overview:
CAMRIS is recruiting in partnership with Vysnova Partners for Data Processing Specialists to work on the DHS project. Vysnova is a professional services firm that provides expert technical resources and innovative technologies, geared towards achieving quality services and results across a broad spectrum of sectors to a wide range of domestic and international clients.

DHS is a project designed to assist governments, donors, and private agencies to implement population and health surveys. To date, there have been more than 300 completed surveys in more than 90 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the former Soviet states. The Data Processing Specialist will be based in the home office of ICF International, our partner in DHS, with occasional domestic and international travel. (ICF International is located in 530 Gaither Road, Rockville MD 20850 near the Shady Grove Metro Station).

Responsibilities:
  • Develop and maintain software systems for data entry, editing, imputation, and analysis for paper-based population surveys in developing countries.
  • Develop and support tablet and laptop-based computer-aided interviewing systems in developing countries
  • Build capacity in implementing agencies worldwide via workshops and seminars on data use and survey processing
  • Produce data analysis to support country report production
  • Carry out data archiving and provide technical support for data users
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Demography, or Public Health fields required. Masters preferred.
  • Strong programming skills in an accepted programming language, such as C#, C++, Java, etc. Experience using CSPro would be a plus
  • Ability to travel internationally approximately 20% of the time
Preference will be given to candidates with the following qualifications and experience:
  • Familiarity with DHS datasets
  • Experience in public health or demographic research
  • Familiarity with SPSS, SAS, STATA, or other statistical software packages
  • Experience working or living in the developing world
  • A relevant second language, such as French or Russian
CAMRIS International offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits.
CAMRIS International is an Equal Opportunity Employer EOE.

To apply visit the CAMRIS Career website. 

Senior Research Associate:
Job Description:

ICF International, which implements the Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) program, is seeking to hire a Senior Research Associate to work on analytical studies on demographic and health issues in developing countries. The researcher will conduct data analysis, systematic literature reviews, and prepare publishable multi-country reports and papers. The researcher will also help to conduct analysis workshops and provide training and analytical assistance to collaborators from developing countries. Please review the DHS program website at www.measuredhs.com to learn more about the DHS program.


The position is based at the DHS program at ICF International's metro-accessible office in Rockville, Maryland, USA.

The researcher may be required to travel to developing countries as needed (up to 25% of time).

Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in a relevant social science or public health field (demography, behavioral sciences, epidemiology/biostatistics, international health).
  • Familiarity with population and health issues in developing countries.
  • Experience with analysis of large survey data sets, systematic reviews of literature, multivariate statistical methods, and major statistical software, such as STATA or SPSS.
  • Excellent writing skills with demonstrated ability to quickly prepare publishable-quality manuscripts.
  • Excellent communication, training, and presentation skills. Experience conducting trainings a plus.
  • 5+ years post-Ph.D. work experience in a relevant field preferred.
  • Experience working in a team environment with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of French strongly preferred; knowledge of Spanish, Arabic, or Russian will also be considered a plus.

ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce. ICF International is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer - M/F/D/V

To apply visit the ICF Career Center, and refer to Job Number 1400000010



Biomarker and Laboratory Specialist

Job Description:

Through a contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), ICF Macro, an ICF International Company, implements The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program. The DHS program assists developing countries to implement household-based surveys in the areas of maternal and child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and nutrition and health facility assessment (Service Provision Assessment [SPA]) surveys, which are facility-based surveys designed to collect information on the preparedness of health facilities to provide quality services to clients. Currently, the DHS program employs some 65 staff consisting of demographers, sampling statisticians, data processing specialists, public health experts, data dissemination specialists, editors, and document production specialists. Please review the DHS program website at www.measuredhs.comto learn more about the DHS program and the measurement of biomarkers in surveys.

The DHS program seeks to fill a Biomarker Specialist position to support the program’s expanding biomarker portfolio. The position is based in our metro-accessible office in Rockville, MD.

 
Key Responsibilities
 The biomarker specialist will be responsible for providing technical guidance to the DHS Program on the measurement of biomarkers in population-based surveys and for the management of biomarker measurement in individual surveys together with the DHS team of biomarker and laboratory specialists. Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Training of field staff on data collection tools, blood and other sample collection procedures; preparation of blood smears for malaria microscopy; monitoring and supervision of field work; preparation of manuals, SOPs and other training documents
  • Training of field staff on the use and application of rapid diagnostic  tests and point-of-care devices for the measurement of anemia, HIV, malaria and syphilis
  • Conducting assessments of host country laboratories to determine the labs’ capacity to carry out biomarker testing for the DHS project
  • Training and supervision of in-country laboratories to conduct testing to support data collection in population-based surveys. Testing will include but is not limited to anemia, HIV, malaria, micronutrient deficiencies, syphilis and water quality.
  • Participating in other DHS project activities, e.g., assisting in developing questionnaires and modules, conducting further analysis studies, preparing/revising core manuals, preparing/reviewing biomarker sections of DHS reports, making presentations to USAID and other stakeholders. 
The biomarker specialist position requires approximately 25-30% travel to countries in Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. It is expected that the biomarker specialist will demonstrate a high level of flexibility in performing the responsibilities of the position.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications: 

  • A master’s degree in a biomedical science. 
  • 8-10 years of experience, including at least 3-5 years of laboratory experience conducting assays for the diagnosis of HIV and other infectious diseases
Required Skills:
  • In depth knowledge and practical experience performing enzyme immunoassays.
  • Working knowledge of the preparation, staining and examination of blood films for the detection of malaria parasites
  • Familiarity with assays for estimating the prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies.
  • Familiarity with basic molecular techniques.
  • Experience with viral load testing and other nucleic acid tests
  • Experience or knowledge of CD4 enumeration using point-of-care testing and FACS assay
  • Experience working with developing country institutions
  • Experience performing Quality Assurance measures in all phases of biomedical testing
  • Experience writing short technical reports
  • Ability to write clear and concise summaries of reports for internal and external audiences
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Fluency in English required. Fluency in French, Spanish or Portuguese is preferred, but not required. 

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

ICF International is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer - M/F/D/V
 
To apply, please visit the ICF Career Center and refer to Job Number: 1400000472


Document Production Specialist
Job Description:
Through a contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), ICF International implements The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program. The DHS Program assists developing countries that want  implement household-based surveys in  areas that include maternal and child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and nutrition. The program also helps countries  conduct surveys of health facilities to assess their performance and assist with improvement.. Currently, The DHS Program employs some 65 staff consisting of demographers, sampling statisticians, data processing specialists, public health experts, data dissemination specialists, editors, and document production specialists. Please review The DHS Program website at www.dhsprogram.com to learn more about both the program and the publications that it produces.

ICF seeks to hire a Production Specialist to work on public health reports written by international experts as part of The DHS Program. The person hired will be based in our metro-accessible office in Rockville, MD, and reports to the Senior Editor of The DHS Program.

Key Responsibilities:
The person in this position will be responsible for formatting tables and text in Word for technical publications, such as the preliminary and final reports on the DHS survey findings. The intent is to produce the data in an appealing, easy-to-read and use format. He/she will ensure that specifications regarding font, footnotes, spacing, and headings will be observed in the formatting of the reports. Additional tasks include creating  figures in Excel, integrating them with text and tables, and creating the table of contents, other front matter, and appendices. The report formatter will liaise with project staff responsible for drafting the reports.

Apply ICF and DHS styles and formats
  • Become familiar with the format of DHS preliminary and final reports.
  • Relate advanced experience with desktop publishing using Word and Excel, including table and figure creation, to DHS’s needs.
  • Learn the standard DHS house styles and how to apply them quickly. Utilize prior knowledge of the details of setting layout and font styles.
  • Apply experience in creating and manipulating tables and figures in Word and Excel to the DHS data.

 Assist in the production of DHS Country Final Reports

  • Manipulate tables, text, and figures to produce 400-500-page reports that are printed nearby and then distributed in countries around the world.
  • Either independently complete production of several country reports monthly, or assist in advance formatting and preparation of tables and figures in the DHS house style.
  • Contribute to format and layout needs on all final reports, as directed by the Senior Editor.
  • Use knowledge of public health, good spelling and grammar, and attention to detail.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Qualifications
Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3-4 years of professional word processing in Word, specifically the use of Word paragraph styles
  • Proven ability to use paragraph (heading) styles in order to automatically create a table of contents
  • Demonstrated experience with graphics packages such as Excel and Adobe Illustrator
  • Fluency in English
  • Ability to work quickly under deadlines
Preferred Skills:
  • Desktop publishing skills (e.g., experience with InDesign) are a plus
  • Knowledge of French, Portuguese, or Spanish is helpful as some reports are written in languages other than English
  • Knowledge of public health/statistical terminology and editorial and publishing processes is desirable
  • Experience working in a team environment with people of diverse backgrounds and levels of seniority
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision making capabilities
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent problem solving skills with ability to analyze situations, identify existing or potential problems, and recommend solutions

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. (EEO/AA – Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities)

To apply please visit the ICF Career Center and refer to Job Number 1400001856