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Senior Data Scientist

Public Health Institute

Job detailsSalary$129,740 – $195,000 a yearJob TypeFull-timePart-timeLocation500 D St NW, Washington, DC 20001+ Leaflet | OpenStreetMap contributorsFull Job Description


POSITION TITLE: Senior Data Scientist

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled

LOCATION: Washington DC

A. Position Identification

Position Working Title:

Senior Data Scientist




Global Health


Front Office

Work Location:

500 D St NW, Washington DC 20547 Remote Eligible

Project Supervisor:

Deputy Program Director

Work Status:

Full-time Part-time hours per week



Labor Category:

Senior Advisor (Adv Prof II)

PHI Title:

Advisory Professional II

B. Summary Statement:
The Public Health Institute (PHI) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting health, well-being, and quality of life for people throughout California, across the nation and around the world. As one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation, we are at the forefront of research and innovations to improve the efficacy of public health statewide, nationally, and internationally.
We are hiring for positions under the Global Health Training, Advisory, Support Contract (GHTASC) in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Global Health (GH). These roles deliver institutional support services in a wide range of technical areas at the junior, mid-, senior, and expert levels.
C. Position Summary:
The Senior Data Scientist will primarily support the Front Office of the Global Health Bureau at USAID as a PHI Institutional Support Contractor (ISC). The Bureau for Global Health (GH) provides essential technical leadership and support on global health issues to Agency leadership, USAID Missions, other USAID Bureaus and Independent Offices (B/IOs), and others in the global health community. The Office of the Assistant Administrator, commonly referred to as the GH Front Office, provides oversight for all Global Health programs, support to the field, research, legislative relations, and external affairs.
In this role, the selected candidate will provide leadership and technical expertise in conducting advanced analytics to better inform health programming through complex relationships with and between global health program and performance data and country-specific or survey data. The Senior Data Scientist will work closely with technical program experts at USAID Headquarters and Missions in the development and execution of data analyses and visualizations.
Full salary range for this position: $129,740 to $195,000 per year. The starting salary is determined based on the candidates knowledge, skills, experience, as well as budget availability.
D. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Serve as a technical authority on analytical, statistical, and programming techniques necessary to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret unique and highly specialized data sets for decision-making in global health.
Participate in discovery processes with GH leadership team and stakeholders to identify requirements, expected outcomes for new or existing initiatives, and the measurements of success.
Serve as a technical lead in the formulation and management of data and analytics requirements, policies, procedures, and tools to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of quality USAID and health development data.
Identify internal and external data sources, leverage new data collection processes and perform all phases of the systems development life cycle required in the design, development, and implementation of features enabling data access.
Collaborate with data analysts/scientists and program experts across USAID and other US Government agencies to develop, streamline, and improve existing and emerging Health Strategic Information systems and processes for addressing complex problems.
Participate in routine global health performance and leadership data review processes, providing data management support, analytic products, and other visualizations as needed.
Perform other duties as assigned.

E. Qualification Requirements:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Minimum Qualifications:

Masters and 10 years of relevant experience, Bachelors and 12 years of relevant experience, Associates and 14 years of relevant experience, or High School and 16 years of relevant professional experience in Statistics, Math, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Epidemiology or Public Health.

Other Qualifications:

Strong quantitative background and data wrangling skills; experience in i) data collection, management, cleaning, processing, and integration, ii) database management or extract, transform, load (ETL) processes, and iii) applied data analysis and visualization using statistical software or programming languages (R, Python, SQL/CQL, Stata, SAS, SPSS and/or MATLAB); package development experience a plus.
Practical experience working within a data science ecosystem R + RStudio (Tidyverse & geospatial related packages) + Git preferred (or strong willingness to learn it).
Practical experience working with relational and NoSQL databases, AWS Simple Storage Services (S3), Google Cloud Storage, and Google Drive.
Ability to shape broad analytic requests, summarize appropriate data and produce compelling data visualization products using programming languages (R or Python), data visualization software (Tableau, PowerBI), or spreadsheet processing software (Excel, Google Sheets). Experience with Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape is a plus.
Ability to Translate complex concepts, findings, limitations, and recommendations of improvements into easy-to-understand products. Closely tie findings and conclusions into the original problem statement, and team objectives to communicate to both experts and nontechnical audiences.
U.S. citizenship or US permanent residence with the ability to obtain and maintain a facility access clearance is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Advanced Tableau skill is preferred.

F. Competencies:

Innovation: Employee takes initiative to propose new ideas/approaches and demonstrates ability to find new and better ways to accomplish work.
Customer Service: Handles customer questions and complaints, communicates with customers, handles service problems politely and efficiently, always available for customers, follows procedure to solve customer problems, understands company products and services, maintains pleasant and professional image.
Accountability: Takes ownership of work responsibilities and holds high standards. Keeps commitments and takes appropriate actions to ensure obligations are met. Pursues efficiency and effectiveness and adheres to Organization policies and procedures.
Interpersonal Skills: Employee demonstrates ability to work in cooperation with others and communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, subordinates, clients, and other outside contacts.
Continual Learning: Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues professional development that is aligned with organizational role, contribution, and goals. Proactively shares knowledge with others to foster learning across the Organization.

G. Application Information:
Prior to submitting your application your resume must include relevant paid and non-paid experience showing dates held with month, year and hours worked per week for each position. Please ensure that all relevant experience and education is documented on your resume. There is no limitation to resume length; updates to resumes will not be accepted during the interview and selection process.
This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.

Per the PHI Workforce Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is a condition of employment for all domestic based employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless they are granted a reasonable accommodation under applicable law.
New hires need to provide proof of full vaccination prior to their start date or apply for an exemption/accommodation within three business days after their start date. Depending on the circumstances, new hires who do not comply with this Policy, or who cannot be reasonably accommodated, will either have their employment suspended or terminated. Candidates who are non-compliant will have their offers rescinded.

The Public Health Institute is committed to a policy that provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and to make all employment decisions so as to further this principle of equal employment opportunity. To this end, the PHI will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, medical condition including genetic characteristics, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identification and expression, sexual orientation, and will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are offered employment and employees are treated during employment without regard to these characteristics.

For further information regarding Equal Employment Opportunity, copy and paste the following URL into your web browser:

The Public Health Institute is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Recruitment Team at least 48 hours in advance at

This position described in this announcement falls under a contract with the Federal Government, and therefore is subject to the provisions put forward in OMB Circular A-76 which prohibit contractors from performing inherently governmental functions. Specifically, employees placed in agency positions will not perform inherently governmental functions, nor supervise any personnel other than the contractors own staff, nor make final decisions or sign documents that commit the U.S. Government

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