Economic Data Analyst, USAID Data Services

ID
2021-1287
Job Locations
US-DC-Washington
Department
Knowledge Management and Data Analytics
Type
Regular Full-Time
# of Openings
1
Job Status
Active
Security Clearance
Requires Eligibility (Must be US Citizen)

About Us

DevTech Systems, Inc. (DevTech) is an international consulting firm dedicated to development, with 35 years of experience providing advisory services and technical assistance to government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in more than 100 countries. DevTech core practice areas include: Economic and Data Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation, Education and Youth Development, Gender and Inclusive Development, and Public Financial Management.  

Overview

DevTech is looking for a Data Analyst to work as an institutional contractor on its Analytics, Data, Visualization, and Information Services (ADVISE) contract with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) ADVISE staff comprise much of the USAID Data Services team, led by USAID’s Chief Data Officer (CDO) and situated in USAID’s Bureau for Management, Office of the Chief Information Officer (M/CIO). The Data Services team's main purpose is to improve the usage of data and information at USAID, so that the Agency continues to ensure its development outcomes are supported by evidence. Data Services’ work spans the “data lifecycle,” including planning, collection, cleaning, analysis, curation, reporting, and governance 

 

The Data Analyst will work as a member of the International Data and Economic Analysis (IDEA) sub-team, which is primarily responsible for working with country context data relevant to international development (as shown on the IDEA website) but also supports work using internal data on USAID programs and operations. The IDEA team responds to a wide variety of requests, including for dashboards, data profiles, written reports, surveys/data calls, and data cleaning/management. In this role, the Data Analyst will contribute to the maintenance of a database of economic and social indicators (~30%) and respond to data and analysis requests from USAID staff (~70%).  

 

The Data Analyst position will be fully remote until USAID returns to in-person work when deemed safe to do so. At least 30 days' notice will be provided prior to the return to in-person work in Washington, D.C. When USAID returns to in-person work, the Data Analyst will be eligible for telework benefits (one day per week) after 3 months of work. 
 

About the Team 

 

USAID Data Services core values are: 

  • We are passionate, ambitious and care deeply about our work and the USAID mission. 
  • We are serious about meeting the needs of our customers. 
  • We are funny. We have fun. And we are human. 
  • We communicate and close feedback loops. 
  • We are proactive. We do not wait for success to come find us. 
  • We are a team who is committed to each other. 

In keeping with these core values, we respect and encourage an inclusive and diverse environment in which we see our differences as strengths. We are a team of motivated and responsible self-starters that enjoy working in a team-oriented environment. We are always looking for ways to grow, through feedback, learning, and collaboration. 

Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Extract, clean, process, and standardize data from third-party data sources for storage in a relational database and publication on the IDEA website, including through APIs, web scraping, or other techniques, primarily using R; 
  • Understand, assess, and document the methodologies used by third-party source institutions to collect data and/or produce economic and social indicators; 
  • Lead and/or support the development and maintenance of analytical products that report on those data in visually intuitive formats, primarily using R, Python, and Tableau; 
  • Communicate effectively and helpfully with clients to understand their needs, find solutions, report on progress, and seek feedback; 
  • Collaborate actively and productively with IDEA and other Data Services team members, as well as USAID clients, to ensure that Data Services products are useful, accurate, well-targeted, and appealing. 

 

Additional (Ad Hoc) Responsibilities 

  • Develop and administer data calls and surveys, and analyze or summarize output data; 
  • Develop quantitative models and methodologies to analyze or summarize third-party or internal USAID data; 
  • Develop and execute machine learning (ML) and/or artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to USAID data challenges; 
  • Write reports on indicator methodologies, country case studies, regional trends, etc.; 
  • Develop requirements for (and coordinate with web developers to produce) online data visualization and analysis tools for use by USAID staff and/or the public; 
  • Manage relational databases or similar data collections; 
  • Provide USAID staff with data analysis training. 

The additional responsibilities listed above reflect a sampling of the IDEA team’s responses to ad hoc requests. The Data Analyst will typically be expected to contribute to some, but not necessarily all, of these activities. Ad hoc requests are typically divided among the team based on availability, interest, and proficiency. 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, international development, or a related field plus equivalent experience 
  • At least three years of related experience in analytics, economics, development economics, data or computer science, or relevant subject (up to two years of experience may be substituted by a Master’s degree).  
  • Experience using data to support research efforts, strong levels of data literacy, and solid grounding in the principles of data validity and integrity.  
  • Knowledge of statistical software, coding languages, and data management tools (e.g. R, Python, Tableau, SQL, SAS). Note: Some paid on-the-job training is assumed, and applicants need not have significant experience with the specific software tools listed in the responsibilities section. 
  • Preferred: Knowledge of and interest in international development or a related field, such as economics, global/public health, gender, trade, or international relations. 

 

The applicant must have a U.S. citizenship to qualify for the required U.S. government security clearance for this project. (Dual nationality or additional citizenships will not disqualify applicants.) 

EEO Statement

NOTE: This job posting should not be construed to imply that the requirements are the exclusive standards of the position nor will it be the sole basis for any subsequent employee evaluations. Incumbents will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as may be required by their supervisor. 
 
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or other status protected by applicable law. 

 

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