Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
The Research Data Analyst will lead statistical analyses in small area estimation and work to develop extrapolation models using a range of different data types. This position will directly support work as part of the Key Populations Investment Fund (KPIF): To effectively support HIV prevention and treatment programs for key populations, data from program implementation are needed to supplement published literature. Data from the literature are important to characterize intervention effectiveness at the individual level including published literature focused on measures of adherence, uptake, and retention among key populations. However, the implementation of KPIF in select high priority settings facilitates evaluating the impact of these programs in terms of individual outcomes such as KP retained on PrEP and, retaining and achieving viral suppression among KP living with HIV. Moreover, data characterizing structural determinants including decreases in stigma and associated HIV-related outcomes can be generated using these data. In addition, most approaches to cost-effectiveness analyses adopt the same “one size fits all” approach that drives many other decisions in the response to HIV across much of Sub-Saharan African resulting in less than 5% of HIV funding allocated to key population programs across the continent. Advancing the HIV response would also benefit from additional characterization of the cost-effectiveness of KPIF investments in priority countries. These analyses could also provide additional evidence as to whether the HIV response across Sub-Saharan African can “do more with less” through increasingly KP-specific responses. To complete this work, we will perform three key activities:
Synthesize all available key population data including data characterizing HIV prevalence and incidence, the HIV treatment cascade, as well as size estimation data in countries across West and Central Africa. These estimates will be used to support evidence-based target development and perform in-depth quality assessments on these collated data, and conduct extrapolation exercises using validated small area estimation methods for key population sizes and other critical inputs to inform national and sub-national HIV programming across the region. This is the primary activity that the Data Analyst would lead, but if there is interest, would have the ability to support in the other key activities.
Strengthen capacity of country-level stakeholders to better understand their data needs and support evidence-based approaches to address these data gaps in the HIV response through in-country workshops and tailored, ongoing technical assistance
Collaborate with implementing partners of the KPIF to develop and implement an evaluation strategy to inform implementation and epidemic control
Specific duties & responsibilities:
The position will be based in Baltimore and includes a focus on statistical analyses, including modeling and Bayesian analyses, for HlV studies among key populations including men who have sex with men and female sex workers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Meet with key stakeholders to data availability
Synthesize available data from a range of different sources
Develop methods to best use existing data for extrapolation and small area estimation
Work to gain an understanding of what methods work best given a series of different data availability scenarios
Contribute to and lead on conference abstracts and peer-reviewed manuscripts
Minimum qualifications (mandatory):
Bachelor's degree in related discipline.
Three years related experience.
Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.
Master’s degree in Biostatistics or related field.
Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Technical qualifications or specialized certifications: Ability to code in R
Classified Title: Research Data Analyst Working Title: Research Data Analyst Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MC Starting Salary Range: $45,195 - $62, 225 /Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M - F, 8:30 - 5:00 Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 05-MD:School of Public Health Department name: 10001101-Epidemiology Personnel area: School of Public Health
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