Data Analysis Technical Advisor
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The Data Analysis Technical Advisor will join the Secretariat for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) within the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, providing direct support in data management and analysis to a cross-ministerial team. The Data Analysis Technical Advisor will work with the AGYW Secretariat team to interpret and prepare AGYW Strategy implementation data for relevant ministry counterparts to ensure Strategy implementation data informs progress monitoring and decision-making. The position also provides ample opportunity to support the GOM and other actors to identify and support implementation research that drives evidence-based programs, including donor and partner alignment with the Strategy.
This position will provide the fellow an opportunity to engage with and directly support key government stakeholders on this groundbreaking new Strategy. Working behind the scenes on a high-visibility strategy, the fellow will have an unparalleled opportunity to support policy implementation.
The Government of Malawi (GOM) recognizes that significant barriers disproportionally affect girls in accessing education, healthcare, protection, and economic well-being. To address the range of challenges facing adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), the Government of Malawi (GOM) has been developing a National AGYW Strategy, which is now nearly complete.
The Strategy aims to tackle positive youth development, secondary education, sexual and reproductive health, child marriage, and gender-based violence. By strengthening inter-ministerial policy harmonization and program coordination, the Strategy will provide a basis for the GOM driven improved outcomes for AGYW, while ensuring that the various donor resources, civil society groups, and private sector donors are best aligned to accomplish the greatest benefit. The Strategy has already positioned the GOM on the world stage given the global attention to these issues. Strategy implementation promises to garner ongoing international interest, as the GOM contributes to the global conversation around how to most effectively engage youth as champions for development.
The envisaged role of the AGYW Secretariat is to support the AGYW Sub-Committee to ensure strong GOM coordination and donor alignment in implementation, ongoing monitoring of the implementation plan through a proposed harmonized data system, and data analysis to inform Strategy implementation. The AGYW Sub-Committee sits within the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Youth.
This position is part of the Global Health Corps fellowship. Global Health Corps (GHC) is a leadership development organization focused on building the next generation of diverse, disruptive global health leaders. Founded in 2009, we competitively recruit talented professionals (ages 21-30) from a range of sectors and backgrounds and place them in high-impact roles within partner organizations — including Clinton Health Access Initiative, Partners in Health, Planned Parenthood Global, and Government Ministries in Zambia, Rwanda, and Uganda — working on the front lines of health equity in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US, and Zambia.
In collaboration with the ICT Technical Advisor, support the AGYW Secretariat data management, monitoring, and analysis across Ministries, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and other key stakeholders
Prepare training materials to strengthen data collection and use through harmonized referral registers or other tools introduced
Work with relevant Ministries and pilot implementation districts to formalize the roles and responsibilities of data collection, flow, and analysis
Work to increase Ministry of Youth knowledge and ability to effectively manage and maintain ongoing AGYW data and implementation research through mentoring and on-the-job training
Build the cross-sectoral evidence base necessary to maximize the benefits of interventions and support more rational AGYW resource allocation based on needs, context, and proven effectiveness and efficiencies
Validate and analyze AGYW data to assist in evaluation of interventions, policies, and related activities
Assist with the development of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools, data collection methods, data quality assurance measures, and data quality audits
Develop plan to amplify AGYW programmatic gaps and policy learnings to key stakeholders working on AGYW issues in Malawi and abroad
Identify key quality improvement learnings for each target audience and share these messages in a tailored and appropriate way
Contribute to programmatic and study reports, publications, and presentations
Develop visual representations and data narratives to be included in audience-specific communication and dissemination materials
Other duties as assigned
Skills and Experience
Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required:
Preferred: Bachelor’s or master’s degree in public policy (health, social protection, education), informatics, statistics, or a related field
Three years of experience working in data analysis, data management, and/or quality improvement/quality assurance*
Demonstrated ability to synthesize data and produce reports in a compelling and accessible format*
Excellence in Excel and demonstrable proficiency with statistical software (SPSS, STATA, SAS, R, JMP, or other statistical software)*
Familiarity with basic statistical tests and concepts*
Ability to function well in a highly-visible, cross-cultural, and multi-sectoral team, balancing diverse priorities and GOM stakeholder priorities*
Experience in the development of M&E tools and systems
Experience working with data analysis at the public policy level
Experience developing materials for key audiences (policymakers, civil society organizations, interest groups, private sector, etc.) with the goal of affecting specific change at the policy or programmatic level
Excellent written and oral communication skills
An analytical and creative thinker who is able to provide the narrative to complement data
Methodical, good attention to detail, and ability to work independently with little precedent
Ability to proactively identify and address issues, while appropriately communicating these issues to relevant stakeholders
Flexible and able to adapt to shifting priorities and stakeholders
Ability to maintain high standards of conduct and professionalism within an interdisciplinary and demanding work environment