Background: The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is launching a second phase of an innovative survey research program, entitled Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA), formerly entitled PMA2020. The project is designed to deliver high-quality, rapid-turnaround data into the hands of public health policymakers, program managers, and other stakeholders at frequent intervals to promote data-driven decision-making to improve the health and welfare of populations. To achieve this goal, PMA recruits women from a set of nationally or sub-nationally representative sentinel communities and trains them to collect data on a routine basis using smartphone technology. Data are collected at both household and facility levels.
PMA data collection platforms have been established in 11 countries in Africa and Asia, working with local university and research partners. In the next phase, PMA is will expand to several new geographies, while retaining many existing geographies. The core survey covers family planning (including contraceptive dynamics) and reproductive health, while maintaining flexibility to add new modules in related health areas. It will also introduce a panel design that will follow a cohort of reproductive age women on an annual basis and a representative set of service delivery points over a 3-year period. The panel will be combined with periodic cross-sections drawn from the same sampled, sentinel communities. In this next phase, Jhpiego will be providing support for sub-award management, partner sustainability, communications, and overall program management through its central and field offices.
PMA is a program with a diverse Baltimore-based team that includes faculty, staff, faculty, and students at both masters and doctorate levels. This team works closely with implementing teams at universities and research institutes across the constituent geographies.
To assist in leading and guiding the cutting-edge survey implementation approaches of PMA, the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health within the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health (PFRH) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health now invites applications from individuals to serve as a Deputy Director for this program with a focus on ensuring technical quality of the program throughout full spectrum of survey operations, including survey design and development and dissemination of data products.
For qualified individuals, this will be a faculty position in the Scientist track. Rank will be commensurate with experience, but preference will be given to an appointment at the Associate or Senior Scientist level.
Responsibilities: The Deputy Director will assist the Director in executing the following duties:
- Provide technical leadership and vision for PMA’s overall program direction and new initiatives.
- Provide technical and programmatic guidance for survey implementation across multiple countries, including panel and other innovative design features.
- Provide guidance in capacity-strengthening among PMA implementing partners, including advising on the priority training activities that incorporate south-to-south modalities.
- Advise on the development of data utilization approaches, including data access and visualization.
- Provide mentorship and supervision to a team of data managers and analysts.
- Represent PMA at international forums and technical meetings, facilitating dissemination and use of project data among key stakeholders.
- Strengthen partnerships with collaborating projects, including Track20 and IPUMS PMA.
- Coordinate with related programs at the Gates Institute and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Additional responsibilities include:
- Participate on the Gates Institute Leadership Team and serve as Acting Director of PMA as needed.
- Teaching or co-teaching of Departmental courses is negotiable with the PFRH department.
- Mentoring students and participating on Departmental committees, as appropriate and as requested by the PFRH department.