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The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is a collaboration between the University of Washington and the University of California, San Francisco. It is a center in the University of Washington's Department of Global Health and has offices throughout Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. I-TECH's 700 worldwide staff work in partnership with local ministries of health, universities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), medical facilities, and other organizations to support the development of a skilled health work force and well-organized national health delivery systems. I-TECH's activities occur primarily in the technical areas of health system strengthening; health workforce development; operations research and evaluation; and prevention, care, and treatment of infectious diseases.
ITECH has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time (50% FTE) Quality Improvement Advisor . The Quality Improvement (QI) Advisor will work to improve the quality of I-TECH programs in Botswana and Zimbabwe. Under the supervision of the Botswana/Zimbabwe Team Lead and with guidance from the Implementation Science Community of Practice, the QI Advisor works with the in-country QI team and program managers, as well as the headquarters team, to assure Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) integration in all areas of technical assistance, offer technical assistance to further develop QI systems for training and service delivery across all activity areas, and collect appropriate information on PEPFAR funded activities.
The QI Advisor will support country specific evaluation needs with the goal of ensuring the quality and effectiveness of human capacity development efforts. This may involve clarifying objectives, developing indicators (both process and outcome), identifying and/or developing M&E tools for specific activities in the field, data analysis, and/or report and publication writing. The QI Advisor will also track progress towards objectives of human capacity development activities and ensure that M&E frameworks are implemented and data collected in a timely fashion. The QI Advisor will provide recommendations for program improvement based on I-TECH wide M&E data. The QI Advisor also works with HQ and in-country staff to identify individual and group training needs, improve systems, and increase the overall efficiency and quality of office function, with a particular focus on publication and dissemination of results.
Provide leadership to ensure data is analyzed, reported, and used by the Botswana country office, headquarters, and partners
Analyze qualitative and quantitative data with particular focus on the quantitative data sets, and provide technical guidance to others analyzing data
Produce tables, charts, and graphs for assessments and evaluations in line with data analysis plans
Assist program managers in using data for decision making
Work with QI team and program teams to determine the research agenda for the year, advocating for publishable studies as well as those most needed for programmatic decision making
Identify, disseminate, and apply information from the literature or experts related to evaluation of health systems strengthening, quality improvement, and human capacity development methodologies
Coordinate and communicate with other I-TECH country teams and the Implementation Science Community of Practice to share research methodologies and tools across the I-TECH network
Participate in development of research design, taking the lead in some projects and providing technical assistance/reviewing work on other projects
Draft, adapt, and/or revise evaluation tools
Identify gaps and weaknesses in processes for study, protocol, and tool development and develop and implement plans to address those gaps
Provide training and technical assistance to improve the quality of the QI teams’ protocols and tools
Lead or assist in applications for ethical clearance (from CDC, NIMR, UW, and others as needed) and track progress of applications through the approval processes
Reporting, Publications and Presentations
Lead and support program teams to communicate project results to the scientific community via published papers, journal articles, abstracts, and academic posters
Provide training and technical assistance to increase the QI and program teams comfort with developing peer reviewed journal articles
Identify gaps and weaknesses in processes for publications and develop and implement plans to address those gaps
Contribute to quarterly, semi-annual, annual and other status reports
Develop and/or revise reports and presentations effectively conveying program achievements and challenges
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Master's Degree in social or behavioral sciences or equivalent with some formal training in program evaluation, plus at least 4 years of relevant experience, including 2 years of international experience.
Experience with evaluation or research design, M&E frameworks, data collection and analysis.
Familiarity with: training/human resource development and HIV/AIDS care and support services.
Demonstrated ability to facilitate communication between professionals with a variety of cultural backgrounds in a respectful and diplomatic manner and enhance effective partnerships
Ability to develop and carry out work plans and solve problems independently
Strong writing and public presentation skills
Experience working in team settings, preferably in an international capacity
Strong organizational and computer skills including MS Word, Power Point, Excel and Access
Knowledge of statistical analysis, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.
Knowledge and usage experience of statistical software packages such as Atlas, STATA, SPSS
Experience and knowledge in developing applications for institutional/ethical review boards
Demonstrated ability to identify, modify, and apply research methods to programmatic environment
Demonstrated responsibility for leadership in data analysis and presentation of results
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Experience with monitoring and evaluation of health services, health education and training, preferably in an international context.
Experience analyzing evaluation data from diverse core and country programs.
Strong commitment to building personal and organizational capacity.
Experience with complex, multi-faced projects. Laboratory-related experience a plus.
Condition of Employment:
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification may be required prior to hire.
Flexible work schedule may be necessary to accommodate time differences between the west coast and International partners, for both conference calls and travel. International travel up to 25% may be required.
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