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- The Epidemiologist directly assists the Senior Associate Director-Research of the Guinea Worm Eradication Program (GWEP) to accelerate and operationalize the global GWEP research agenda, monitor the status of research-related activities, and provide technical assistance to national dracunculiasis eradication programs to interrupt Guinea worm disease (GWD) transmission.
- The Epidemiologist will organizationally be part of the GWEP’s Research and Innovation Team and support but will also work across and support the Data Team (data science related) and the Implementation and Administration Unit to ensure national programs implement effective (a) interventions against GWD transmission, (b) surveillance networks, (c) communication with communities and regional country officials, (e) personnel skill enhancement and training, (f) resource identification needed for program implementation, (g) and collaboration and communication with other government officials and partners.
- Due to the travel locations, Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) will be required.
- The position brings and develops expertise in the fields of health science, epidemiology, data science, and programming languages as applied to international public health.
- The Epidemiologist will provide advice on and employ the use of data science tools, methods, and statistical learning models to collect, link, process, code, classify, and analyze research, surveillance, and program intervention data.
- The incumbent will assist in monitoring data quality issues and develop automated systems and tools to process, clean, and verify data integrity while developing scalable data models and algorithms that can be applied to various topic areas.
- The position may also design, conduct, and report on the epidemiological study of GWD, and may assist in the development of interventions, standard operating procedures, field protocols, and health education materials.
- The incumbent will assist in creating recommendations for additional research and development efforts and formulate proposals for new studies and data scientific projects related to GWEP’s priority topic areas, which will have national and international impact.
- The position will support the analysis and interpretation of data for both technical experts and lay users of the data, including structured and unstructured data of mixed types.
- The Epidemiologist will prepare operational and statistical reports, leading to publishable articles in peer-reviewed journals and serve as a liaison to and work with other groups and organizations participating in related programs.
FORMAL JOB DESCRIPTION:
- Provides technical and scientific expertise for programs in the areas of communicable disease, chronic disease and environmental epidemiology.
- Designs, conducts and reports on the epidemiological study of diseases, collects and analyzes data and develops health education materials.
- Manages and participates in investigations and surveys that have national and international impact.
- Conducts program research and prepares operational and statistical reports.
- May write publishable articles and papers.
- Serves as a liaison to and works with other groups and organizations participating in related programs.
- May travel internationally to supervise field operations.
- Performs related responsibilities as required.
- A doctoral degree in a field related to area of research or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. International travel required.
- A doctoral degree in epidemiology, data science, computer science, or other public health-related fields.
- Previous experience managing complex datasets including public health surveillance data.
- Proficiency in programming languages such as R or Python and collaboration through GitHub and experience utilizing other qualitative and/or quantitative analytic software (e.g., NVivo, MaxQDA, R, SAS, Stata) to perform analyses and generate reports.
- Previous experience managing large studies with multiple study partners executed in rural, resource-poor contexts
- Proficiency in model selection for statistical analyses of correlated, hierarchical, non-parametric, and/or complex data.
- Competency in geographic information systems (GIS) including the use of ArcGIS or Q-GIS software.
- Skilled in preparing documents and maps electronically with accuracy, creating databases, and maintaining and updating GIS data layers.
- Familiarity with Azure and Power BI or similar software.
- Experience in using analytical results to inform evidence-based programmatic and policy recommendations, preparing and submitting manuscripts to peer-reviewed scientific journals, and presenting related findings at international fora.
- A history of working with community-based public health programs or community development in Africa.
- Good communication and personnel management skills.
- Fluency in French and/or Portuguese is an advantage
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to The Carter Center on a flexible weekly schedule based upon business needs. Schedule is based on agreed upon guidelines. All non-exempt employees must reside within the state of Georgia. The Carter Center reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee