Costing and Finance Program Analyst

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Date Posted: 11-06-2017
Costing and Finance Program Analyst 

U.S. Department of State - Washington, D.C.
 Security Requirement:  Active Public Trust
 
Introduction:
 
Under the direction of the Deputy Coordinator for Program Results and Impact Monitoring for Epidemic Control  the incumbent serves as a Costing and Finance Program Analyst in the Program Results and Impact Monitoring Epidemic Control unit of the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy. The unit  is responsible for leading, coordinating, and managing the collection and analysis of several data streams for the purpose of monitoring progress on epidemic control. Collectively, the data streams of interest include program monitoring data, epidemiologic data, surveillance data, evaluation findings, quality data, cost data and expenditure data. Program Results and Impact Monitoring for Epidemic Control also leads the advancement of health information systems. The unit serves as a policy and programmatic resource for a variety of issues relevant to the success of country programs to use strategic information to inform and improve programs. This requires success fully liaising across teams and units within DOS including the Country Oversight and Accountability and Budget Development and Execution teams, as well as across U.S. government agencies , countries, and multilateral partners.
 
The incumbent will work on the Program Efficiency Team and will coordinate data stream collection and analyses related to costing, budgeting, and financing of PEPFAR program implementation. Tasks are targeted on ensuring efficient and sustainable
implementation of PEPFAR's HIV/AIDS interventions in order to deliver an AlDS-free generation in a manner that is transparent, accountable, and impactful. The incumbent serves as a Costing and Finance Program Analyst and a technical resource to the Team Lead, Deputy Coordinator for Program Results and Impact Monitoring for Epidemic Control, and to other staff. Strong coordination and analytic skills are required.
 
Major Duties and Responsibilities
 
  • Analyze the design and oversight of costing, budgeting, and financing HIV/AIDS interventions associated with the implementation of PEPFAR. These activities occur in support of the development, review, approval, and oversight of the annual interagency strategies and budgets for the PEPFAR country and  regional programs.
  • Work to ensure accurate and timely funding decisions.
  • Provide accurate and timely data to inform funding decisions, including through reports and analysis for both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Assist with the development, approval, implementation and reporting on operational and strategic plans for PEPFAR countries and regional  HIV/ AIDS   programs.
  • Provide input into strategic initiatives and decision making related to budget for costing of HIV/AIDS  interventions.
  • Work toward becoming a subject-matter-expert on HIV financing and HIV program costing related issues.
  • Serve as a Costing and Finance Program Analyst to a portfolio of designated PEPFAR countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America/Caribbean Region (exact number of designated countries may vary).
  • Work effectively with PEPFAR Strategic Information Advisors, Expenditure Analysis Advisors, and Country Leads to analyze program expenditure data and link with epidemiology and program coverage goals for HIV/AIDS services.
  • Assist in the formulation, review and oversight of country budgets for PEPFAR implementation. Work closely with assigned countries to ensure quality and integrity of data used to report on progress toward achieving epidemic control and provide accountability for PEPFAR resources.
  • Support processes for quarterly and annual reporting and budgeting from assigned countries;  help to manage associated review processes of budgeting, financing, and expenditure following submissions.
  • Provide technical advice to S/GAC staff and technical working groups on health economic activities and participate in the annual planning for development of the PEPFAR Headquarters Operational Plan.
  • Analyze HIV-related economic and budget data to inform PEPFAR programmatic and policy decisions.
  • Identify and consolidate multiple data streams such as expenditure analysis, historical budgets, contractual outlays, price and quality reporting, published unit costs, national health expenditure accounts, and meta country data on financial and economic indicators.
  • Provide technical assistance to PEPFAR country teams and technical working groups in the assessment, design, and implementation of HIV-related economic evaluations and cost analyses.
  • Support the interagency Collaborative for Program Improvement (ICPI) based at S/GAC with costing, budgeting, financing, forecasting, and expenditure analyses.
  • Prepare administration, budgeting, forecasting, resource tracking, and analysis tools; assist with global and/or regional coordination of HIV-related economic activities as required.
  • Aid in assuring the accountability, transparency, and efficiency of PEPFAR programs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 
The information below provides more details on desired skills and experience and specific application to the position.
 
  • Knowledge and technical ability in costing and budgeting of health interventions.  Incumbent will provide informed opinions on developing policy, appraising programs, coordinating activities, and overseeing the development of guidelines for activities. Incumbent needs to have the ability to review the cost, budget, financing, and strategic information and analysis associated with incoming funding requests.
 
  • Knowledge of public health, epidemiology, economics and statistics in order to design, conduct, and analyze studies and processes to improve efficiency of the implementation of the PEPFAR program and/or similar U.S. foreign policy programs. Incumbent needs to have knowledge how to apply a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods (e.g., survey design) in order to develop processes and measurable indicators for maintaining, improving, and assessing program effectiveness. Familiarity with data analytics, costing, and public health indicators is required. Professional knowledge of state of the art costing, health financing, and economic evaluation practices is preferred.
  • Ability to conduct economic analysis methods such as categorizing and allocating expenditures, in addition to calculating unit expenditures is required. Ability to conduct data analysis and be a proficient user of data systems (e.g., Excel), business intelligence dashboards, and data analysis packages (e.g., STATA, SAS) is preferred. 
 
  • Ability to translate data analytics in a way that increases understanding and use of data to inform decision making . Ability to help analyze and interpret the economic impact of proposed health policies, programs, and budgets for PEPFAR is required.  Professional knowledge about efficiency improvements undertaken with HIV interventions, including changing service delivery models and guidelines is preferred.
 
Ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams
 
  • Incumbent needs to have the ability to analyze data, communicate clearly with internal and external contacts, and provide assistance and consultation to others. Ability to work effectively as part of a team, to interact collaboratively across our units, field and program staff. Incumbent will work in concert with the PEPFAR country team(s) and a multidisciplinary and interagency headquarters teams, including Country Leads, Strategic Information Advisors, Budget Advisors, and others to ensure that program and epidemiologic data are analyzed and used in conjunction with planned budget, expenditures, geopolitical and other contextual country data. Incumbent must have solid coordination and organizational skills, including the ability to manage and respond to multiple requests and priorities in a timely manner with limited supervision. Ability to exercise discretion, professionalism, and  judgment in liaising with PEPFAR staff, U.S. Embassy staff, and other entities is required. Ability to accomplish organizational objectives through planning, organizing , setting work priorities, managing and adjusting workflow. Capacity to work independently and as part of a team.
 
  • Ensures data are available and can be interpreted for programmatic impact. As appropriate, provides advice and assistance to national and multilateral partners to support coordinated and harmonized efforts in international and country-specific contexts.  Ideal candidate will be able to use technical knowledge to engage in data diplomacy activities such as negotiating with Ministry of Health and other stakeholders.
 
Strong oral and written communication skills
 
Based on comprehensive knowledge and ongoing data analysis of the overall country contexts, the different HIV/AIDS country situations, in-country HIV programs and the PEPFAR program, the incumbent provides advice and recommendations on issues regarding country programs and teams. Uses clear and concise language in drafting technical guidance documents (e.g., indicator guidance), policies, standard operating procedures, and responding to written inquiries.
 
Qualifications
 
                Masters with at least 5 years of relevant experience - or - Bachelors with 10 years of relevant experience

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