Data Specialist


Job Description

Purpose of the Post: To provide technical assistance to the Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) in Pakistan by supporting data management and data analysis activities in the Programme. The Pakistan PEI is a world leader in data management and database development. It is recognized for its wealth of information and ability to integrate the vast amounts of information required to guide the country programme’s strategy. In order to maintain this complex system and respond to the dynamic requirements of the programme, additional support to the data management team is required.

Overview of the Programme: The continued transmission of poliovirus in Pakistan is a national emergency. Pakistan is one of two (with Afghanistan) last remaining reservoir of endemic poliovirus transmission in the World. Recently the Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) Programme has made tremendous progress by reaching and vaccinating persistently missed children and detecting and responding rapidly to the presence of the poliovirus whenever and wherever it is identified. The programme aims to achieve cessation of transmission of Poliovirus from Pakistan by the end of year 2023 through routine and supplementary immunization and high-quality AFP surveillance system. In addition, to reduce morbidity of other EPI target diseases.

Organizational Context: Under the direct supervision of the Technical Officer (Data) and the overall supervision of the Risk Assessment and Decision Support Lead, the incumbent will undertake the following duties:

1. Ensure quality data collection techniques are established and educates/train responders on proper data collection processes.

2. Develop and/or update database and training manuals; activities tracker and implementing the tools to ensure the quality and security of data.

3. Develop need base template/formats, ODK Questionnaires for survey and support RADS and other units.

4. Provides support to the provincial offices and other program units in term of data provision, data management, data integrity, analysis and follow-up on data issues/discrepancies, as well as conducting trainings and refresher courses for relevant staff.

5. Perform regular data checks for quality and data integrity and ensures data system are operational.

6. Continuous coordination with provincial focal point for data cleaning and data consistency and provides feedback to the provinces for necessary actions.

7. Preparing/circulation and reviewing of urgent pending AFP Cases list with National EOC and surveillance cell.

8. In-depth/deep-dive statistical analysis and data triangulation to help the Program in monitoring its progress, including performance related to AFP surveillance, SIAs, Monitoring, resource planning and finance, prepare reports/presentations in term of trend analysis, and manage geospatial database for developing maps using GIS applications.

9. Supporting and providing the periodic updates/analysis for Surveillance data to different units including PEI Synergy, RRU, Surveillance cell, National EOC, RRL and WHO Provincial offices.

10. Supporting the Provincial Data Assistants in getting clean data, troubleshooting, Analysis and managing eIFA related tasks.

11. Acquiring data from primary or secondary data sources and maintain database/Interpret data to analyze results using statistical techniques and provide ongoing reports

12.Support supervisor in preparing reports/ analysis for National Surveillance Cell, Regional Office and National EOC that effectively communicate trends, patterns, and predictions using relevant data.

13.Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor in accordance with the objectives and deliverables of the Risk Assessment and Decision Support Unit



Professional Skills and Experience


Educational Requirements

  • Strong data cleaning, Data management, data analysis and producing smart results skills
  • Strong capacity building skills and a quick learner
  • Knowing and managing oneself
  • Acts proactively and stimulates action as needed; handles problems effectively and constructively
  • Demonstrates engagement and ensures own skills and knowledge are continuously updated.
  • Works collaboratively with team members and counterparts to achieve results; encourages cooperation and builds a rapport; helps others when asked; accepts joint responsibility for the team’s successes and shortcomings.
  • Manages stress positively; remains positive and productive even under pressure; does not transfer stress to others.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude in working on new projects and initiatives.
  • Quickly and effectively adapts own work approach in response to new demands and changing priorities
  • At least 1 year of relevant experience in pertinent field.
  • Practical experience working with a UN agency and/or International Organizations will be preferred
  • Use of ARC/QGIS for Mapping
  • Use of R-Studio, Tableau and Power-Bi for data analysis and data presentation
  • Strong expertise in MS office applications
  • Good knowledge of form designing and usage of ODK
  • Good oral & writing knowledge of the English language.
  • Report writing skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, IT or related field.


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