Data Governance Advisor (GS 13 Equivalent)

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Global Health/Public Health
Regular Full-Time


The U.S. Government’s (USG) engagement to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS is a top priority worldwide. The USG response includes coordination among the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Peace Corps (PC), and other entities. This initiative is collectively known as the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). USAID has been at the forefront of the USG’s response to provide quality HIV/AIDS services to over one hundred countries to mitigate the health crisis that threatens the prosperity, stability and development of these nations.


The Bureau for Global Health’s Office of HIV/AIDS (GH/OHA) is the center of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for USAID and has primary responsibility for the Agency’s HIV/AIDS program. OHA provides strategic direction, technical leadership, and support to field programs in HIV/AIDS. It provides input to decisions concerning the strategic allocation of financial and human resources in the sector and assists in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs.


The Strategic Information, Evaluation, and Informatics Division (SIEI) within OHA, to which the Data Governance Advisor will be assigned, provides technical expertise to advance and support country-owned, sustainable strategic information systems and promotes data-driven program planning. The SIEI Division also has the primary responsibility of supporting USAID headquarters and its Missions to build capacity in managing and utilizing data to improve impact and accountability of HIV/AIDS programs.


Job Requirements

The Data Governance Advisor will be a member of the Health Informatics Branch in the Strategic Information, Evaluation and Informatics (SIEI) Division in the Office of HIV/AIDS within USAID’s Bureau for Global Health.  Broad responsibilities will include providing technical leadership and performing work in support of data governance activities related to USAID’s systems that are used to support the operational management of its Global PEPFAR programs. Areas of focus will include but not limited to data usage rights, risk management, and standards, policies and procedures for ingestion, curation, sharing, and archiving.  S/he will also work closely with the technical teams at headquarters and field-based counterparts to provide technical assistance on issues pertaining to data governance. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Develop, contextualize, socialize, and enforce data governance policies and procedures within established and emerging USAID information systems and related analytic products.
  • Provide technical leadership and assistance to HIV/AIDS projects and technical teams, at headquarters and the field, contributing to the upstream or downstream processes associated with PEPFAR and/or USAID-collected data streams.
  • Design and implement a data governance structure that enables Master Data Management (MDM) to produce data that are understood, trusted, controlled and purposeful (i.e., geopolitical boundaries, facility lists, implementing mechanism lists, indicator naming conventions, etc.).
  • Collaborate and coordinate with the USAID Office of Chief Information Officer on policies, standards, guidances, and procedures related to data management and privacy.
  • Prepares and reviews relevant content for presentations and other materials for senior staff within the Bureau for Global Health and its offices, Department of State’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), and other PEPFAR implementing agencies.
  • International and domestic travel up to 25%

 Training and Professional Development:

  • Deepen knowledge of current literature, research, policies and programmatic experiences related to the HIV response.
  • Participate in professional meetings as appropriate to the position description.
  • Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.
  • Complete and execute and Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan.


  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in computer science, public health, health informatics, other relevant discipline is required and 7 years of relevant experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience; or alternatively, must have a Bachelor’s degree in relevant field and 9 years of relevant professional experience. JD is highly desired.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience engaging with global health or international development technical disciplines (such as, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, maternal, newborn, and child health, population and reproductive health, etc.), preferably two or more.
  • Demonstrable experience in data management and governance required.
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentation communication skills. Strong negotiation and group facilitation skills; ability to move a process forward, while meeting the needs of a variety of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate complex, mission critical projects and to participate in multi-disciplinary work teams and the ability to quickly understand business processes and translate into data requirements.
  • Ability to adhere to task timelines and deliverable schedules and share concerns about deliverables, timelines, and issues with stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated Data Governance, Data Quality, or Meta-data management experience.
  • Strong teamwork, multi-stakeholder collaboration and management skills.
  • Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations, juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, problem solve in a fast-paced environment and set priorities.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residence with the ability to obtain and maintain a facility access clearance is required.



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