MERLA Data Associate , Act to End NTDs East Program

RTI International

About the organization

RTI International (RTI) is both a global research institute and a leading international development organization. We combine these powerful capabilities with those of our partners to co-create smart, shared solutions for a more prosperous, equitable, and resilient world. Based in North Carolina, USA, RTI is one of the top implementing partners of projects funded through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). A commitment to making meaningful change energizes our 6,000 staff who deliver results across eight international development sectors and in more than 80 countries.



Support data management for monitoring, reporting and analysis for 4-6 countries.
Review data throughout the year, with a heavy emphasis during work planning and two semi-annual reporting (SAR) periods.  Ensure regular, high-quality data collection and analysis, and timely, strategic response to reporting. 
Upload data to the in line with MERLA system and reporting requirements. 
Provide feedback to HQ staff, in-country teams and consortium partners on data quality and program performance.
Execute test plans and test cases to ensure the functionality, usability, and performance of the USAID’s NTD Database.
Document and report errors using USAID’s NTD Database, including documenting them and collaborating with the USAID NTD database development team and stakeholders to ensure timely resolution.
Collaborate with other Act | East HQ staff to support in-country teams on routine and ad hoc reporting in line with country priorities.
Correspond with in-country teams to gather information about redistricting; incorporate redistricting events into USAID’s NTD Information System (NIS).   
Provide high-level quality control checks on country data for program work plan, SAR, and ad hoc requests.
Train HQ and in-country staff on the USAID’s NTD Database.
Support Act | East colleagues in responding to immediate requests for data from program leadership.
Work with a team of subject matter experts to carry out moderate to advanced data manipulation and analysis in support of ongoing programmatic efforts.
Contribute to and maintain data dictionaries and other data documentation.
Support on-going efforts to implement automated quality control and data reviews using SQL and SAS (missing or invalid data, acceptable thresholds, logical checks).
Provide additional ad hoc data management and reporting support based on program needs.


Bachelor’s degree and 1 year of work experience or master’s degree and some years of experience in Public Health, Health Sciences, Computer Science, Biostatistics, Data Science, or related field.
Experience with quantitative data collection, analysis, visualization, use and reporting.
Proficiency in advanced Excel functions, including VLOOKUP, INDEX-MATCH, SUMIFS, COUNTIFS, and Pivot Tables.
Preferred Qualifications:

Experience using or developing in DHIS2
Familiarity with statistical analysis software, such as MySQL, SAS, R, Python
Experience with NTD data
Experience developing and implementing Excel macros to automate repetitive tasks and streamline workflows



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