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GIS Research Assistant (Job Number: 1700000625)

Job Description:
ICF has an opening for a GIS Research Assistant working primarily with The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) Program. The DHS program is a US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project that supports the collection of demographic and health data through nationally representative population and facility-based surveys in low and middle income countries.
The GIS Research Assistant is expected to work as part of the team responsible for managing GPS data and geographic databases within the DHS Program. Tasks will include data cleaning and validation; geodatabase management and creation; map creation for reports and online tools; creation of webmaps through ArcGIS online and other tools; and basic spatial analysis. The GIS Research Assistant would also be involved in other projects within the International Health and Development Division at ICF. The GIS Research Assistant will report directly to the Senior Geospatial Advisor and will work closely with the other members of the Geospatial team. Some domestic or international travel (<10%) is possible. The full-time position is based in Rockville, MD (in the Washington, DC metro area).

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working with survey managers, data processing specialists, and in-country organizations in the validation and processing of GPS data
  • Updating and maintaining offline/online GPS/GIS datasets
  • Preparing GIS data for use in web mapping applications
  • Preparing maps for publication and presentations
  • Using and creating as needed automated scripts in python for streamlining workflows in ArcGIS
  • Maintain enterprise GIS servers (ArcGIS Server) and assets.

Basic Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in geography or related field with relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency with ArcGIS 10.x and ArcGIS Server
  • Demonstrated proficiency in GIS applications including web applications, ArcGIS Online, and Esri Story Maps
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Python scripting and/or ArcPy programming for GIS

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • 1+ year professional experience working with GIS software preferred
  • Experience with raster data analysis and processing or other types of spatial analysis
  • Experience with Illustrator or other design software for finalizing maps for publication
  • Experience using APIs for data analysis and visualization, including ArcGIS API for JavaScript
  • Knowledge of cartographic and front-end web design concepts including HTML/CSS or JavaScript
  • Knowledge of basic statistics and statistical software such as Stata, SPSS, SAS,  or R Statistics
  • Knowledge of GIS applications as it relates to health and population data
  • Experience working or studying overseas in a developing country setting
  • French language skills are a plus

Professional Skills:

  • Ability to work independently and manage projects on a daily basis with minimal supervision
    Attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in cross-cultural situations and developing country environments
  • Ability to work effectively with other project staff, USAID, other donors and international organizations
  • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)

ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce. ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

To apply visit the ICF Career Center and search for Job Number 1700000625

Data Analyst (Job Number: 1600004336)

Job Description:
The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program housed at ICF, is seeking to hire a Research Associate to work on analytical studies on demographic and health issues in developing countries. As part of The DHS Program research team, the successful researcher will work with peers to systematic literature reviews and data analysis to produce multi-country reports and publishable papers. The researcher will also provide training and analytical assistance to collaborators from developing countries. The position is based at The DHS Program at ICF in Rockville, Maryland, USA.
Key Responsibilities:

  • Duties include conducting analyses of large survey data sets using statistical software packages.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant social science or public health field (demography, behavioral sciences, epidemiology/biostatistics, international health).
  • Familiarity with population and health issues in developing countries.
  • Experience with analysis of large survey data sets, systematic reviews of literature, multivariate statistical methods, and major statistical software, preferably STATA.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent communication, training, and presentation skills. Experience conducting workshops a plus.
  • 5+ years work experience in a relevant field preferred.
  • Experience working in a team environment with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • French fluency is strongly preferred.

The researcher may be required to travel to developing countries as needed (up to 15% of time).
ICF offers an excellent benefits package, an award winning talent development program, and fosters a highly skilled, energized and empowered workforce.  ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels.  (EEO/AA – Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities)

To apply, visit ICF Career Center at www.icf.com/careers and search for Job Number 1600004336.

Senior Medical Officer

General Description:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Serve as key member of The DHS Program's senior management team, reporting directly to the DHS Project Director.
  • Provide leadership, vision, and technical direction for The DHS Program's health portfolio, including technical and quality control assurance for the collection of biomarkers and laboratory testing.
  • Prepare and manage health-related components of the annual project workplan to USAID.
  • Represent The DHS Program in national and international health meetings and in meetings with USAID, other donor organizations, and the World Health Organization.
  • Lead the DHS Service Provision Assessment (SPA) Program, including maintenance and updating of the program's approach, questionnaires, and tabulations in response to emerging needs.
  • Oversee the implementation of DHS SPA surveys and provide direct support to specific surveys as required from finalization of the survey design to presentation of survey findings.
  • Supervise the work of the DHS biomarker team.
  • Prepare country budgets and subcontracts for DHS and SPA surveys, as needed.
  • Liaise with the DHS Senior Advisor for Analysis on health-related analytical publications.
  • Liaise with the DHS Senior Advisor for Communication on disseminating SPA data and promoting SPA surveys and other health content of The DHS Program to the international public health community.
  • International travel approximately 25-30% time to countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America and the Caribbean.


  • Medical degree.
  • Expertise in developing country health issues including reproductive health, non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS and/or malaria.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in assisting developing countries to identify and meet health program monitoring and evaluation needs.
  • Field experience in implementing population and/or facility surveys in developing countries.
  • Background in working with USAID, other bilateral donors, or international agencies.
  • Excellent English writing and speaking skills.
  • Fluency in spoken and written French strongly desired.
  • Able to travel internationally, as needed.

NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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To apply, please visit Johns Hopkins Careers and search for Requisition# 309517

Laboratory and Biomarker Specialist (Job Number: 1600003810)

Job Description

Through a contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), ICF Macro, an ICF Company, implements The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program. The DHS Program assists developing countries to implement surveys that collect information on fertility, mortality, maternal and child health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and nutrition, and also helps to conduct biomarker testing in the household and in laboratories. The DHS program employs public health experts, demographers, sampling statisticians, data processing specialists, among others, as well as biomarker and laboratory experts. Please review the DHS program website at http://www.dhsprogram.com to learn more about The DHS program and the measurement of biomarkers in surveys.

The DHS Program seeks to fill a Laboratory and Biomarker Specialist position to support The Program's expanding biomarker portfolio. The position is based in our Metro-accessible office in Rockville, MD.

Key Responsibilities:

The Laboratory and Biomarker specialist will be responsible for providing technical guidance to The DHS Program on the measurement of biomarkers in population-based surveys together with the other DHS biomarker and laboratory team members and for the management of biomarker measurement in individual surveys. Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Training of field staff on data collection tools, blood and other sample collection procedures; preparation of blood smears for malaria microscopy; monitoring and supervision of field work; preparation of manuals, SOPs and other training documents
  • Training of field staff on the use and application of rapid diagnostic  tests and point-of-care devices for the measurement of anemia, HIV, malaria, syphilis and other diseases
  • Conducting assessments of host country laboratories to determine the labs’ capacity to carry out biomarker testing for the DHS project
  • Training and supervision of in-country laboratories to conduct testing to support data collection in population-based surveys. Testing will include but is not limited to anemia, HIV, malaria, micronutrient deficiencies, syphilis and water quality.
  • Participating in other DHS project activities, e.g., assisting in developing questionnaires and modules, conducting further analysis studies, preparing/revising core manuals, preparing/reviewing biomarker sections of DHS reports, making presentations to USAID and other stakeholders and researching new and emerging areas for biomarker measurement as needed

The laboratory and biomarker specialist position requires approximately 25-30% travel to countries in Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. It is expected that the biomarker specialist will demonstrate a high level of flexibility in performing the responsibilities of the position.


Required Qualifications:

  • A master's degree in a biomedical science.
  • 8-10 years of experience, including at least 3-5 years of laboratory experience conducting assays for the diagnosis of HIV and other infectious diseases.

Required Skills

  • In depth knowledge and practical experience performing enzyme immunoassays.
  • Working knowledge of the preparation, staining and examination of blood films for the detection of malaria parasites
  • Familiarity with assays for estimating the prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies.
  • Familiarity with basic molecular techniques.
  • Experience with viral load testing and other nucleic acid tests
  • Experience or knowledge of CD4 enumeration using point-of-care testing and FACS assay
  • Experience working with developing country institutions
  • Experience performing Quality Assurance measures in all phases of biomedical testing
  • Experience writing short technical reports
  • Ability to write clear and concise summaries of reports for internal and external audiences
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Fluency in English required. Fluency in French, Spanish or Portuguese is preferred

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels.(EEO/AA – Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities)

Primary Location
United States-Maryland-Rockville

To apply, please visit the ICF Career Opportunities and search for job number 1600003810.