Data Use and Visualization Officer

Organization Name: Akros
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Eligible Citizenship: United States
Role Code: Z01-Int

Role Overview

The Data Use and Visualization Officer will be based in Lusaka and will provide implementation support to Akros projects by working with client (government and partner) staff to bolster the efficiency and capacity of in-country data systems with the goal of enabling simple data access and meaningful data learning and use. Bringing a strong understanding of the value of data, methodologies to support data uptake, the use of data feedback loops, and familiarity with various data visualization platforms, the Officer will work closely with Akros public health field officers with a broad range of technical backgrounds and will have the opportunity to learn new areas of health, education, or other sectors in order to provide the right data use frameworks. Since Akros programs constantly shift and grow, this Officer must be willing and able to independently develop flexible technical solutions that can quickly adapt and scale with little oversight.


  • Work with Akros management and directors to clearly understand client needs and identify, communicate, and build solutions that fulfill those needs
  • Develop data models to support building visualizations and dashboards
  • Scope and develop data dashboards that fulfill client needs
  • Identify and construct data feedback loops which build data interrogation and application
  • Contribute to the organization’s knowledge management and innovation, including collating and codifying technical knowledge management
  • Work with Akros management to develop new proposals and respond to grant applications
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
  • Bachelor’s degree in epidemiology, statistics, informatics, public health, or other related focus*
    • Preference: Master’s degree in epidemiology, statistics, informatics, public health, or other related focus
  • At least 2 years of relevant professional experience, ideally supporting complex data analysis, visualization, and use initiatives for health or education programs*
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis*
  • Experience with data visualization software, e.g. Tableau*
  • Self-starter who will thrive through exemplifying ownership and initiative. Candidate should be highly productive and internally motivated*
  • Demonstrated ability to work well against complex and challenging delivery schedules*
  • Strong analytical skills*
  • Knowledge of global health issues*
  • Experience translating complex data into accessible language through written and/or verbal presentations (e.g. trainings or concept notes)
  • Past experience liaising with developers and/or users of programs/technology platforms
  • Experience in informatics, especially DHIS2 database structure and Java Runtime Environments, Open Data Kit, KoboToolBox, OpenMRS, iHRIS, Frontline SMS, ArcGIS and/or open source GIS applications, and/or Commcare
  • Academic training and/or professional experience in public health, particularly malaria
  • Willingness to travel
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Self-starter who will thrive through exemplifying ownership and initiative
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment with individuals with diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to work well against complex and challenging delivery schedules
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • High level of personal integrity

About the Organization

Akros establishes data-driven and technologically appropriate systems to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged communities. We pride ourselves in our ground-level knowledge of the service delivery systems where we work, and our ability to provide novel, lasting solutions implemented in developing regions. In water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), Akros has revolutionized monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in sub-Saharan Africa by developing a village level surveillance system that captures live, real-time data and drives information back down to key stakeholders and change agents through robust feedback loops. The Akros team has also applied these same principles to develop the systems for monitoring cross-sectoral health and development programs at the community level.

Role Function: Data Analysis / Statistics, Database Management, Monitoring and Evaluation / Quality Improvement
Issue Area: Health System Strengthening, Technology for Health

Stipend, Benefits, and Logistics

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