PMA2020 is seeking a full-time Senior Research Assistant to support computer programming and data management activities across several project countries and in Baltimore. The Senior Research Assistant will carry out programming and management of mobile phone-based survey forms using Open Data Kit (ODK). He/ she will clean data for public release and maintain tools for users of public PMA2020 datasets. The Senior Research Assistant will be tasked with improving the efficiency of PMA2020 data collection and processing systems.
Specific tasks for which the Senior Research Assistant will be responsible include:
Mobile survey form development – on-the-job training in the Xls form syntax will be provided.
Assistance maintaining form version control across countries, and coordination of rolling out new form versions as needed.
Developing and updating cleaning do files in Stata.
Cleaning and checking data for public release.
Maintaining and improving data user tools released with public datasets.
Improving efficiency of data processing systems including creating version control systems of PMA2020 files, standardizing variable naming, and automating data cleaning.
Assisting with analysis for reports, data briefs, and auxiliary publications.
Coordinating and assisting with training of in-country partner technical staff as needed.
This position requires proficiency in computer programming, and previous work experience using statistical software for data cleaning, management, and/or analysis. Experience with a general-purpose programming language and STATA are required. Experience with ODK a plus. Bachelor’s degree required. Proficiency in French or other project country languages a plus. Demonstrated excellence in computer science, mathematical sciences, and/or data management and analysis required.
The Senior Research Assistant will report to PMA2020’s Senior Programmer Analyst and will also assist with additional data management and technical support needs that arise throughout the life of the project.