Data Scientist, Health Programs

  • The Carter Center
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Jun 17, 2022
Full-time Analytics Azure Big Data Data Analysis Data Collection Data Management Data Science Data Visualization Python R

Job Description


The Carter Center is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization founded in 1982 in Atlanta, GA, by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University. The Center has helped to improve millions of lives in more than 80 countries by waging peace, fighting disease, and building hope. The Carter Center is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.

 The Carter Center collaborates with other organizations, public or private, in carrying out its mission around the world. Current information about the Center’s many programs and activities are available at The Carter Center.


 A leader in the eradication and elimination of diseases, the Center fights six preventable diseases — Guinea worm, river blindness, trachoma, schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis, and malaria in Hispaniola — by using health education and simple, low-cost methods. The Center also strives to improve maternal and child health in Sudan and Nigeria and improve access to mental health care globally. These efforts have brought to resource-limited countries better disease surveillance and health care delivery systems. Because communities often are burdened by several diseases, the Center also is pioneering new public health approaches to efficiently and effectively treat multiple diseases at once.

 In all our work, an emphasis is placed on building partnerships for change among international agencies, governments, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, national ministries of health, and most of all, with people at the grass roots. We help people acquire the tools, knowledge, and resources they need to transform their own lives, building a more peaceful and healthier world for us all.


The Data Scientist provides overall technical leadership and guidance to support the effective use of data across Health Programs  activities. He/she leads a Team of data analysts and data management staff to meet Health program’s needs. The Data Scientist provides  strategic direction and guidance to facilitate the collection, management, analysis and visualization of data; provides training for Health program staff on key concepts, methods, and technology tools; identifies opportunities for cross-programmatic learning and knowledge  sharing within Health and across the institute; establishes and maintains relationships with external partners and consultants to support project design and implementation; and liaises with IT and Health program staff to ensure projects are implemented in accordance with Carter Center policies and procedures and relevant laws and regulations.


  • Develops and guides implementation of data and digital strategies for programs.
  • Serves as lead data expert to facilitate knowledge sharing and the creation of a community of practices across program areas.
  • As needed, works directly with data scientists, engineers, programmers, and IT support to facilitate project implementation.
  • In partnership with IT, provides training and guidance to staff and consultants on data collection, data management, analysis and visualization strategies, tools and techniques. Employs excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to discuss technical matters clearly and effectively with people who do not have a technical background.
  • Provides technical leadership to facilitate design, implementation, and oversight of projects with consideration to sustainability, maintenance, and reproducibility of code, tools and models.
  • Provides leadership, guidance and statistical support to data analysts hired or contracted to implement and manage projects on an as-needed basis.
  • In coordination with program staff, may manage data analyst(s) and provide feedback on performance.
  • Coordinates with IT and Data Governance committees to facilitate development and management of data literacy materials and data governance policies and procedures.
  • Ensures program activities are designed and implemented in compliance with relevant data protection and privacy laws and ethical considerations.
  • Maintains professional growth and development of self and staff by identifying educational/training programs, professional organizations, activities, and resources to maintain knowledge of national trends and to promote leading edge expertise.
  • Participates in relevant technical and NGO organizations.
  • Establishes and maintains strategic relationships with external partner organizations and consultants to support development and implementation of project activities.
  • International travel will be required.
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • Knowledge about global health programs, preferably Neglected Tropical Diseases and programmatic activities to control them and
    improve global mental health.
  • Proficiency in coding languages (e.g., R, Python, and TSQL/ postgrSQL).
  • Experience applying spatial statistical methods, image processing methods, and machine learning tools and techniques.
  • Experience with APIs, business intelligence, and data visualization tools (experience WebGIS, RShiny, and/or Microsoft Power BI highly preferred).
  • Experience with Microsoft Azure Cloud environment and services.
  • Familiarity with data protection and privacy, data ethics, and data governance issues.
  • Strong, demonstrated skills in writing and presentation of findings and analyses.
  • Experience working with large structured and unstructured datasets.


  • A master's degree in data science, statistics, analytics or related areas, and ten years of related experience, OR an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
  • Prior experience serving as subject matter expert to provide the strategic direction for the programs approach to analyzing and managing its data.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic, with intent to return to an Emory University location in the future.  Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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