Measurement and Data Advisor

  • FHI 360
  • Hybrid (Washington D.C., DC, USA)
  • Jan 31, 2023
Full-time Analytics Data Analysis Data Science Machine Learning Program Management Project Management Quality Assurance (QA) Strategy

Job Description

FHI 360 staff working in the United States are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, regardless of the type of project or client they serve, or of their employment status (full/part-time, remote, telework, or in-office), unless an accommodation applies.  FHI 360 complies with federal, state, and local laws with regard to accommodations related to this policy. Full vaccination is currently defined as two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Booster doses are not required at this time. 

In November 2022, FHI 360 launched its organizational strategy for the period FY2023-25. As explained in the strategy, the Strategy and Innovation Office (SIO) will support the implementation of the strategy by developing organization-level metrics and milestones for tracking performance and impact and advising on data selection and collection to calculate those metrics. These metrics will allow FHI 360 to align across the organization for new opportunities, research questions and learning agendas. The Evidence Unit in the SIO will house the social impact reporting system and will explore adaptations to that data collection to serve the new strategy. The Evidence Unit will also assist in coordinating data policies, practices and systems across the organization. These central measurement and data functions will build on project-level monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) successes and strengthen collaboration and coordination across FHI 360.

The SIO seeks a Measurement and Data Advisor to lead these activities, working closely with the Head of Strategy, other members of the SIO, and collaborating across the organization.

The Measurement and Data Advisor will combine intellectual creativity with expertise in the science of measurement to identify and develop indicators for demonstrating and measuring organizational performance and impact. The ideal indicators will be meaningful to many audiences, both internal and external, while also providing useful information to the FHI 360 teams whose work is measured. We seek indicators that can be aggregated across projects without being vanity metrics. The Measurement and Data Advisor will also have expertise in data analytics and data systems and, ideally, training and experience in data science and machine learning to help FHI 360 employ multiple data sources in measuring our impact.

The Measurement and Data Advisor will also support other Evidence Unit functions, including internal evaluation and promotion of evidence use and innovation across FHI 360s pillars of programs, research and advocacy.

This is a hybrid position based in Washington DC or Durham, NC with periodic in-person meetings required. Please include a cover letter with your application.


Technical Requirements

  • Works on problems of complex scope that require evaluation of variable factors.

  • Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining solutions, with little supervision.

  • Networks with key internal and external personnel.

  • Provides input to senior technical leadership on measurement and data systems.

  • May interpret findings and make recommendations for improvements.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Program Design and Implementation

  • Leads the creation of measurement and data frameworks and processes within the given resource and financial constraints.

  • Oversees all day-to-day technical and operational activities for measurement and data in the Evidence Unit of the SIO.

  • Coordinates with technical and programmatic staff members to ensure coordination and implementation of organizational-level measurement and reporting activities.

  • Provides broad global technical leadership for multiple moderate to complex activities.

  • Defines and develops solutions for business or functional challenges to strategy monitoring and support.

  • Contributes to planning and making recommendations for Evidence Unit functions.

  • Influences design and scope of initiatives and programs.

  • Develops strategies and tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components.

  • Ensures technical implementation is consistent with best practices in the industry.

Business Development and Client/Funder Support

  • Supports proposals with metrics and data on organizational impact.

  • May advise on MEL plans, as requested.

Staff Leadership and Training

  • May supervise team members, monitor performance, and lead professional development efforts.

  • Develops and implements training and competency systems.

  • Identifies strategies to address training gaps.

Quality Assurance

  • Ensures technical deliverables and implementation are consistent with best practices in the industry and meet organizational needs, including needs of leadership and the Board of Directors.

  • Proactively identifies risks or challenges to technical deliverables and creates mitigation plan.

  • Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates the effectiveness of activities and deliverables and makes recommendations for enhancements.

  • Ensures the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels.

Applied Knowledge & Skills

  • Ability to manage projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.

  • In-depth functional knowledge around specialization and detailed knowledge of related areas in the organization.

  • General understanding of the external environment and how it affects the industry in general and the organization, including political, legal, environmental, financial, and social influences.

  • General understanding of the organization’s structure, policies and practices, and the impact on one’s own area.

  • Strong diagnostic, analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to exchange information, present recommendations and collaborate with colleagues and peers within the organization and possibly externally.

  • Ability to influence others of the benefits and importance of an idea or plan of action and to gain their support or commitment.

  • Strong negotiation skills and ability to reach mutual points of agreement and benefit among peers and colleagues.


  • Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in social sciences, data science or other relevant field.


  • 12+ years of relevant experience in measurement and data systems, including experience with organizational metrics and databases.

  • Documented participation on normative bodies or committees that define guidelines relevant to the specific technical area.

  • Relevant publications, presentations, reports, and manual/tool development.

  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private organization.

  • International development or overseas experience.

  • Familiarity with project MEL requirements and practices.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.

  • Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.

  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to lift/move up to 5 lbs.

Technology to be Used

  • Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), applicable programming and data analysis software, cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.

Travel Requirements

  • 10% - 15%

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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