Career Opportunities

Muso’s mission is to eliminate preventable deaths rooted in poverty. We build health systems to save lives by reaching patients faster, within hours of the moment they become sick. We’ve spent the past decade iterating on our innovative proactive care model, preparing it for scale. To our knowledge, the communities we serve have achieved the lowest child mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa.

Now, we’re expanding to serve nearly 300,000 people across nine sites in Mali, while sharing our research with Ministries of Health and international decision makers. The World Bank, the UN MDG Health Alliance, and USAID have all featured Muso’s work as a global best practice.

To take on the enormous injustices of six million child deaths every year and more than 400 million people living without basic health care, Muso is growing exponentially. See below for opportunities to join our team.
Muso is working toward ending poverty as a cause of death. We build health systems to save lives by reaching patients faster, within hours of the moment they become sick. We’ve spent the past decade designing, building, and developing on our model of proactive care, preparing it for scale. To our knowledge, the communities we serve have achieved the lowest child mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa.

Now, we’re expanding to serve nearly 300,000 people across nine sites in Mali. We are embedding several large-scale research studies into this expansion, in partnership with investigators at the University of Bamako, University of California San Francisco, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Malian Ministry of Health, and the Malaria Research and Training Center. We’ve designed this research to accelerate global efforts for universal health care and child survival—to directly inform national health policy decisions in Mali and globally. The World Bank, the UN MDG Health Alliance, and USAID have all featured Muso’s work as a global best practice. Learn more about our work at www.musohealth.org.

At this crucial stage, the Data Scientist will support Muso to develop, roll-out, coordinate, and continually improve its systems for managing, organizing, and using data. She or he will design and develop Muso’s database system, bringing together data from millions of home and clinic patient visits and tens of thousands of research study participants. The Data Scientist will be an important leader on the Muso team, helping to improve healthcare for hundreds of thousands of people, save lives in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, and shape better healthcare policy for millions of people.

Check out www.musohealth.org for more on Muso’s work and research.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Data Scientist will be responsible for establishing and managing a database system that will centralize, organize, and deploy all of Muso’s programmatic and research data. She or he will lead the process of designing and creating Muso’s central database system, organize all of the organization’s data within it, and create systems for inputting, cleaning, sharing, analyzing, and using this data. She or he will also play an important capacity building role, training members of Muso’s Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation team in data management, data cleaning, and analysis.

1. Designing and creating database systems

  • Muso is currently in the process of designing its database system, with the support of an external consultant. The Data Scientist will complete the process of database system design in close collaboration with the team.
  • Lead the process of creating and rolling out the new database system.
  • Determine how Muso’s database systems can enable the team use data more effectively, to improve access to care and save more lives.
  • Create data cleaning protocols and scripts for programmatic and research data.
  • Build and improve queries to support program monitoring and evaluation and reporting to partners.
  • Train team members in the use of the database system for data input, cleaning, queries, and analysis.

  • 2. Managing database

  • Supervise data clerks and data entry teams to coordinate the input of data and to assure a high level of data quality.
  • Create strategies, procedures, and algorithms for cleaning data, automating data cleaning when possible to assure high quality of programmatic and research data.
  • Design, organize, and manage the pathways for Community Health Workers, clinic staff, and surveyors to enter data in real-time data at point of care entry via smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
  • Collaborate with Medic Mobile and other partners to link database systems to analytics platforms, providing real-time feedback loops to improve healthcare for our patients.
  • Put in place systems for ensuring that pertinent team members from different departments can access the data they need for for analysis and reporting.
  • Be meticulous about documentation and organization, responsible for codebooks.

  • 3. Training and Capacity Building

  • Train key members of the team in SQL, data cleaning, and database management.
  • Collaborate with internal and external research collaborators, on data analysis for research studies.
  • Collaborate with partnerships and policy team to analyze data and drive evidence-based policy change.
  • Collaborate with program and training teams on data analysis to drive program improvement.


  • QUALIFICATIONS
  • Commitment to social justice and global health equity
  • Excellent listener and communicator
  • Integrity and honesty
  • Proactive communicator, adept at coordinating and collaborating closely with multiple team members and partners.
  • Ability to communicate with humility and sensitivity with partners and colleagues
  • Strong team spirit
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to thrive in a multicultural work context
  • French language skills preferred
  • Ability to thrive in an ambitious deadline-driven environment and deliver on commitments on time
  • Available to travel as needed (anticipate 2 – 4 trips to Mali per year)


  • TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS
  • Experience in designing, creating, and managing databases
  • Experience with relational databases, such as Postgres, MySQL, Redshift, or BigQuery
  • Experience working in or with research teams
  • Proficiency in SQL
  • Deep knowledge of principles and techniques of data management and data cleaning
  • Mastery of database management software platforms and tools
  • Person with statistical familiarity preferred
  • Knowledge of data security and protection of privacy for patient data and per ethical human subjects research guidelines
  • Ability to create protocols for regular data QA
  • Work with front-end data entry interfaces to assure back-end capabilities
  • Experience with ODK a plus
  • Knowledge of statistical programming languages is a plus, particularly Stata. R and SAS also helpful.


  • COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

    In addition to the position salary (DOE), health benefits are included. The position receives up to 20 days of vacation annually, and 1 sick day per month based on the date of hire. The position also includes support for professional development opportunities. Muso is an equal opportunity employer.

    To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to ajohnson@musohealth.org . The application process is rolling, and so we recommend you apply as early as you are able.

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