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Biostatistician Consultant
Title:Biostatistician Consultant
Job Location:Remote

Location of work: Remote
Time Period: September 2019 – September 2020
Amount of Time: Approximately 12 months (15 days total time)
Deadline: September 12th, 2019

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is a non-profit research organization dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls and the promotion of gender equality. ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity, and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs. ICRW has its headquarters in Washington, DC, with regional offices in New Delhi, India and Kampala, Uganda.

Project Description

This consultancy supports ICRW’s mixed method baseline and endline evaluation for the (re)solve project, which is funded by the Gates Foundation. ICRW is working in coordination with Pathfinder, ideas42 and Camber Collective for this project. Pathfinder is the prime grant recipient and is responsible for implementing (re)solve in Burkina Faso. ICRW is the research, monitoring and evaluation partner.

The (re)solve project is taking place in three countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Bangladesh. Using a combination of market segmentation and behavioral design, the (re)solve consortium has developed different solutions to remove barriers to modern contraceptive uptake for key populations in each country and increase intention to use contraceptives for women and girls who are not using contraceptives and do not want to become pregnant.

ICRW is leading the evaluation of the (re)solve solutions in the three countries. All three evaluations are longitudinal cohort cluster designs with baseline, midline and endline quantitative data collection points. The primary outcomes of interest relate to intention to use contraception and pregnancy risk. A major scope of the evaluation work is developing and testing new measures of intention to use contraception.

ICRW seeks a contractor to develop the data analysis plan for each country, draft Stata .do files to conduct the planned analyses, and review the research team’s writeup and interpretnation of the results.

Task Description and Responsibilities of Consultant:

ICRW seeks a consultant who can provide technical oversight and input into the evaluation analysis at five phases in time:

Preparation for baseline (Anticipated September – October: 5 days)

  • Review sample size calculations and assumptions.
  • Review and provide feedback on questionnaires and
  • Develop cross-country codebooks showing what questions map to given variables of interest in each country.
  • Develop analysis plans for each country, appropriate for the longitudinal, cohort, cluster randomized trial design and sufficient to answer the research questions about the impact of the intervention as well as the validity and reliability of the new intention to use contraception measurement module.

Baseline data analysis (Anticipated December – January: 3 days)

  • Develop Stata do-files for key analyses for all three countries (in collaboration with ICRW)
  • Provide oversight during interpretation and reporting of results

Midline data analysis (Anticipated February –March: 1 day)

  • Update Stata code and do-files for key analyses for all three countries (in collaboration with ICRW)
  • Provide oversight during interpretation and reporting of results

Endline data analysis (Anticipated May –June: 5 days)

  • Develop and/or update Stata code and do-files for key analyses for all three countries (in collaboration with ICRW)
  • Provide oversight during interpretation and reporting of results

During report/manuscript writing (Anticipated June-October: 1 days)

  • Review evaluation and results sections of final deliverables

Interested consultants are asked to submit a proposal that includes:

  • A technical narrative no longer than one or two pages describing how s/he will accomplish the tasks described above.
  • CV
  • Brief paragraph summaries of 3-4 examples of similar data analysis work conducted with the past few years.
  • 1-2 references that can be contacted
  • Daily rate requirement

Required Skills:

  • PhD in biostatistics or related field. Master’s degree is accepted with significant proof of statistical abilities for this term of reference.  
  • Consultants must demonstrate significant experience (at least 5 years) with statistical analysis, specifically in STATA.
  • Specific experience in analysis of longitudinal, cohort, cluster randomized trial data.
  • Experience in family planning and sexual and reproductive health topic areas preferred.

Consultant will be included as a co-author on any resulting reports and manuscripts. There is interest in this work from the Gates Foundation and further funding may result to allow for more in-depth analyses. While this cannot be guaranteed there is an opportunity for additional funding for the consultant to assist or lead these additional analyses.


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