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Job Title: ORISE Participants to Support Program Evaluation Mission
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Organization: U.S. Army Public Health Center, U.S. Army Medical Command
Posted: 10/4/2018
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Public Health - General
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 2
Location: Aberdeen Proving Ground – Edgewood Area,  MD    USA
Compensation:
Position Description: The Public Health Assessment Division is currently seeking full-time (40 hours per week) program evaluation support via the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) participation program. ORISE appointments target United States Citizens who have obtained degrees within the last 5 years. ORISE participants are embedded with a government mentor at the APHC, located at Aberdeen Proving Ground – Edgewood Area, Maryland. Stipends are based on participants’ education and experience. The estimated starting stipend range is $4,200 monthly for master’s level participants and $6,250 monthly for doctoral level participants; exact stipend amounts are determined based on education and years of related experience. Appointments are initially issued for one year and are renewable thereafter based on participant fit, performance, ongoing mission needs, and availability of funds for up to five total years of participation. For more information on ORISE, please visit http://orise.orau.gov/

SUMMARY OF AVAILABLE OPPORTUNITIES

• There are two available opportunities with overlapping skillsets. Overall, the potential participants should be quantitatively proficient and well versed in program evaluation, ideally with 1-2 years of professional experience.

• The potential participants must possess knowledge and skill in the evaluation of health promotion programs, communications or campaigns, policies, initiatives, or processes that are aimed at improving the public’s health.

• The potential participants must also be flexible and prepared to adapt to changing evaluation needs in the area of health promotion and prevention.

• The Evaluation and Planning of Community Health (EPOCH) Team is seeking:

- A participant with experience in management and analysis of large health- and fitness-related quantitative databases using software tools such as SAS and PROC SQL.

- The participant holding the EPOCH appointment will support work to include, but not limited to, the Army Wellness Center (AWC) evaluation and an injury prevention pilot.

• The Communication, Health Advocacy, and Systems Evaluation (CHASE) Team is seeking:

- A participant with experience in the management and analysis of quantitative data using software tools such as SAS and SPSS, and qualitative data using software tools such as NVivo.

- The participant holding the CHASE appointment will support work to include, but not limited to, the Commander's Ready and Resilient Councils (CR2C) monitoring and evaluation projects and health communication campaign evaluation.

• Knowledge, skills, and abilities specific to each team will be identified by “EPOCH” or “CHASE” below. Unless noted, other knowledge, skills, and abilities apply to both opportunities.

EXPECTED ACTIVITIES OF PARTICIPANTS

Both participants will be expected to:

Execute Public Health Assessment Division Mission via Evaluation.

• Work within a team to coordinate, plan, and execute assessments and program evaluation activities related to public health efforts in the Army. These include, but are not limited to: health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs that operate in collaboration with clinical care, public health performance improvement initiatives, organizational improvement efforts, and public health policies in the Army or military installation setting.

• Develop, write, and execute a range of supervised program evaluation plans to include needs assessments and developmental, process, and outcome evaluations using both quantitative and qualitative methodology.

• Document findings from evaluations in a variety of formats (for example, technical reports, information papers, infographics, white papers, scientific manuscripts, presentations) and to a variety of audiences (e.g., military senior leaders, scientific, and lay audiences).

• Provide program evaluation expertise in support of other colleagues, programs, APHC directorates, and external stakeholders.

• Develop tools and strategies to facilitate evidenced based public health practice in the Army.

Support the whole Army Family.

• Support the development of evidence based and evidence informed outreach and educational programs in the U.S. Army.

• Use program evaluation to identify obstacles to public health readiness in the Army and recommend evidence based strategies to overcome these obstacles.

• Build programs’ capacity for and advance knowledge of program evaluation methods and strategies among Army stakeholders.

• Effectively and respectfully engage and communicate with stakeholders throughout all projects.

• Perform other duties as assigned.

• Travel within U.S. and abroad as required (generally 5-10% annually, more or less as mission demands).

Qualifications: EDUCATION REQUIREMENT

Master or doctoral degree obtained in the last 5 years in a relevant field (public health; psychology; measurement and evaluation; epidemiology; sociology) with at least 15 hours of coursework in research methods, program evaluation, epidemiology, qualitative methods, and/or statistics.

REQUIRED Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Program Evaluation Competencies

• Familiarity with foundations of program evaluation (e.g., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health, the Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation’s program evaluation standards, the American Evaluation Association’s Guiding Principles for Evaluators).

• Knowledge of evaluation designs (e.g., non-experimental, quasi-experimental, experimental).

• Ability to engage with, listen to, and learn from a broad range of stakeholders, encouraging their meaningful participation.

• Ability to communicate to program staff and partners about evaluation concepts and methods.

• Ability to organize and summarize information clearly and concisely.

• Ability to identify limitations of one’s evaluation expertise and devise methods for acquiring additional evaluation knowledge and skills when necessary.

Data Gathering, Management, and Assimilation

• Knowledge of appropriate data analysis methods including the ability to conduct analyses using proper analytic tools for quantitative data (e.g., SAS, SPSS, R, Python).

• Experience conducting and interpreting quantitative inferential statistical analyses (e.g., repeated measures analyses, mixed-effects linear regression analyses, logistic regression analyses, hierarchical linear modeling, and building interaction terms).

• Ability to construct data files, conduct and manage data entry, create codebooks, and perform data edits/cleaning.

• Ability to create data collection tools (e.g., surveys, interview and focus group guides).

• Ability to collect data using qualitative and/or quantitative approaches such as interviews, group processes, participant observation, surveys, electronic data files, or other methods.

• Experience with synthesizing information generated through an evaluation or applied research to produce findings and recommendations that are clearly linked to the data collected.

• In addition to the above, EPOCH is seeking a participant with the:

- Ability to manage and analyze quantitative data exported from large health- and fitness-related databases using SAS and PROC SQL.

- Ability to develop queries to retrieve and merge data from multiple database tables.

• In addition to the above, CHASE is seeking a participant with the:

- Ability to analyze qualitative data using proper analytic methodologies and tools such as NVivo.

Organizational Understanding and Flexibility

• Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team to plan and conduct evaluations.

• Ability to work with stakeholders to present analyses, find common themes, and identify relevant and actionable findings from evaluations.

• Commitment to ensuring evaluation activities are conducted in a culturally competent and ethical manner.

• Ability to clearly communicate assessment and evaluation findings orally and in writing to a diverse group of stakeholders.

PREFERRED Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Program Evaluation Competencies

• Two (2) or more years with direct (non-coursework) program evaluation or applied research experience, including, but not limited to, developing logic models for complex programs, creating evaluation plans, and carrying out evaluation projects.

• Knowledge of the distinctions between evaluation and research.

• Ability to understand the context of a program and how it affects program planning, implementation, outcomes, and the evaluation.

• Experience with mixed method evaluation designs.

• Skill in developing and articulating evaluation-focused program goals and objectives and ability to use objectives to generate, revise, and prioritize evaluation questions.

• Ability to develop criteria and standards indicative of program success reflective of the values held by key evaluation stakeholders and facilitates use of findings by primary evaluation stakeholders.

Data Gathering, Management, and Assimilation

• Ability to identify and assess existing data sources for their use in program evaluation.

• Ability to train others in data collection methods and techniques.

• Skill to assess data collection tools for evidence of reliability and validity.

• Knowledge of methods for protecting confidential data.

Organizational Understanding and Flexibility

• Knowledge of Army or military culture, traditions, and organization.

• Experience with meeting facilitation, conflict resolution, and negotiation to engage stakeholders in an evaluation process based on shared priorities.

• Skill in working with stakeholders to develop feasible recommendations.

• Ability to facilitate consensus building and remain mission focused in groups of diverse stakeholders with divergent opinions of evaluation priorities.

• Ability to prepare and present evaluation results in a manner that increases the likelihood that they will be used and accepted by a diverse group of stakeholders.

• Ability to develop action plans and systems to facilitate and track implementation of evaluation findings and recommendations.

• In addition to the above, CHASE is seeking a participant with:

- Experience implementing or evaluating community coalitions or community-based public health initiatives.

Organization Description: The U.S. Army Public Health Center (APHC) mission is to promote health and prevent disease, injury, and disability of Soldiers and military retirees, their Families, and Department of the Army civilian employees; and assure effective execution of full spectrum veterinary service for Army and Department of Defense Veterinary missions. Within the APHC Health Promotion and Wellness Directorate, the Public Health Assessment Division supports evidence based health promotion practice within the Army public health system through advocacy, assessment, and evaluation. The Public Health Assessment Division is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of scientists, advanced public health practitioners, and program evaluators. For more information on the Public Health Assessment Division, please visit https://phc.amedd.army.mil/organization/hpw/Pages/PublicHealthAssessment.aspx.

Closing Date: 10/28/2018
Desired Starting Date: 10/4/2018
Contact Name: Farinaz Firouzi,  Knowesis Contractor - Program Evaluation Coordinator, Program Analyst
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How to Apply: APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Interested candidates should submit a current resume/CV and a letter of interest to Ms. Farinaz Firouzi at farinaz.firouzi.ctr@mail.mil. In the letter of interest and body of the email, please reference if you are applying to EPOCH, CHASE, or both opportunities and indicate where you saw this announcement.

Applicants whose materials are submitted by 28 OCT 2018 will receive the best consideration for these appointments. Review will continue until open opportunities are filled.

Additional Information: BENEFIT TO PARTICIPANTS

The ORISE participation program is an outstanding opportunity for recent graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields – to include public health, psychology, and evaluation – to apply their classroom learning within the military. This includes program and logic model development as well as data collection, analysis, and reporting. Participants will primarily use quantitative methods and analyses, and will have opportunities to support the development of evaluation projects that may include other methods (e.g., qualitative methods, document review). Further, the participants will develop reporting and presentation skills as they apply in a government setting.

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