DevTech Systems, Inc. - Arlington, VA4.5

Full-timeEstimated: $70,000 - $95,000 a year
DevTech Systems, Inc. (DevTech) is an international consulting firm dedicated to development, with 35 years of experience providing advisory services and technical assistance to government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders in more than 100 countries. DevTech core practice areas include: Economic and Data Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation, Education and Youth Development, Gender and Inclusive Development, and Public Financial Management. The Statistician will work on the new USAID Analytics, Data, Visualization, and Information Services (ADVISE) project. ADVISE’s main purpose is to improve the usage of USAID data and information, so that the Agency continues to ensure its development outcomes are supported by evidence.

The Statistician will support the Senior Statistician and Legal Expert with reviewing data sets for various risks prior to public release and with implementing the Risk Assessment, Mitigation Plan, and Utility Profile (RAMPUP). The Statistician will apply proven statistical disclosure limitation methods to reduce digital information and data risks, and will document, in digital and preferably machine-readable formats, all manipulations and transformations made to data sets to produce post-transformation data sets.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The Statistician will ensure the quality of collected data for consistency and comparability.
The Statistician will track and keep an up-to-date listing of key datasets that pertain to the countries, sectors, and populations with which USAID works, and particularly those datasets that contain a high level of detail about individuals, geographies, public services, facilities, etc. These may include, for example, publicly available datasets (including those released by national governments) on voting records, census statistics, utility usage, etc.
The Statistician will compare or combine USAID funded datasets with key, publicly-available datasets (within or beyond the DDL) to determine whether the comparison or combination increases the risk of identifying sensitive information about individuals, geographies, public services, facilities, etc. (i.e. via the “mosaic effect”).
The Statistician will employ methods of statistical disclosure controls to mitigate the privacy risks associated with the public disclosure of development data.
The Statistician will provide advice to various stakeholders on analysis methods, anonymization techniques and technical projects.

Education: Bachelor’s Degree (graduate degree preferred), preferably in mathematics, the sciences, or other quantitative field.

Experience: At least three years of work experience (five years preferred) performing data-driven analyses. Experience employing risk mitigation and privacy protection techniques is preferred, but not required.

Statisticians must have experience using one or more specialized data processing software packages (SAS, SPSS, STATA, R, etc.). Statistician will be expected to master techniques to reduce disclosure risks, such as those outlined in the National Institute of Standards and Technology publication 8053, De-Identification of Personal Information and similar professional publications.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for the required U.S. government security clearance for this project.

NOTE: This job posting should not be construed to imply that the requirements are the exclusive standards of the position nor will it be the sole basis for any subsequent employee evaluations. Incumbents will follow any other instructions and perform any other related duties as may be required by their supervisor.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or other status protected by applicable law.