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Data Architect/Systems Engineer

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 Data Architect (Team Lead) will work on the new 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.

Overview:

As part of ADVISE, USAID intends to completely overhaul, transform, update, consolidate, unify, harmonize, streamline, and otherwise improve the business and information management processes, underlying systems, and public-facing websites that present data, evidence-based stories, and high level results (whether direct or indirect) of USAID’s work.

The Data Architect/ Systems Engineer will provide thought leadership and expert advice on methods and approaches for integrating the architecture, contents, user-interfaces, and business processes for a variety of USAID databases, websites and related products and services. The Architect will also be expected to support the functioning of the various project systems as needed.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead a team of data architects, software and web developers in assisting USAID with designing, integrating, and administering systems such as databases and source code repositories; operational data stores; dynamically rendered websites; platforms for data collection, management, and storage; systems or repositories for managing, transforming, and harmonizing metadata across an enterprise; digital repository and curation platforms for the management and for the long-term preservation of digital information and data;
  • Lead a team of data architects, software and web developers in assisting USAID in creating a central web portal through which USAID staff and the general public can access USAID data resources and information repositories; consolidating multiple websites; creating and maintaining a master metadata dictionary; transforming metadata and creating crosswalks to other metadata schema; optimizing systems and processes to facilitate interoperability and exchange; and harmonizing parallel or overlapping business processes.
  • Assist other project teams with ensuring the proper operations, maintenance, and improvement of the various databases, applications, and underlying systems covered by the ADVISE award.

Qualifications

  • Education: The Architect/Systems Engineer must have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer or information science, computer engineering, or related discipline. It is strongly preferred that the Architect have a graduate degree in one of these disciplines.
  • Experience: Minimum 5 years of experience. It is strongly preferred that the Architect/ systems Engineer have at least eight years of relevant experience.
  • Knowledge: The Architect/Systems Engineer must have a thorough understanding of the benefits and constraints of developing new, data-driven and information technology approaches while adhering to U.S. Government laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Skills: The Architect/ Systems Engineer must have a proven ability to design and work with distributed or federated systems, to include the design of modular systems consisting of multiple service layers. The Architect is expected to bring to this position creativity, optimism, a penchant for innovation, and a passion for using data and information to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people.

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

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.

NOTE: This position description 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.

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