Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
USAID's Chief Data Officer (CDO) is a designated Senior Level (SL) position in the Bureau for Management (M), Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO). The M Bureau provides centralized program and management support services for the Agency and is divided into organizational units.
The CDO leads efforts to harness data from across operating units, implementing partners, and enterprise systems to support the Agency’s highest priorities, and maintains significant intra- and inter-agency coordination and representational responsibilities.
The CDO reports to and supports USAID’s Chief Information Officer and has authority and responsibility for data governance and full lifecycle data management at USAID. Per the Evidence Act, the CDO serves in a central leadership position. The CDO serves as the Agency’s senior strategist and operational expert in terms of instituting best practices in data science at USAID. This includes defining USAID’s policies and processes for data management planning, data collection, integration and interoperability, analytics, curation, and responsible data sharing and publication. Supporting the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the CDO also pursues strategic opportunities to harness new technologies to extract maximum potential and insight from USAID’s varied data assets.
The CDO serves as the Agency lead for USAID’s data strategy, policy, and enterprise data governance efforts. The CDO ensures that USAID policies and practices incorporate best practices in data management, encompassing all aspects of the data management lifecycle. The CDO applies sound business acumen to identify opportunities to reduce cost and effort associated with managing and deriving business intelligence from USAID’s data assets.
The CDO establishes strategic partnerships across USAID operating units, the interagency, private enterprise, and academia to advance the usage of data and to promote innovation in international development and humanitarian assistance.
USAID has initiated a series of major internal reforms in accordance with Executive Order 13781. The primary aim is to make USAID more efficient, effective, and accountable. To implement the objectives and strategic priorities of these reforms, the functionality and/or location o this position within the agency is subject to change to meet the needs of the mission.