Data Librarian

Arlington, VA
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Created: July 25, 2023


About Us

DevTech Systems, Inc. (DevTech) is an international consulting firm dedicated to development, with 39 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: Monitoring Evaluation, Research and Learning; Data Solutions; Public Financial Management and Fiscal Sustainability; and Education, Gender, and Youth. 


At DevTech, we care deeply about doing work that leads to positive change in the world. We celebrate diverse perspectives and are committed to an inclusive environment. We empower our employees to work autonomously and simultaneously give them the professional support that they need to learn and grow. 


DevTech is looking for a Data Librarian to work as an institutional contractor on its Analytics, Data, Visualization, and Information Services (ADVISE) contract with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Data Librarian manages the process of cleaning, documenting, archiving, and releasing datasets from the point of submission to their publication on the USAID Data Development Library platform. The Data Librarian reports to the Senior Curator.

This position is hybrid in-person and telework, requiring three days a week in person at the USAID Annex building in Washington DC.


About the Team

USAID Data Services’ core values are:

  • We are passionate, ambitious and care deeply about our work and the USAID mission.
  • We are serious about meeting the needs of our customers.
  • We are funny. We have fun. And we are human.
  • We communicate and close feedback loops.
  • We are proactive. We do not wait for success to come find us.
  • We are a team who is committed to each other.

In keeping with these core values, we respect and encourage an inclusive and diverse environment in which we see our differences as strengths. We are a team of motivated and responsible self-starters that enjoy working in a team-oriented environment. We are always looking for ways to grow, through feedback, learning, and collaboration.


  • Evaluate data submissions for potential value, utility and quality and to make determinations about their suitability for acquisition and curation.
  • Check data for completeness and correctness, flagging any direct or indirect identifiers and working with the data submitter to resolve issues.
  • Create archival versions of data submission for long-term preservation.
  • Develop dissemination versions of datasets for various audiences including USAID staff, partner organizations, and the general public.
  • Track datasets through the privacy and security review process, coordinating with project statisticians who perform a security assessment on datasets.
  • Maintain project database, recording curation actions taken with each dataset.
  • Assess metadata quality; coordinating metadata enhancement; and performing remediation to facilitate better discovery.
  • Manage permissions for those who seek to make a submission to the data repository.
  • Manage, maintain, and track provenance of digital objects and associated documentation in long-term preservation environments.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of best practices, procedures, workflows, and tools for the repository.
  • Provide assistance and training to users of the data repository.
  • Participate in the development of a Consolidated Digital Repository (CDR) to manage submission, curation, and dissemination of digital objects, representing the concerns and workflow needs of the Data Librarian team on this project.


  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or a related field.
  • At least two years of related experience in data science, data curation, digital repository management, or related subject.
  • Experience using a Content Management System (CMS) to describe and publish documents and metadata.
  • Strong interest in database management and understanding of relational database principles, high level of data literacy, and solid grounding in the principles of data validity and integrity.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially with communicating technical issues to non-technical audiences; capability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Knowledge of statistical software such as SAS, Stata and R preferred.
  • Knowledge of and interest in international development or a related field, such as economics, global/public health, gender, trade, or international relations preferred.


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

EEO Statement

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, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), age (40 and older), physical and mental disability, genetic information (including family medical history) or characteristics, military status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship or alienage, or any other protected status as established by applicable federal, state, or local law.


Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2023 21:09 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, July 25, 2023 21:09 UTC