FHI 360 Job in Abuja for a Technical Officer III, Health Management Information Systems

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Technical Officer, Health Management Information Systems

The HMIS (Health Management Information Systems) Technical Officer III, under the supervision of Director, Strategic Information/Monitoring and Evaluation, will oversee support to country program and global health management information systems for routine data. This involves: providing and coordinating technical assistance in DHIS 2 and other databases used for donor reporting; development and monitoring of standards in program data management; development and implementation of program data security and data quality policies and operational guidance; designing and developing health-related data entry and database applications; assisting program links between client level health service delivery software and aggregate databases, or between program and national/donor level databases; supporting technical and user documentation of databases; and assisting with programming charts and other data display/visualization products, and promoting easy access to these products, and the ability to perform custom analyses within program teams.

Essential Job Functions: Duties and Responsibilities:

  • HMIS leadership: Communicating with, supporting, and guiding counterparts in country programs regarding their health database development, maintenance and improvement needs. Promotes stable, functional and user-friendly data management platforms, monitors and optimizes database design, content, structure and other data management issues.
  • Database Design and Development: works with country counterparts to design and develop database applications in response to FHI 360’s information needs, using a mixture of DHIS 2, MS Excel, Access, Comm Care, VB, Java, Jasper Reports, ODK and SQL/MySQL. Oversees installation and maintenance of developed applications, writes application manuals, and trains users. Recommends hardware and software upgrades to databases and servers as needed.
  • Technical Assistance: Provides ongoing design, maintenance and upgrading support to custodians and users of program databases and related applications. Trains and supervises others in specific data processing and design tasks. Reviews output indicator calculations in databases, and export/import of data between different software applications, while maintaining data integrity. Helps program links between client level data systems and aggregate databases. Builds capacity in data management issues (e.g., deletion of records, query management, data audit trails, internet reports) within the data users group.
  • Data Quality: Advises on incorporation of data quality checks in program databases.
  • Data Visualization: Helps with programming data visualization products, including producing regular high quality analysis products at country program level. Leads and motivates teams to produce timely and high-quality results from program databases, including managing consultants where necessary.
  • Data Security: Provides guidance and monitors adherence to standards related to data security, including user access and database documentation, performing backup and recovery of program databases.
  • Data Confidentiality: develops and ensures adherence to policies that ensure the security and confidentiality of FHI 360’s/MoH identifiable health data, including adherence to relevant national and international standards.
  • Hardware and Software: Advises in the management of the hardware and software as related to the operations of the databases, including system development and maintenance, recommends purchase of new hardware and software, maintenance of records and reports relating to database operations and data/project archives. Provide leadership in the use of major health related software.
  • Representation and Documentation: Represents FHI 360 and makes presentations at professional meetings and conferences related to HMIS issues. Documents best practices in HMIS, and disseminates appropriately.
  • Performs any other related duties assigned.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • District Health Information System (DHIS 2), MS SQL/MySQL Design and Server Administration, Comm Care, MS Access/Excel, other relational database design and analysis
  • Good knowledge of programming principles and languages.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently complete assigned tasks, train and facilitate learning and professional development among colleagues
  • Familiarity with client/server or multi-platform application development.
  • Solid understanding of basic assumptions of developing country public health practices for data acquisition and quality assurance.
  • Well developed written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge and experience in project-level database design and administration
  • Knowledge of health, reproductive health or HIV/AIDS programming in developing countries.
  • Ability to travel a minimum of 25%.

• Provides technical support and guidance to staff and partners in the region and in country offices. Implements and monitors technical strengthening initiatives. Develops adoption and/or training strategy, designs and conducts training or adoption activities for a specific technical area. Creates scientific and technical material in area of expertise. Assists and gives guidance with development of proposals. Works with communities and partners to maximize local capacity. Evaluates programmatic effectiveness and provides technical assessment reports.
• Provides technical support in the development and dissemination of tools, materials, reports, papers, and intervention for research projects.
• Works closely with assigned team to ensure activities are implemented according to standard operating procedures (SOP’s).
• Writes and edits technical reports and documents.
• Assists with publications, web pages, and presentations.’
• Conducts searches of published literature on evolving issues in assigned technical area.
• Monitors and maintains protocols, instruments, data sets, manuals, training materials and reports.
• Responds to requests and inquiries from internal and external staff.
• Develops or writes technical briefs, reports, or other necessary materials to facilitate research, best practices, policies and procedures.
• Assists with the implementation of research studies by monitoring and documenting processes.
• Conducts analysis of program implementation to identify areas for improvement and propose appropriate technical strategy and guidelines.
• Prepares reports and papers summarizing project results.
• Delivers presentations at professional meetings and conferences.
• Ensures project implementation adheres to company strategy and remains technically sound.
• Provides leadership and team building at the task level.
• Leads the design, development, planning, and implementation of global level innovative technical strategies.
• Oversees all aspects of the programs/projects.
• Develops strategies and tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components.
• Analyzes data sets and technical assessment findings.
• Develops and monitors work plans.
• Provides leadership and team building at the project level.
• Serves as company liaison to external organizations at professional meetings and conferences as assigned.

• Bachelor’s Degree or its International Equivalent – Masters degree preferred in Computer Science or related field (Bachelor degree with additional experience also considered); 5-7 years of relevant data systems work, programming, and analytic experience. Experience working in reproductive health or HIV/AIDS programs in developing countries an advantage; sound knowledge of DHIS 2 and other industry standard software; experience providing technical assistance in different cultural contexts, including local NGOs, and knowledge of the local context essential, familiarity with USAID programs preferred.  Experience must reflect the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.

Economics, Education, Environment, Health, Human Development, Information Science, International Development, Social Sciences or Related Field.
• Typically requires 8+ years of managing data collection and technical assistance experience.
• Proficiency with database management software and on-line search tools required.
• Has sensitivity to cultural diversity and understanding of the political, contextual, and ethical issues in assigned areas.
• Articulate and professional and able to communicate in a clear, positive fashion with clients and staff.
• Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English.
• Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private company.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360’s Career Center for a list of all open positions.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law

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