Opportunities in Abuja at John Snow Incorporated (JSI)

John Snow Incorporated (JSI) – Measure Evaluation is the USAID Global Health Bureau’s primary vehicle for supporting improvements in Monitoring and Evaluation in Population, Health and Nutrition worldwide. We help to identify data needs, collect and analyze technically sound data, and use that data for health decision making. to continue to demonstrate this mandate in Nigeria.

MEASURE Evaluation requires technically sound and experienced individuals to occupy the vacant position in its Country Office Abuja, Nigeria:

Job Title: Health Management Information System (HMIS) Advisor
Location:
Abuja
Job Description

  • The HMIS Advisor will support the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria, to strengthen the HMIS nationally by supporting developing and maintaining a standardized master facility list and harmonized data collection and reporting tools.
  • This will involve providing technical assistance to standardize and maintain comprehensive master facility list with unique identifier, harmonization of indicators, data elements, preparation of data dictionary, link of master facility list into the NDHIS2, revision of data collection and reporting tools.
  • The incumbent will support the FMOH and HISP/University of Oslo to conduct training workshops to build the capacity of NDHIS2 users to use the system; developing standardized curricula, manual and other resources to improve system use, developing processes and mechanisms to ensure data quality and use of information; and enhancing the data collection, reporting and use skills of staff at the state and service delivery levels.
  • We are seeking a local hire to fill the position of HMIS Advisor.
  • The HMIS Advisor will be a member of the MEASURE Evaluation/Nigeria Phase IV team which consists of consortium members. The HMIS Advisor will be supervised by the JSI Country Lead for Nigeria based in Washington D.C.

Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and technical assistance in the development and maintenance of master health facility list with required guidelines and protocol;
  • Build relationships and collaborate with USAID, FMOH, HISP/ University of Oslo, USG-implementing partners and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that HMIS/DHIS strengthening activities are planned and implemented in a coordinated and collaborative manner and aligned with national strategies, to prevent duplication of efforts and improve synergy and complementarity between partners;
  • Provide technical assistance and support to the FMOH/DPRS and other stakeholders in the revision and harmonization of HMIS data collection and reporting tools;
  • In collaboration with the FMOH and other relevant stakeholders, facilitate the interfacing between the HMIS (DHIS2) and DATIM to improve data exchange and linkage as well as use of data in routine reporting in both systems;
  • Work in collaboration with other DHIS/ICT Advisor, US-based Activity and Technical Leads to ensure that high quality data is entered into DHIS2 and that data is used on a regular basis at the national and sub-national levels;
  • Participate in the development and implementation of data collection and reporting tools and systems that correspond to the needs of decision makers at every level of the health system, as needed, and ensure compatibility with other existing systems;
  • Oversee the development of appropriate planning, monitoring, management and control systems to ensure informed decision-making and implementation of project activities;
  • Oversee monitoring of project activities and assist with documentation of best practices (what worked and what didn’t work) to ensure incorporation of lessons learned into ongoing activities;
  • Work with the US-based Activity Lead and Technical Leads in the preparation of MEASURE Evaluation annual work plans, budgets, quarterly reports and annual progress reports to the Mission and MEASURE Evaluation headquarters;
  • Ability to travel within Nigeria as required by the position; and
  • Perform other assigned functions relevant to MEASURE Evaluation work in Nigeria based on the emerging needs either from the Mission and government agencies.

Qualifications

  • Masters level degree in a relevant field such as public health, public administration, health administration, demography, statistics, computing, epidemiology, etc.;
  • Good understanding with demonstrable, with substantial developing country context experience, in facilitation of health information system strengthening, including central level coordination and systems integration, and sub-national strengthening for quality collection, analysis, dissemination, and use of health information;
  • At least 5 years “hands on experience” in HMIS, M&E, data quality assessments and related areas, with a health or related international NGO or bilateral/multilateral organization preferably in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Experience in the development and operations of robust Health Information Systems, and specific knowledge of and experience with DHIS 2.0;
  • Experience with adult training approaches and excellent workshop and meeting facilitation skills;
  • Sound computer literacy and IT knowledge with experience in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, statistical analysis software such as SPSS, SAS, STATA or EPI-Info;
  • Superior analytical skills including quantitative research activities in terms of planning, implementation and data analysis;
  • Good interpersonal and people management skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively and harmoniously with other project staff, host country counterparts, USAID, consultants, other donors and international organizations;
  • A team player but also able to work independently and to manage various projects on a daily basis with minimal supervision;
  • Superior knowledge management, communications, report writing and presentation skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; and
  • High level of professionalism and confidentiality.
  • This position is a local hire employment opportunity.

Job Title: District Health Information Software (DHIS) and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Advisor
Location:
Abuja
Job Description

  • The District Health Information Software (DHIS) and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Advisor will provide technical leadership in strengthening health information systems and addressing gaps such as but not limited to logistics, software, hardware, and human resources.
  • S/he will work to ensure systems work efficiently to support evidence-based decision making in Nigeria.
  • This position will ensure the technical and methodological soundness of activities and, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, and partners, support the design of information systems.
  • The DHIS/ICT Advisor will support the Federal Government of Nigeria, to strengthen the HMIS nationally by supporting and operationalizing the District Health Information Software (DHIS2).
  • This will involve providing technical assistance to standardize DHIS roll-out and implementation processes including supporting the FMOH/DPRS to conduct training workshops to build the capacity of system users to use the system; developing standard operating procedures, guidelines and other resources to improve system use, developing processes and mechanisms to ensure data quality and use of information; and enhancing the data collection, reporting and use skills of staff at the sub-national and service delivery levels through mentoring and supportive supervision
  • The DHIS/ICT Advisor works closely with the Federal Ministry of Health, HISP/University of Oslo and other key stakeholders to set Information and Communication Technology (ICT) direction and provide technical assistance for the enhancement of DHIS platform and national capacity to collect, analyze and use health-related data for effective program management.
  • The DHIS/ICT Advisor will liaise closely with the MEASURE Evaluation/JSI technical and administrative staff based in both Abuja and Washington DC.
  • The DHIS/ICT Advisor will be supervised by the JSI Country Lead for Nigeria based in Washington D.C.

Responsibilities

  • Provide technical and administrative support to Department of Planning Research and Statistics, HISP/University of Oslo in Nigeria on HMIS at the national and sub-national levels.
  • Increase the availability and use of data through the development of automated reports and graphs and other improvements to HMIS.
  • Ensure that all systems incorporate mechanisms to improve the completeness, timeliness, and accuracy of data.
  • Expand existing systems including integrating community-based information system requirements into DHIS
  • Facilitate the development of data exchange protocol and guidelines between NDHIS-2 and other available health sector information in order to have interlinked within the system e.g ensure data exchange between NDHIS-2 and DATIM.
  • Provide technical assistance to the DPRS to facilitate increase in reporting rate among the facilities in the USG priority states.
  • Oversee activities to increase system interoperability among subsystem within the health sector
  • Develop documentation and training on implemented and expanded systems.
  • Support Ministry of Health at the national and sub-national level to provide needs-based HMIS training.
  • Ensure accurate and timely submission of all required technical reporting and deliverables for the DHIS component of the project.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Advanced university degree, preferably with specializing in informatics and/or computer science.
  • Five years of first-hand experience in introduction or strengthening of HMIS and capacity building.
  • High-level computer skills including proficiency with Access, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), SQL, HTML, and/or Java Framework and tools.
  • In-depth knowledge of electronic medical record, aggregate data (e.g. DHIS2), and other systems used to collect, manage, report, and utilize data.
  • Sound computer literacy and IT knowledge with experience in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, statistical analysis software such as SPSS, SAS, STATA or EPI-Info;
  • M&E/HMIS experiences in HIV, TB and Malaria programs in Nigeria are desirable.
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in Ministry of Health and other stakeholder staff.
  • Ability to synthesize information and utilize different communication approaches to disseminate and utilize that information for improvement.
  • Experience working with US Government or other bi-lateral donors, as well as experience in working with senior government officials.
  • Experience working in HIV/AIDS field in sub-Saharan Africa, especially Nigeria, strongly preferred.
  • Strong familiarity with US Government reporting requirements, including PEPFAR MER, DATIM.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • The position is a local-hire employment opportunity.

Remuneration
Salary will be commensurate with experience and salary history. JSI offer excellent benefits.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their resume and cover letter stating their suitability for the position as a document while indicating the position being applied as the subject of their suitability statement and email to:[email protected]

Note: Applications without an appropriately titled cover letter, will be rejected. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application Deadline  3rd May, 2016.

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