Saturday, January 16, 2016

Health Informatics Advocacy and Communications Officer

Global Health Corps (GHC) is a leadership development organization focused on building the next generation of diverse, disruptive global health leaders. Founded in 2009, we competitively recruit talented professionals (ages 21-30) from a range of sectors and backgrounds and place them in high-impact roles within partner organizations -- including Clinton Health Access Initiative, Partners in Health, Planned Parenthood Global, and Government Ministries in Zambia, Rwanda, and Uganda -- working on the front lines of health equity in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US, and Zambia.
GHC is seeking fellows from a wide range of backgrounds, geographies, and expertise. Through a one-year paid fellowship program, fellows provide the expertise and leadership potential needed to fill capacity gaps in global health.
About the Placement Organization
Akros strengthens national health systems in developing countries, focusing in southern Africa. Akros works hand in hand with national governments to develop quality surveillance systems and to rollout research and communication frameworks aimed at understanding health problems. Ultimately, Akros aims to develop and utilize new technologies to address these health issues with the proper solutions.
Position Overview
The Health Informatics Officer (HIO) will be based in Lusaka and will provide implementation support to Akros within a broad range of information management and data analysis support activities. Akros provides technical assistance to a large number of DHIS2 ( implementations in the sub-Saharan Africa region, and directly manages several large-scale DHIS2 instances in Zambia and the region. In addition, Akros designs custom systems for the capture, transmission, aggregation and analysis of routine and observational data in multiple sectors, working with common tools like ODK, FormHub, Microsoft Access, Epi Info and other platforms.
The officer will be responsible for building in-country capacity, creating, modifying and maintaining potentially complex and diverse surveillance platforms and leading a broad range of international training sessions in DHIS2 usage, health informatics and analysis. It is not necessarily expected that the HIO have all the technical skills required to fully support all Akros-led implementations; while the HIO will be finally responsible for all the above outcomes, it is anticipated that s/he will coordinate with expert developers to produce these outcomes as necessary. The HIO will liaise with large-scale funding agencies (e.g., UN, USAID, DfID) and work closely with Akros public health field officers with a broad range of technical backgrounds.
The officer may also receive the opportunity to provide Akros with advocacy and communications support through gathering relevant stories depicting and describing Akros’ work to their clients and general audience. This additional role will not be the primary purpose of the job, however, skills and prior experience in communication (written and verbal) will be necessary.
  • Assist field officers and management with identifying user requirements
  • Develop coherent and technology-appropriate specifications for meeting user requirements
  • Work with Akros management and directors to explain solutions to clients
  • Set up, configure and maintain DHIS2 instances as required
  • Develop and maintain custom Microsoft Access databases
  • Assist field officers with training
  • Gather client stories for advocacy and communications work
Required Skills and Experience
  • Working understanding of health-related monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Experience in production and analysis of programs and data
  • High level of personal integrity
  • Understanding of program surveillance platforms
  • Comfortable working as a liaison between developers and users of programs
Preferred Skills and Experience
  • Master’s degree in relevant field
  • Prior experience in health information management systems such as District Health Information Systems 2 (, ODK, or Epi Info
  • Experience managing databases
  • Knowledge of global health issues
  • Experience in advocacy, policy, journalism and/or communications
  • Strong writing and presentation skills in English
  • French (written and spoken) abilities would be helpful
Fellowship Logistics
During the fellowship year, all fellows are provided with:
  • A living stipend of $650/month
  • Housing and utilities
  • Health insurance
  • A professional development grant of $600
  • An award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year
  • Travel costs covered to and from placement site, training and retreats *Note: The living stipend and the completion award may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by the placement organization.
    Living and Working in Zambia: Fellows are provided with housing and utilities during the fellowship year. Housing arrangements vary based on the placement organization and location within the country. Fellows placed at Akros will be provided with housing in Lusaka, an urban center and capital of Zambia.
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