Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Job Description: HMIS Data Use Officer
The USAID Systems for Better Health Program is a five-year project implemented in Zambia by Abt Associates Inc. The program will work with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to improve health outcomes in Zambia by strengthening systems that support the delivery of high quality health services and by increasing the utilization of high impact health interventions. As a subcontractor to Abt Associates on Systems for Better Health, Akros’ role is to assist the MOH to improve the analysis and use of data in the government’s health management information system (HMIS) and to review and strengthen facility and community based electronic data capture. The seconded Data Use Officer will support the MOH M&E team to promote the use of DHIS2 data at the provincial and district levels. They will work closely with MOH M&E team member to ensure DHIS2 end users have the knowledge and skills for effective datadriven annual planning, performance reviews and decision making. This includes supporting program mangers’ to access, analyze and visualize the health data relevant for their position. He/she can provide additional manpower to strengthen review and analysis of key program and HSS indicators by provincial and district staff. Additionally, he/she can train sub-national staff on the design and maximization of data dashboards and other tools needed to appropriately analyze and use their program data.
  • Support the MOH M&E team to review health sector data needs against HMIS data elements.
  • Engage program staff to review and assess data needs and existing DHIS2 dashboards, to better understand data use challenges and inform the development of new data use tools.
  • Support the MOH team to develop data use training materials and to build capacity for data analysis and use during the semi-annual performance reviews.
  • Work in partnership with the HMIS Officer to develop training materials and cofacilitate DHIS2 workshops for GRZ and Systems for Better Health staff. Through these workshops, build the capacity of staff members to understand and use HMIS data.
  • Provide training and mentoring tools to support provincial and district level staff to build capacity for routine data use.
  • Coordinate and conduct field-visits with MOH personnel and Surveillance Manager to support the use of surveillance data.
  • Provide field-based mentoring and support to provincial, district and facility level staff in accessing data, routinely building data analysis reports (e.g. newsletters), and using reports to monitor and improve deliverables.
  • Monitor health data alongside MOH personnel to quickly identify data quality and implementation issues; support MOH personnel to resolve issues and revise program strategies to meet goals.
  • Work in partnership with Systems for Better Health staff to roll out the use of the RMNCH scorecard and capacity dashboards at the provincial and district level.
  • Represent SBH at HMIS and M&E technical working group meetings at the central level.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelors degree (required) or Masters degree (preferred) in relevant field
  • 5+ years experience collecting, managing and analyzing data
  • Demonstrated program management skills
  • Experience liaising between government, NGOs and other entities
  • Self-starter who will thrive through exemplifying ownership and initiative in assigned projects
  • Able to provide examples of previous successes in monitoring and evaluation
  • Excellent technical writing skills and ability to produce high quality reports on program activities
  • Excellent quantitative and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to successfully teach others about data analysis and use in simple, creative ways
  • Candidate should be highly productive and internally motivated for a successful secondment at the MOH
  • Candidate should work well against challenging and changing delivery schedules
Location, Term and Travel
This position is based in Lusaka, Zambia, is open to local candidates, and will be seated in the Policy and Planning Department under the M&E Unit at the MOH office. It will require roughly 60% travel within Zambia.
Applications are due no later than 1st July, 2016. To apply, please submit a cover letter and CV with references to with “Application: HMIS Data Use Officer” in the e-mail’s subject line.


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