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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

HIGDA NHIS Support Specialist

by Juma Mzuri  |  at  8:01 AM

Company Profile Palladium develops and delivers innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. Since 1971, we have assisted governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and the private sector by designing, implementing, and evaluating programs in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, population and family planning, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and gender. Palladium has deep expertise in policy and advocacy, research and strategic information, health markets and private sector engagement, modeling and economic analysis, patient monitoring and management/HMIS, strategic consulting, and program management. Project Profile Palladium has recently been awarded a cooperative agreement to implement the USAID Health Informatics Governance and Data Analytics (HIGDA) in Kenya. The purpose of this activity is to support ongoing efforts to strengthen national and county-level health sector organizational and management capacity in health informatics, monitoring, evaluation, and learning.

The Palladium led HIGDA team includes PATH and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). Together we bring technical expertise, national and county-level relationships, and strong technical strategy to achieve HIGDA goals. We will collaborate with the Palladium led projects USAID HP+, USAID CMLAP and CDC KeHMIS, to use creative digital solutions and ICT and through implementing industry standards, to turn recent NHIS investments into sustainable outcomes.

The project has two sub-purposes:

1 Strengthened national governance for health informatics, monitoring, evaluations, learning and accountability systems 2 Strengthened capacity of national and county MOH on data analytics

The team will be led by a Chief of Party also based in Nairobi. Palladium staff in Nairobi and our international offices will provide routine technical and administrative support and assistance. Position Summary Under the leadership of the HIGDA deputy chief of party, the NHIS Support Specialist will enhance the data services layer (DSL) interoperability platform to enable data sharing among various systems, including the commodities, supplies, and logistics management system (KEMSA LMIS); human resources information system (IHRIS); routine reporting system (DHIS2); MFL; GIS Solutions; and the National Data Warehouse Project (led by Palladium KeHMIS). With support and oversight from the Senior Performance and Analytics Advisor, s/he will work with the USAID Sustaining Use of the DHIS 2 Mechanism project to incorporate user-defined requirements into DHIS 2, including the creation of user interfaces more closely aligned to user-requirements, and will work with the Palladium CDC KeHMIS National Data Warehouse (NDW) developers to incorporate user requirements into the NDW user interfaces and analyses, including developing platforms to visualize disease trends and facility-level clustering.S/he will provide first line NHIS help desk support when needed and support staff capacity building in the health information systems unit of the DivHIME on NHIS Applications project. S/he will take on a leadership and advisory role in the implementation of the HIGDA Interoperability and Analytics Lab, to be used for training, testing, teaming, and tooling of health information system solutions. The NHIS Support Specialist will be a computer scientist/software engineer skilled in database administration, proficient in standards-based interoperability and data exchange protocols, and skilled in data visualization and use of BI tools. This position reports to the Senior Performance and Analytics Advisor. Key Responsibilities Design solutions for interoperability/data exchange and for data visualization and use:

Link target systems to the DSL
Work with the Sustaining DHIS 2 Mechanism project to enhance DHIS 2
Work with the CDC KeHMIS mechanism to enhance the National Data Warehouse
Work with the JKUAT to establish the Interoperability and Analytics Lab
Work with the Sr. Performance and Analytics Advisor, GIS Specialist, Population Health Specialist, and the HIS Leadership Advisor to create user interfaces, dashboards, and data visualizations on various platforms for increased access of stakeholder data for evidence-based decision making
Build capacity of MOH staff on NHIS applications support
Provide Level 1 support to the NHIS help desk
Qualifications

Minimum BSc Computer Science or BEng Software Engineering
5+ years' experience in a technology leadership position for a public health project, preferably USG funded
Appropriate software skills in database administration and standards-based interoperability/data exchange, proven experience in creating user interfaces/dashboards, and proficiency in the use of data visualization tools and BI
Excellent coordination and information management skills
The ability to work well under pressure and skills in change management, crisis management, and problem solving
Experience with maintenance and software upgrades for NHIS applications, especially DHIS2 and MFL
Ability and willingness to travel frequently within Kenya and work under field conditions
Fluency in English and Swahili required
This position is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY:
Please follow this link to apply: http://www.aplitrak.com/?adid=bi5tb25haGFuLjg4NjI5LjM4MzBAcGFsbGFkaXVtLm...

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