Surveillance Advisor, Country Health Information Systems and Data Use
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Project Overview and Role
The purpose of the Country Health Information Systems and Data Use (CHISU) project is to enhance the host country's capacity to produce high-quality health information, and efficiently manage this information to encourage evidence-based decision making. This project will work with host country health managers, health workers and other stakeholders to strengthen the health information management and planning enabling environment to improve harmonization of fragmented information systems, reduce duplication of data collection and improve monitoring and tracking of national level health trends and priorities.
Palladium seeks a Surveillance Advisor to lead project activities to enhance infectious and chronic disease surveillance. Depending on the host country's needs, other types of surveillance such as behavioral risk or environmental surveillance may also be undertaken. Activates will involve improving and/or expanding the surveillance data collected and also ensuring that relatively new data sources such as Electronic Medical Records and Laboratory Information Management Systems are utilized as appropriate for surveillance. Introducing, expanding or improving the use of electronic information systems and digital tools will be key components of the work.
It is expected that a variety of approaches will be used such as routine indicator surveillance, case-based surveillance, community event-based surveillance, and sentinel surveillance.
S/he will work to ensure the effective utilization of national health information systems to generate high quality surveillance data and decision-making. S/He will provide technical and strategic direction and support to the project team to scale up of priority health information systems at all levels of the health system. S/He will coordinate and liaise with government agencies, other donor-funded projects, implementing partners, and USAID and other donors to build capacity in and adoption of country health information systems and surveillance systems. The Surveillance Advisor reports directly to the Deputy Project Director in activity implementation and management.
Duration: 5 years
- Leads a variety of surveillance activities and supports country ownership and governance to guide refinement, trainings, and learnings.
- Assesses surveillance system at the macro and micro levels to understand and advise on ways to improve data flow and identify both gaps and duplication in surveillance data.
- Advises on methods to institute or improve case-based surveillance and analysis of longitudinal patient data.
- Improves the collection, reporting, aggregation and analysis of data in surveillance systems which are digital, paper-based or a hybrid of these.
- Supports the establishment or enhancement of DHIS2 for surveillance.
- Builds capacity of project staff and other stakeholders, including the Data Use Partnership (DUP) in country, to improve the collection, analysis and use of surveillance data.
- Participates in the senior leadership team and provides high quality surveillance expertise to transition paper systems to electronic information systems and further build on its effective use.
- Serves as a convener across different stakeholders to foster strategies to improve and assure HIS improvement and integration
- Supports the development of work plans and budgets and quarterly/annual reports.
- Participates in and/or prepares necessary project-related reports, including presentations and white papers.
- Organizes and supports, as needed, project trainings, conferences, workshops, and meetings.
- Participates, and represents the organization as needed, in outside associations, conferences, and symposia.
- Master's degree in epidemiology, information science, public health, statistics, health informatics, or a related field
- At least 8 years of experience working in surveillance at the national and subnational levels for USG-funded projects or other donor-funded programs
- Highly proficient in DHIS2 for aggregate reporting. Experience with DHIS2 tracker also desired.
- Experience in DHIS2 training and rollout also desired.
- At least 4 years of experience at a managerial or advisor level, providing guidance and supervision in implementation of strategies or methods
- At least 2 years of experience working in developing countries.
- Experience working on a team in a developing country to create interoperability among information systems, including the use of unique patient identifiers across systems, is desired.
- Thought leadership in the fields of health information systems and/or technology for global health Strong written and oral communication skills for high-level policy audiences (writing examples may be required).
- Excellent coordination and information management skills.
- The ability to work well under pressure; skilled at change management, crisis management, and problem solving.
- Demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning methodology and documentation processes.
- Ability to develop and maintain relationships with users and various stakeholders (local and international); developed cultural awareness and innovation sense.
- Excellent ability in spoken and written English with a high-level proficiency in a second language highly preferred.
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently