Strengthening Systems for Better Health Activity is a 5-year project aimed at improving health outcomes in Nepal, particularly for the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups in the country. This will be accomplished through supporting the Government of Nepal’s efforts to expand access to and use of quality maternal, newborn and child health and family planning services, with a specific focus on newborn care. Strengthening Systems for Better Health Activity was initiated in January 2018 and will achieve three outcomes:
(i) improving access to and utilization of equitable healthcare services,
(ii) improving the quality of health services at facility and community levels and
(iii) improving health system governance, within the context of decentralization and federalism.
The Activity is implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Population, the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration at federal level, provincial and municipal governments, facility and community level health service providers and other key stakeholders. Project technical staff will engage at national, provincial and municipal levels in the target geographic areas of Karnali Province and Banke, Bardiya, and Dang Districts of Province 5.
Technical Officer - Health Information Systems
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NUMBER OF VACANCIES: 3
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: July 2019 – September 2022 – (annual contract with renewal based on staff performance and funding availability)
SUPERVISOR: Deputy Team Lead
LOCATION: Any of Humla, Dolpa, Mugu, Jumla, Rukum - West, Jajarkot, Kalikot, Dailekh, Surkhet, Salyan, Dang, Banke, and Bardiya
With technical oversight from the Province-based Information Systems Specialist, the Technical Officer – Health Information Systems will work collaboratively with other Technical Officers (Health Systems and MNCH/FP) in support of District Coordination Committees (DCCs), District Health Offices (DHOs), or their equivalent in new federal structure, selected Municipality officials, Municipal level health staff and health facilities to help strengthen information systems, develop municipal health profiles, ensure data quality and promote data use at health facilities and in targeted municipalities. S/he will report directly to the Provincial Deputy Team Lead.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES:
1. Technical Assistance – Generation and Use of Health Data
In close coordination with two other technical officers (MNCH/FP and Health Systems Strengthening) implement activities related to information systems at the municipal and health facility level, and strengthen the capacity of municipal health coordination units to enable them to functionalize HMIS recording and reporting systems, use these data for performance improvement and decision making
Work closely with the provincial Health Information Systems Specialist and MEL Specialist at to analyze strategic information to help inform decision making at the provincial and project level
Together with MNCH/FP technical officer, promote use of technology (e.g., information applications) to communicate MNCH/FP targeted information to focused groups (including adolescent and youths) with low knowledge and service utilization.
Work closely with other two technical officers to support municipalities and health facilities primarily in low performing areas to analyze health data to identify un-reached/underserved populations, barriers, and to prepare micro-plans to improve their utilization and to link those micro-plans with annual planning, budgeting, and monitoring activities
Ensure that municipal and facility-level HMIS recording and reporting systems are functioning well, and municipalities are able to access and interpret accurate, real-time data in support of evidence-based planning and resource allocation.
Facilitate, supply and support proper use of facility-based recording and reporting tools. Support to update facility-level information of HMIS tools, inform and encourage municipality and/or health program coordination bodies to ensure timely supply. Provide orientation and coaching for new and untrained staff to use HMIS tools.
Work closely with USAID’s PSM Project, if working in the area, to strengthen procurement and supply chain management systems at province, municipality, and health facility levels.
2. Technical Assistance – Use of Technology
Support municipalities and health facilities in using DHIS2 platform to report, review and use municipal HMIS data.
Work with other partners in the municipalities and districts to promote development and use of digital MIS platforms
Facilitate packaging and visualization of facility and municipal level health data (dashboards, infographics) and assist municipal and provincial health departments to ensure that the data is widely available to the public through appropriate communication channels.
Provide technical support for the use of LMIS reporting system in the changing context. Encourage routine inspection of logistic and commodities and update in digital systems.
3. Collaboration & Program Management Support
Actively engage with other partners and stakeholders at municipal level to develop learning agenda for Activity.
Ensure preparation and collection of routine reports for timely reporting to USAID on quarterly, semi-annual, and annually.
Share updates with USAID, provincial, national government stakeholders and others on regular basis.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor Degree in Health Informatics, Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, Social Sciences or other relevant field
Minimum of Six years of relevant professional experience in health information systems and/or monitoring, evaluation, and learning in the public health field
Understanding of Government of Nepal’s health care delivery system including service availability, utilization, quality aspects.
Experience working on USAID and other health-related projects highly desirable
Strong interpersonal skills, initiative, good judgment, demonstrated team leadership and problem-solving abilities
Excellent report writing, analytical, and communication skills, including oral presentation skills
Strong networking and Computer proficiency (MS Word, MS Excel, Statistical Software) and information systems
Excellent written/oral skills in Nepali and English
Ability to travel in remote areas of assigned districts within short notice; those who are from and/or working in the Karnali Province will be given preference.
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