Technical Officer- Health Information Systems
Strengthening Systems for Better Health

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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Location: Humla, Dolpa, Mugu, Jumla, Rukum - West, Jajarkot, Kalikot, Dailekh/Surkhet, Salyan/Dang and Banke/Bardiya.

Period of Performance: September 2018 – September 2022 – (annual contract with renewal based on staff performance and funding availability)   

Supervisor: Deputy Team Lead (with dotted line to Information Systems Specialist for technical guidance)

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

Technical Assistance – Generation and Use of Health Data (LOE 60%)

  • In close coordination with two other technical officers (MNCH/FP and Health Systems Strengthening), coordinate with stakeholders to 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 to regularly analyze strategic information to help inform decision making at the provincial and project level and to ensure that the information is guiding the management decision making
  • 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 coordinate 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. Provide necessary technical assistance to the municipalities and health facilities to improve their recording and reporting systems.
  • Facilitate, supply and coordinate for proper use of facility-based recording and reporting tools. Coordinate with stakeholders to update facility-level information of HMIS tools, inform and encourage municipality and/or health program coordination bodies to ensure timely supply. Take lead at municipal and health facility level to provide orientation and coaching for new and untrained staff to use HMIS tools.
  • Coordinate with stakeholders (especially USAID’s PSM Project, if working in the area) to strengthen procurement and supply chain management systems at province, municipality, and health facility levels and effective functioning of electronic Logistics Management Information Systems.

Technical Assistance – Use of Technology (LOE 30%)

  • Coordinate with 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.

Collaboration & Program Management Support (LOE 10%)

  • 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 the provincial MEL team on quarterly, semi-annual, and annually. 
  • Share updates with provincial team, Kathmandu team  as well as  provincial, national government stakeholders and others on regular basis.

Required Criteria:

  • Bachelor Degree in Health Informatics, Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, Social Sciences or other relevant field
  • At least 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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