Senior Technical Advisory Services -- Health Management and Information Systems

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Category
Professional Services
Type
Regular Full-Time
Close Date
3/30/2018

Overview

The QED Group, LLC, is a full-service international consulting firm committed to solving complex global challenges through innovative solutions. We are determined to provide all our clients with best-value services so they increase their efficiency, learning capacity, and accountability to the public in an ever more complex and interconnected world. Through Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning and Knowledge Management practice areas, QED is working to maximize our clients' return on investment through accountability, continuous learning, and sound management.

 

The QED Group is seeking a Senior Technical Advisory Services – Health Management and Information Systems to provide high-quality technical assistance to the United States Government (USG) PEPFAR country team, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), technical workgroups, implementing partners, and Government of Namibia counterparts to ensure that the portfolio of program activities contributes to the national HIV/AIDS strategic goals and targets. The Senior Technical Advisor is responsible for Health Management Information Systems (HMJS) strengthening within the context of in-country HIV/AIDS programs supported through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

 

The Senior Technical Advisor for HMIS will work in partnership with Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), Directorate of Special Programmes (DSP), CDC Namibia, National AIDS Council, and other HIV/AIDS partners.

Responsibilities

Leadership and Technical Assistance

  • Collaborate with internal and external HIV/AIDS partners to design, develop, implement, and maintain information systems that (1) strengthen health service effectiveness and efficiency; (2) improves data storage, use, and flow at facility, regional, and national levels; and (3) align with the country ownership principle (4) facilitate monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.
  • Remain current in the principles and practices of health informatics and information technology and shares this updated technical information with implementing partners.
  • Respond to requests for technical assistance in the area of HMIS policy, strategic planning, development and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Encourage organizations engaged in HIV/AIDS programs to adopt appropriate HMIS standards and adhere to normative guidelines for their program activities.
  • Recommend reformation of the current HMIS to CDC technical leads, agency, and Mission leadership (when needed).
  • Foster collaborative working relationships with the United Nations organizations such as UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, U'NAIDS and other international organizations working in Namibia

Strategic Planning, Program Management, and Evaluation

  • Manage HMIS project activities from infancy to maturity.
  • In collaboration with CDC-technical leads and program managers in each partner organization, conduct site visits to monitor progress, outcome, and impact of HIV/AIDS activities; identify implementation achievements and challenges; and initiates appropriate actions in consultation with the Ministry of Health, implementing partners, and his/her supervisor.
  • Prepare regular and ad hoc written and oral progress reports on PEPFAR Strategic Information (SI)/HMIS partner activities.
  • Provide technical language, consistent with CDC, PEPFAR, and host country policies and regulations, pertaining to HMIS for memoranda of agreement, contracts, and/or cooperative agreements.
  • Through collaborating with the agency procurement and/or contracts office and partner representatives, ensure that most current HMIS standards are included in the signed contract or cooperative agreement

Management of Health Management Information Systems (HMIS)

  • Establish and monitor administrative controls that (1) ensure data quality and procedural efficiency and (2) adhere to internationally recognized information system standards.
  • Facilitate the integration of appropriate HMIS sub-systems, such as logistics management (e.g. planning, procurement and distribution)
  • Help establish standard-based HMIS architecture that is characterized by flexibility and sustainability, integrated data collection and reporting systems, and new technological platforms (if needed).
  • Maintain files and records specific to the HMIS activities/programs. Ensures integrity, confidentiality, and security of data, especially if data contains private health information.
  • Maintain other program files, including reports, meeting summaries and minutes, copies of grants/cooperative agreements/contracts, research determinations, panels, and awards. 

Staffing and Training

  • Provide technical advice, briefings, and on-the-job training and mentorship to demonstrate improved systems selection and interoperability.
  • Design, coordinate, and implement training for various target audiences, including facility health care workers, physicians, laboratory technicians and nurses, as well as implementing partner IT/HMIS staff and managers. Examples of topics to be incorporated into trainings include: health information systems, data quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation, development of technical reports, and data entry, cleaning, and analysis techniques. 

Other Duties

  • Participate in relevant Namibia Technical Working Groups and Interagency Technical Teams (TWG and ITT), which provide technical, programmatic, and budgetary guidance to partners, organize partner conferences and workshops, and respond to Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and/or agency headquarters requests.
  • Participate on in-country committees on HMIS issues.
  • To achieve interoperability, ensure that the HMIS architecture and content follows international standards and guidelines produced by WHO, UNAIDS, International Standards Organization (ISO), International Telecommunications Union (ITU), UNICEF, and others.
  • Complete special projects as required.

Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Informatics or Public Health
  • 5-7 years of international experience in developing Health Information Systems Training in Grants Management
  • 5 years’ experience working with PEPFAR Programs and understanding of reporting requirements including timelines and data elements that facilitate PEPFAR reporting
  • Willingness and Ability to effectively communicate in English (Speaking, Reading, and Writing) on a daily basis with a variety of groups.

How to Apply

To apply for this position please follow the following steps:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Attach your resume.
  3. Click on the link: Biodata AID1420-17, fill out the form, sign it, and attach/upload it to your application. You may also include other documents such as cover letter and/or a work sample.
  4. Submit your application, resume, completed biodata, and any additional documents.

Please note that applications submitted by other means; or without resume and/or biodata will not be considered.

Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls please.

 

Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The QED Group, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. AA//V/D.

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