Zambia: Epidemiology and Surveillance Advisor

Organization: ICAP
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 30 Nov 2017

POSITION SUMMARY:

Reporting to the Project Director, the Epidemiology and Surveillance Advisor will support ICAP’s proposed Strengthening the Quality, Capacity, and Utilization of Health-related Data for Programmatic Planning and Policy Decision-making to Support the Government and PEPFAR-funded Partners in the Republic of Zambia under PEPFAR project. S/he will provide technical assistance and capacity building to the Zambia MOH, CDC and stakeholders in the design of evaluation and surveillance activities as well as in data analysis to improve capacity to inform policy and decision-making. Note: this position is contingent upon receipt of award and donor approval.

MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Support the needs assessment process including identifying areas and recommendations for improvements
  • Develop a strategic work plan for surveillance capacity strengthening in collaboration with the national and sub national stakeholders
  • Provide technical support for the collection, analysis and interpretation of data and the calculation of demographic and epidemiological indicators,
  • Contribute to the design of protocols for epidemiological surveys, their implementation, analysis and dissemination of results and development of conclusions and recommendations,
  • Participate in the quality control of epidemiological surveillance subsystems, so that they can provide early warning signals to respond to epidemics and epidemic outbreaks,
  • Collaborate in the analysis of surveys, studies and investigations
  • Monitor collection and contribute to the analysis and interpretation of data and the calculation of indicators for specific HIV prevention and control programs,
  • Contribute to the analysis of correlations between coverage rates and disease incidence rates,
  • Contribute to the identification and analysis of trends and risk factors by area and population group and to compare data from Zambia to international data, especially those from neighboring countries,
  • Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) and reporting mechanisms for the surveillance system
  • Review and enhance systems for the analysis, interpretation, and utilization of surveillance data for policy making
  • Engage in discussions with HMIS advisors to ensure integrated systems and data utilization
  • Provide technical assistance to the monitoring process and quality of program activities
  • Support and facilitate workshops related to surveillance
  • Facilitate the dissemination of documents of statistical information
  • Participate in formative supervision visits, in particular with regard to the epidemiological and surveillance studies,
  • Transfer knowledge and skills and in the ongoing training of Zambian counterparts,
  • Participate in the organization and facilitation of seminars, brainstorming workshops and workshops within their field of competence, whenever this is required,
  • Present on subjects within the framework of tasks, using classical methods of presentation (overhead projector and slide projectors and opaque), as well as electronic methods (PowerPoint presentations),
  • Prepare periodic reports of activities
  • Other duties as assigned

EDUCATION:

  • Master’s degree or preferably PhD in Epidemiology, strategic information, international development or other related field.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, AND MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 8 years of experience working in epidemiology,
  • At least 5 years of work experience in developing countries,
  • Experience in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data and in the calculation of demographic and epidemiological indicators,
  • Experience in the design of protocols for epidemiological surveys, their implementation and dissemination of results,
  • Experience in collecting data analysis and interpretation and calculating indicators for specific disease prevention and control programs,
  • Experience in identifying and analyzing trends and risk factors by area and population group,
  • Experience in collecting data analysis and interpretation and calculating indicators of availability of resources, effectiveness, utilization and hospital income,
  • Experience in transferring knowledge and skills through seminars, brainstorms and workshops,
  • Experience in word processing, use of spreadsheets (including graphing), database use, e-mail communication and Internet research,
  • Skills and abilities in the practical use of Epi-Info, SPSS, Excel, and Access,
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written

NOTE: This is a local hire position (i.e., candidates must be eligible to work in Zambia) and the successful candidate will be an employee of ICAP or its partners in Zambia and subject to the local terms and conditions of employment which includes a competitive salary and benefits package.

How to apply:

  • Please submit a Cover Letter and Resume to icap-jobs@columbia.edu.
  • Please indicate the job title “Epidemiology and Surveillance Advisor” in the email subject line.

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Zambia: Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) Advisor

Organization: ICAP
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 30 Nov 2017

POSITION SUMMARY:

Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) Advisor will be responsible for developing and implementing a strategic vision for informatics as part of ICAP’s proposed Strengthening the Quality, Capacity, and Utilization of Health-related Data for Programmatic Planning and Policy Decision-making to Support the Government and PEPFAR-funded Partners in the Republic of Zambia under PEPFAR project to CDC. The HMIS Advisor will oversee and develop the approach for the integration of electronic systems used in Zambia to collect, manage, analyze, report, visualize and disseminate health data, manage the activities of the informatics team and work with end-users to deliver technical solutions that meet their requirements. Note: this position is contingent upon receipt of award and donor approval.

MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Oversees the development of innovative approaches to strengthening health information systems, including

    • design and implementation of context-specific needs assessments
    • development and execution of roadmaps for new and/or existing health information systems to support data collection, management, visualization, and use
    • strategic vision for data collection, dissemination and use-leading efforts to develop robust, user-friendly, high-quality interfaces for data visualization
    • provision of technical assistance to improve health information system policy, governance and infrastructure
    • development of strategies to increase informatics workforce capacity
    • establishment of data security and confidentiality standards
  • Assumes responsibility for implementing the identified system roadmap and release strategy

  • Manages the team of informatics staff and consultants in Zambia through all aspects of application development including project scoping, timeline and budget estimation, resource planning and monitoring, project execution, and system support

  • Oversees tracking, prioritizing, and addressing user-reported issues on application design, functionality, and use

  • Ensures that appropriate technical support documentation is developed and made available for all internally developed data systems and supports training activities

  • Manages the facilitation of user workshops and end user training for developed systems

  • Cultivates strategic relationships and alliances with the stakeholders

EDUCATION:

  • Master’s degree in Computer Science, Health Informatics, Data Analytics and Visualization, Public Health or related discipline with PhD preferred.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 6+ years’ experience managing a wide variety of informatics and data projects, including demonstrated experience in directing technical staff, team members and vendors
  • Experience in sub-Saharan Africa required.
  • Demonstrated experience with application development and data collection and management
  • Demonstrated experience working with large, health-related datasets
  • Demonstrated experience presenting data in a variety of tabular and visual formats
  • Exhibit a high level of diplomacy while working with government partners at the national or regional levels in resource-constrained settings.
  • Strong familiarity and command of CDC regulations and compliance.
  • Excellent critical thinking, analysis, meeting facilitation, verbal and written communication, interpersonal interactions (e.g., partnering, conflict management, consulting, etc.), and organizational skills
  • Proven record of superb management, leadership, decision-making, and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to manage large, complex projects across multi-country settings.
  • Experience with PEPFAR policy program planning and design. CDC programs preferred.
  • Demonstrated skills in supervising staff, team building and management.
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills.

NOTE: This is a local hire position (i.e., candidates must be eligible to work in Zambia) and the successful candidate will be an employee of ICAP or its partners in Zambia and subject to the local terms and conditions of employment which includes a competitive salary and benefits package.

How to apply:

  • Please submit a Cover Letter and Resume to icap-jobs@columbia.edu.
  • Please indicate the job title “Health Management Information Systems Advisor” in the email subject line.

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Zambia: Project Director (PD)

Organization: ICAP
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 30 Nov 2017

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Project Director (PD) will report directly to the Country Director and provide strategic program, administrative and financial leadership for ICAP’s proposed CDC project, Strengthening the Quality, Capacity, and Utilization of Health-related Data for Programmatic Planning and Policy Decision-making to Support the Government and PEPFAR-funded Partners in the Republic of Zambia under PEPFAR. The PD will be the primary point of contact with CDC, Ministry of Health (MOH), other government counterparts, and partner institutions and will foster partnerships and relationships between ICAP, CDC, MOH and other stakeholders. The PD will work to ensure that program activities are completed on time, within budget, and in line with CDC requirements. Note: this position is contingent upon receipt of award and donor approval.

MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  • Provide leadership in the development, implementation, and management of the ICAP program strategies in line with CDC and PEPFAR strategies in the context of the country plans
  • Provides high-level technical guidance in planning and implementing SI activities for this proposal, including but not limited to

    • supporting the overall SI process required to enhance the MOH capacity in responding to the HIV epidemic
    • engaging stakeholders at national and sub national levels in the planning processes to ensure a user driven approach to data collection, monitoring and usage
    • ensuring the provision of technical assistance for data availability and utilization of this data for decision making
    • supporting the training of key stakeholders in improving the management of surveillance databases
    • managing the development of standardized procedures for data collection, access, analysis, reporting, and dissemination
    • overseeing the development of tools and data visualization strategies
  • Participate actively in the development of innovative approaches to strategic information and data visualization and use.

  • Ensure effective implementation and coordination of project activities and monitor progress toward the achievement of project goals and objectives.

  • Lead the annual work planning process and contribute to planning meetings with the donor.

  • Manage a diverse project team of qualified staff, aligning their efforts with project goals and ensuring effective program delivery.

  • Oversee all activities, outputs, and outcomes related to project management and administration, including reporting, budget development and monitoring, financial transactions, execution of project plans, and project performance monitoring and evaluation.

  • Drive use of data to track program quality, program outcomes and through targeted evaluations, assess programmatic impact on project goals, in partnership with SI Unit.

  • Responsible for the troubleshooting and resolution of potential problems,

  • Review outputs for quality control.

  • Represent the project in all matters pertaining to the execution of project-related activities including interactions with the most senior levels representatives of partner institutions.

  • Cultivate strategic relationships and alliances with the other USG partners and funders.

  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting of project activities and results to the donor.

  • Ensure that all donor reports, and project write ups, including but not limited to success stories and program briefs are data driven and articulate a compelling story.

  • Present progress, achievements, and lessons learned to key stakeholders, including the donor, government officials, and other implementing partners.

  • Prepare briefing documents on the project at the request of the donor or ministries of health.

  • Represent ICAP in meetings with government officials, CDC, and partner organizations.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION:

  • PhD, Medical Degree, or Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, strategic information, international development or other related field.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 8+ years’ experience designing and implementing strategic information or monitoring and evaluation systems for HIV programs/ related public health programs in the context of a developing country.
  • Experience in sub-Saharan Africa required.
  • Exhibit a high level of diplomacy while working with government partners at the national or regional levels in resource-constrained settings.
  • Strong familiarity and command of USG regulations and compliance.
  • Proven record of superb management, leadership, decision-making, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with PEPFAR policy program planning and design. CDC programs preferred.
  • Demonstrated skills in supervising staff, team building and management.
  • Significant experience leading capacity-building initiatives.
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills.
  • Fluent in Bemba and Nyanza preferred.

NOTE: This is a local hire position (i.e., candidates must be eligible to work in Zambia) and the successful candidate will be an employee of ICAP or its partners in Zambia and subject to the local terms and conditions of employment which includes a competitive salary and benefits package.

How to apply:

  • Please submit a Cover Letter and Resume to icap-jobs@columbia.edu.
  • Please indicate the job title “The Project Director” in the email subject line.

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