Health Information Systems Analyst – United States Embassy CDC

Organisation: United States
Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Uganda
About CDC:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is an
international public health agency engaged in HIV prevention and care programs
and research activities in Uganda.  CDC
offers excellent career opportunities for professional growth, training, and
collaboration with other health professionals. The main CDC offices are located
at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe. CDC is an agency of
the United States Mission in Uganda.”
Job Summary:  The Health Information Systems Analyst
will provide technical assistance and support during the planning, designing,
reviewing and implementation of new and improved health information systems for
CDC HIV/AIDS projects/activities and public health evaluations, and for
implementing partners (IPs) such as Ministry of Health providing HIV
prevention, treatment and care services, and surveillance activities in Uganda.
The incumbent carries out needs assessments and works with CDC-Uganda Strategic
Information Teams (Surveillance and Health Information Systems, Monitoring and
Evaluation, and Implementation Science) as well as with other branches
including, Health Systems, Prevention and Laboratory, researchers, scientists and
IP staff to develop systems specifications for health information systems that
are used to improve service delivery, track patterns and trends, and support
planning and decision making. Main information systems supported include DHIS2,
OpenMRS and other eHMIS software.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities:  
1. Systems Analysis, Design and Review 50%
  • The position’s primary responsibility is
    to perform Systems Requirements and Specifications (SRS) and Analysis to
    define the requirements of new and improved health information systems,
    while ensuring information security, principles and practices to the
    systems analysis process. The incumbent must stay current on all systems
    and standards development activities, guidelines and policies in any of
    the following areas: HIV prevention, counselling and testing, care and
    treatment, surveillance, laboratory information systems or management of
    drug inventory/supplies both nationally and internationally to ensure that
    developed solutions are relevant to the current public health trends. This
    position is responsible for applying expertise in this field to design and
    develop information system solutions to support these activities. This
    includes scope development, definition of functional and technical
    specifications documents, life cycle design, and development of the data
    model. This role involves incumbents working closely with CDC scientists,
    researchers, project offices and staff of implementing partners to assess
    and identify health information systems needs and requirements.
  • Work in liaison with the Health
    Information Systems Specialist/Team Lead, the incumbent provides a
    detailed description of the programming logic needed to convert user
    requirements into application system modules by developers and
    contractors. The position will also identify methods for automating data
    management tasks, including reporting, which will eventually be
    incorporated into views of a data repository and a decision support
    system. This position works closely with CDC-Uganda’s applications developers
    and the database administrator to ensure that systems developed meet
    general application development standards of CDC Uganda while giving
    priority to national systems that benefit a larger audience of providers,
    and that the health information system needs of IPs and CDC are met in a
    cost effective manner.
  • The incumbent has to make sure that all
    critical requirements for the system are met.
2. Software Testing 30%
  • The JH draws up software test plans as
    specified in the SRS plans, and works CDC project officers and staff at
    Implementing partner sites to carry out system testing, and presents test
    results to software developers(in-house staff or contractors) for action.
    The JH also performs periodic checks to ensure that data collected and
    managed at IP sites is retrieved correctly and that all regulations
    regarding confidentiality and security are followed.
3. Software Project Management 20%
  • The JH ensures that each project has
    clearly defined objectives and timelines and that these are achieved. The
    JH employs standard project management techniques using Gantt charts and
    computer-based project management software to coordinate systems
    improvement and development projects under their supervision.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the US Embassy CDC
    Health Information Systems Analyst should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in
    Computer Science, Information Technology, Statistics and Applied Sciences.
  • At least four years of progressively
    responsible experience in computer information systems for HIV prevention,
    treatment and surveillance systems; or experience in data management and
    analysis; or experience in applications development.
  • Attended formal training with knowledge,
    skills and abilities in software development and programming and HIV/AIDS
    practices, and procedures. PEPFAR and agency-specific training in
    approaches to program design, implementation and reporting.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of software
    development methodologies and project management is required.
  • Detailed knowledge of software development
    management, and quality assurance.
  • Thorough public health knowledge of
    current HIV/AIDS issues is required.
  • Detailed knowledge of the host government
    health care system and structures including familiarity with MOH policies,
    program priorities and regulations is required.
  • Detailed working knowledge of USG HIV/AIDS
    public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used
    to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results is required.
  • Problem solving, effective communication
    and advocacy skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to
    work independently with minimum supervision, ability to work under time
    constraints in order to meet deadlines;
  • Possess the ability to set priorities and
    make decisions on a variety of complex matters. Organize, schedule, and
    coordinate activities and projects with the ability to establish and
    maintain a cooperative working relationships with teams and partners.
  • Ability to research and evaluate health
    information application and information systems software and learn new
    software and hardware packages in order to adapt to the rapid changes in
    technology.
  • Language Proficiency: List both
    English and host country language(s) by level and specialization. Must be
    fluent (Level IV) in English. Ability to read technical manuals in English
    is required.
How to Apply:
All those interested in working with the US mission in Kampala should
send their applications and strictly adhere to the following:
  • Universal Application for Employment as a
    Locally Employed Staff or Family Member (DS-174) Download
    it Here
    .
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Candidates who claim US Veterans
    preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their
    application.  Candidates who claim
    conditional US Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming
    eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.
  • Any other documentation (e.g. essays,
    transcripts/certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification
    requirements of the position as listed above.
Submit Application To:
Human Resources Office
By email at KampalaHR@state.gov.
NB: Only electronic
submissions will be accepted and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Please clearly indicate the position applied for in the subject area of
the email submission.
Please use standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe
Acrobat (.pdf) and please send all documents in one file attachment.
Telephone:  0414-306001/259-791/5
Deadline: 31st December,
2014
The US Mission in Kampala provides equal opportunity and fair and
equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color
religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital
status, or sexual orientation.  The
Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all
personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.

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