UN Health Specialist – Health Information Systems Jobs – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

Organization: United
Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to:
Health Specialist, Health Systems Strengthening
About US:
The United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the UN general assembly to advocate for
the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and expand
their opportunities to reach their full potential. Together with our partners,
we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into
practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and
excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
Job Summary:   The Health Specialist, Health Information
Systems is responsible for the planning, implementation, monitoring and
evaluation of UNICEF, Government of Uganda Health Information Systems (HIS) and
Health Management Information System Program activities (HMIS). He/She provides
additional support to the implementation of the UNICEF District Health Systems
Strengthening approach to ensure real time information for the development a
one district health plan for UNICEF Tier 1 districts. Within the Child and
Survival Development Section, He/She is responsible for developing effective
strategies for scaling up Health Information Systems for effective Health
Information management.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Advise and facilitate the national technical alignment of Health
    Information Systems to MoH guiding documents including the Health Sector
    Development Plan, Health Sector Strategic and Investment Plan, and the
    National Development Plan. Support to the finalisation of the National
    eHealth policy, development and dissemination of the Enterprise
    Architecture, System Interoperability framework and Health Information
    Systems Strategy.
  • In close coordination with Ministry of Health and in partnership
    with relevant stakeholders, support the improvement of district health
    governance and data management performance 
    in UNICEF Tier 1 and 2 districts including building capacity for
    data use for evidence based planning and prioritisation; improve the
    enabling environment for good data usage and management practices  through increased use of HIS decision
    support tools. In addition, monitor all CSD section data investments
    implemented to strengthen sub-national health planning and evidence
    generation to encourage continuous learning and sustainable health management
    capacity in the District Health Systems Strengthening approach.
  • Contribute to preparation of Child Survival and Development
    documents including annual plans of action, documentation of interventions
    and donor reports ensuring mainstreaming of Health  Information Systems.
  • Establishes  and maintains
    contact with partners at national and district level; keeps abreast of
    global standards in Health Information Exchange and Health Management
    Information System including support to institutionalization of nationally
    accredited HIS at District and Health sub-district levels.
  • On behalf of the CSD Section, prepares briefings, situation reports
    and progress reports on HMIS and HIS for the decision-making process and
    information purposes for UNICEF management, the T4D Governance Committee,
    donors and partners.
  • Plays a lead coordination role in discussions with government or
    other local authorities, partners (especially WHO, USAID, CDC, UNFPA, UN
    Global Pulse) and PCA partners, to advocate and/or assist counterparts in
    the formulation, implementation and evaluation of eHealth & mHealth
    related Interventions.
  • Supports national capacity building for Health Information Systems
    interventions in support of health emergencies preparedness to recurrent
    risks such as disease outbreaks, refugee influxes, and epidemics and
    provides training and/or briefing on the same.
  • Works with zonal offices to strengthen district and regional HIS and
    Monitors the appropriate and effective use of UNICEF resources/inputs.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNICEF Health Specialist
    – Health Information Systems job opportunity should hold an advanced
    degree in one of the following fields: Information Technology, Information
    Systems, Application Architecture Design or a field relevant to Health
    Systems strengthening, and Digital Health.
  • Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience
    in programme management, scale up and implementation of Health Information
    Systems in the Uganda Context.
  • At least three years of relevant professional work experience within
    the Uganda health and nutrition context in applying the District Health
    Systems strengthening
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN
    language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language
    is an asset.
  • UNICEF’s Core Values: Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in
    Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
  • Competencies:
    Leading and Supervising, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing,
    Relating and Networking, Persuading and Influencing, and Creating and
    Innovating
NB:
The United Nations does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment
process (Application, interview meeting, processing, or training). The United
Nations does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates desiring to serve the United Nations in the
aforementioned capacity should express their interest by visiting the UN
recruitment website and clicking Apply Now.
Deadline: 18th April 2019
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