Technical Advisor, Informatics USAID Project Vacancies – Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP)

Organization:
Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP)
Reports to: Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Advisor
Job Location:
Kampala, Uganda
About Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs:
Johns Hopkins Center
for Communication Programs (CCP) is a leader in strategic communication and
research that facilitates access to information and exchange of knowledge to
improve health.  CCP has more than 60
projects that employ staff in more than 40 countries around the world.  CCP has unparalleled experience as a global
center for Social and Behavioral Change excellence.  Through its projects, CCP harnesses the power
of social and behavior change communication to encourage the adoption of
healthy behaviors in the projects implemented worldwide.
Project Background: 
The Social and
Behavioral Change Activity (SBCA) is a five-year program implemented through a
cooperative agreement between the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID/Uganda) and Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
(CCP). The vision of USAID’s Social and Behavioral Change Activity is a Uganda
where individuals and communities are not just healthy, but resilient,
supported by strong adaptable systems and institutions to lead productive
lives. The SBC Activity supports the Government of Uganda (GoU) and US
government (USG) implementing partners to design and implement Social and
Behavioral Change (SBC) communication initiatives that   contribute towards reduction in Maternal and
Child mortality, Malaria prevalence, Total Fertility rate, new HIV infections,
TB prevalence and improved Nutrition out comes, resilience and improved SBC
systems and expertise. 
Job Summary:  The Technical Advisor – Informatics will lead
the SBCA team to set up an appropriate data, reporting and workflow management
technology-based system to ensure that stakeholders have the data they need to
engage in iterative learning, testing, and adaptation of all elements of SBC.
He/she will develop a strategy to define the objectives of information
management for the SBCA, and devise an action plan at each stage of the
information management cycle (including data or information requirements, data
collection, processing, analysis, presentation, reporting and use) to achieve
all the established objectives. Working closely with the Senior Monitoring,
Evaluation and Learning Technical Advisor, the Technical Advisor – Informatics
will ensure that the information management system is linked to the national
information systems across sectors, as appropriate.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·       
Lead the
mapping of available information management systems that may be relevant to SBC
to identify, and/or define the optimal infrastructure for addressing the SBCA
data, reporting and learning needs.
·       
Support
the development and/or implementation of a user-friendly platform (the
solution) for SBC information, knowledge, data capture and storage with
powerful data visualization and reporting features. The solution will have
built-in incentive features to drive the SBCA management team and other
stakeholders to use the system, in support of the CLA agenda.
·       
Adapt
existing health and SBC information tools and data capture systems to
project-specific data collection and data dissemination needs and ensure
accessibility and usability of systems for SBCA and implementing partner teams.
·       
Perform
overall management of the information management system.
·       
Support
the development and implementation of data quality control measures that will
monitor accurate and complete capture of program data.
·       
Support
strategic data analyses, reporting and visualization approaches for relevant
project information and present it in the format most useful for its analysis
(e.g. reports, maps).
·       
Provide
regular maintenance and querying support for the information management
solution to address system troubleshooting and bug resolution.
·       
Provide
full training in the use and management of the system through a combination of
user and database administration workshops, user guides, e-learning courseware,
and capacity-building sessions with external stakeholders to ensure national
capacity and ownership of the system.
·       
Conduct
capacity strengthening activities on the information systems software, data
visualization, data analysis, crafting messages and advocacy; with the goal of
creating a culture that asks the “how” and “why” questions necessary for the
successful implementation and adaptation of the SBCA project activities.
·       
Develop
and ensure adherence to policies that ensure the security and confidentiality
of CCP and SBCA identifiable data, including adherence to relevant national and
international standards and Open Data guidance.
·       
Provide
regular and adhoc reports from the system as required by CCP, MoH and USAID.
·       
Remain informed
of current issues regarding health and SBC informatics applications and trends
in the field by review of current literature and involvement in professional
networks; is alert to any implication of new technology or trends in uptake for
project and program activities.
·       
Performs
any other duties assigned by the supervisor.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       
The applicant
must hold a Masters’ degree in Statistics, Biostatistics, information
Management, Demography or related field. Further training in information systems
or related fields will be an added advantage
·       
At least
10 years of experience carrying out information management tasks on large
international development projects or government institutions
·       
A
minimum of five (5) years of experience in a programming, performance
monitoring and/or evaluation role with an international development
organization.
·       
Previous
experience of working for SBC/SBCC or health communication programs is an added
advantage. 
·       
Oral and
written fluency in English.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
·       
Ensures
appropriate and timely data related support to the SBCA team and field
programs.
·       
Technical
expertise in information management and database set up and management.
·       
Expertise
in computer information systems such as iHRIS Suite, Microsoft office, MATLAB,
Microsoft Visual Studio, Virtual machines, ArcGlS, Navision, Adobe suite,
Borland, JCreator, SQL, WampServer, WinRAR, Nero, Xilosoft, iTunes, image burn
and related programs is highly preferred.
·       
Programming
expertise in any of the following; PHP, Java, Visual basic, Perl, MATLAB, C,
C#, Prolog Database: Apache, MySQL, Access, Oracle.
·       
Experience
working with databases such as DHIS2, DATlM, HIBRlD, iHRlS, TraiNET. FTMS and
PRS is highly desired.
·       
Ability
to lead a team of Health information experts and consultants.
·       
Proficient
in data analysis, monitoring and evaluation and Geo-information Science and
Technology experience.
·       
Ability
to lead survey design, planning, implementation and report writing.
·       
Proven
ability to support government in the development, monitoring implementation of
health sector plans and generation of performance reports.
How to Apply:
All applications must
be submitted using the web form at the link below
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