Health Information Systems Advisor (GS 13 Equivalent)

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
ID
2020-3523
Category
Global Health/Public Health
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

The U.S. Government’s (USG) engagement to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS is a top priority worldwide. The USG response includes coordination among the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Peace Corps (PC), and other entities. This initiative is collectively known as the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). USAID has been at the forefront of the USG’s response to provide quality HIV/AIDS services to over one hundred countries to mitigate the health crisis that threatens the prosperity, stability and development of these nations.

 

The Bureau for Global Health’s Office of HIV/AIDS (GH/OHA) is the center of HIV/AIDS technical leadership for USAID and has primary responsibility for the Agency’s HIV/AIDS program. OHA provides strategic direction, technical leadership, and support to field programs in HIV/AIDS. It provides input to decisions concerning the strategic allocation of financial and human resources in the sector and assists in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs.

The Strategic Information, Evaluation, and Informatics Division (SIEI) within OHA, to which the Senior Health Information Systems Advisor will be assigned, provides technical expertise to advance and support country-owned, sustainable strategic information systems and promotes data-driven program planning. The SIEI Division has primary responsibility of supporting USAID headquarters and its Missions to build capacity in managing and utilizing data systems to improve impact and accountability of HIV/AIDS programs.

 

Health information systems (HIS)/ Health Management Information Systems (HMIS) activities are a key component of PEPFAR Strategic Information (SI) programs. At the facility and community level, HIS assists health care workers in providing high quality and timely care. At the national, regional and Headquarters level, HIS assist public health managers in finding answers to key questions about the state of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the delivery and process of prevention, care and treatment services, the effectiveness of these services, the capacity needed to improve programs, as well as to plan and report and reach goals impacting the epidemic.

 

Many countries lack robust health information systems and the related information and communications technology infrastructure (IT) needed to access and report high-quality data. Wherever possible, PEPFAR HIS activities build on existing data and information system standards and infrastructures in program countries. HIS activities target the design, development, implementation, operations, maintenance and evaluation information systems and technologies.

 

Job Requirements

The Health Information Systems (HIS) Advisor will be a member of the Health Informatics Branch in the Strategic Information, Evaluation and Informatics (SIEI) Division in the Office of HIV/AIDS within USAID’s Bureau for Global Health.  Broad responsibilities will include providing technical guidance to USAID, interagency partners, Ministries of Health, and implementing partners in the design, development, improvement, and maintenance of information systems that strengthen health service quality, effectiveness, and efficiency. The HIS Advisor will work closely with and receive technical guidance from the Health Informatics Branch Chief as his/her USAID Point of Contact (POC).

 

Responsibilities

  • Provides HMIS technical assistance and capacity building to USAID Missions for in country systems requirements, analysis, design, specifications, and oversight of project management, development, piloting/testing, implementation and evaluation.
  • Provides technical leadership in the requirements gathering, development, testing, deployment, and management of global USAID digital solutions such as GHSurveys, OHA Data Commons Platform, and other emerging projects.
  • Applies software project management principles and/or Strategic Information (SI) components to health IT-related projects in developing countries.
  • Provides technical input to systems integration and use of data management information systems, e.g., HMIS, District Health Information Software (DHIS2), Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Health Information Exchanges (HIE) and tools to facilitate data entry, transmission, and use.
  • Helps to define and enforce software development methodology and processes, with a focus on moving towards more agile processes.
  • Ensures a high level of communication and close working relationships with Missions and in country project teams, project implementers, and other key stakeholders operating in the health informatics arena. Communicating lessons learned and best practices globally, across countries, partners, agencies and donors.
  • Facilitates business and systems analysis discussions and translating findings into clearly defined specifications including rough orders of magnitude (ROMS).
  • Provides technical input and activity management support to different global projects engaged in country-specific HMIS activities and global needs. This includes attending technical calls, reviewing project materials, and documenting project progress to management teams and other stakeholders.
  • Serves as a USAID implementation subject matter expert (ISME) to several countries providing technical assistance with other interagency staff to PEPFAR country programs on health information systems.
  • Participates in the annual PEPFAR Country Operational Plan (COP) technical review process for health information systems above-site investment activities.
  • Prepares content for presentations and other materials for senior staff within the Bureau for Global Health and its offices, Department of State’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), and other PEPFAR implementing agencies.
  • Participates in and presents at technical meetings, seminars and conferences for HIS.
  • International and domestic travel up to 33%.

 Training and Professional Development:

  • More fully understand the design and implementation of interventions related to health information systems.
  • Increased knowledge of tools, techniques and frameworks for HIS, systems interoperability, and the use of digital health in HIV service delivery.
  • Deepen knowledge of current literature, research, policies and programmatic experiences related to the HIV response.
  • Participate in professional meetings as appropriate to the position description.
  • Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.
  • Complete and execute and Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree with 7 years’ of experience or bachelor’s degree with minimum of 9 years’ experience or higher in Computer Sciences, Management Information Systems (MIS), public health or a related social science field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience with two or more public health technical disciplines (such as HIV, monitoring and evaluation performance improvement, etc.); job duties/responsibilities generally related to PD requirements.
  • 7+ years of experience in project management including designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining health information systems in large-scale program activities, with at least three (3-5) years’ experience in an international or resource challenged setting.
  • Relevant experience living and working 2+ years overseas on HIS technical projects preferred.
  • Knowledge of federal information systems development, such as the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Clinger-Cohen, FedRamp, among others.
  • Knowledge of health information technology and public health IT standards including, semantic, exchange, privacy/security, etc. and applications, including EMRs, laboratory information systems (LIS), DHIS, HIE, mobile health data collection applications, and others.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting the full software development life-cycle of mid- to large-sized projects (i.e. crossing multiple program areas and conflicting needs; requiring integration of multiple non-standardized applications or business processes; and requiring complex reporting and communication at the agency and executive level) with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge and experience with applying general software development lifecycle (SDLC) and project management best practices methodologies, i.e. Agile, PRINCE2, RUP, etc.
  • Experience with common relational databases, i.e. SQL, MySQL, Oracle, etc., and a good understanding of extracting, transferring and transforming data (ETL).
  • User and proponent of open source software solutions.
  • Ability to foster effective working relationships with USG, host ministry, national and international working partners at all levels, local organizations, and other program partners, highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of and experience with PEPFAR HIV and M&E data is preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with diverse teams and stakeholders including wide range of development partners, including multilateral and bilateral donors as well as the private sector.
  • Strong teamwork, multi-stakeholder collaboration and management skills.
  • Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations, juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, problem solve in a fast-paced environment and set priorities.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is preferred.
  • Ability to travel regularly to developing countries and resource challenged settings, ranging up to 33%, depending on assigned operational unit.
  • US citizenship or US permanent residence with the ability to obtain and maintain a facility access clearance is required.

 

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