Senior Strategic Information Specialist

MZ
3 months ago
Job ID
2017-2937
Experience (Years)
10

Overview

The Senior Strategic Information Specialist will work together with the Director, Strategic Information (SI) to provide technical leadership and strategic direction for project strategic information and monitoring, evaluation, and research (MER) activities in support of an anticipated USAID-funded HIV program in Mozambique. This large project estimated between $350-400 million aims to support the Government of Mozambique’s (GRM) achievement of HIV/AIDS epidemic control by 2020 in provinces where USAID is the primary clinical support partner. It will focus on two priority outcomes to measure this geographically focused support: (1) to reach and sustain a level of 80% (or better) treatment coverage, and (2) to reach and sustain 90% (or better) viral suppression among people receiving antiretroviral therapy. The project will operate over a 5-9 year period. This position will support the SI Director and Technical Director to develop project framework, plans and indicators to capture performance results and provide effective, accurate and timely MER of all project activities. The position will support the SI Director with the design and implementation of strategic information and MER activities, ensuring that lessons learned are integrated into project implementation to continuously improve quality of interventions and outcomes. The position will support documentation and dissemination of project successes and challenges to USAID. The position will liaise with consortium partners and the Ministry of Health to implement strategic information and MER activities. This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Mozambican nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. The position is based in Maputo, Mozambique. 

Responsibilities

  • Provide technical assistance around strategic information and MER in support of technical excellence within the project 
  • Assist MOH with SI policy needs as well as related standard operating procedures (SOP)
  • Provide technical direction in keeping with national policies and SOP to facilities and relevant community sites
  • Have frequent routine communications with other project team members based in the project headquarters in Beira and in the provinces
  • Stay in routine contact with SI counterparts at USAID/Mozambique and MOH
  • Together with the Technical Director and SI Director, provide direction and be responsible for technical outcomes of strategic information activities
  • Together with the Technical Director and SI Director, implement the technical principles guiding the program
  • Ensure high-quality implementation, consistent with Mozambican national health guidelines, protocols, information and reporting systems
  • Strengthen the following subsystems that must work in an integrated way and will be implemented progressively:
    • Routine information system
    • Epidemiological surveillance
    • Information system mapping of health services 
    • Information system for health facilities to review, analyze, and use their data
    • Mortality recording system
  • Support the SI Director to :
    • Develop and implement the Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) to capture project performance and results, including routine service delivery data reporting, baseline and endline assessments, and all monitoring for process and outcome evaluations
    • Develop and oversee data flow pattern for the project that will ensure timely data collection and reporting
  • Support results reporting to USAID by providing written documentation on MER activities and indicator results for progress and annual reports, as appropriate
  • Work with SI team to ensure technical and financial integrity to achieve project goals and corresponding objectives and targets 
  • Use data to contribute towards strategic decision-making and project planning with project leadership
  • Support targeted evaluations and operations research, including design, data collection, management and analysis 
  • Ensure quality of data through data verification procedures, including routine data quality audits
  • Cultivate strategic relationships and alliances with other USAID and donor-funded projects and represent strategic information and MER activities in public and professional circles through meetings, conferences, and presentations
  • Maintain close contact with the strategic information team at USAID based in Maputo and stay up to date with OGAC guidance on strategic planning and strategic information
  • Ensure relevant data is entered into Jhpiego’s organization-wide performance management system designed to capture, analyze, and disseminate project data
  • Support the project to provide the MOH with technical assistance to strengthen the country’s HMIS for the optimal use of routine HMIS data
  • Promote and support the dissemination of project information among the project team
  • Work with project and financial staff to prepare and track progress of project and activity budgets
  • Coordinate strategic information and MER capacity-building activities with project staff, implementing partners and facility staff
  • Support the designated Internal Review Board (IRB) focal point in-country including maintaining current certification from 1) CITI human subjects ethics course and 2) CITI Good Clinical Practices (GCP) course
  • Ensure protection of participant data and confidentiality during IRB process and implementation of studies

Required Qualifications

  • An advanced degree in statistics, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, data management, or information systems or related degree
  • At least 10 years of experience in the field of M&E, Information Systems, or Strategic Information related to health projects with some experience in public health
  • At least five years of experience in collecting, analyzing, and managing donor funded project data
  • The ability to influence program policy and operational decisions, demonstrated by previous experience in leading the development and implementation of instruments, tools, and or protocols used in the measurement of program outcomes
  • In depth familiarity with PEPFAR indicators and definitions
  • Demonstrated expertise working in a leadership capacity with international donors, senior government officials and policymakers
  • Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, operations research, health management information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, data analysis and presentation 
  • Demonstrated strong management, coordination, teamwork and planning skills with proven ability to function effectively with multiple host-country counterparts in both the public and NGO sectors
  • Strong skills in word processing, Excel, and ability to process and analyze data using one or more statistical software packages, including at least one of the following: SPSS, Epi-Info, Stata, MS Access
  • Familiarity with USAID or other US government administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems preferred
  • Familiarity with Mozambican health management information system and other national M&E systems 
  • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
  • Strong oral and written skills in Portuguese and English, including demonstrated technical writing skills for publication
  • Ability to travel 50% of time to Beira and other project provinces

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