JOB TITLE: HEALTH INFORMATION SYSTEMS (HIS) ANALYST
Reports to: Project Coordinator – HMIS
The Health Information Systems (HIS) Analyst will use computers and related systems to design new IT solutions, modify, enhance or adapt existing systems and integrate new features or improvements to improve business efficiency and productivity of the health systems. The HIS Analyst must possess a high level of technical expertise and clear insights into current health existing health information systems and processes of Uganda. Specifically, the HIS Analyst will examine existing health information systems and process models, analyse systems requirements, and undertake product development by designing, building, testing, and supporting implementation of electronic systems/databases to support the M&E function of the national health system including MoH, districts, health facilities and communities. The HIS Analyst shall also implement, configure and test feasible solutions in collaboration with systems developers. He/she shall build capacities of the program staff at different levels by providing technical support in data management, electronic reporting through training, mentoring and coaching.
As a METS HMIS staff, the HIS Analyst will work closely with all other METS team members in a coordinated, collaborative and cooperative manner to ensure realization of a functional National M&E system.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Laisse with the Systems Developers (Programmers) to support the development, modification, testing and operationalization of new and existing database systems including but not limited to DHIS2, OpenMRS and the B+ weekly database etc. at METS, national, district, health facility, and IP levels
• Analyse and develop automated reports based on the data in any of METS supported database systems
• Facilitate staff development (through training, mentoring and coaching) of district and program personnel in database management, data management and report generation and dissemination to enhance data use for decision making.
• Support the rollout of national DHIS2 and electronic systems at high volume facilities through training, mentorship and coaching of the sites staff.
• Support the printing and distribution of national HMIS Tools across the country.
• Actively participate in IT related support requirements during the lifetime of the program
• Assess and document existing data management capacity and needs at national, district and health facility levels.
• Participate in advocacy for collection, processing and reporting of quality data
• Work with MOH, districts, implementing partners, and CDC to conduct database management capacity building activities for continuous quality improvement including conducting data quality assessments.
• Participate in the preparation of work plans, quarterly and annual reports on the activities of the Project.
• Undertake such other tasks within the scope of the role as directed by management from time to time.
Qualification and experience
• Applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering or any related field from a reputable University.
• At least 3 years working experience in areas related to the job description is desirable.
Required knowledge, skills and abilities
• Practical skills and ability to design, develop and implement electronic SQL-based relational databases (PostgreSQL, MS SQL, MySQL etc.), including entry screens and web-interfaces
• Advanced SQL querying and data management skills, including data manipulation, data cleaning and validation; aggregating and report preparation
• Advanced knowledge and skill with popular open source programming languages (either JAVA, Python or PHP and any other)
• Advanced skills to maintain and troubleshoot Linux Servers through Shell Scripts and Commands, SSH and FTP clients.
• Practical Knowledge in major Content Management Software(CMS) including but not limited to Drupal, Joomla, and any other frameworks and Web design
• Ability to securely configure Tomcat Servers, Apache Servers to work as desired.
• Competence in use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and some knowledge in any of the following: Epi-Info, MS Access, Stata, SPSS
• Able to work on multiple projects with different stakeholders
• Good knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of monitoring and evaluation in public health and clinical settings
• Working with any of the health information systems including DHIS2, OpenMRS, and fingerprinting system technology.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) program is a five year CDC-funded collaboration between the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). The Program works in close collaboration with Ministry of Health and other CDC supported partners. The overall program purpose is to promote evidence-based decision-making for an AIDS free generation by supporting the alignment of the USG supported Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting systems with the national M&E framework resulting into a fully functional one M&E system. In this regard, METS is seeking to recruit competent, self-driven and hardworking individuals to fill the positions listed below.
Interested applicants should deliver hard copy applications not later than Wednesday 27th April 2016 at 5.00pm. Applications should be delivered to the address below:
Office of the Dean
Makerere University School of Public Health
New Mulago Complex Road
P.O. Box 7072, Kampala.