Regional Strategic Information Lead
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About HJFMRI Tanzania Program
The Walter Reed Program Tanzania (WRP-T) is a collaborative effort that supports PEPFAR-funded HIV prevention and treatment activities in the Southern Highlands and within the Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF). HJF Medical Research International, Inc Tanzania (HJFMRI-T) is a local non-profit that has supported these efforts since 2004 for the Walter Reed Army institute of Research (WRAIR). PEPFAR activities are conducted in close collaboration with the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children; and the President’s Office of the Regional Administration and Local Government (PORALG), through the Regional and Council Health Management Teams.
HJFMRI-T provides care and treatment to people affected by HIV/AIDS, and has been actively involved in HIV and AIDS programming, providing resources, personnel, and services to the Southern Highlands Zone. The program has expanded from supporting the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital to becoming a hub for anti-retroviral treatment in the zone; to community support through decentralized services, with the overall objective of implementing research, clinical HIV, prevention, care, and treatment services. HJFMRI-T currently focuses specifically on four regions in the Southern Highlands zone, namely Mbeya, Rukwa, Katavi, Songwe and Ruvuma for VMMC services only. The program also supports TPDF to implement comprehensive HIV prevention care and treatment program in 21 sites throughout the country.
HJF Medical Research International, Inc. Tanzania (HJFMRI-T) is seeking qualified candidates to fill the positions listed below:
Job Title : Regional Strategic Information Lead
Location : Songwe
Duration : 12 Months (with an option to renew based on the availability of funding and need)
Regional Strategic Information Lead will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of SI activities for both medical and community partners within their designated region. These include data collection, data quality assurance, data compilation & reporting, and data analytics & use.
S/he will support the development and harmonization of effective monitoring and evaluation systems, support capacity building and training activities on SI topics, ensure and logistics and communication across different program areas (medical, research, and outreach) as it relates to data used to inform programmatic decision making.
The Regional Strategic Information Lead will provide feedback to Strategic Information Director through weekly, monthly, and quarterly analysis of key program performance indicators by reviewing historical trends, identifying programmatic gaps, and providing appropriate solutions to address challenges. Additional responsibilities include collaboration with RHMT (regional health management team), CHMT (council health management team), and outreach implementing partners to provide mentorship regarding data management, quality, and use.
Supervisory duties include capacity building and mentorship of Strategic Information officers to improve national M&E systems, use of data, and timeliness of reporting.
The Regional SI Team Lead is responsible for ensuring the quality of data prior to final report compilation. S/he also will collaborate with the District Program Management Officer & Outreach Program Officers to prepare monthly, quarterly, semiannual, annual narrative reports. The Regional SI Team Lead report to the Strategic Information Director. This position will be based in the assigned region in the Southern Highlands.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Monitor progress of targets (regional and district) and disseminate analysis to Strategic Information officers through IMPACT and DATIM dashboards.
- Ensure the availability of standardized Monitoring and Evaluation tools at district and partner levels.
- Supervise Strategic Information officers to ensure quality data collection and reporting weekly, monthly, and quarterly, and ensure all reporting deadlines are observed.
- Monitor current data collection and management solutions to identify programmatic gaps and develop solutions in collaboration with the district team.
- Review and analyze weekly, monthly & quarterly district reports to identify challenges in program implementation and to enhance the quality of reporting and communication.
- Develop data visualization to identify and track regional program performance through IMPACT dashboards and other analytic tools and implement strategies to increase data use and demand across program staff.
- Oversee implementation of district-level quarterly data quality assessments through analysis of district and facility-based performance
- Conduct final review of data into IMPACT/DATIM on a monthly & quarterly basis prior to submission to SI Director and other relevant staff.
- Participate in field-based supportive supervision activities to include monitoring, technical assistance, and training visits with HJFMRI staff at the district level, involving internal and external stakeholders.
- Liaise with program staff to review and analyze weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports to identify program implementation challenges and enhance reporting and communication quality.
- Work with Strategic Information officers to build data clerks and data assistants’ capacity through recommendations of best practices for data collection, data quality assessment, and reporting using national reporting tools to inform programmatic decision-making.
- Collaborate with HMIS and DDIU advisor to support health information systems, data demand, and information use at the region level
Knowledge and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Information Technology, Computer Science, Data Management, Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Public Health, Statistics, or any related discipline. Master’s Degree in related field will be of added advantage.
- A minimum of three years’ working experience at a similar position
- Computer literate in Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, and database administration.
- Technical knowledge of data management policies and procedures
- Expertise in DHIS2, DATIM, IMPACT, CTC2 database, pharmacy module, Electronic Medical Records (EMR), and others.
- Ability to communicate technical data to non-technical audiences
- Excellent data management and data visualizations skills
- Ability to analyze and interpret data for decision making.
- Competent in using Statistical Analysis Packages (SAS, STATA, SPSS, EPI Info) and other analytical software (GIS and Tableau).
- Strong organizational skills and ability to work in a team-oriented, culturally diverse environment.
- Ability to resolve problems and identify appropriate solutions to improve data management and use.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
- The ability to plan work and meet deadlines.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English & Swahili.
- Demonstrated initiative, creativity, and flexibility in problem-solving
- Ability to think strategically and work in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to effectively prioritize projects, schedules, and deliverables
- Ability to travel in Southern Highland up to 50% of the time, building the capacity of the regional team, facility-based health care providers, RHMTs, and CHMTs.
- Experience in organizing and facilitating training, workshops, and meetings.
HOW TO APPLY
Cover letters and resumes should be sent by mail through post/EMS/DHL/ or any reliable Courier to the Human Resources and Administration Manager, P.O. Box 6396, Mbeya, or sent through e-mail to email@example.com
NOTE: To be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE. “CVs should not include any reference to marital status, birthplace, or tribal or religious affiliations. Any CVs containing this information will not be considered for employment”. Applications that are hand-delivered will not be accepted.
The deadline for submitting the application is December 31, 2020. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements, as detailed in the job description above, will not be considered.