The purpose of the MEL/HIS Director is to support the strengthening of national Health Information System (HIS), and to lead the project’s Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (MEL) effort.
This involves supporting the development and scale up of priority electronic health information systems, such as the national DHIS2, Unified Electronic Medical Records, Logistics Management Information Systems, instill a culture of data use, build capacity and governance for the improved Health Information System (HIS), and ensure integrated systems by fostering stakeholder collaboration. S/he will provide technical, strategic advice and programmatic direction for the capacity building of government agencies in the development and implementation of HIS aspects of the activity, for optimizing the generation, identification, collection, processing, storage, and dissemination of quality data and strategic information.
S/he will lead project activities related to and implementation organizations in data use, data systems architecture, and health information systems governance. S/he will provide high level expertize to strengthen national processes and tools in strategic information such as in national data quality assurance and data dissemination and use.
S/he will lead the development, implementation and improvement of the project Monitoring and Evaluation and Learning (MEL) process, and ensure data generated through the MEL are used for decision making.
S/he will provide technical and strategic direction, leadership, and management oversight to ensure transfer of knowledge and skills to stakeholders across the health system
- Coordinates data collection to monitor performance and ensure timely compilation and reporting of data, and leads activities to support HMIS strengthening.
- Collaborates with sub-recipients on alignment of data collection, analysis, and results reporting
- Oversees the data migration and reconstruction efforts.
- Facilitates training surveys and ensures quality of data and data management activities at all levels
- Trains staff on database (HMIS) and answers questions related to the system
- Scale up e-reporting in public and private facilities health facilities (DHIS2 Web Client)
- Oversees the GIS spatial modelling of the distribution of AIDS, TB and Malaria
- Ensure data review and data use coordination/management (including program and data review meetings)
- Oversee the roll-out of harmonized NHMIS tools and supportive processes to states and Local Government Areas (LGAs)
- Lead to development of Client Level Data System (CLDS) effort of the project, especially the set-up of client registry, and Unified EMR solution
- Establish system for the flow of information from service-delivery points to the central data base and ensure timely technical support to all implementing health facilities.
- Provide support to the Government of Nigeria in the strengthening of the national data quality assurance (DQA) policy and guidelines, provide expertize in the strengthening of DQA processes and tools and supervise periodic data quality audits.
- Build the capacity of staff in the design and implementation of a coordinated and effective monitoring and evaluation and learning system.
- Analyze M&E data on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis and flag action areas to the project management.
- Lead the learning agenda of the project. Work with management to document and publish best practices.
- Link and analyze resource inputs, outputs and outcomes and advises on project effectiveness and efficiency.
- Ensure adequate reporting data is provided to Global Fund and used by project management: coordinate writing of reports and take responsibility for compilation of joint project report to the Global Fund and to national authorities as appropriate
Qualifications and Experience
- A Master’s degree in information science, data science, public health, statistics, health informatics, or a related field
- At least 10 years of experience working with information systems management and design in the health field for international donor-funded programs (Global Fund preferred), and in managing MEL systems for large-scale projects.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in the fields of capacity building and governance for information systems.
- At least 4 years of experience at a managerial level, providing guidance and supervision in implementation of strategies or methods.
- Experience with reporting health services data using standard tools and software. Familiarity with NHMIS and DHIS2 is required.
- Experience in working with Client Level Data Systems (Client Registry, Electronic Medical Records) is an asset.
- The HMIS Director will have experience and up-to-date knowledge and skills in MEL for health systems and healthcare provision.
- Ability to conceive of, plan, and lead HIS strengthening activities that address the unique challenges of the central, provincial, district, facility, and community levels, in particular related to HMIS/DHIS2
- Ability to provide high-level HIS technical leadership to multiple government directorates to achieve results, and to provide strategic support in the development and implementation of high-level HIS policies and guidelines
- Ability to find solutions to HIS challenges that are acutely sensitive to human and other resource constraints in the health sector
- Ability to serve as a liaison with Global Fund, Federal and selected State governments and other key stakeholders in support of the activity
- Ability to lead HIS change management activities at all levels
- Experience at organizing and facilitating systems strengthening, capacity development and mentoring processes
- Strong oral and written communication skills in English, including evidence of quality report writing and presentation
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines with quality products
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
- Competency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Experience using statistical software a plus.
- Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Good verbal, listening, writing, and intrapersonal skills essential for effective interaction among several institutions and staff involved in a broad range of activities