Public Health Information System Advisor

February 16, 2022

Job Description

APIN Public Health Initiatives Limited / Gte

APIN Public Health Initiatives Limited/Gte, formerly known as AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria is a non-governmental organization registered with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). APIN has built a strong partnership with the Nigerian Government, which is memorialized through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the National Planning Commission. APIN is a leading Nigerian organization in the provision of prevention, care and treatment services to patients with HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis; Malaria; Reproductive Health; Family Planning; Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and other non-communicable diseases of public health significance.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Public Health Information System Advisor
Requisition ID: api-23842
Location: Abuja
Employment Type: Full-Time
Department: Health Informatics
Position Summary

PHIS3 seeks a Public Health Information System Advisor to support Health Informatics activities.
The successful candidate will supervise the management and development of the National Data Repository (NDR), the interoperability of the various national Health Information Systems (HIS) platforms and any other related HIS platform as directed by the funders.
S/He will provide technical and strategic direction and support to the project team to scale up priority health information systems (and their interoperability) at all levels of the health system and will be involved in the management, enhancement, development, and deployment of the NDR and the Laboratory Information Management systems (LIMS).
S/He will coordinate and liaise with government agencies, other donor-funded projects, implementing partners, CDC, and other stakeholders to build capacity in health informatics.
He/she will manage the optimization of the current thematic areas (Treatment, HTS, and PMTCT) and the onboarding of the new thematic area (TB/HIV, TB/DOTS, etc.) as directed by the funders.
The Public Health Information System Advisor reports directly to the Health Informatics lead-in activity implementation and management.

Duties & Responsibilities

Provide technical assistance to ensure the implementation, adaptation, improvement, and optimal interoperability of HIS platforms, to capture, store and transmit patient-level data.
Develop customization solutions with global standard architecture for scalability and sustainability
Lead development and enhancement of data use and data visualization on any assigned health information system platform in PHIS3 and external stakeholders.
Develop solutions on demand by coding required applications that conform to global standards
Strategic ideas and intelligent analysis of problems and profer rapid solutions
Build technical capacity of MOH staff to manage and upgrade the assigned national HIS platforms.
Develop and routinely update all processes, standard operating procedures, and documents for software management for the organization
Coordinate unit activities and maintain software architecture standards.
Participate in the design, implementation, testing, and launching of HIS Solutions by the informatics and organization at large.
Develop micro solutions that speak to the goal and objective of the project
Develop SOPs, concept notes, requirement gathering of project scope and present to management staff and external stakeholders
Write Health Informatics activity reports and presentation documents for internal and stakeholders
Collaborate with the government and other stakeholders by attending TWG meetings and implementing the government's activities.
Support the setting up of a pool of informatics specialists in the relevant GON Ministries.
Ensure all unit activities are documented appropriately and made available to the relevant stakeholders.
Attend designated meetings and make technical presentations in relation to cross-cutting issues at different levels (Team lead meetings, general staff meetings) and with external stakeholders (GON, meetings with Implementing Partners meetings).
Carry out presentations to stakeholders and internal staff on specific deliverables and solutions
Develop and facilitate an effective planning process for the deployment and implementation of health information data exchange.
Provide technical assistant to ensure the implementation, adaptation, and improvement of national interoperable electronic HIS platforms, to capture, store and transmit patient-level or service-based data
Lead development and enhancement of data use and data visualization on the assigned HIS platform.
Build technical capacity of MOH staff to manage and upgrade the assigned national HIS platforms.
Develop and routinely update all processes, standard operating procedures, and documents for software management for the organization
Coordinate unit activities and maintain software architecture standards.
Participate in the design, implementation, testing, and launching of HIS Solutions by the organization

Qualifications and Experience

Minimum of B.Sc. in IT, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or any other related areas. A Master's Degree is an added advantage.
7 – 8 years experience working in complex, consensus-driven environments, and demonstrated success developing a variety of software systems including analysis, design, implementation, and deployment tasks.
Minimum of 5 years experience in health informatics, including experience in Health Information Exchange (HIE) organizations or state health agencies advancing HIE initiatives, with demonstrated knowledge of HL7, FHIR, and CCDs.
Experienced in coding languages e.g. PHP, C+, Java, C#, VB.NET, etc. with a good knowledge of their ecosystems.
Proficiency with MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Web services APIs, working in mixed environments including Linux, Unix and/or Windows on desktop, server, tablet, and mobile systems
Demonstrated understanding: of healthcare software applications across the hospital, public health, and private practice domains of health information technology standards of barriers to health information technology and regional health information exchange.
Experience in project management of digital health projects, with demonstrated knowledge of software quality assurance and software development methodologies. Thought leadership in the fields of health information systems and/or technology for global health.
Strong knowledge and experience with data extract, transform, and load (ETL) principles, methods, and technology, and the use of application programming interfaces (APIs) for electronic data transfer.
Eight (8) years of professional experience in implementing health information management systems at the national and subnational level, including DHIS2, EMRs, and mobile data collection products. Prior leadership experience preferred.
Prior experience working with a Systems Integrator (SI) or Independent Software Vendor (ISV) in the health care technology industry focused on Health Information Exchanges and/or analytics
Experience working on a team in a developing country to create interoperability among information systems, including the use of unique patient identifiers across systems, is desired.
Experience with small- and large-scale data analysis and presentation, visualization, and reporting
Strong organizational, time management, communication, leadership, coaching, and team-building skills to strengthen and cultivate relationships to help achieve organizational goals.
The ability to work well under pressure and develop effective compromise when needed; skilled at change management, crisis management, and problem-solving,
Demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning methodology and documentation processes, including business process analysis, workflow, requirements specification development, and data modeling.
Experience working in a team in a developing country to create interoperability among information systems, including the use of unique patient identifiers across systems, is desired.
Strong written and oral communication skills for high-level policy audiences (writing examples may be required), with fluency in English language. Proficiency in a second language is a plus.
Demonstrated knowledge of strategic planning methodology and documentation processes.
Ability to develop and maintain relationships with users and various stakeholders (local and international); developed cultural awareness and innovation sense.
Ability and willingness to travel frequently.

Application Closing Date
17th February, 2022.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

To apply for this job please visit www.apin.org.ng.

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