Palladium International Jobs Kenya

1. HIGDA NHIS Support Specialist


Company Profile;

Palladium develops and delivers innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. Since 1971, we have assisted governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and the private sector by designing, implementing, and evaluating programs in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, population and family planning, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and gender.

Palladium has deep expertise in policy and advocacy, research and strategic information, health markets and private sector engagement, modeling and economic analysis, patient monitoring and management/HMIS, strategic consulting, and program management.

Project Profile:
Palladium has recently been awarded a cooperative agreement to implement the USAID Health Informatics Governance and Data Analytics (HIGDA) in Kenya.

The purpose of this activity is to support ongoing efforts to strengthen national and county-level health sector organizational and management capacity in health informatics, monitoring, evaluation, and learning.

The Palladium led HIGDA team includes PATH and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

Together we bring technical expertise, national and county-level relationships, and strong technical strategy to achieve HIGDA goals.

We will collaborate with the Palladium led projects USAID HP+, USAID CMLAP and CDC KeHMIS, to use creative digital solutions and ICT and through implementing industry standards, to turn recent NHIS investments into sustainable outcomes.

The project has two sub-purposes:
1. Strengthened national governance for health informatics, monitoring, evaluations, learning and accountability systems
2. Strengthened capacity of national and county MOH on data analytics

The team will be led by a Chief of Party also based in Nairobi. Palladium staff in Nairobi and our international offices will provide routine technical and administrative support and assistance.

Position Summary:
Under the leadership of the HIGDA deputy chief of party, the NHIS Support Specialist will enhance the data services layer (DSL) interoperability platform to enable data sharing among various systems, including the commodities, supplies, and logistics management system (KEMSA LMIS); human resources information system (IHRIS); routine reporting system (DHIS2); MFL; GIS Solutions; and the National Data Warehouse Project (led by Palladium KeHMIS).

With support and oversight from the Senior Performance and Analytics Advisor, s/he will work with the USAID Sustaining Use of the DHIS 2 Mechanism project to incorporate user-defined requirements into DHIS 2, including the creation of user interfaces more closely aligned to user-requirements, and will work with the Palladium CDC KeHMIS National Data Warehouse (NDW) developers to incorporate user requirements into the NDW user interfaces and analyses, including developing platforms to visualize disease trends and facility-level clustering.

S/he will provide first line NHIS help desk support when needed and support staff capacity building in the health information systems unit of the DivHIME on NHIS Applications project.

S/he will take on a leadership and advisory role in the implementation of the HIGDA Interoperability and Analytics Lab, to be used for training, testing, teaming, and tooling of health information system solutions.

The NHIS Support Specialist will be a computer scientist/software engineer skilled in database administration, proficient in standards-based interoperability and data exchange protocols, and skilled in data visualization and use of BI tools. This position reports to the Senior Performance and Analytics Advisor.

Key Responsibilities
  • Design solutions for interoperability/data exchange and for data visualization and use:
  • Link target systems to the DSL
  • Work with the Sustaining DHIS 2 Mechanism project to enhance DHIS 2
  • Work with the CDC KeHMIS mechanism to enhance the National Data Warehouse
  • Work with the JKUAT to establish the Interoperability and Analytics Lab
  • Work with the Sr. Performance and Analytics Advisor, GIS Specialist, Population Health Specialist, and the HIS Leadership Advisor to create user interfaces, dashboards, and data visualizations on various platforms for increased access of stakeholder data for evidence-based decision making
  • Build capacity of MOH staff on NHIS applications support
  • Provide Level 1 support to the NHIS help desk

    Qualifications
  • Minimum BSc Computer Science or BEng Software Engineering
  • 5+ years' experience in a technology leadership position for a public health project, preferably USG funded
  • Appropriate software skills in database administration and standards-based interoperability/data exchange, proven experience in creating user interfaces/dashboards, and proficiency in the use of data visualization tools and BI
  • Excellent coordination and information management skills
  • The ability to work well under pressure and skills in change management, crisis management, and problem solving
  • Experience with maintenance and software upgrades for NHIS applications, especially DHIS2 and MFL
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently within Kenya and work under field conditions
  • Fluency in English and Swahili required

    How to apply:
    For more information and job application details, see; HIGDA NHIS Support Specialist

    2. HIGDA GIS Specialist
    Under the leadership of the HIGDA Deputy Chief of Party.

    S/he will work with the HIGDA Senior Capacity Building Advisor and Senior Performance and Analytics Advisor to increase GIS capacity at academic institutions and stimulate increased GIS research within these institutions and the MOH.

    S/he will facilitate data sharing between MOH and county health agencies via the GIS platform.

    S/he will work collaboratively with the MOH and county authorities to identify key information needs that can be addressed through the use of spatial data.

    S/he will work with the MoH, academic institutions, and NGOs towards the development of a research agenda to stimulate the use of GIS.

    S/he will work with the project leadership towards the inclusion of a spatial decision support strategy within the national enterprise architecture. This position reports to the Senior Performance and Analytics Advisor. Key Responsibilities

    Enable real-time spatial data collection and updating of all the existing and new public health facilities offering treatment and care services for HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, maternal and child health, and malaria.

    Store in a geo-database all related attributes and environmental spatial datasets such as elevation, population distribution, climate variables, water bodies, derived indices (e.g., NDVI, VGI), derived metrics (health facility catchments), and locational data such as health facility locations.

    Support interactive dashboard geo-visualization of HIV/AIDS trends, facility-level clustering, and production of high quality static cartographic maps to support decision making on HIV/AIDS.

    Support both online and desktop spatial query analysis to enable system users to compare disease trends or extract facility data at different spatial units (county or sub-county levels).

    Provide advanced spatial analytical capabilities such as performance of hot spot analysis, interpolation of HIV data, and network accessibility analysis based on least-cost path algorithms.

    Support spatial data sharing across multiple formats and outputs such as GeoJSON, TopoJSON, TIFF, PNG, SVG, and JPEG.

    Support multiple overlays using satellite imagery base map such as Google Maps, Open Street Map, and other spatial datasets of interest.

    Work with the Sr. Performance and Analytics Advisor, NHIS Support Specialist, and HIS Leadership Advisor to incorporate GIS into user interfaces, dashboards, and data visualizations on various platforms for increased access of stakeholder data for evidence-based decision making

    Qualifications
  • Minimum BSc Computer Science or BEng Software or Geospatial Engineering, or BA Geography, and accreditation in GIS, or degree in fields relating to human/biological sciences or social sciences with accreditation in GIS
  • Experience with ArcGIS, GeoNode, Open Geospatial Tools, Architecture, Communities, others,
  • Proficiency with providing GIS outputs in GeoJSON, TopoJSON, TIFF, PNG, SVG, and JPEG and others
  • 5+ years' experience in a technology leadership position for a public health project, preferably USG funded
  • Excellent coordination and information management skills
  • The ability to work well under pressure and skilled in change management, crisis management, and problem solving
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently within Kenya and work under field conditions
  • Must be available for domestic travel
  • Fluent English and Swahili required

    How to apply:
    For more information and job application details, see; HIGDA GIS Specialist

    These positions are based in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenyan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

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