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February 7, 2024 at 2:00:00 PM

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The mission of the United States Embassy is to advance the interests of the United States, and to serve and protect U.S. citizens in Uganda.

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Job Title

Health Information Systems Advisor (HIS Advisor) job at U.S. Embassy in Uganda

Job Description

General Statement of the Purpose of the Contract
USAID/Uganda is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Personal Services Contractor (PSC) -
Health Information Systems (HIS) Advisor.

The Office of Health and HIV/AIDS (OHH) is USAID/Uganda Mission’s largest technical office, with
over $350 million/year in program funding, and a staffing of almost 72 professionals. At any one time,there are between 50 and 60 activities managed by the technical staff and teams of the OHH.
Accordingly, OHH is responsible for one of USAID's largest and most complex bilateral assistance health
programs. Currently, there are six technical teams in the Office: (1: HSS) the Health System
Strengthening Team, (2: PMI) the President’s Malaria Initiative Team (3: HIV-TB) the HIV and TB
Team, (4: FHT) the Family Health Team, (5: SI) the Strategic Information (SI) Team, and (6: GHS) the
Global Health Security Team.

The HIS Advisor is a member of the HSS Unit responsible for providing strategic leadership, technical and management expertise for HIS in Uganda. HIS activities are a key component of the OHH and are implemented within the Ugandan health system. At the national, regional, and district levels, HIS assists public health managers in finding answers to key questions about the state of health programming; the effectiveness of these services; and the capacity needed to improve programs, as well as to plan and report on improved health outcomes. At the facility and community level, HIS assists health care workers in providing high quality information needed for timely and quality care. The HIS Advisor ensures USAID OHH and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief interagency HIS activities are aligned to the Ministry of Health (MOH) Health Information and Digital Health Strategy, USAID’s Global Health Digitization Strategy, and USAID Uganda’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS)

2.0. The HIS Advisor provides both advisory and deep technical acumen, including hands-on health information system technical expertise, conducts results-oriented analysis, initiates, and supports communications and collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders including the Government of Uganda (GOU), the USG inter-agency, Implementing Partners (IPs), community entities, private sector entities and other stakeholders. The Advisor occupies a high profile and important position in USG foreign assistance to Uganda and is expected to act in the best interest of USAID/Uganda, while being responsive to the needs and interests of the GOU and other key stakeholders.

Broad responsibilities of the HIS Advisor include providing technical guidance to USAID, USG interagency, and IPs in the design, development, improvement, and maintenance of digital and health information systems that strengthen health service quality, effectiveness, and efficiency. The HIS Advisor engages with key GOU ministries including the MOH, Local Government, Finance, Public Service, Information Communication Technology, Gender Labour and Social Development, and National Medical Stores; GOU Departments and Agencies including: National Information Technology Authority, National Identification and Registration Authority, Uganda Bureau of Statistics, and the Division of Health Information Management within the MOH. The HIS Advisor collaborates closely with USG colleagues to help leverage broader development opportunities with public and private stakeholders in a range of fields including energy, internet, power connectivity and economic development.

Duties and Responsibilities

Statement of Duties to be Performed

Technical and Advisory Support (70 percent)

  • Within USAID and the USG Interagency space

  • Provide strategic leadership to the development and implementation of HIS activities within the OHH team using health informatics IT project management principles and/or strategic information components through an HSS approach.

  • Engage with the OHH sub-teams to develop recommendations for USAID support to ensure harmonized, cost-effective, and developmentally appropriate HIS activities.

  • Provide digital health and information systems technical assistance and capacity building to USAID Personal Services Contractor staff, IP staff and GOU staff, as needed, for unique country systems requirements, systems analysis, design, specifications, and support to project development, management, development, implementation, and evaluation.

  • Provide on-going support to USAID IPs in operationalizing HIS and digital health activities in line with the MOH Health Information and HIS/Digital Health Strategy and USAID digital health priorities.

  • Contribute to the mutual leveraging of USAID and other development partner programs beyond health to catalyze solutions that will address the broader determinants of health outcomes.

  • Foster strategic partnerships and engagement between the health office and non-health offices within the Mission and externally to ensure HIS systems strengthening investments are implemented holistically. At national level

  • Provide technical leadership for the HIS and digital health landscape in Uganda, with a focus on USAID-supported data management systems across a range of technical areas, including health statistics from routine data like the District Health Information System-2 (DHIS-2) and periodic surveys like the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), key health information and digital systems (e.g. eLMIS, HRIS, Uganda Electronic Medical Records (EMR), IFMIS for budgeting) to facilitate systems design, data collection, management and use.

  • Work with the MOH Division of Health Information Management and Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development to assist in defining the strategic direction of Digital Health Information initiatives, guidance on systems integration and interoperability for health information exchange and data use of data management information systems.

  • Strengthen the development of national capacities for the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of quality and accuracy of data and information sources, including vital and health statistics.

  • Support the MOH and relevant MDAs to coordinate governance issues, data safety and protection requirements, share innovative HIS approaches from global initiatives and provide strategic leadership at key national technical working groups related to HIS. SOL‐ 72061724R00002

  • Liaise with external technology leaders to stay current on technological advances, benefits and risks, best practices and support the development and implementation of digital health platforms consistent with regulatory expectations.

  • Serve as an expert advisor and liaison to varied stakeholders in the public and private sector with the ability to diplomatically leverage strategic partnerships for results.

Qualifications and Competencies

Education

  • A Master’s degree in public health, health informatics, information technology, computer science, management information systems, or another closely-related field is required.


Prior Work Experience

  • A minimum of seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience managing HIS activities. The seven (7) years of experience must include experience in project management in the areas of designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining HIS in large-scale programs in developing or resource-poor settings activities, within the public and private sector.

  • Experience in managing the development or sourcing of state-of-the-art HIS that are used to improve health programs, performance monitoring, and planning.

  • Demonstrated experience working in complex working environments with multiple demands and engaging a wide range of stakeholders, including senior host government officials, the private sector, USAID or other development partners, and other USG agencies.

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How to Apply

Eligible Offerors are required to complete and submit all the required documents as detailed in Section IV – SUBMITTING AN OFFER – of the solicitation document.

Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3 of the solicitation document, and submitted by email to EXO and HR Specialist at: kampalausaidjobs@usaid.gov

Offers should be in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). No other file types will be accepted. All documents should be scanned into one (1) document (one (1) ATTACHMENT) which should not exceed 10MB

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