Call for Consultants – Supporting the Electronic Health Information Systems in Ethiopia to Improve Health Outcomes Activity (SEIS)

  • Posted on 23 July 2018

Job Description

Abt Associates, a major American research, technical assistance, and international development company, seeks highly qualified technical specialists in the fields below for the anticipated USAID-funded Supporting the Electronic Health Information Systems (eHIS) in Ethiopia to Improve Health Outcomes Activity (SEIS) project. The project will support the Government of Ethiopia in order to contribute to the country’s information revolution which will improve: the quality of health service, quality of life, and create a sustainable health care system through use of data for decision making. The four main objectives of this activity are: (1) support information technology systems and data repository; (2) build a culture of data use; (3) capacity building and governance; and (4) stakeholder and donor collaboration. This five-year, $50M+ project is anticipated to start in late 2018.

Interested candidates meeting the minimum qualifications specified below may send a CV and cover letter to Please include the title of the position in the subject line of the email. All positions are contingent upon program award and funding. Ethiopian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.


Senior Data Analytics Specialist – Design, lead and oversee the project’s strategy to strengthen the use of health data and information at all levels of the health system for evidence-based decision making and to improve health quality, access and planning. Provide technical assistance and capacity strengthening at all levels of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and other stakeholders in the development of and implementation of data analysis, use, and dissemination strategy. Design strategy and activities to improve capacity on triangulating and use of data from multiple data sources to inform policy and decision-making. Contribute to the design of robust, user-friendly, high-quality interfaces for data visualization and data dissemination to enhance national and regional supported evidence-based programming for improved service delivery, access to services and equity of health care. Candidates must have a Master’s degree in Data Analytics, Health Informatics, Public Health or other related field, and 8+ years of experience in data analytics for decision making in the health field. Knowledge and skill in DHIS 2 is preferred. Fluency in Amharic, and strong English writing/speaking skills required.

Senior Capacity Strengthening Advisor – Provide leadership, technical direction and expertise, in collaboration with the project’s systems and governance advisors, to strengthen capacity across all health sector levels related to electronic health information systems including HIS governance, systems design, data quality and data use for decision making. Responsible across all technical areas for designing and supporting the implementation of appropriate activities to enhance knowledge, skills and technical practices for a range of stakeholders, and the development of materials for training, coaching and other learning activities. Candidates must have a Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, Education or Health Informatics and 6+ years of experience. Experience in instructional design and training for adult learners preferred. Fluency in Amharic, and strong English writing/speaking skills required.

Senior Systems Development Advisor – Responsible for strategic, technical and programmatic direction to strengthen and harmonize routine health information systems, and increase the quality of data collection and entry. Candidates must have a Master’s Degree in Information Systems, Public Health or Health Informatics, and 6+ years of experience in health information system strengthening and web/server database design, development and management. Experience in DHIS 2, software development and interoperability, preferred. Strong English writing/speaking skills required, fluency in Amharic preferred.

Knowledge Management and Communications Specialist - Provide programmatic guidance and technical assistance to strengthen knowledge management and data demand and use across all levels in the public health sector Responsible for knowledge management and information exchange among the project’s Addis Ababa and regional offices, the FMOH, and USAID/Ethiopia. In addition, he/she will be responsible for external and internal communications activities and reporting, including identifying, managing, packaging, and disseminating information to advance technical practice in the areas of HMIS. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Knowledge Management, Communications, or related field (Master’s degree preferred) and 8+ years of relevant experience. Fluency in Amharic, and strong English writing/speaking skills required.

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits.

About the Organization

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1965, Abt Associates was built on the concept that sound information and empirical analysis are the best foundations for effective decision making. The firm blends the subject matter expertise of our staff with technical capabilities in applied research, program implementation, and data collection to shape policy, strengthen systems, measure performance, and deliver other solutions to our public and private sector clients. Examples of Abt Associates’ work include nationally recognized research, evaluation, and technical assistance to improve the efficiency of healthcare systems, the effectiveness of government housing programs, the production of food, and the measurement of public opinion. Abt’s staff of more than 2000 includes national and international experts who are known for their understanding of communities and governments worldwide, innovative research techniques, and insightful—and often groundbreaking—analyses and recommendations. Approximately 51 percent of our staff has graduate degrees; one in six has a doctorate. Our staff’s educational and professional disciplines include economics, engineering, environmental analysis, epidemiology, food security, health, housing, international development, psychology, social science, statistics, and survey methodology. Abt’s research staff is experienced with prominent statistical software packages, including SPSS, SAS, and STATA, along with qualitative software such as NVIVO and Atlas. In 2011, Abt Associates was ranked among the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 development innovators. Abt has offices in Atlanta, Ga.; Rockville, Md.; Cambridge, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Durham, N.C.; and New York City and program offices in nearly 40 countries in Africa, Central and Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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