Senior Technical Advisor - Strategic Information

Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation Swaziland
Mbabane, Swaziland
Apply by 6 April 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 8 March 2018

Job Description

  1. OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Technical Advisor – Strategic Information (STA/SI) will provide leadership to the Monitoring and Evaluation, Strategic Information and Information systems components of the SC+PASS project in Swaziland. The position will work closely with all positions within SC+PASS project, the Ministry of Health (MoH), Central Medical Stores (CMS), the Office of the Deputy Director Pharmaceutical Services and other relevant departments and institutions at central, regional and peripheral levels to strengthen information use, management and dissemination.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:
General

  • Represent SC+PASS at national HIV, TB and strategic information technical working groups (TWGs)
  • Provide leadership to the SC+PASS M&E and reporting, information systems, and knowledge management activities
  • Provide technical support to MoH and key partners on strategic information including M&E and electronic LMIS integration.
  • Participate in the development of regular quarterly and semi-annual reports on workplan activities for the SC+PASS, PEPFAR/USAID Swaziland and any other reporting requirement for the project as needed.
  • Perform any duty as shall be assigned to him/her from time to time by the SC+PASS Project Director

Specific technical responsibilities

Technical Support

  • Provide technical support to the management and country team in the conceptualization and implementation of M&E systems for the pharmaceutical system in Swaziland.
  • Lead and participate in activities aimed at Pharmaceutical systems M&E, Management Information Systems (MIS), and related electronic information systems.
  • Provide leadership to the SC+PASS project in preparation, submission and dissemination of annual work plans, quarterly and annual reports, and other forms of strategic information documents and materials.
  • Provide capacity support to the MoH in the strengthening of information systems and knowledge management.
  • Participate and represent the SC+PASS project in all relevant meetings with MoH, health programs, partners, among others.

Monitoring and Evaluation and Reporting (MER)

  • Provides oversight to the M&E activities of the SC+PASS project
  • Lead the M&E technical support activities to the MoH, ODDPS and CMS in line with agreed upon priorities
  • Analyze program-level results across a range of dimensions and variables for reporting to USAID/PEPFAR and other relevant stakeholders
  • Provide technical leadership in the development and finalization of a Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) for the SC+PASS project

Strategic Information

  • Develop quarterly results reporting systems for the SC+PASS project to include different project areas that facilitates data use and information sharing.
  • Review, analyze and disseminate results from the quarterly, semi-annual and annual PEPFAR reports for the primary objective of enabling evidence-based management among Technical Advisors.
  • Prepares and presents at various venues and to a variety of audiences in order to communicate M&E guidance, best-practice models, innovations, revisions to the results reporting systems, or analyses of results.
  • Designs, coordinates and/or delivers cohesive training and capacity building effort that transfers and enhances capacity to design, introduce and implement appropriate M&E systems for the pharmaceutical sector.
  • Provides technical guidance to MoH (ODDPS & CMS) and PEPFAR partners in the assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation of pharmaceutical sector data quality initiatives.

MIS and e-systems for pharmaceutical services delivery

  • Coordinate the harmonisation and implementation of appropriate MIS, eLMIS and other information systems for effective delivery of pharmaceutical services
  • Support the implementation of Logistics Management Information System for Priority Health Programs
  • Support the design, expansion and implementation of Swaziland Health Commodity Tracking System to capture, aggregate, analyze and generate pharmaceutical information for decision making.
  • Support the CMS in ensuring optimal use of the warehouse management information system to ensure effective functionality.

Leadership and Management

  • Directly supervise M&E Advisor and MIS Associate and indirectly the data clerks ensuring the adequacy of their performance and continuous professional development.
  • Mentors staff to support professional development, including strengthening strategic information technical expertise and leadership skills.

Indicators of Satisfactory Performance

  • Accurate and timely reports for internal use and for external stakeholders
  • Effective LMIS system
  • Interoperability of national eLMIS systems

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:
Education

  • Minimum requirement: Master’s degree in information and communication technology (ICT) or strategic information management. A degree in public health, international development, or related discipline would be an added advantage. Qualifications in supply chain management is desirable.
  • Desirable: PhD or post-graduate qualifications in areas of M&E and/or Project Management.
  1. Experience
  • At least seven years of progressive and relevant experience in areas of strategic information, M&E, medical informatics; preferably with or knowledge of international donors such as USAID, Global Fund, UN and World Bank.
  • Highly skilled in health sector M&E, HMIS and related information systems strengthening at the policy level. Knowledge of enterprise resource planning packages (Navision, etc) desirable.
  • Advanced knowledge of database management and epidemiological modelling tools namely especially Spectrum.
  • Experience with evaluation and research design, data collection and analyses, indicator construction, GIS, curriculum development and computer software, i.e., MS Office and database programs
  • Experience providing training and setting up training programs and workshops preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent problem-solving skills, planner and strategic thinker.
  • Ability to deliver timely results despite obstacles and limited resources.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • Excellent negotiation and relationship management skills.
  • Good collaboration skills

Personal Style and Behavior:

  • Creativity and ability to apply innovative thinking and problem solving; with flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite Applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Knowledge of appropriate methods for data analysis and reporting.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to work as part of a team.
  • Self-motivation, a strong work ethic and enthusiasm.
  • Emotionally and politically savvy

This is summary of the primary responsibilities of the position, not an employment contract; it does not restrict the responsibilities that may be assigned. Baylor-Swaziland may revise this document at any time.

About the Organization

Through the TSP Program, Baylor-Swaziland and Baylor-Malawi are partners in continuing the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program in Swaziland. The new project, Swaziland Supply Chain and Pharmaceutical Assistance for Sustainable Systems (SC+PASS) seeks to improve the delivery and consistent use of HIV, TB and other reproductive health commodities and essential pharmaceutical services to achieve desired HIV, TB and SRH health outcomes.

Interested individuals can send an application letter addressed to the Executive Director. Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation (BCMCF-SD), P.O. Box 110, Mbabane.

All applications should be accompanied by a cover letter, CV and three professional references. Faxed and hand delivered applications will not be accepted and only short- listed candidates will be contacted.

More information

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