RTI International is seeking Surveillance Systems Advisor candidates for an USAID-funded program to enhance host country capacity to produce high-quality health information, to optimally manage this information and to institutionalize evidence-based decision-making. The program will work with host country health managers, health workers and other stakeholders to strengthen the enabling environment of health information management and strategic planning to improve harmonization of fragmented information systems, reduce duplication of data collection and improve monitoring and tracking of a country’s own health trends and priorities. The Surveillance Systems Advisor will work closely with host country Ministries of Health (MoH) and oversee all programmatic disease surveillance activities. They will work closely with program partners to strengthen human capacity for disease surveillance systems, from the community level to the central level of the health systems.Responsibilities:
The Successful candidate will work with target country governments to:
- Lead/participate in exercises to identify digital health solutions to support routine and event-based disease surveillance practices.
- Provide technical guidance and lead requirements analysis work for disease surveillance and related systems development.
- Provide technical guidance in the selection of software tools for disease surveillance and related systems.
- Mentor and train in-country technical staff on configuration, piloting and scale up of disease surveillance software tools.
- Develop strategies to ensure stakeholder participation and buy-in in the development of disease surveillance systems.
- Assess gaps in current disease surveillance systems and provide recommendations for improvements
- Work with epidemiologists and other team members (including the KM Lead) at project and country level to ensure that data collected is useful and used to strengthen disease surveillance. Develop and implement strategies to strengthen data analysis capacity and use of data to improve disease surveillance.
- Master’s degree with a focus in Public Health, Science, Epidemiology, Public Policy or Health Policy, Health Services Research, Health Informatics or Health Information Sciences, Computer Science, Statistics, or closely related field.
- At least 12 years of experience in disease surveillance, response activities, and communicating data for action.
- Knowledgeable of Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) framework.
- Experience with information systems requirements gathering and systems analysis.
- Knowledge of and experience with DHIS2 and related software platforms for surveillance.
- Experience in building individual and institutional capacity in governmental organizations and NGOs around disease surveillance data management, analysis and use.
- Experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating disease surveillance systems at the field level in collaboration with host country Ministries of Health.
- Demonstrated experience bringing subject matter expertise and international best practices to his/her field.
- Fluency in English oral and written communication (professional fluency in French or Portuguese is a bonus).
- Professional experience in either sub-Saharan Africa or SE Asia or both
- Willingness and ability to travel frequently and internationally up to 25% of the time.