The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) is engaged in a five-year Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- Tanzania (CDC-Tanzania) to provide strategic information and health information systems (HIS) technical assistance to the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) as well as the United States’ President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and their implementing partners (IPs). We are recruiting an individual through our affiliated international NGO ‘Global Programs’ to serve as a Systems Integration and Informatics Director for our HIS projects.
This is a full-time 12-month position with the possibility of extension subject to continued funding. The position is expected to start on October 1,2021.
Main duties and responsibilities:
The Systems Integration and Informatics Director will be responsible for coordinating all UCSF supported HIS activities in Tanzania. The main HIS activities include support to the CTC2 and CTC3 systems, development and launch of a DREAMS aggregate data system and dashboard (DAMES), and supervising development and implementation of a number of web-based applications aimed at improving the quality, analysis, reporting, and use of routine HIV and AIDS program data.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Manage all UCSF-Global Programs supported informatics activities and ensure deliverables and timelines are clearly delineated and met.
- Manage a team of 5-10 Informatics Analysts who support HIS activities within the UCSF-Global Programs scope of work. Collaborate with and guide this team on the technical execution of HIS projects.
- Build and maintain close and trusted relationships with key stakeholders and decision makers, including MOHCDGEC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the University Computing Centre at the University of Dar es Salaam (UCC), implementing partners, district leadership and individual health facilities.
- Oversee technical support to and manage sub-contracts with UCSF-Global
- Programs HIS partners.
- Collaborate and play a key role with stakeholders and decision makers to identify and prioritise digital health investments for Tanzania.
- Collaborate with and provide key guidance for MOHCDGEC and stakeholders in the development, implementation, and enforcement of HIS policies and governance.
- Collaborate with members of the UCSF-Global Programs informatics network throughout Africa as needed and liaise with technical advisors at UCSF HQ to ensure delivery of outputs and outcomes.
- Communicate regularly with the UCSF Program Manager and
- donor about key deliverables in the scope of work and any challenges.
- Periodic travel (10% or less) within Tanzania may be required.
Experience, skills, and minimum required qualifications:
- An appropriate Master’s degree in public health or epidemiology.
- Project management skills (project management certificate preferred) with a focus on delivering HIS/informatics related projects with some demonstrable experience.
- Demonstrable knowledge and at least five years’ experience applying informatics concepts and tools to public health settings. Experience working with HIV and AIDS programs in the PEPFAR setting strongly preferred.
- Demonstrable familiarity with common Tanzanian and PEPFAR health information systems, such as CTC2/CTC3, DHIS2, and DATIM.
- Demonstrable experience with data analysis, visualization, and reporting.
- Familiarity with open-source health information systems and their communities; preferably demonstrable experience in participating in/contributing to open – source communities and using open-source products.
- Ability to problem solve in complex, multi-sectoral environments involving multiple aspects of health information systems.
- Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
- Excellent communication and stakeholder engagement skills.
- Demonstrable experience working with a variety of organizations and stakeholders, including experience collaborating with MOHCDGEC.
- Ability to work professionally and collaboratively in a multi-cultural, internationally based team setting.
- Fluency in oral and written English and Kiswahili are required.
Other desired skills/qualities:
- Ability to prioritize, work under deadlines, work with minimal supervision, and multi-task.
- Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings as required (in order to liaise with colleagues abroad).
- Ability to travel in-country to support project activities, pending the uplifting of COVID-19 related travel restrictions.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed in the minimum requirements above with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
- All applications must include the following:
- A current CV with names and telephone numbers for at least 2 referees
- Copies of academic and professional certificates
Applications and supporting documents should be sent via e-mail to [email protected] and must be received by September 8,2021.
NOTE: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.