2 Positions at World Health Organization (WHO): (Deadline 1, 7 July 2021)
Communication Technology/IT e-Tracker Officer at World Health Organization (WHO): (Deadline 1 Jul 2021)
Position Title: Information Technology Officer/IT e-Tracker
Duty Station: Kigali
Organization: World Health Organization
First Level Supervisor: WHO EPI focal point
Second Level Supervisor: UCN Team Lead
- Background and Justification
Rwanda immunization program is among health programs which contribute to reduction of child morbidity and mortality, having in the program 12 antigens administered into routine immunization.
The immunization information system has played a critical role in producing the information that guided strategic interventions to strengthen the immunization system. It is therefore important to have real time information that fulfills the criteria of quality, coverage, and credibility to timely address gaps and challenges.
With the support of partners, the immunization information system recently shifted from paper based to electronic immunization registry in the framework to enable the system to produce real time and high-quality data to support evidence for decision making towards improving the program performance and management. An immunization e-tracker software was established into DHIS2 and deployed in all health centers. Key users were trained and computers (desktop) were distributed to support data management
Since September 2019, the immunization e-tracker has been deployed in all health center and data are being uploaded into the system. However, day to day management of the system and addressing the users’ concerns have been challenging, highlighting the need permanent IT support to perform all the real-time trouble shooting to improve the functionality of the system and ensure the continuous capacity building of the end users.
*Purpose of the Position
The incumbent will provide technical support for the day to day monitoring of the functionality of immunization e-tracker, provide necessary support for the improvement of the system at all level of health information system as required and support health facilities to improve data collection and reporting into the system.
- Job Description
Under the overall guidance of WHO Representative Rwanda, and the direct supervision of the WHO EPI focal point, in collaboration with the Maternal Child and Community Health (MCCH) division the IT will provide support for immunization data management, ensuring the e-tracker is fully functional and end users are regularly updated on the functionality of the system. The IT officer will be seconded to the MOH/HIMS program and will work closely with vaccine preventable diseases program unit. The incumbent will remotely provide support to all health centers as required but also conduct field visit to assist with data quality checks if necessary.
*Summary of Assigned Duties
The incumbent should ensure quality is maintained all throughout the delivery of the system, particularly in:
2.Hardware deployment, hosting, and networking set-up;
3.System/ data workflow management;
4.Authorization workflow handling, to ensure it is handled in accordance with the pre-defined hierarchy within.
5.Ensure the full maintenance of the system
6.Develop reporting functionality, controls and validation and dashboard in vaccination tracker;
7.Provide technical support, troubleshoot and resolve issues, develops and maintain up to date documentation, and work to escalate issues as per processes setup;
8.Review of data integrity: provide assurance that the database design and structure provide the best possible design for the organizational needs and corresponding application and future integration needs.
9.Built capacity of the RBC/EPI staff and district hospital EPI data managers and supervisors.
- Recruitment Profile
Describe the core, management or leadership competencies required
(See WHO competency model – list in order of priority, commencing with the most important ones.)
- Producing results*
- Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences*
- Promoting innovation and organizational learning
- Building and promoting partnerships across the Organization and beyond
Functional Knowledge and Skills
- Excellent communication and presentation skills with ability to write in a clear and concise manner and give technical advice and guidance taking into consideration the views of multiple stakeholders and partners in resource-limited contexts;
- Proven ability to promote consensus, communicate progress and results, and resolve issues in a proactive manner, while ensuring effective work practices and ethics.
*Describe the essential knowledge and the skills specific to the position
University degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or similar with additional professional trainings/specialization in DHIS-2
At least ten (10) years of working experience; in Information and Technology
At least five years of working experience in health information management system undertaking in DHIS-2 customization and management and proven experience in DHIS-2 implementation and virtualization platforms, software change management, user acceptance testing and end user training.
Previous experience with WHO, other UN agencies, immunization teams and health cluster partners, recognized humanitarian organizations or a non-governmental organization is desirable.
- Use of Language Skills
Excellent knowledge of English or French.
Other Skills (e.g. IT)
Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
International Consultant (Elimination Mother to Child Transmission HIV) at World Health Organization (WHO): (Deadline 7 Jul 2021)
VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT – CONSULTANT
WHO Rwanda in Collaboration with Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) is inviting applicants from suitability qualified international consultant residing in Rwanda to fill the following Consultancy
Title: International consultant to Conduct the pre-assessment of the validation of the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV
Duty Station: KIGALI
Date issue: 06/05/2021
- Background and justification
Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV is a significant contributor to the HIV pandemic, accounting for 9% of new infections globally. MTCT of HIV occurs when HIV is transmitted from a woman living with HIV to her baby during pregnancy, labour or delivery, or after delivery through breastfeeding. Without treatment, approximately 15–30% of infants born to HIV-positive women will become infected with HIV during gestation and delivery, with a further 5–15% becoming infected through breastfeeding. HIV infection of infants results in early mortality for many or creates a lifelong chronic condition that greatly shortens life expectancy and contributes to substantial human, social and economic costs.
Dual elimination of Mother to child transmission of HIV and Syphilis serves to improve a broad range of maternal and child health (MCH) services and outcomes. This achievement directly contributes to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3, 5 and 10 and to first billion of more people benefitting from universal health coverage of WHO GPW-13 which both aspire to ensure health and well-being for all, achieve gender equality and empower women and girls, and reduce inequalities in access to services and commodities.
The global community has committed to eliminating mother-to-child transmission (EMTCT) of HIV and syphilis as a public health priority. International and regional goals have been set, and countries are scaling up programmes towards EMTCT of HIV and syphilis. The processes and criteria to validate EMTCT of HIV and/or syphilis has been defined by WHO and partners to guide countries to apply a standard approach across a wide range of epidemiological and programmatic contexts.
In Rwanda, efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV and syphilis focus on taking a harmonized and integrated approach to improving health outcomes for women and children.
Rwanda is planning to undertake the validation of the elimination of MTCT or the Certification on the Path to the Elimination Criteria depending on the outcome of the pre-assessment of the MTCT that will be conducted by a consultant under the leadership of the HIV division manager at RBC/MOH in collaboration with partners (WHO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA, PEPFAR) and local and international NGOs and civil society organizations.
The Technical Working Group recommended to hire a consultant that will facilitate the pre-assessment work by filling in the tables and questionnaire (15 pages) that will gather qualitative and quantitative data across the cascade continuum from all the relevant stakeholders and programmes.
- Purpose of the consultancy
- Assess the existence and level of implementation of the national policy, strategic plan, national operational plan, national guidelines and testing algorithms of PMTCT and EMTCT (HIV and syphilis where applicable) and assess if they are aligned to WHO recommendations and standards (PMTCT/EMTCT, RMNCAH and nutrition).
- Provide a summary of the status of key indicators for EMTCT and Path to Elimination of HIV and/or syphilis validation (table-1 of the tool) and discuss the findings
- Provide available national programme data estimates for infant diagnosis and maternal viral load (table-2 of the tool) and discuss the findings
- Provide available data for viral load testing of HIV pregnant and breastfeeding women on ART (table-3 of the toll) and discuss the findings
- Fill out the checklist and discuss the findings for country preliminary assessment of EMTCT of HIV and Syphilis and Path to Elimination Criteria which consists of the following focus areas:
- Programme and services assessment
- national plan assessment
- national policy and programming
- national guidelines and protocols
- service delivery
- financing and financial access
- Human rights, gender and community engagement – general legal issues
- Laboratory and commodities assessment
- Data assessment
- Programme and services assessment
- Organizational context
Under overall supervision of the WHO Representative for Rwanda, and the direct supervision of the WHO Technical officer for HIV and HIV division manager in Rwanda Bio Medical Center, the international consultant will conduct the pre-assessment of the validation of the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV
- Summary of assigned duties
Output: The consultant is expected to provide technical support to the HIV National program, and to stakeholders for the review of the PMTCT national program with focus to the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV.
Activity 1.1: Review of the current WHO/global recommendations and national recommendations and practices for PMTCT/EMTCT of HIV and syphilis;
Activity 1.2: Collect, analyze and discuss data based on the pre-assessment check-list for validation or EMTCT/Path to Certification criteria developed by WHO and partners;
Activity 1.3: Present the findings to the TWG, MOH/RBC and partners for deliberation;
Activity 1.4: Provide guidance on the option to undertake: validation for EMTCT or /Path to Elimination Certification criteria;
Activity 1.9: Provide a report summarizing the methodology, findings, gaps and limitations and recommendations;
Activity 1.10: The expert is expected to be available for calls/meetings with WHO and to proactively reach out to WHO to flag any potential bottlenecks hampering the potential successful implementation of the afore-mentioned output (that cannot be resolved at country level) and – to the extent possible – provide insights to WHO on potential solutions to identified problems.
- Three tables of the tools are filled out and the findings are discussed in term of data source, completeness, gaps and quality and how the collected data comply with WHO standards and to which extend they should contribute to the objective of the validation of EMTCT of the Certification on the Path criteria.
- The Check-list is filled out and the findings are discussed in terms of data source, completeness, gaps and quality and how the collected data comply with WHO standards and to which extend they should contribute to the objective of the validation of EMTCT of the Certification on the Path criteria.
- Report summarizing the methodology, findings, gaps and limitations and recommendations
The deliverables as mentioned above will have to be produced in twenty-five working days.
- Education qualifications
- An advanced degree (Master’s or higher) in public health, health services
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in HIV PMTCT program and EMTCT areas in limited resource settings
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in public health program evaluation
- Good understanding of design, methodology and data collection and analysis for public health evaluation
- Good understanding of data analysis and trend
- Report writing and communication skills
- Type of consultancy
An Individual international consultant will be required for this assignment
Please note that WHO will not provide ticket cost and DSA if you are living outside Rwanda and are applying to this consultancy.
Dr Ndoungou Salla Ba
WHO Representative ai. /Rwanda