Technical Officer–HSS/HIS

@USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health (SSBH) Activity in Public Health Jobs
  • Post Date : May 23, 2023
  • Apply Before : June 4, 2023
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  • Job ID 90553
  • Experience 6 Years
  • Qualifications Master’s Degree

Job Description

USAID’s Strengthening Systems for Better Health (SSBH) Activity is a 6-year project aimed at improving health outcomes in Nepal, particularly for the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups in the country. SSBH supports the Government of Nepal’s efforts to expand access to and use of quality maternal, newborn and child health and family planning services, with a specific focus on newborn care and is designed to achieve three major outcomes:

(i) improving access to and utilization of equitable healthcare services,
(ii) improving the quality of health services at facility and community levels and
(iii) improving health systems governance, within the context of federalism.

The project is implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Population at federal level and with provincial and municipal governments, health facilities and other key health sector stakeholders at sub-national levels.

Position: Technical Officer – Health Systems Strengthening and Health Information Systems (HSS/HIS)

Vacancies: Four (4)
Location: Surkhet, Dailekh, Jajarkot and Salyan Districts of Karnali Province
Supervisor: Provincial Manager/Health Governance Lead

SSBH provides strategic technical support for USAID’s Health Direct Financing Project. In Karnali Province, this activity is implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development and Health Services Directorate and selected municipalities across four districts (Surkhet, Jajarkot, Salyan and Dailekh). Technical support interventions are tailored to the needs of the province and municipalities, focusing primarily on evidence-based planning and budgeting, management and oversight for delivery of quality health services, overall strengthening of health systems, and coordination between all three levels of government for effective implementation of the government-to-government (G2G) support in health.

Under the direct supervision of the Provincial Manager – Health Governance Lead, the HSS/HIS Technical Officers will work collaboratively with other field-based staff to support health offices at district level and health sections at municipal level to strengthen health governance and health information systems, particularly in relation to G2G activities.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities 

Health System Governance:

  • Provide technical support and guidance to the municipalities and SSBH Health System Officers stationed in selected municipalities to plan, implement, and monitor interventions in health governance and health information systems.
  • Provide support to municipal level policy makers on strategic planning and budgeting; resource allocation; annual calendars of operation; budget execution; monitoring and evaluation; human resource management; and other health systems issues as required.
  • Provide technical support for analysis of health data at municipal level and updating online municipal level health profiles accordingly.
  • Support municipalities to prepare their annual workplan by incorporating priorities from municipal health acts, policies, and guidelines.
  • Collaborate with MNCH/FP Technical Officers to support periodic and annual reviews and planning meetings at municipal level, ensuring Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) concepts and issues related to unreached or underserved populations are incorporated in planning and implementation of health interventions.
  • Provide technical support to strengthen the effective functioning of social development Committee at municipal level and selected Health Facility Operation and Management Committees (HFOMC).
  • Promote the use of evidence-based practices to monitor performance, identify gaps, and design solutions to improve health service coverage and strengthen health systems at municipal level.

Generation and Use of Health Data:

  • Strengthen capacity of municipal health sections to use HMIS/DHIS2 systems for recording and reporting data to monitor municipal performance and promote evidence-based decision making.
  • Ensure that municipal and facility-level HMIS and LMIS recording and reporting systems are functioning well, and municipalities can access and interpret accurate, real-time data in support of evidence-based planning and resource allocation.  Facilitate municipalities in using DHIS2 and eLMIS platform to report, review and use municipal HMIS and LMIS data respectively.
  • Work closely with MNCH/FP Technical Officers to support municipalities and health facilities to identify unreached and underserved populations and develop evidence-based micro-plans to increase their access to health services.
  • Develop visualization and documentation of municipal level health data (including, but not limited to, dashboards, infographics, reports, etc.) and assist municipal health sections to disseminate data through appropriate communication channels.
  • Encourage routine inspection of logistics and commodities and update in digital systems.
  • Collaboration, Coordination & Program Management Support
  • Actively engage with external development partners, stakeholders, and private sector service providers at district level to create synergy and reduce the duplication of work.
  • Ensure accurate and timely submission of required technical reports and deliverables, including lessons learned and exemplary practices.
  • Assist with the planning of project meetings, training sessions, and collecting additional information from municipal and district level as needed and assigned.

Required qualifications and experience:

  • Master’s degree in public health, social sciences, statistics, or other relevant fields.
  • At least six (6) years of relevant professional experience in enhancing health systems governance and/or health information systems. Experience in monitoring, evaluation, and learning is a plus.
  • Understanding of health care delivery system in all tiers of government, including service availability, utilization, and quality assurance.
  • Experience of working with USAID programs and other health related projects preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, good judgment and problem-solving abilities, and ability and willingness to work collaboratively as part of a high-functioning team, even in remote areas.
  • Report writing, communication, and advocacy skills, including oral presentations and public speaking.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office package. Experience of using statistical software (SPSS, STATA) a plus.
  • Excellent written/oral skills in Nepali and English.
  • Applicants who are from and/or working in Karnali Province will be given preference.

SSBH is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and culture. Women and Individuals from minority groups and differently-abled persons are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for further selection process. Canvassing at any stage of the process shall lead to automatic disqualification.


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