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Individual National Consultant to build capacity of HMIS team and development of dashboards on DHIS2 in Zanzibar
Job Number: 533585 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Tanzania,Uni.Re
Work Type : Consultancy
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Health Management Information System (HMIS) unit is a sub-component of the of the Health Information System (HIS). The HIS is under the directorate of Policy, Planning and Research of the Ministry of Health. Vast majority of data and indicators of the HIS are collected and managed through HMIS. Presently, the HMIS staffing constitutes of 3 IT officers who manage and performs basic software development functions, 11 data officers and 1 support staff who work under the supervision of the Unit manager. Additionally, the unit receives 3 more IT staff from the MoH ICT Unit who support the management of District Health Information Software Version 2 (DHIS-2).

How can you make a difference?

Considering the above-mentioned background and identified areas of improvement to address the on-going challenges, UNICEF would like to recruit an individual local consultant to build capacity of Health Management Information System (HMIS) and ICT team to enable them to develop, deploy and manage the following dashboards: • Bottleneck Analysis (BNA), • Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response (MPDSR), • Star Rating, • Dashboard to monitoring the status of essential health care service provision during health emergencies

The consultant will work closely with HMIS team and UNICEF Health Specialist in Zanzibar and Dar es salaam. Specifically, the consultant will conduct a rapid assessment through reviewing of existing documents (Policies, Guidelines and literature) of the Ministry of Health Zanzibar and HMIS/ICT unit, existing DHIS-2 data collection process, routine and emergency indicators as well as dashboards to identify the current DHIS-2 data needs, HMIS/ICT human resources and other capacity gaps. S/He will also identify potential bottlenecks to DHIS-2 product development and reasons for under underutilization of the existing data visualization features (examples dashboards) on the DHIS-2.

The consultant will utilize the results of the assessment to guide the implementation of suitable approaches to the capacity building support and fine tune solutions to ICT product utilization. With the support and coordination of the HMIS team, the consultant will draft a capacity building schedule with clear outputs, review the unfinalized dashboards and develop a plan for their finalization using the capacitated HMIS/ICT team. Through a close consultation with programs, the consultant will also identify and use a set of tracer indicators to develop a tracking mechanism for monitoring continued essential health and nutrition service provision during health emergencies.

The results of this consultancy are finalized dashboards (MPDSR, BNA, Star Rating and Tracker for continuity of essential services). The consultant is required to submit operational guide on the newly developed dashboards for DHIS-2 users and a final comprehensive project report with interventions to promote utilization of DHIS-2 products.
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Generally, the consultant will build capacity of HMIS/ICT teams to develop dashboards and draft final project report with strategies to improve utilization of these dashboards and other DHIS2 data visualization products. The consultant will undertake the following specific tasks:
1. Prepare and present inception report that will inform the capacity building plan and approaches, dashboard development/finalization process and their respective timeline and budget
2. Review existing policies, guidelines and SOPs of the Ministry of Health Zanzibar with a focus on Health Management and Information Systems
3. Liaise with Ministry of Health Department of Policy, Planning and Research, Directorate of Preventive and Health Education in Zanzibar to ascertain appropriate capacity building approach and scope of indicators for each dashboard.
4. Conduct a workshop with Integrated Reproductive and Child Health program (IRCHP), HIV, Nutrition, Malaria and other health programs to seek inputs/guidance and confirm the selection of indicators for their respective dashboards.
5. Implement capacity building plan for HMIS/ICT team which shall include a custom-made step by step practical training on DHIS-2 to enhance their ability to develop /finalize herein specified dashboards and other DHIS-2 products.
6. Coordinate and conduct stakeholders meeting with wide actors in Health Information System to present the developed dashboards for more inputs.
7. Prepare and submit operational guide on the designed Dashboards and a final comprehensive project report to MoH and UNICEF. The report should include the project implementation process, project results and strategies to improve DHIS-2 product utilization at various levels
Time frame (Work/Days)
Payment schedule
1.Inception report that informs the capacity building plan and approaches, dashboard development/finalization process, timeline and budget

7 Days
Inception Report to UNICEF
2. Submission of Rapid Assessment report which identifies current DHIS-2 data needs, human resources and other capacity gaps as well as potential bottlenecks to DHIS-2 product development and utilization
18 Days
Submit Rapid Assessment report to UNICEF and HMIS
3. Presentation of the first dashboards designed with HMIS/ICT team to stakeholders for their inputs
50 days
Make a presentation to MoH relevant programs, PORALGSD and DPG-Health 
4. Presentation of the revised dashboards to stakeholders’ meeting, Submission of the 1st draft Project report and operational guide
10 Days
Submit to UNICEF and Zanzibar HMIS
5. Submission of the final project report and operational guide to MoH and UNICEF
5 Days
Make a presentation to MoH senior management and submit the final draft project report and operational guide to UNICEF and MoH Zanzibar
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in health, social sciences or related field. Preferably a higher degree encompassing knowledge of health informatics and health system strengthening
  • A minimum of [Seven years] of progressively responsible experience in developing ICT solutions particularly working on DHIS2.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English essential; knowledge of Swahili is an asset.
  • Knowledge of the Zanzibar context HMIS/DHIS2 systems
  • Experience working with HMIS team in Zanzibar is an asset
  • Excellent training facilitation skills, oral and written communication skills.
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Closing Date Tue Aug 25 2020 23:55:00 GMT+0300 (East Africa Time)