Background & Description

The Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination have specifically identified that achievement of IHR compliance is a priority for Pakistan. The combined competencies of coordination, surveillance, response, preparedness, human resources and laboratory capacity also suggest the need for a well-functioning integrated diseases surveillance and response system (IDSR) in Pakistan, with coordinated flow of information and reliable response mechanisms from district to national levels.

To facilitate development of an IDSR system (and thereby increase IHR compliance), Public Health England (PHE), an executive agency of the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care, is providing technical support to Pakistan. Supporting the work at federal level to develop national IDSR capabilities and in addition support the working with the provincial governments to deliver their devolved disease surveillance and control responsibilities.

JOB SUMMARY

PHE, through Contech international, are looking to recruit to a post that will support the implementation of the health information management system DHIS 2 (District Health Information System version 2) for infectious disease surveillance at the National Institute of Health, Islamabad, Pakistan.

The post holder will contribute to surveillance activities at NIH through providing technical expertise relating to surveillance data management and analysis and the implementation and use of DHIS 2.

The post holder will also be required to contribute to other related activities including close liaison with other DHIS 2 implementation projects in Pakistan, relevant training, development of documentation and training materials, DHIS 2 system/database administration, responding to ad hoc data requests and where required supporting the response to outbreaks and incidents.

Communication and key working relationships

Internal

· PHE Pakistan team

· Field Epidemiology Service UK

External

· Laboratory staff i.e. Microbiologists and Laboratory Managers

· Provinces

· IDSR phase 1 districts

· Other professional scientific, information and administrative staff in a number of organisations

· Agencies contributing to environmental hazards surveillance, water and sanitation, zoonosis.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Implementation of DHIS 2

  1. Apply data management and health information management system expertise to the implementation of DHIS 2 at NIH.
  2. Configure the national DHIS 2 instance with accurate metadata including organisation units, geographical information and agreed minimum data sets.
  3. Solve technical problems related to the implementation of DHIS 2 at NIH.
  4. Contribute to user support activities including user registration, development of documentation/SOPs and dealing with user queries.
  5. Contribute to awareness raising and relevant training (including development of training materials).
  6. Maintain close liaison with NIH staff and sources of DHIS 2 expertise.
  7. Ensure that best practice data management and information governance/security principles are applied at all times.
  8. Contribute as required to simple Linux server or database administration tasks related to DHIS 2.

Surveillance

  1. Prepare standard tables, charts, maps and dashboards within DHIS 2 or using other analytical software, as requested.
  2. Consult with users and ensure that end-user requirements are met.
  3. Respond to ad hoc requests for data or surveillance reports.
  4. Contribute to other NIH surveillance or outbreak response activities as required. Analytical Skills
  5. Produce standard tables, charts and maps for surveillance reports.
  6. Undertake further statistical analysis of data, under guidance.

Software Skills

  1. Proficiency with Microsoft Office software.
  2. Experience with implementation and administration of Web-based health information management systems such as DHIS 2 or similar systems.
  3. Proficiency with analytical tools such as R, SQL, Python, Stata, SPSS and/or SAS.
  4. Experience of basic administration of databases, preferably PostgreSQL.
  5. Experience of basic Linux server administration.

Quality and Governance

  1. Be aware of, and comply with, best practice on secure storage and transfer of PII.
  2. Support audit through data extraction and basic analysis

Workforce / HR

  1. Be responsible for managing own workload, including developing objectives and reviewing progress against these.
Requirements and Skills

The ideal candidate for this position will have: • excellent presentation skills • Good oral and written communication skills • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team, as well as on own initiative • Ability to produce work of high quality and accuracy to deadlines • Ability to work under pressure • Awareness of data protection and confidentiality requirements • Willingness to travel • Good organisation, prioritisation and time management skills and • An interest in public health, infectious disease epidemiology and control and statistical analysis.

How to Apply

Please send, in English, your cover letter, CV, and three references to jobs@contech.org.pk. All candidates who are short-listed for interview will be notified via email.

About Organization

Contech International" is a health care consulting, research and management organization established in 2001, in the Private Sector with a group of committed professionals. Contech is striving for improving the health status, especially of women and children by providing technical assistance in key areas of health care.