Health Informatics Officer

Global Health Corps
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The Health Informatics Officer will be based in Lusaka and will provide implementation support to Akros within a broad range of information management and data analysis support activities. The officer will be responsible for building in-country capacity, creating, modifying, and maintaining potentially complex and diverse surveillance platforms, and leading a broad range of international training sessions in District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2) usage, health informatics, and analysis. It is not expected that the Officer have all the technical skills required to fully support all Akros-led implementations. While the Health Informatics Officer will be finally responsible for all the above outcomes, it is anticipated that s/he will coordinate with developers to produce outcomes as necessary. The officer will work closely with Akros public health field officers with a broad range of technical backgrounds.

The Health Informatics Officer will be expected to spend a portion of time contributing to business development. Business development tasks may include researching partners and funding opportunities, building relationships with donors and implementers, identifying new and applicable technologies for potential opportunities, and contributing technical knowledge to the proposal development process.

Akros establishes data-driven and technologically appropriate systems to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged communities. We pride ourselves in our ground-level knowledge of the service delivery systems where we work, and our ability to provide novel, lasting solutions implemented in developing regions. In water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), Akros has revolutionized M&E in sub-Saharan Africa by developing a village level surveillance system that captures live, real-time data and drives information back down to key stakeholders and change agents through robust feedback loops. The Akros team has also applied these same principles to develop the systems for monitoring cross-sectoral health and development programs at the community level.

This position is part of the Global Health Corps fellowship. Global Health Corps (GHC) is a leadership development organization focused on building the next generation of diverse, disruptive global health leaders. Founded in 2009, we competitively recruit talented professionals (ages 21-30) from a range of sectors and backgrounds and place them in high-impact roles within partner organizations — including Clinton Health Access Initiative, Partners in Health, Planned Parenthood Global, and Government Ministries in Zambia, Rwanda, and Uganda — working on the front lines of health equity in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US, and Zambia.

Support system design and project implementation:
Contribute to culturally and technologically appropriate system architecture design
Identify and define user requirements and system architecture design
Set up, configure, and maintain DHIS2 instances and other custom databases as needed by project teams
Troubleshoot data sets, technical issues/bugs, and programming stops
Develop client relationships and networks:
Work with Akros management and directors to explain solutions to clients
Conduct DHIS2 and technology system training
Contribute to the organization’s knowledge management and innovation:
Collate and codify technical knowledge management
Write concept notes for new business initiatives

Skills and Experience
Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required:
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field*
Preferred: Master’s degree in relevant field
Prior experience in health information management systems such as District Health Information Systems 2 (, ODK, or other open source data collection and aggregation systems*
Working understanding of health-related monitoring and evaluation*
Experience in production and analysis of programs and data*
Strong analytical skills*
Knowledge of global health issues*
Understanding of program surveillance platforms
Ability to serve as a liaison between developers and users of programs/technology platforms
French (written and spoken) abilities would be helpful
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Willingness to travel
Ability to work with minimal supervision
Self-starter who will thrive through exemplifying ownership and initiative
Ability to work in a multicultural environment with individuals with diverse backgrounds
Demonstrated ability to work well against complex and challenging delivery schedules
Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
High level of personal integrity