Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.
For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.
Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.
Through Translating Data for Implementation (Data.FI) award, Palladium is seeking a Program Manager: Data Utilization and Analytics. This a seconded position to the South African National Department of Health, based in Pretoria.
Data.FI is a five-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Data.FI partners with PEPFAR programs to accelerate and sustain access to high-quality data to expedite HIV epidemic control and maintenance. Data.FI supports host country governments to enhance existing health information systems (HIS) and conduct in-depth analysis of HIV epidemiologic and program data to inform management responses to gaps in HIV and AIDS programming and sustain impact by supporting local partner transition.
In South Africa, Data.FI is supporting the National Department of Health (NDoH) to strengthen the national health information system, providing support to Tier.Net and the continued development of a national data warehouse solution. Data.FI also extends NDOH capacity to support national HIV policy implementation through a number of secondee positions
The Program Manager (PM) will be responsible for managing the strategic activities to improve the data quality improvement and lead initiatives to comprehensively manage processes to maintain TIER. These include capacity building efforts. This position will work closely with the TB/HIV Information System (THIS) integration team to ensure collaboration between teams and with the Senior Technical Advisor to steer comprehensive maintenance and data quality improvement.
The PM is responsible to ensure quality on all outputs and the timely delivery of expected results. The PM will be proactive and anticipative in suggesting new project areas within the scope of the expected results. The PM will be responsible to translate the data analysis into practice or policy applications or documents and advise the NDOH accordingly. The PM is ultimately responsible for leading the DUA team, in terms of providing strategic vision and practical management, as well as setting up appropriate reporting structures.
The PM will work as a seconded asset to the NDOH. This cross-cutting role supports the NDOH HIV, TB and M&E clusters. The PM will project manage the project team, coordinate the Provincial Support Associates (PSA), the Analysts and work closely with the THIS PM. The PM will oversee project deliverables in line with the targets. Program management will include assistance with developing and rolling-out training content, leading data quality improvement initiatives, refining interventions based on project outcomes to ensure project deliverables are achieved.
The PM will ensure regular communication is disseminated within the THIS team and, as appropriate, with national managers. This multi-directional flow of information is essential to enable national managers to be responsive to the complex technological and organizational changes. This includes working within National Units and fostering integration within the eHealth initiatives within the NDOH.
This work will include coordinating multiple stakeholders to support the comprehensive maintenance of TIER.Net and quality assurance of data. The PM will be positioned to manage the project plan to ensure trainings are conducted throughout the year, will work with the PSAs to ensure provinces and districts receive sufficient support and mentorship to effectively engage with the system and comprehensively improve the quality of data. The candidate will ensure the 9 provincial implementation teams (PIT) and 52 District Implementation Teams (DIT) understand the technical requirements to comprehensively manage TIER.Net and sufficiently engage with the data to both improve the quality of data and use the data to inform program and patient improvement efforts.
To support project management, the PM will be expected to keep a keen eye on programme data, monitor data flow data flow and submission in an effort to pre-empt challenges and to address these through provincial and district engagements. The PM will work closely with the PSU to determine appropriate remedial actions and deploy solutions.
The PM should be willing to take on routine tasks such as data entry and be capable of engaging in high-level strategic discussions with a multi-cultural, multidisciplinary set of actors. The PM must be a self-starter and have outstanding problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills. They must be able to work independently and be able to efficiently collaborate with dispersed teams. They must also be able to work with managers who are often off-site or working remotely, and as such be comfort with Skype and other forms of electronic communication.
The position reports to the NDOH leads for technical direction and is based in central Pretoria.
Minimum education and experience required
Key competencies and professional expertise required