Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Through Translating Data for Implementation (Data.FI) award, Palladium is seeking a Program Manager: TB/HIV Information System Integration, Linkages and Deduplication. 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 PM will be work seconded to the NDOH to work as part of the TB/HIV Integration project support unit (PSU). This cross-cutting role supports the NDOH HIV, TB and M&E clusters. The PM will project manage the project team, coordinate the TIER Implementation Associates (TIA) and oversee project deliverables in line with the targets. Program management will include assistance with developing and rolling-out trainings to ensure effect implementation of the integrated information system.
Working as part of a team, the PM will support the communication of the national strategy to provinces and ensure regular communication is disseminated within the PSU. 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 comprising the TB/HIV Integration. This includes working within National Units and fostering integration within the eHealth initiatives within the NDOH.
This will include implementing health information systems and coordinating multiple stakeholders to support the national initiative. The PM will be positioned to manage the project plan to ensure trainings are conducted throughout the year, will work with the TIAs to ensure provinces and districts receive sufficient support and mentorship to facilitate understanding of the technical design of the system. The candidate will ensure the 9 provincial implementation teams (PIT) and 52 District Implementation Teams (DIT) understand the requirements of the TB/HIV Information Systems Integration initiative, while assisting with capacitation to ensure that there credible, quality implementation in line with the established targets.
In addition to support of the THIS integration process, the PM will be responsible for two workstreams under the TB/HIV Information Systems Support Activity (THISSA) that are directly related to the expansion of TIER.Net, and the broader TB/HIV information systems. Namely this will include development of a costed operational plan for the expansion of TIER.Net to include a PMTCT module, as well as programme management of the consultant who will operationalize centralization of the TIER.Net data at provincial and national levels.
To support project management, the PM will be expected to keep a keen eye on the implementation monitoring data as well as programme data. This close monitoring of the data flow and submission will seek to pre-empt challenges with weak data quality or late data submissions. 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.
Minimum education and experience required
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