Health Information Specialist Palladium: Make It Possible

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Project Overview And Role

Funded under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through a cooperative agreement with the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Palladium Development and Consultancy Kenya Ltd (Palladium Kenya) anticipates 5-year funding to support the Kenya Ministry of Health, county governments and healthcare service delivery partners to implement technological innovations in health information systems.

These innovations include the scale up of electronic medical records systems (EMRs) for clinical decision support and improved patient care, the enhancement of the Kenya National Data Warehouse (NDW), a centralized data repository of data from EMRs for analysis and reporting, the development of an interoperability layer to support the exchange of data across systems, the enhancement of mHealth solutions and numerous other innovations including patient identification and informatics solutions to support health surveillance.

Role Summary

Reporting to the HIS Product Management and Capacity Strengthening Lead, the Health Informatics Specialist is responsible for the development of stakeholder engagement strategy on HIS adoption, use and sustenance as well as data demand strategy among stakeholders at regional cluster level. S/he will work with County MOH and SDIPs in consultation with project leadership and Stakeholder Engagement Team Lead within assigned clusters. The position holder will convene stakeholder engagement forums/activities for HIS use and data use within assigned regional cluster. The Health Informatics Specialist is responsible for maintaining an up to date HIS implementation status for supported regional cluster/s and a schedule of stakeholder engagement activities within the clusters assigned. The position will collaborate with County MOH and other partners to set up and participate in data and HIS review meetings/activities within the assigned clusters, monitor progress in adoption and use of HIS by all stakeholders as the basis for performance measurement. S/he will advocate for the allocation of resources by County MOH and other stakeholders towards HIS implementation and sustenance and provide HIS technical support and coordinate capacity building within assigned cluster/s.

Primary Duties And Responsibilities

Implement the stakeholder engagement strategy on HIS adoption, use and sustenance as well as data demand among stakeholders at the regional level
Within assigned cluster/s, develop mechanisms for stakeholder engagement for HIS data demand creation, in line with KeHMIS data use strategy
In consultation with regional stakeholders, convene stakeholder engagement forums/activities for HIS use and data use within clusters
Participate in development of HIS implementation strategy and execute the same at regional level.
Plan, communicate and coordinate HIS implementation requests from Palladium Kenya to supported SDIPs
Develop and execute a schedule of stakeholder engagement activities within the cluster/region
Monitor progress in adoption and use of HIS by all stakeholders as the basis for performance measurement
Advocate for allocation of resources by County MOH, SDIPs and other stakeholders to support HIS implementation and HIS use
Develop an accountability framework for HIS implementation within the assigned clusters
Coordinate and facilitate capacity building activities in consultation with the Capacity Building Advisor, counties and SDIPs
Support the development of new and update existing capacity building materials
Provide routine and periodic support to Centres of Excellence (COE) sites
Support the service desk in monitoring, resolving issues and providing feedback to the stakeholders.
Perform any other tasks as assigned by the HIS Product Management and Capacity Strengthening Lead.

Required Qualifications

BSc in Computer Science, Information technology, Health Informatics, or a related field. 5+ years of professional experience in HIS/M&E/Data management.
Proven experience and familiarity with MOH/GOK health information systems.
Experience working with PEPFAR implementing partners to support the deployment of HIS systems.
Experience in training users on HIS solutions.
Demonstrated ability to engage and work with stakeholders at all system levels.
Excellent writing, communication, computer, and organizational skills.
Ability to collaboratively forge partnerships with MOH and other USG implementing mechanisms that are supporting health informatics.
Exceptional interpersonal skills, with a focus on rapport-building, listening and critical thinking.
Fluency in English language.


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