Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
Position: Officer - Geospatial Data and Technologies, Health Systems Strengthening Program – Lao PDR
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
Given the importance of geography and time for assessing and monitoring the health of populations at risk, the Lao PDR Ministry of Health has initiated a process to geo-enable its health information system (HIS.) This will allow the whole health sector to share the same geography and therefore fully benefit from the visualisation and analytical power of geospatial data and technologies.
The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) seeks a self-motivated individual with outstanding quantitative, analytical, and communication skills to contribute to this effort as a Geospatial Data and Technologies Officer.
2. Main responsibilities
The main responsibilities of the Geospatial Data and Technologies Officer will be to provide technical support to the overall Ministry of Health, and the Health Management Information System Unit in particular, when it comes to the management and use of geospatial data, technologies, and services. This support will be in line with the guidelines, standards, and protocols identified or defined by the Technical Working Group to be established.
3. Description of duties
Working under the supervision of head of the MoH Health Management Information Systems unit in the Department of Planning and Cooperation, the incumbent will be in charge of:
- Providing technical support regarding the management and use of geospatial data and technologies across the MoH;
- Maintaining, regularly updating, and sharing the master lists for the geographic objects key to public health, starting with health facilities and administrative divisions down to the villages;
- Supporting the development and implementation of guidelines containing specifications and SOPs aiming at improving the availability, quality (completeness, uniqueness, timeliness, validity, accuracy and consistency) and accessibility of geospatial data and the effective use of geospatial technologies across the MoH;
- Supporting the development of training material aimed at strengthening the technical capacity of the MoH to manage and use geospatial data and technologies across levels;
- Generating GIS based data products to support decision making within the MoH in general and in support DPC, the Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC), and Malaria elimination in particular;
- Documenting use cases pertaining to the use of geospatial data, technologies, and services within the health sector;
- Providing technical support to health facility/community surveys conducted by the MoH, which includes development of data collection tools, training material including SOPs, conducting training and coordinating the survey and ensuring completion;
- Other supporting tasks as requested.
4. Expected deliverables
- Authoritative, standardized, complete, up-to-date and uniquely coded master lists of health facilities and administrative divisions down to the village level, including geographic coordinates and boundaries;
- Guidelines pertaining to the management and use of geospatial data and technologies
- Training and related material;
- Data products (table, graphs, and maps) supporting decision making;
- Documented use cases.
5. Required qualifications
- University degree with a background in data management and/or geospatial data management or enough professional experience in that area to be considered as equivalent;
- Background in public health would be seen as an advantage
- Good knowledge in the use of geospatial technologies (GIS and GNSS) as well as MS Office suite,
- Demonstrable skills in relation to the management and use of geospatial data;
- Ability to work harmoniously as part of a team.
- At least one year experience working in a GIS related project and good working proficiency in a GIS platform
- Experience in the area of Public Health would be seen as an advantage;
- Lao: Proficient
- English: Proficient
- Deadline: 20 December 2019
- How to apply: Candidates should submit resumes via email to LaoPDR@gmail.com