Health and Nutrition Specialist (Information System), Temporary Appointment Jobs
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Efficient and effective use of data for right decision making is critical for maximizing the impact of investment on health and nutrition status for children. Tanzania is one of front-runner countries in terms of evidence-based planning and monitoring at a decentralized level using quality administrative data. Over recent years, UNICEF Tanzania Country Office has deployed efforts to support the Government in the development and advancement of data information management system and innovative data collection systems such as District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2) and ALMA RMNCAH Scorecard to be introduced and institutionalized in Tanzania. The use of data from these platforms and information is critical to improving data quality, as well as for better prioritization and programming. Insufficient and ineffective use of data collected from these platforms has been identified as the key challenge during planning cycles and further support on data use has been requested by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry of health in the Government of Tanzania. UNICEF Tanzania Country Office has a comparative advantage in this area and plays a critical role in the support provided to the Government to address and respond to the call at both national and decentralized levels.
How can you make a difference?Under the overall guidance and direction of the Chief of health, The Health and Nutrition Specialist (Information System) will consolidate progress made so far from existing digitalization initiatives, accelerate and support the data use for right decision making and better programming for both Health and Nutrition programmes and will work under the supervision of the Chief of Health section in UNICEF Tanzania Country Office. Specifically, his/her scope of work will be focusing on data management, information systems, data use and supporting implementation researches on health and nutrition systems strengthening related activities through collaborating with other UNICEF sectors colleagues as well as consultants and partners.
- Data management and use
The Health and Nutrition Specialist will take a lead of discussion
and programmes related to data use and management in various
administrative levels in Tanzania. Not only below specified areas of
work, s/he will be required to be flexible to take initiatives on
leading and providing technical support in on-going discussion and
programmes from data management and use perspectives. Possible areas of
work in addition to the below details are; revision and use of ALMA
RMNCAH Scorecard, developing and dissemination of community scorecard
for social accountability and EQUIST data update at decentralized level
- Development and scaling-up of District RMNCAH&N Investment Case
UNICEF Tanzania is currently supporting the
Government in the designing of district-level RMNCH&N district
profile and investment case. This brief and local-level portrait aims to
support better use of data for problem identification and investment
opportunity for women and children at district level. In consultation
and effective collaboration with the Government and partners, the Health
and Nutrition Specialist will provide support and bring additional
expertise to improve and complete the design and implement this district
level RMNCAH&N investment case approach. S/he will make sure that
the approach is in line with existing planning exercises such as
Comprehensive Council Health Plan (CCHP) and explorer scale-up plan
through close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Community
Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), the President’s
Office of Regional Authorities and Local Government (PORALG) and other
development partners especially the World Bank.
- Development and dissemination of Nutrition information system within DHIS2
UNICEF Tanzania has provided leading support to
develop an evidence-based National Multi-sectoral Nutrition Action Plan
(NMNAP) for the period of 2016 to 2021 to address the high levels of all
forms of malnutrition in Tanzania. An important component of the NMNAP
is Strengthening Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Information System (MNIS). UNICEF
Tanzania has been supporting the implementation of MNIS agenda through
strengthening and promoting evidence based planning and budgeting
through applying bottleneck analysis (BNA) approach, including financial
expenditure tracking for all districts since 2015. For sustainability
and robustness of the system, effort has been deployed to transition
from manual data collection approach to digitalized information
collecting system embedded within DHIS2 in collaboration with Tanzania
Food and Nutrition Centre (TFNC) and University of Dar es Salaam.
The Health and Nutrition Specialist will ensure current initiative is
fully supported in terms of completion of the system development,
including dissemination and use of the new system at district level, as
well as promoting its effective use. S/he will also represent UNICEF
at the technical working group (TWG) on MNIS, including co-chairing for
the coordination of any nutrition data related activities within
Tanzania and maintain close communication with MoHCDGEC, PORALG and key
- Developing and coordinating Newborn related data collection
Despite improved coverage of globally recommended perinatal care
interventions, newborn morbidity and mortality still remain high in
Tanzania. Factors such as shortage of human resource, erratic supply of
essential medicines and commodities, weak referral system, unintegrated
health information system and poor care seeking behaviour are key in
determining newborn health status. The Health and Nutrition Specialist
will also work closely with the Maternal and Newborn health specialist
(NOD) and newborn research consultant to address health information
system challenges for newborn care programming, and develop newborn
dashboard system to be used at all levels (health facility, district,
regional and national) to overcome data availability challenges.
- Implementation research
UNICEF Tanzania has been implementing a significant
number of activities at different levels of the health system.
Implementation or operational research is needed to document the
process, as well as to identify corrective measures during
implementation phase. The Health and Nutrition Specialist will lead and
facilitate any operational or implementation research related activities
for health system strengthening approaches and quality improvement
initiatives. S/he will make sure that quality reporting systems are in
place at project sites and work closely with HQ and RO focal points to
conduct the study when necessary.
- Partnership coordination
The Health and Nutrition Specialist will enhance close working
partnerships with government counterparts (both MoHCDGEC and PORALG) and
other development partners through proactive communication. S/he will
represent organization in key meetings and introduce UNICEF’s activities to partners. S/he will also dedicate some time for capacity building, not only UNICEF
team but also partners including development partners in the areas of
Health and Nutrition data management and use. S/he will also facilitate
resource mobilization effort in supporting and strengthening UNICEF
Tanzania’s Health and Nutrition programmes implementation. S/he will
initiate activities related to resources mobilization and advocacy for
funding opportunities, including developing proposals and reports and
organizing delegation field visits as necessary.
- To qualify as an advocate for every child…
- An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: medicine, public health, nutrition, biostatistics, social sciences, behavior change communication or another relevant technical field.
- Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement/supplement the main degree are a strong asset.
- A minimum of five years of professional experience in Health and/or Nutrition-related programmes is required.
- At least three-year experience in supporting evidence based planning and monitoring activities for developing countries is required.
- Successful experience in large dataset and complex information management, evidence based programming and expenditure tracking and financial analysis in Tanzania for both Health and Nutrition areas are required.
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Kiswahili is an asset.