Uganda: Consultancy – Nutrition M & E Officer (Ugandan National Only) 6 months

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 23 May 2018

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Under the supervision of the Nutrition Specialist, the consultant will Support the Nutrition unit of MoH in the systematic review, analysis, reporting and use of nutrition data from HMIS to inform district and national level nutrition program planning and decision making.

Background

Improved institutional capacity is needed to increase the use of evidence in nutrition programing in Uganda. The Health Management Information System (HMIS), led by the Ministry of Health, is the major functional nutrition information management system in Uganda. The overall goal of HMIS is to provide quality information to support decision-making at all levels of the health care system in Uganda.

The HMIS primarily records information on patients who visit health centres. The first HMIS in Uganda was developed in 1985. However, this soon became obsolete because it only targeted few health conditions. In 2007, the Ministry of Health (MoH) Resource Centre developed a more versatile, web-enabled platform. By 2009, however, only, a limited number of districts had adopted the web-enabled software as a number of challenges, including but not limited to limited skills in data management, still existed. In 2012, the MoH introduced an electronic HMIS-the District Health Management Information Software version 2 (DHIS2), that is web based, to further strengthen district-based health reporting. The web based DHIS2 supports various health related program data management and analysis, program monitoring and evaluation, service availability mapping, logistics management and mobile tracking of clients in communities.

In 2014, for the first time, Uganda had nutrition data elements added to HMIS. Currently, there are 57 data elements for nutrition that are captured through the health facility registers. These are consolidated into the monthly and quarterly HMIS reports (HMIS 105, 108, 009 & 106a). The advances in nutrition, however, have come with additional needs for nutrition data to further inform programing. This is in addition to the need to update some obsolete indicators.

Since 2016, UNICEF provided technical and financial assistance to the MoH for the routine analysis of nutrition data, and to support its triangulation with other national level data sources, in order to provide a general picture of the nutrition status of the population. An M&E officer for Nutrition was seconded to the Division of Health Information of the MoH to support a range of activities to this effect during a period of 11 months. A major achievement of this technical assistance to MoH was the improvement in reporting rates for nutrition indicators from 22 to 45%. In addition, an exercise to improve the quality of nutrition data elements in the HMIS/DHIS2 has been carried out in the frame of the HMIS revision process that is currently taking place. For this purpose, a major review of all current indicators was done, and a number of modifications have been suggested, and will be shared for approval on the 17th of April 2018.

However, nutrition data collection, quality and use still need further improvement. There is a need for more robust nutrition data quality checks in order to monitor the level of nutrition reporting. In addition, data related to refugee response needs to be integrated within HMIS, ensuring all indicators are properly disaggregated for both refugees and host communities.

Key Tasks:

  • In consultation with the MOH Nutrition team, MOH Division of Health Information and UNICEF, support implementation of recommendations to strengthen nutrition in HMIS at both the national and district levels (UNICEF focus districts). As necessary, the support for UNICEF focus districts may include training, conduct trouble shooting sessions, on the job coaching and mentoring for the poorly performing districts or teams.
  • Support the national HMIS review and synchronisation of nutrition indicators and data elements in line with the program review for the 2019 version of the HMIS/DHIS2, by executing and administering a variety of technical programme transactions, such as preparing materials, presentations and documentation, by ensuring compliance with governmental processes and management systems, by strengthening the capacities of MoH officials in nutrition reporting, and by presenting the analysis and suggested modifications as necessary.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues at MoH, UNICEF and other partners to discuss operational and implementation issues about nutrition and health data collection and reporting in HMIS. Provide solutions, recommendations and/or alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decision-making. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • In consultation with the MoH, update and/or review sort orders and data checks for nutrition. Participate in quarterly data cleaning exercises as part of the efforts to improve data quality.
  • Together with the Division of Health Information, develop a program nutrition dash board and score card.
  • Identify issues with reporting rates and data quality, and alert relevant government and partner focal points for follow-up.
  • Provide regular updates to the technical working groups on strategies to advocate for the improvement of the HMIS in abide to strengthen the data collection and management of nutrition indicators.
  • Develop a quarterly nutrition data bulletin (to include program performance by district/region, national level coverage on key indicators, lessons learnt and challenges).
  • Identify, capture, synthesize, and share lessons learned on HMIS for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders
  • To qualify asan advocate for every child you will have

    1. EDUCATION:

  • Any combination of education and training equivalent to possession of a Bachelor’s degree in statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation, Information Communications Technology.
  • 2. EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience in collecting and analyzing programme data and prepare programme status reports as required.

  • At least three years’ experience working with the HMIS, mTrac and DHIS2
  • Knowledge of Ugandan national and local health and Nutrition structures and environment
  • Experience with SMS-based campaigns, mobile and web based technology applications
  • Experience in computerized case management systems
  • knowledge of environment in which UNICEF operates, and understanding of the constraints of working in a developing-world environment
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment
  • Knowledge in the Systems Development Life Cycle

  • 3. SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Very good intersectoral coordination skills
  • Excellent written and communications and interpersonal skills; Ability to write concise scientific documents, including proposal development
  • Excellent knowledge management skills, including writing skills.
  • Effective organizational skills; high drive for results and commitment
  • Teamwork and strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Computer literacy especially with Excel and database management is required.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    The technical competencies required for this post are….

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    http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

    Remarks:

    Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=512936

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