Jhpiego Jobs in South Africa : Database / Health Informatics Specialist

Database / Health Informatics Specialist needed to support South Africa’s team Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) service delivery project funded by CDC. This include managing electronic database and application development tasks for the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Team, providing critical support for data management operations and providing technical support and management of program databases. Specialist will also establish reliable interfaces between project database(s) and data management platform(s) for routine data updates and analysis, as well as design and manage mobile data collection systems. This involves working with government and non-government partners on issues related to standards and interoperability, reviewing existing databases and their underlying structures; designing and developing comprehensive databases using modern approaches and standard methods, to efficiently meet the needs of each Jhpiego project. Specialist will oversee adherence to the reporting cycle, develop and implement data security and confidentiality policies, provide technical documentation and quality assurance of data inputs and outputs, assist in the analysis of data, and provide technical support in the use of these data for routine monitoring and evaluation purposes. Specialist will also oversee mobile data collection systems, processes, data extraction, manipulation/transformation, and management. Only candidates with South African work authorization will be considered


  • Apply modern approaches and standard methods to develop and maintain project electronic databases and mobile data collection systems
  • Work closely with the M&E Manager in ensuring timely and accurate data management and reporting
  • Develop data management standard operating procedure(s) (SOP) for use in the country office
  • Provide guidance and/or assistance with data management and analysis of program M&E activities
  • Lead deployment and provision of information system and database support including export of project data for MOH requests, and support for national HMIS including DHMIS, Tier.Net, and various Excel/Access databases
  • Assist MER team with preparation of monthly data analysis for internal review and program planning
  • Assist project team in preparing project data for reports, presentations, articles and abstracts

Digital Health:

  • Assist the M&E Manager in promotion, development, and use of all Digital Health activities, with a focus on mobile data collection and user training
  • Develop mobile data collection systems and tools using CommCare, and manage deployment of such systems and tools
  • Train users of mobile data collection systems in tools on use, maintenance, and troubleshooting
  • Extract and manage data collected through CommCare mobile data collection system

Database Administration:

  • Administer and maintain Jhpiego’s databases for routine data, data quality and service quality assessments
  • Monitor and optimize database design, content, structure and other management issues
  • Perform routine backup of all databases
  • Take appropriate measures to ensure the security of the data
  • Provide database support to district level staff
  • Plan and manage disaster recovery for all Jhpiego databases
  • Responsible for archiving evaluation-related data

Database Design and Development:

  • Design and develop databases in response to Jhpiego South Africa’s information needs
  • Install developed applications, write application manuals/user guides, and trains users as necessary, including provision of periodic system maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Adjust data entry screens to accommodate new data fields and data collection tools
  • Provide ongoing maintenance and support to users of database(s)

Data Processing and Analysis:

  • Assure the quality of data feeds and processing of downloads from all data sources into CDC and other reporting systems
  • Develop standardized programming, data quality checks, and data documentation procedures relevant to the data systems
  • Create export links between databases and excel pivot tables for data analysis, reporting
  • Create import links between mobile data collection platform and other applications with project databases to facilitate data management and decrease re-entry burden
  • Train relevant project staff in specific data processing, analysis, and reporting procedures


  • Provide support and guidance on using geographic information system (GIS) applications including QGIS and/or ArcGIS for producing maps
  • Create maps using GIS applications including QGIS and/or ArcGIS


  • Manage system updates, upgrades, and user registrations
  • BA in Health Informatics, Computer Science, MIS, or related field
  • Advanced degree preferred
  • 3+ years of relevant data systems work, mobile application development, database application management, and analytic experience
  • Experience in development and management of mobile data collection systems (CommCare preferred)
  • Skilled in use of IT-enabled tools (cell phones, tablets) for data collection
  • Experience working on aggregate and patient level data capture
  • Knowledge of one or more modern DBMSs, MS Access and/or SQL programming principles
  • Proficiency in data analytical package (e.g., STATA/SPSS, R, EpiInfo) preferred
  • Skilled in use of geographic information system (GIS) software (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS) preferred
  • Experience working with international partners and/or local NGOs or CBOs, familiarity with CDC programs preferred.
  • Experience working on VMMC projects a plus
  • Knowledge of South Africa national, provincial and district health management information system
  • Understanding of data quality principles and procedures
  • Team player able to work in high-pressure environment and manage multiple activities and priorities simultaneously
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to lead and work effectively with an interdisciplinary team with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to independently complete assigned tasks, train and facilitate learning and professional development among colleagues
  • High level of attention to detail and excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills in English
  • Willingness to travel nationally to project locations

ID: 2018-3228

External Company URL: www.jhpiego.org

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