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Project Overview and Role
MEASURE Evaluation works in collaboration with other countries to strengthen their health information systems (HIS) to generate high quality data that used for decision-making. It is a cooperative agreement, leader with associate award, project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The University of North Carolina (UNC) is prime recipient of the award, and there are five partner agencies: ICF International (ICF); John Snow, Inc. (JSI); Management Sciences for Health (MSH); Palladium Group (PG); and Tulane University (TU).
MEASURE Evaluation has recently started an activity in Guatemala to strengthen the M&E system of the new Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria prime recipient, Instituto de Nutricion de Centroamerica y Panama (INCAP).
The consultant will support the development of a logistics monitoring and control information system for the Global Fund prime recipient, INCAP (Instituto de Nutricion de Centroamerica y Panama), and its sub- recipients. This will include determining INCAP's current information needs, desired functionalities and user requirements for the logistics monitoring and control information system and to select, develop, and implement the technological solution to house the new system. The consultant will work under the supervision of a lead software developer as part of a team to support the system design and implementation process. S/he will work with the MEASURE Evaluation/Palladium Activity Lead and Data Use Advisor as well as the MEASURE Evaluation/Palladium consultants and INCAP staff on the ground.
- Serve as systems developer as part of a software development team and work directly with INCAP, INCAP's sub-recipients, the Global Fund, DHIS-2 software development team, MEASURE Evaluation, and Palladium to develop a logistics monitoring and control information system in line with user needs and reporting requirements. As a member of the team, s/he will implement the steps detailed below:
- Planning:determination of the scope of the system as well as resources, cost, and time required to develop the system.
- System analysis and requirements: assessment with the PR and SRs to define the functional requirements of the system and a system analysis to ensure that the new system meets end user needs (includes requirements gathering)
- System design:defining the necessary specifications, features, and operations that will satisfy the functionality requirements of the proposed system, as well as the information needs of end users
- Development: the start of production, installation, and change.
- Integration and testing: quality assurance to determine if the proposed design meets the initial scope and user needs, repeated testing to check for errors and bugs, and verification and validation of the system
- Implementation: the actual installation of the newly-developed system
o Support the effort to conduct semi-structured interviews with INCAP and SRs (in-person and virtually as necessary) to determine system requirements to inform the system design and select a solution most fitting for the environment and user needs.
o Support the development and design the main procedures and requirements of the logistics monitoring and control information system, including the development of standard operating procedures (with information flows), primary records, programming tables (primary records and dashboards), a variable dictionary, and quality control (data and services).
o Support the creation of software documentation (operations and maintenance instructions) to ensure that INCAP can fine tune the system as they wish following activity close.
o Support the transition of the logistics monitoring and control system to the INCAP server following the integration and testing phase.
o Work with Palladium team to develop a training curriculum that includes catered materials for INCAP and sub-recipients on how to use the logistics monitoring and control information system, including system access, functionality, data entry, data quality verification, dashboard development, and report and data extraction, among other things.
o Support the implementation of the training curriculum (workshop and on-the-job training) with INCAP and sub-recipients.
Minimum education and experience required
- Post graduate degree in systems engineering desired;
- Must be able to read, write, and speak Spanish and English;
- 3-5 years of professional experience in software development and system design, particularly in Java programming language;
- Experience performing systems analysis for systems that cross multiple components and impact multiple systems;
- Experience with front- and back-end web-based applications and familiar with various web service technologies;
- Ability to take direction to iteratively define and implement technological solutions as needs requirements are being identified and finalized;
- Experience working with open source platforms and enterprise database solutions such as the District Health Information System-2 (DHIS-2) software and OpenLMIS, desired;
- Demonstrated ability to gather, analyze, interpret and visualize data in ways that meet the information needs of targeted decision makers, including ability to manipulate and visualize data using statistical analysis software;
- Ability to develop standard operating procedures and supportive documentation to ensure the functionality, maintenance, and use of systems developed;
- Willingness to work with a team of US-based staff in a challenging environment with short deadlines