*This is a PATH’s Internal (Employee Only) opportunity*
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PATH is leading a consortium of partners in the implementation of the recently awarded USAID End Malaria Program (EMP). This is a 5-year Cooperative Agreement. In partnership with Jhpiego and the Zambia Centre for Communication Programs (ZCCP), guided by the National Malaria Elimination Strategic Plan and in collaboration with the End Malaria Council (EMC), the End Malaria Program (EMP) will build on the PATH learning and momentum achieved as the lead for PMI’s Program for Advancement of Malaria Outcomes (PAMO). In line with PMI’s strategy, the EMP will assist the GRZ to accelerate progress toward its goal of eliminating local malaria infection and disease in Zambia by achieving high levels of effective coverage with high-quality malaria control interventions, leading to major reductions in malaria prevalence, incidence, severe disease, and death in four focal high-burden provinces: Luapula, Northern, Muchinga, and Eastern.
PATH is seeking to recruit a Surveillance Specialist to support, strengthen, and provide backstopping to key malaria surveillance activities at national, provincial, district, and health facility levels. The Surveillance Specialist shall build capacity among the Ministry of Health Staff, Community Health Workers, and other stakeholders involved in generating, inputting, and use of malaria data to maintain high standards in data quality. Working with provincial and district health officials, the Malaria Surveillance specialist shall strengthen a culture of ensuring that data input into the Ministry of Health’s Health Management Information System (HMIS) and the District Health Information System 2 (DHIS2) and other relevant information systems is timely, accurate, and complete to enhance data-driven decisions in the malaria program.
- Liaise with Provincial and district health offices to build skills and competencies of the relevant Ministry of Health staff in the proper use of HMIS/DHIS2, Electronic Data Systems (EDS), and other information management systems.
- Support provincial and district health offices to ensure accurate use of the malaria scorecard ensuring that it is updated on a monthly basis with accurate data.
- Work with information officers at the provincial, district, and health facility levels to troubleshoot and find solutions to HMIS-DHIS2 and other information systems to ensure accuracy and completeness of data.
- Work with web-based Tableau software to improve visualization of malaria surveillance data and provide data analyzed to the Knowledge Management Specialist for inclusion in monthly, quarterly, and annual reports.
- Monitor weekly and monthly data reporting to ensure timely and quality reported data by health facilities, community health workers, and other sub facilities through routine analysis and supervision.
- Support malaria data quality audits and malaria data reviews to ensure quality data and to influence the use of data in decision making.
- Support the successful implementation of the Electronic Data System used in outreach training and supportive supervision (OTSS) and ensure its proper functionality both from the hardware and software side.
- Use visualization software to produce malaria stratification graphs, maps, and other visualization tools to inform the EMP team on adapting processes and interventions based on data.
- Understand and promote common surveillance system definitions for consistent uptake and use throughout those involved in system rollout.
- Provide technical support to Mobile Client operators in areas related to data collecting, analysis, implementation, hardware operation, and troubleshooting.
- Support Malaria surveillance trainings and provide regular capacity building in areas related to data collection, data submission, and visualization at all levels.
- Work with the NMEC, local MOH representatives, and EMP staff to ensure appropriate software and hardware required for rapid reporting is in place at all levels.
- Work with EMP administrative staff to develop training budgets, manage workshop logistics, and ensure activities comply with PATH accounting practices.
- Represent EMP for various activities as and when required