Senior Technical Advisor, Database Management, GIS, & Data Visualization at Family Health International (FHI 360)

Family Health International (FHI 360) is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology – creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior Technical Advisor, Database Management, GIS, & Data Visualization

Requisition ID: 2022201724
Location: Abuja
Job Type: Full time
Supervisor: Strategic Information Lead

Basic Function

  • The Senior Technical Advisor Database Management, GIS, & Data Visualization will oversee the administration and management of FHI 360’s management information system for routine data.
  • This involves overseeing adherence to the reporting cycle, developing and implementing data security and confidentiality policies, designing and developing database applications, developing and assisting in the analysis of data, providing technical documentation of data and quality assurance of data inputs and outputs, assisting with the presentation of data findings for projects, and providing technical support in the use of these data in research projects.
  • S/he will also be responsible for the planning, development, maintenance, and evaluation of FHI 360 Nigeria’s Geographical Information System (GIS) including the management of spatial databases. Other responsibilities include the design and creation of other products e.g., maps, digital data, reports, and statistics. S/he prepares and maintains metadata documentation of GIS databases. provide technical assistance aimed at strengthening the collection, analysis, and use of data for decision-making. The position is expected to create dashboards and utilize tools to monitor program implementation.
  • The Senior Technical Advisor Database Management, GIS, & Data Visualization will also supervise and utilize large data sets to find opportunities for improving program implementation, strategy optimization, and providing data-driven feedback to both the Government of Nigeria and the donor.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide technical assistance to FHI sites using the databases. Play a leadership role in ensuring timely and accurate data management and reporting.
  • Recommend hardware and software upgrades to the database server as needed. Produce regular high-quality analysis products for the monitoring and evaluation areas assigned.
  • Administer and maintain FHI 360’s databases for routine data, data quality, and service and quality assessments. Monitor and optimize database design, content, structure, and other management issues.
  • Coordinate data management issues (e.g., deletion of records, query management, internet reports) within the data users’ group, and strengthen health information systems structures by enhancing data demand and use of FHI 360 and the Government of Nigeria.
  • Develop and ensure adherence to policies to ensure the security and confidentiality of FHI’s identifiable health data. Monitor staff compliance with confidentiality policies to assure that security standards are met. Design and develop database applications in response to FHI’s information needs, using MS Excel, Access, V,B and SQL.
  • Install developed applications, write application manuals, and train users. Assure the quality of data feeds and processing of downloads from state offices and donor reports. Develop standardized programming, data quality checks, and data documentation procedures relevant to COVID-19 and other disease areas. Represent FHI360 and make presentations at professional meetings and conferences related to Monitoring and Evaluation research. Document lessons learned and best practices in monitoring and evaluation, according to donor guidelines, and archive research-related data and programs.
  • Create and maintain structures necessary for GIS data storage. Work on special GIS projects as assigned; develop custom data, statistics, reports, presentations, and other products. Design tools necessary for loading/transferring GIS data from one system to another.
  • Use tools to combine GIS datasets and create new information, investigate patterns and analyze spatial data. Write standard metadata for GIS data resources.
  • Develop web-based and mobile GIS applications, customize desktop GIS software to facilitate end-user training and ease of use; train users and provide support for desktop applications.
  • Ensure that GIS is being used as an effective tool for decision-making. Ensure that the software and database tools developed respond to the intended reporting and data output requirements for both internal use and donors/GoN.
  • Provide technical assistance for the development and implementation of a systematic data analysis process of data outputs from the electronic information systems.
  • Perform backup and recovery of all databases. Manage database users. Takes appropriate measures to ensure the security and confidentiality of program data. Participate in the development and/or adaptation, monitoring of use and modification of M&E tools, Standard Operating Procedures, and Data flow processes and procedures.
  • On a weekly basis, develop data analysis plans to prepare reports, and analyze state-level data to provide strategic information feedback through reports to the donors, the Government of Nigeria, the organization, and other implementing partners on COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Determination of power and sample size requirements for studies – Cleaning, merging, and preparing analytic datasets. Ensure that the quality of program/project monitoring and evaluation in the sites is of international standard by supporting the development and implementation of appropriate mechanisms and tools to ensure quality. Develop processes and tools to monitor and analyze model performance and data accuracy.
  • Produce high-quality analysis products on a regular basis for monitoring and evaluation of COVID-19 vaccination and strengthening health information systems for effective surveillance.
  • Ensure the correct monitoring and implementation of the organizational M&E plan and strategies and adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs) through appropriate mechanisms that focus on the quality of public health interventions implemented by the organization.
  • Develop data collection tools to capture and track the contribution of health facilities within the project towards the meeting of project targets and to better showcase achievements.
  • Lead data quality processes, deep-dive analytical models, and develop data visualization models and forecasting to inform program strategies.
  • Routinely follow up with State teams for monthly data collection and reporting, coordinating gap and outlier analysis to ensure and improve on the quality of reporting.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • BS / BA Degree in Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Science or its recognized equivalent with 7 – 9 years post national youth service relevant experience.
  • Or MS/MA Engineering, Information Technology, Computer Science or its recognized equivalent, and 5 – 7 years post national youth service relevant experience.
  • Strong background in geospatial and health information systems (GIS) and/or database management is required.
  • Demonstrated success in multicultural environments is an advantage
  • Experience using statistical computer languages such as SQL to manipulate data, query databases, and draw insights from large data sets.
  • Experience working with and creating data architectures.
  • Familiarity with Nigerian public sector health systems and NGOs and CBOs is highly desirable.

Knowledge, Skills & Attributes:

  • MS SQL Server Administration, District Health Information System (DHIS2), Windows NT and Office Administration and Management, Relational database design and analysis, SQL and MS Access/Excel programming skills.
  • Good knowledge of programming principles and languages. Demonstrated ability to independently complete assigned tasks, train and facilitate learning and professional development among colleagues.
  • Familiarity with client/server or multi-platform application development. Solid understanding of basic assumptions of clinical and public health industry practices for data acquisition and quality assurance.
  • Knowledge and experience in project-level or state/national-level monitoring and evaluation system implementation.
  • Communicate effectively with all levels of personnel on hardware and software needs.
  • knowledge of relational database concepts and skills utilized in creating and maintaining relational databases and linking them with GIS, and concepts and management.
  • Knowledge and expertise in using GIS software such as ArcGIS 9.x equivalent at a moderate level of complexity. And developing dashboards using other data visualization software such as Power BI and Tableau.
  • Ability to perform spatial analysis of moderate difficulty and present results in a clear and comprehensible way, either orally or as written reports.
  • Ability to perform rectification, transformation, and classification processes on raster data.
  • The use of raster-based application such as ERDAS and ILWIS is an added advantage. Strong problem-solving skills with an emphasis on innovation design and strategic frameworks using technology.
  • A drive to learn and master new technologies and techniques. Knowledge of health and development programs in developing countries in general and Nigeria specifically.
  • Knowledge of COVID-19 and other health programming in developing countries. Working knowledge of surveillance.
  • Knowledge of Nigerian clinical setting, including government and non-government settings.
  • Ability to manage tight deadlines and deliver high volumes of work with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English for coordinating across teams.
  • Ability to travel within Nigeria 25% time.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

Method of Application
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