Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI): Information Officer – Malaria Program, Jozini, South Africa

By | February 7, 2018

Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira C. Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (‘CHAI’ �) is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world.
Malaria is one of the world’s most important causes of illness, death and lost economic productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over the past decade, dramatic increases in donor funding have facilitated scale-up of effective interventions to prevent, diagnose, and treat malaria. This investment has successfully reduced the burden of malaria in many settings, and some countries have begun planning to eliminate it altogether. South Africa is well-positioned to be one of the first countries in southern Africa to eliminate malaria in the next few years, and CHAI is supporting South Africa in this goal. CHAI’s malaria program provides direct management and technical support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.
Summary of Position
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated Information Officer to support the Provincial Department of Health, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) to achieve its malaria elimination targets. The Information Officer will be seconded to the Provincial Department of Health, KwaZulu-Natal, and will be line managed by the Chief Environmental Health Practitioner/Malaria Program Manager, with technical management from the National Information Officer based at the National Department of Health (NDOH) in Pretoria. The Information Officer will lead and capacitate a team of data capturers to soundly collect, manage, analyze, interpret, and distribute malaria data. He/she will work with surveillance, entomology, vector control, health promotion, and operational teams to coordinate effective, data-driven surveillance and intervention activities. Candidate must be fluent in isiZulu
Manage a team of data capturers, and support their professional development to build local IT capacity
Coordinate and oversee the development of weekly, monthly and ad hoc reports as required by the malaria program
Ensure good quality data from surveillance , entomology, vector control, health promotion, and management teams
Coordinate surveillance, entomology, vector control, and health promotion teams to ensure the program is effectively deploying surveillance activities and targeted interventions to stop malaria transmission
Lead monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions in stopping malaria transmission
Manage all aspects of the Malaria Information System at the provincial level
Design and implement new applications and provide support and maintenance of existing applications
Provide technical software and hardware support
Source and collect various spatial data sets
Learn, if necessary, and use Geographic Information System packages and provide maps to the malaria program
Perform any other tasks identified
Diploma or BSc Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Geographical Information Systems or related field
1-2+ years of working experience, with increasing levels of responsibility
High proficiency in Microsoft Access and Excel
High level of proficiency in one or multiple programme languages (C++,C#,VB, Java, Net., python)
Previous experience with server-client and web-based programming as well as relational database environments
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