Short Term Consultant (STC) to provide technical assistance on data management for the Mekong Malaria Elimination Coordination Office
World Health Organization | Published October 7, 2016
The Greater Mekong subregion (GMS) has long been seen as a source of resistance to antimalarial drugs, potentially spreading and endangering malaria elimination efforts elsewhere. This is one of the reasons why malaria elimination by 2030 has recently been declared a goal in the GMS. Success in eliminating malaria in this region would be recognised as a victory for the global malaria elimination efforts.
Surveillance has become a core intervention necessitating use of real time data and improved information sharing for prompt and evidence based response. The need for dedicated data manager has arisen to focus on data management including storage and information sharing across the GMS countries. Improved data management and data sharing will be important for the attainment of malaria elimination.
Purpose/Specific Objective of the Activity
The purpose of the activity is to support GMS countries to accelerate towards malaria elimination as a component of the Mekong Malaria Elimination Hub coordination efforts especially in the area of data management, information sharing and use for action including planning, accountability and resource mobilization.
Description of activities to be carried out
The contractual partner will work as a member of the MME Hub, under direct supervision of the MME Hub Coordinator, to carry the following tasks:
- In collaboration with country malaria program and MOH/HMIS focal points, support countries and implementing partners to generate, collect, collate, clean, validate, analyze, store and disseminate malaria and related data across the GMS;
- In collaboration with GMS malaria and HMIS focal points in countries and regional level, maintain/ manage and update the web-based GMS malaria database with relevant and validated country data including timeliness, consistency, completeness, accuracy and reasonableness; generate report and share information;
- Support data management related capacity building at sub-, national and regional levels in the context of the SME system strengthening for malaria free GMS by 2030
- Facilitate use of timely data for programmatic decision-making and action;
- Travel to GMS countries to support data management including training and re-training; and
- Perform any other task as may be assigned by the Coordinator of the MME Hub.
Description of the tasks/process involved in carrying out the activity
- Consultation with relevant focal points in the MME Hub, country malaria programs, DoH and partners and stakeholders;
- Data generation, collation, analysis, mapping, and storage (real-time database management);
- Data presentation, information sharing and promoting use for action;
- Knowledge management including capacity building for quality data management; and
- Writing and publication of malaria epidemiological (surveillance) bulletin.
Required profile of the consultant
Functional skills and knowledge
- Sound knowledge of and skills in data management including database management and application of Information Technology (IT) in information sharing and knowledge management;
- Basic knowledge of epidemiology of communicable diseases especially malaria
- Excellent communication and reporting skills;
- Specialized knowledge of WHO guidelines and procedures would be an asset;
- Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds, and maintain high standard of personal conduct; and
- Knowledge of standard office software applications (word processing or other software packages and standard office equipment, spreadsheet and emails) and WebIT.
- University degree in Mathematics / Statistics / Data management, Information science and knowledge management, Information technology, and Management / Computer Sciences.
- Postgraduate qualification in Strategic Information / Business Management at masters level, a plus.
- Experience with data management (including web-based database management), producing high quality reports.
- Three years’ experience in supporting evidence based strategic plan development / updating, especially with donor funded projects or programs, preferably at international level.
- Familiarity with WHO data management and publication policies and procedures, a plus.
Written and spoken fluency in English is essential. Working knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.
Interested candidates should submit the following documents to the Supply Officer (WPRO) at email@example.com by 06 November 2016. Please use Tender Notice No. 50541 as subject to all submissions. Contract start date 1 January 2017 with duration of 11 months.
• Expression of interest (cover letter) that includes proposed consultancy fee (per day) and availability, and
• WHO personal history form or CV.
Please note that the application may be closed before the indicated closing date if a sufficient number of applications are received. Only the successful candidates will be contacted.
Travel: For each assignment WHO shall reimburse cost of travel from the place of domicile of the individual to the place of assignment (most direct economy fare).