Description of assignment title
Strategic Health Information Officer
Assignment country: Cameroon
Expected start date
Sustainable Development Goal: 3. Good health and well-being
International UN Volunteer Specialist
DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No
Host entity: WHO Cameroon
Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)
Number of assignments: 1
Duty stations: Yaounde
Mission and objectives
World Health Organization (WHO) advocates and catalyzes global and country actions to resolve the human resources for health crisis, to support the achievement of the health-related millennium development goals and health for all.
Service delivery has primarily been coordinated and managed by standalone programs. Each program was defining and supporting establishment of the delivery systems needed to achieve its objectives. This approach is however not fit for purpose in the context of the SDG attainment, where comprehensive services are needed across results relating to Universal Health Coverage, Health Security and Determinants of Health areas. The PHC approach has been revitalized, with an increased emphasis on a comprehensive PHC approach that will ensure delivery of essential services across all ages. Compounding this situation is the implications of the disease, environmental and other shocks on standalone service delivery systems that lack the needed resilience to sustain service provision when threatened.
There is therefore an ongoing process to re-pivot the service delivery systems in countries to align them with the current expectations. This is being implemented in the context of the ongoing functional review process in the WHO Regional Office that is prioritizing district health services support capacity in country offices.
Finally, the WHO Regional Office is prioritizing as part of the Regional Directors transformational agenda the need to open opportunities for early / mid-career technically competent persons to have an opportunity to work with the WHO Regional Office, as part of its talent search and provision of opportunities to people building careers in public health to enhance their international experiences.
The WHO is therefore seeking technically competent United Nations Volunteers to work as service delivery systems support officers in multiple countries across the region.
Under the guidance and overall supervision of the WHO Representative, and working under technical guidance of the team responsible for Data, Analytics and knowledge translation at the Regional Office level, the persons shall contribute to the generation and use of strategic health information in the Country.
The incumbent is assigned all or part of the following responsibilities which are performed according to the needs and agenda:
1) To proactively support the development of required capacities in the country to generate intelligence for health. This involves strengthening of systems for routine health facility data collection, birth death and cause of death, surveillance data, facility and community-based surveys including demographic and health surveys. This involves the development of norms and standards, regular country capacity assessments to identify gaps and provision of support to address these gaps, and regularly provide status updates through scorecards, statistics atlas and other methods to consolidate the country status
2) To lead work with countries and technical experts on analysis of existing data and statistics in order to discern trends and patterns, plus build attribution and prediction models for the direction of health in the country. These analytics are at facility, sub national, national and cross-country levels. The emerging information shall be consolidated in periodic publications that will need to be produced, such as state of health in a member state or the sub-region, or specific program analyses. In addition, the support to sector monitoring and evaluation processes in the sub region.
3) To support the generation of evidence to guide decision makers, through development of health policy briefs, documentation of good / best practices, writing health blogs on key events, and other methods for evidence sharing.
4) Support the work on innovative approaches to ensuring strategic health information is available, specifically focusing on functioning of health observatories in the country and harmonizing the work on digital health.
5) Facilitate strengthening of governance of health information systems, particularly in assessing state of health information systems, and supporting initiatives to address gaps in the capacity to generate, analyze and use health information for decision making; establishing and supporting data collaboratives for better use of existing health information resources’ and mobilizing resources for health information
6) Guide the generation of institutional data, analytical and knowledge products relating to the work of WHO and partners in countries such as SDG monitoring, Global Action Plan status, and the WHO Global Program of Work impact framework within the sub region.
7) To perform other related responsibilities as assigned by the WHO Representative and/or the Data analytics and knowledge translation team
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers program mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:
• Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
• Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
• Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.
• Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
• Assist with the UNV Buddy Program for newly arrived UN Volunteers;
• Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
• As an active WHO team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to WHO and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:
Serve as WHO focal point for strategic health information through generating data and statistics, analytics, and knowledge in specific countries of the region to ensure health intelligence and evidence is available and used for decision making
• Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment
• A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
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Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.
3 years of experience in The incumbent should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
(i) Elements of health information systems governance and how they can be applied to improve statistics, analytics and knowledge use for decision making
(ii) Common sources of health data and statistics including facility-based registry systems, community registration systems, health surveys, and surveillance systems amongst others
(iii) Knowledge of the common tools and mechanisms for collection of health data and statistics, such as the international disease classification, DHIS 2, conduct of verbal autopsies, and others
(iv) Review of data quality, in particular the health data system and approaches to improve data quality
(v) Analysis and synthesis of health data and interpretation of results through a high level of analytical skills at all levels of the health system
(vi) 6.Advanced ability to design, manage, analyze and coordinate complex information system projects, computer-based applications and databases, web-based tools
(vii) Processes and mechanisms for effective dissemination of health and decision-making such as spreadsheet applications , CSPro application, Tableau, Power BI, STATA and others
(viii) Ability to identify and apply modern ICT methodologies to health information systems and to the use of various mechanisms including for health observatories and scorecards for the implementation of best practices in the region.
Area(s) of expertise
English, Level: Fluent, Desirable
French, Level: Fluent, Desirable
Required education level
Master degree or equivalent in Information Management, health information, demography, biostatistics, or computer science.
Specialization in health-related field, health information management, health informatics in both routine and emergency situations.
Competencies and values
Communicating in a credible and effective way
Knowing and managing yourself
Fostering integration and teamwork
Respecting and promoting cultural differences.
Living conditions and remarks
Cameroon is a country of humanitarian context in some regions. The country has a relatively good infrastructure, running water, electricity, sanitation and housing.
Given the humanitarian and security context, particularly in the North West and South West regions, it is imperative that all UN Volunteers familiarize themselves with the security guidelines and the situation upon arrival in the country.
Yaoundé is the political capital of Cameroon and the second most populated city in the country after Douala. It is the headquarters of several international organizations, embassies and UN agencies. The climate in Yaoundé is tropical, humid and dry with constant temperatures throughout the year ranging from 22 to 29°C. Yaoundé also has a long wet season covering a period of ten months between February and November. However, there is a significant decrease in rainfall during the wet season, during the months of July and August. The official languages of Cameroon are English and French. For entry into Cameroon, Visa+ passport and international yellow fever vaccination card are required. Other vaccines are strongly recommended.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity program that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promote respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy
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