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Health Information Systems Specialist

Arlington (United States of America)

  • Organization: MSH - Management Sciences for Health
  • Location: Arlington (United States of America)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-30

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The Health Information Systems Specialist will work as part of the Evidence, Performance and Impact (EPI) team at MSH. S/he will provide technical support to the MSH home offices and MSH projects in DHIS2 and other information management systems as the primary system administrator. S/he will contribute to the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems, by ensuring that MSH’s database is properly managed and accessible to teams globally. The HIS Specialist will participate and often lead the development and maintenance of MSH’s DHIS2-based database, DREAM@MSH, and all its project instances.

DREAM@MSH (MSH-DHIS2) Global Development and Management (40%)

  • Manage DREAM@MSH on a day-to-day basis as the primary system administrator.
  • Develop new features for organization wide metrics and initiatives (e.g. customized dashboards).
  • Troubleshoot DREAM@MSH issues with support from BAO Manager.
  • Work with the Data and Digital health (DDH) team on improving DREAM@MSH’s interoperability.

DREAM@MSH (MSH-DHIS2) Project Instances Development and Maintenance (30%)

  • Provide service to MSH field projects in DREAM@MSH by supporting project instance configuration and maintenance through life of project.
  • Develop new features for projects on demand (e.g. dashboards and custom forms).

DHIS2 Capacity Building (15%)

  • Design and conduct DHIS2 trainings for MSH staff in both home and field offices.
  • Build upon current DHIS2 learning materials produced for staff.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Research (MEL) (15%)

  • Support EPI team by contributing to MEL services (e.g. setting up metrics, running analyses).
  • Contribute to the design of research protocols (e.g. develop hypotheses, write analysis plans, and calculate sample sizes).
  • Determine appropriate statistical tests and measures for research and, when necessary, conduct analyses.


Required: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as biostatistics, health statistics, or information systems, or equivalent work experience.

Preferred: Master’s degree


Required: Six years of directly relevant experience. Education may be counted in lieu of experience.

Preferred**:** Eight years of directly relevant experience

Demonstrated experience with current approaches and tools for information management systems, including the use of data to inform decision-making, communication, and other strategic initiatives.

Demonstrated experience using and managing large databases.

4 to 5 years of experience in managing health information management systems built on DHIS2.

In-country experiences working on DHIS2 instances in Low & Middle Income Countries is an asset.

Knowledge & Skills


  • Strong English-language scientific and technical writing and presentation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse staff, clients, and consultants.
  • Advanced expertise in DHIS2 (system administrator level).
  • Knowledge of appropriate data visualization software for creating tables, graphs, and charts.
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation principles and methods.
  • Attention to detail. Demonstrated organization and time management skills.


  • Fluency in French.
  • Knowledge and proven experience in the use of statistical software packages such as R for data analysis and modelling.


  • Demonstrated ability in assessing priorities and managing various activities and stakeholders in a time-sensitive environment.

Ability to meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.

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