Strategic Information Officer/ Analyst
Mission and objectives
The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations Public Health Organization established in 1948. The objective of the World Health Organization shall be the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. World Health Organization achieves its goals by performing its essential functions: 1. Take a leadership role in key health issues and create partnerships when joint action is needed; 2. Set research priorities and encourage the acquisition, application and dissemination of useful knowledge; 3. Setting standards and criteria and encouraging and monitoring them; 4. Develop ethical and evidence-based policies 5. Provide technical support, be an agent of change and build institutional capacity in a sustainable way; 6. Monitor health status and assess health trends.
The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO is a member of the United Nations Development Group. WHO's primary role is to direct international health within the United Nations' system and to lead partners in global health responses. WHO works across the six WHO regions to support Member States as they coordinate the efforts of multiple sectors of the government and partners – including bi- and multilaterals, funds and foundations, civil society organizations and private sector – to attain their health objectives and support their national health policies and strategies. The WHO Regional Office for Africa is one of WHO’s 6 regional offices around the world. It serves the WHO African Region, which comprises 47 Member States with the Regional Office in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. As the lead health authority within the United Nations (UN) system, we work with the Member States in the African Region and development partners to improve the health and well-being of people. AFRO’s work involves translation of global health initiatives into regional plans that respond to the specific needs and challenges of countries in the Region. Supporting countries to achieve better health outcomes through technical and policy advice, development of norms and standards, generation and sharing of knowledge and convening health partners. Together with countries, support is provided to attain health objectives by supporting national health policies and strategies. Main areas of work include health sector development, combating diseases – infectious diseases like TB and HIV, and non-infectious diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Preparation for and rapidly respond to disasters and emergencies and helping mothers and children survive and thrive, so they can look forward to a healthy old age. WHO staff are united in a shared commitment to ensuring that all people have access to good quality affordable health care without falling into poverty. To monitor its progress and performance, including monitoring of its 13th General Program of Work (GPW 13), the World Health Organization (WHO) relies heavily on data generated by the national health information systems (NHIS) of the Member States. Therefore, a strong NHIS that can generate reliable, good-quality data on time is of great interest to WHO as it is to the Member States. The strength of the national HIS and the availability, quality, and timeliness of their data directly affect the reports that WHO produces; WHO has plans to do more to support the countries to strengthen their NHIS. To achieve this, the leadership of WHO in the African Region (AFRO) established the Health Information System unit.
Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the HIS Team Leader, the Strategic Information Officer/Analyst • Assist in the technical support of the HIS unit, in particular consolidating up-to-date health data and evidence on UHC progress in Countries through systematic analysis and documentation, • Monitoring of sector progress in attainment of targets set in the National Health sector strategies and policies as well as Monitoring progress towards attaining Health-related Sustainable development goals. • Specific assignments will include following up on the progress of implementation of HIS activities as per schedule, reviewing quarterly progress reports from the implementing countries, supporting HIS team in supporting countries develop strategic plans, policies, and legislative frameworks for national health information systems, developing and promotion of data standards, including core indicators, WHO's Family of International Classifications (ICD-11, ICF, ICHI), and WHO's technical packages for analysis and use of routine health facility data. • Support the consolidation of evidence on progress towards UHC development of communication materials to document and communicate the interventions implemented in the countries. Document best practices, monitoring of the program work plans, and log frames administering and executing processes and transactions to ensure high quality and accuracy of work. The Analyst • Promote client, quality, and results-oriented approach and works to ensure a vibrant exchange of information and consistent service delivery; the overall guidance and direct supervision of the HIS Team Leader, the Strategic Information Officer/ Health Information systems specialist will assist in the technical support of the HIS unit in: • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
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