29 April 2016

UN Jobs - Project Coordinator, Health Analytics at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Organization: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Data Scientist and Manager Pulse Lab Kampala Manager

About UNDP:
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network.  UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP provides expert advice, training, grant support to developing countries including Uganda with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.

Global Pulse is an innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Big Data. Its vision is a future in which big data is harnessed safely and responsibly as a public good. Its mission is to accelerate discovery, development and scaled adoption of big data innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action. Global Pulse is building a catalytic network of in-country innovation centers, which will test new tools, data and analysis, share what lessons with the global community, mainstream successful approaches for real-time impact monitoring into policymaking. The first Lab has been established in New York (Pulse Lab New York) followed by Jakarta, Indonesia and Kampala, Uganda.
About United Nations Pulse Lab:
Pulse Lab Kampala is an inter-agency initiative of the United Nations under the Office of the Resident Coordinator in Uganda. The first of its kind in Africa, it brings together researchers from Government, the UN, non-governmental organizations and private sector to explore the utility of new sources of digital “Big Data” (such as social media, mobile data, online information) and real-time analysis techniques for social development monitoring and program planning. A data revolution is underway in Uganda and in Africa. There is more data now than ever. New technologies are leading to an exponential increase in the volume and types of data available, creating unprecedented possibilities for informing and transforming society and protecting the environment. There is more data produced in the last 2 years than in all of human history. There is a tremendous potential in new technology; indeed, this is the forefront of the data revolution already well underway in in the private sector.  The new SDGs agenda will have increased demands – and opportunities- for the use of data. Pulse Lab Kampala supports the UN Country team to tap into the revolution obtaining more and better data to support development work and humanitarian action supporting:
  • Enhance Early Warning: Detection of anomalous trends and patterns of events enables early warning of emerging crises and earlier responses to prevent long-term harm;
  • Real-Time Awareness:  An up-to-date picture of trends, hotspots and dynamic changes in population behaviour enhances programme planning and monitoring of implementation and;
  • Rapid Impact Monitoring and Evaluation: Timely feedback on the impact of programmes and policies allows for adaptive course correction and accelerated achievement of results.

Job Summary: The Project Coordinator, Health Analytics, Pulse Lab Kampala will maintain a fluent dialogue with the Uganda Ministry of Health to ensure ownership of the project outputs.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Manage and coordinate project implementation:
  • Define project workplan (including benchmarks, milestones and timelines) and design workplans for project team members;
  • Lead, manage and coordinate day-to-day planning, implementation and management of project activities according to the Project document and project log frame;
  • Coordinate the project team (technical specialists, project officers, support staff, consultants) and ensure timely implementation, results –orientation and accountability for project results;
  • Oversee the development of annual programme/project delivery targets and guide the team to achieve the targets;
  • Offer support in the delivery of quality project outputs through preparation and support of monthly work plans for the teams and daily overseeing of the work of all team members;
  • Keenly monitor the project’s progress towards the attainment of the project objectives and propose measures to address bottle necks;
  • Mobilize personnel, support identification of consultants as needed and draft TORs;
  • Design procurement plan for project implementation and coordinate deployment of equipment;
  • Document the technical processes undertaken for the implementation of project components on a quarterly and annual basis;
  • Capture technical lessons learnt during the implementation of project components – a lessons learned log can be used in this regard;
  • Manage and monitor the project risks linked to the implementation of project components;
  • Identify project risks and coordinate initiatives to mitigate and manage them;
  • Prepare and submit Standard Progress Reports (quarterly and annual), annual work plans and budgets for project implementation.
  • Engage with partners for project implementation:
  • Maintain ongoing understanding of health information systems and identify partners and stakeholders for project implementation;
  • Actively facilitate day-to-day effective communication and dialogue with partners for effective coordination of initiatives and systems;
  • Maintain fluent dialogue with Ministry of Health to ensure project’s ownership;
  • Perform effective ways to interact with partners to ensure stakeholder’s cohesion;
  • Work closely with the main stakeholders to ensure their roles are appropriately integrated into the project as envisaged;
  • Monitor the work of the agencies and partners leading work areas relevant for project implementation and adjust project components as needed to ensure coherence of interventions.
  • Offer technical guidance for project implementation:
  • Provide technical guidance on data innovation initiatives to achieve the project outputs;
  • Guide the technical team on the definition of project components using concepts from data engineering and data science.

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Project workplan (including benchmarks, milestones and timelines);
  • Delivery of quality project outputs through preparation and support of monthly work plans for the teams and daily overseeing of the work of all team members;
  • Identifying, managing and monitoring the project risks linked to the implementation of project components;
  • Preparing Standard Progress Reports (quarterly and annual), annual work plans and budgets for project implementation.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Project Coordinator, Health Analytics career opportunity should hold an MS (completed or ongoing) in Information Systems, Public Health, Business Administration, Computer Science, Information technology, Statistics, or related field; A combination of a first degree and relevant experience may be accepted.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in Health Management Information Systems (HMIS);
  • Two (2) years of working experience as a Project Manager;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct effective trainings on technological issues, new systems for groups ranging from 10-50 people;
  • Broad working knowledge of software engineering processes (e.g. agile software development);
  • Previous exposure and experience working with any of the Ugandan eHMIS systems is an asset;
  • Experience of Big Data analytics is an asset.
  • Excellent command of English.

Personal Competencies:
  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
  • Excellent communication skills, organized (dealing with many stakeholders).
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
  • Is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda;
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision,
  • Even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning& Organizing:
  • Planning/organizational skills;
  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments;
  • Adjusts priorities as required;
  • Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
  • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
  • Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
  • Uses time efficiently; is able to meet tight deadlines and to work under pressure.
Client Orientation: Constructive approach to resolution of problems and dedication to providing timely support.
Technological Awareness: Strong interest in digital data landscape and emerging discipline of Big Data for Development.

Price proposal and schedule of Payments: The consultant will be paid per working day; Payment will be made upon submission of monthly invoices, specifying the number of working days spent on each approved case, and providing documentation to support pre-approved expenses.

How to Apply: 
The consultant is required to upload an electronic application in one single PDF at the link below. The application should include the following documents/information:
  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in Annex II;
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three professional references.
Technical proposal, including:
  • A brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
  • Clear statement of where the Consultant is based;
  • Samples of work you consider the best (the candidate must specify if she/he was solely responsible for producing or editing each of the materials);
  • Financial proposal, as stating Daily Fee in Ugandan Shillings/United States Dollars. No other costs travels (e.g. for travel) should be included in the financial proposal at this stage.
  • Annexes:
  • Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (Annex II);Download Here

Annexes 1 and II - may be downloaded from the UNDP Procurement Notices Website – http://procurement-notices.undp.org/ - under reference #29456 For further clarifications, please contact; janet.anyango@undp.org; moses.lutwama@undp.org

Interested applicants should submit applications through uploading of all their required documentation in one single pdf document at the link below.

Deadline: 5th May, 2016

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