Zambia: Health Informatics Officer

Organization: Global Health Corps
Country: Zambia
Closing date: 18 Jan 2017

Position Overview:

The Health Informatics Officer will be based in Lusaka and will provide implementation support to Population Council on a range of information management and data analysis activities. Population Council conducts implementation of science research and reproductive health, HIV, and adolescent empowerment initiatives in Zambia and the region. The Health Informatics Officer will support capture, transmission, aggregation, and analysis of routine and observational data, working with common tools like ODK, FormHub, Microsoft Access, Epi Info, and other platforms.

The fellow will be responsible for building in-country capacity, creating, modifying, and maintaining potentially complex and diverse datasets, and playing a key role in the design of differentiated information flows for external partners. It is not necessarily expected that the Health Informatics Officer have all the technical skills required to fully support all Population Council-led implementations; while the Health Informatics Officer will be responsible for all the above outcomes, it is anticipated that the fellow will coordinate with expert developers to produce these outcomes as necessary.


  • Assist project managers and developers with identifying user requirements
  • Develop coherent and technology-appropriate specifications for meeting user requirements
  • Work with project management and directors to explain solutions to clients
  • Set up, configure, and maintain project-specific instances as required

Desired Skills and Experience:
Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required

  • Bachelor’s degree*
    • Preferred: Master’s degree in relevant field
  • Prior experience in health information management systems such as District Health Information Systems 2 (, ODK, or similar*
  • Experience managing databases*
  • Knowledge of global health issues*
  • A practical understanding of the R programming language and Stata
  • Ability to conduct various stages of statistical analyses including everything from data collection, aggregation, and cleaning to visualization (experience with Shiny is preferred) and exploratory analysis to statistical model building and evaluation
  • Experience with best practices for programming include: source control, collaborative coding (using Git or an equivalent), and literate and reproducible programming
  • Ability to learn on the job is highly valued

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