|Location||Yaoundé / Libreville, Cameroon|
|Date Posted||April 8, 2021|
The often weak cooperation between African states in the management of
their borders regularly leads to conflicts and hinders
regional integration. By creating border programs, the
African Union and the Central African Economic Community (ECCAS) are tackling
this problem. The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in the closure of
international borders and revealed the absence of common standards for
border management and weak procedures for health screening in the
region. The need to strengthen regional cooperation and mitigate the
negative effects of health crises is taken into account by the strategy
Common Regional Council of ECCAS in the response to COVID-19. As part of
the “Support for the ECCAS border program” project, GIZ - on
behalf of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union -
advises ECCAS and its member states in the areas of
cross - border cooperation , strengthening of capacities and implementation of
regional policies, in short, “border governance”. A
new component of the project supports ECCAS to improve cooperation between
its member states in public health at the borders. The project is
implemented in 11 Central African countries.
As part of its
activities, GIZ / APF-CEEAC is looking for a Technical Advisor in
Health Information System based in Yaoundé or Libreville.
Area of responsibility
is responsible for the following activities:
§ Undertake the necessary measures to achieve the following result: The regional approach (ECCAS) for the
harmonized management of borders and the containment of the spread in times
of epidemics (including the information management system) is translated into
guidelines for implementation and training of multipliers from all
ECCAS member states.
§ Coordinates with member states for decision-making regarding
the introduction of a digital system for surveillance, analysis and response
to cross-border epidemics (DHIS2, SORMAS or system developed by the
Africa Center for Disease Control (CDC) at the regional level .
§ Analysis of the status quo, system requirements, design of
systems integration and collaboration with IT actors and in close cooperation
with the Regional Public Health Governance Advisor.
§ Design trainings for users and multipliers for the
deployment and use of the system.
In this context, the
incumbent has the following responsibilities:
1. Design and advice for the adoption of a
public health information system
§ Support the introduction of a digital system for the surveillance of
cross-border epidemics (epidemic management and analysis and
response systems) and the integration of existing national systems at the
regional level .
§ Prepare a detailed overview of digital surveillance systems,
response plans and existing health structures in
ECCAS member countries .
§ Participate and advise the technical group of Public Health Focal Points
and the technical group of ECCAS Frontier Focal Points on the
design of a regional health information system (SIS), on the basis
of an existing system such as SORMAS , DHIS2 or another similar system.
§ Design an approach study on how
the SIS can be used specifically for border management.
§ Undertake research on regional
health information systems in other regions and provide evaluation reports to
§ Develop potentials for an integrated
regional pandemic response system (such as SORMAS, DHIS2) and basic system architecture.
§ Monitor the design and implementation of the
continental data sharing platform for Member States by linking
the public health institutes of each country through an extensive network managed
by Africa CDC, and the development of the
cross-border institutional governance framework in health for the digital health initiative.
§ Follow the decisions
of the African Union's Africa CDC multisectoral technical working group on safe travel and
border reopening , regarding the harmonization of alternative measures to
enable mutual recognition and trust in information shared
between States members on travelers.
§ Liaise with AU Africa CDC regarding its support to
Member States to develop and establish
high quality information and technology systems .
§ Develop and coordinate technical cooperation and
horizontal cooperation for the development and implementation of
health information systems (HIS)
§ Provide technical, strategic advice and
programmatic guidance for the development and implementation of national
health information systems (HIS).
§ Develop technical cooperation programs / strategies to strengthen
national capacity development in the design,
implementation, monitoring and reporting of the quality and accuracy of
data and information sources, including
vital statistics and health statistics .
§ Coordinate closely with ECCAS and the World Bank on the
program to strengthen disease surveillance systems in
Central Africa (REDISSE 4), which is implemented jointly with
United Nations organizations (WHO, FAO, etc.).
§ Coordinate closely with the Helmholtz Center for Infectious
Diseases (HZI), which has developed the Epidemic Management and Analysis,
Surveillance and Response System (SORMAS), which is already in use in
several African countries and regions with the support of GIZ.
§ Support training through informatics such as
geographic information systems, network domains,
analysis and management software , and hardware, including
functional needs assessment and contracting. markets.
§ Provide support for public relations work
§ Make a contribution to the planning, monitoring and development of the
§ Support the project with ongoing and emerging activities in the
area of border governance and public health.
§ Support and initiate activities on respect for human rights,
gender, the fight against corruption, and other cross-cutting issues.
§ Carry out any task entrusted to it in the implementation
of the ECCAS Frontier Program Support Project .
Qualifications, skills and experience required
§ University degree in computer science, information
science, IT project management, health informatics or equivalent
§ An additional qualification in the field of public health,
epidemiology, digital health or international health
is an asset.
§ Good knowledge of regional and national
human health surveillance systems . Knowledge of integrated
animal health systems (one health) is an asset.
§ A minimum of 5 years of experience in the implementation of
technological health solutions within the framework of international development in a
developing country or in a low-resource environment (DHIS2,
iHRIS, CommCare, OpenLMIS, OpenHIE, SORMAS, etc.),
§ Strong technical capacity in the implementation of database design
and capacity building.
§ Experience with IT outsourcing companies and
digital health service providers is desirable.
§ Experience working with a national health institution, NGO
or international organization is an asset.
Other knowledge / skills
§ Good working knowledge of the use of computer technologies
§ Excellent management, organization and communication skills
§ Ability to work in a team
§ Availability for regular business trips (inside
§ Perfect command of French; good knowledge of english
Availability date : June 01
End of contract : December 31, 2022
Deadline for admissibility of application files : April 18
Internal job classification: Band 4 T / under
the hierarchical supervision of the Head of Component.
Submission of applications
Composition (required) of application files: 1 Cover letter, 1 CV
(2 pages maximum + 03 professional references)
Submission of applications
will only be received on our
career site, via the e-recruiting platform: https://gizkamerun.jobs.net
Female candidates are strongly encouraged !
NB: Recruitment at GIZ is free of
charge. Any fraudulent information detected will result in
the candidate being eliminated from the current recruitment process and those
to come. Only selected candidates will be contacted. Unsuccessful files
will be destroyed six months from the date of publication.