Placement Organization: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) – Zambia
Placement Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Eligible Citizenship: Zambian
About: EGPAF is a worldwide leader in the fight against pediatric AIDS, working to halt the pandemic and help those already infected with HIV. Before the Foundation’s inception, children affected by HIV and AIDS had no voice and few medicines and interventions were available specifically for them. Thanks to the courageous efforts of Elizabeth Glaser and those who follow in her footsteps, the Foundation improves the lives of millions of children and families affected by AIDS each year by funding groundbreaking scientific research, providing lifesaving services, and advocating for children around the globe. The Foundation is currently providing support to 5,600 sites, in 14 countries worldwide.
Our Work in Zambia: The Foundation implements and manages the Zambian national electronic health records (EHR) system, SmartCare. SmartCare operates in over 600 health care facilities nationwide and was adopted in 2006 by the Ministry of Health (MOH) as the national patient records system. SmartCare enables clinicians and health districts to capture key patient care information in a robust and secure database. Patient-level data is collected and retained in the EHR saved onsite, affording clinicians the ability to run data queries, check patient progress, see missed clinic visits, and track site-level performance. Through the distribution and use of SmartCards, patients can transfer and travel with a complete picture of their medical history.
The Foundation in Zambia is currently in the first year of implementing a five-year project funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for the continued management and implementation of SmartCare, along with an increased focus on data use for quality improvement (QI) and elimination of HIV transmission from mother to child. The Foundation is leading a national effort for use and optimization of SmartCare data for continuous QI of the national HIV/AIDS program.
Position Overview: The Monitoring and Evaluation Fellow will work closely with and under the supervision of Foundation’s Strategic Information and Evaluation Director (SI&E Director) to support the Zambian MOH in improving existing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems as well as support capacity building efforts for health workers in data reporting and making use of the reports to improve programs.
Responsibilities: The fellow will support the EGPAF M&E team on the following activities to promote systemic use of regularly collected data for program improvement:
- Data review meetings with government staff
- Trainings in data use
- Development and use of standard reports
- Facilitation of feedback on electronic health records system, standard reports, and data review meetings
- Exploring additional electronic health records systems enhancements and innovations
- Assessments of data use needs
- Documentation of best practices for sharing with national and international audiences
Required Skills and Experience:
- Fluency in spoken and written English
- Strong quantitative background required, as evidenced by experience in data collection, analysis, management and/or presentation
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Experience writing technical or programmatic reports
- Strong, demonstrated interest in global public health and prior exposure to global public health and/or development issues in Africa or other resource-limited settings
- Willingness to travel extensively in country and work in rural settings
- Strong communication skills: verbal, written, listening, presentation and facilitation
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- Master’s in Public Health or other related Master’s degree preferred
- Proficiency using statistical software (for example SPSS, STATA, EpiInfo, Access) a plus
- Strong analytical skills and attention to detail
- Ability to work in a team environment, but with self-sufficiency and self-motivation
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Ability to multi-task: flexible and capable of working under pressure and tight deadlines with demonstrated ability to prioritize across multiple projects and relationships
- Strong creativity and innovative thinking
- Experience in proposal development
- Ability or experience in facilitating trainings for development programs
- Interest and/or experience in public health research
Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing in Lusaka, health insurance and a living stipend of $650/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included.