By Faith Atai | Public Health, JHU Graduate Student

     Sofia Milosavljevic | Public Health, JHU '20

     Stone Streeter | Public Health / Molecular and Cellular Biology, JHU '21

Introduction

In January 2019, our team of students fromJohns Hopkins University joined students from Makerere University School of Public Health under the Johns Hopkins UniversityChildhood, Health, and Society IntersessionPrograminUganda.Our group was assigned the topic of water, sanitation and hygiene (WSH).

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The Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) program is a five year CDC-funded mechanism. Its mandate is to promote evidence-based decision-making for an AIDS free generation by supporting the alignment of USG supported Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting systems with the national M&E framework, resulting in a fully functional one M&E system. We seek to recruit persons to work in the following positions:

 

1.     M&E Technical Advisors (2)

2.     Management Information Systems Advisor (1)

3.     Health Information Analyst (1)

4.     Software Developers (4)

 

M&E Technical Advisor (2)

Key Responsibilities:

§  Providing technical advice for strengthening Monitoring and Evaluation Systems and Continuous Quality Improvement initiatives for CDC supported Districts through training, mentorship, coaching and support supervision.

§  Participate in the development of training materials required to meet the training needs of the program.

§  Participate in the development of Performance Monitoring Plan and work plans for the program and support IPs in developing Evaluation and Performance Measurement Plans.

§  Conduct service quality assessments, data quality assessments and any other assessments, and train and mentor district and health facility staff to be able to conduct their own assessments.

§  Participate in the development of evaluation protocols and train and mentor MoH, district and health facility staff in the implementation of program evaluations.

§  Provide mentorship and coaching for the identified gaps and /or needs in the supported districts and health facilities

§  Actively participate in partner reporting activities for both national and PEPFAR reporting

§  Preparation of periodic reports on the Program activities.

§  Keep abreast of the updates relating to M&E and CQI of HIV/AIDS programs in Uganda and inform the program accordingly.

 Qualifications: Masters in any of the following disciplines:  Public Health, Health Services Management, Health Systems Strengthening, Global Health and Social Sciences

 Experience: At least more than 5 years of progressive experience in public health at the local and national level, experience in a Monitoring and Evaluation role for a health program as well as experience in providing technical assistance in capacity building initiatives of health programs.

 

Management Information Systems Advisor (1)

Key Responsibilities

·       Works with CDC supported implementing partners to provide technical and program support to the collection, cleaning, aggregation, analysis and submission of the quarterly, Semi-annual (SAPR) and Annual reports (APR)

·       Works with the various program teams to ensure activity work plans and monitoring plans are properly implemented and results documented.

·       Participates in data collection and analysis, training of staff and CDC implementing partners in PEPFAR M&E protocols and tools and assists in the dissemination of information for timely utilization by OGAC, PEPFAR related USG agencies, implementing partners, and key stakeholders.  

·       Guides efforts to streamline and standardize CDC Implementing partner reporting efforts through dialogue on reporting processes and routine monitoring of the quality, accuracy, and consistency of reporting. 

·       Supports the CDC Strategic Information teams to build capacity and utilization of key Information Systems including SIMS, DATIM and the National DHIS2

·       Utilizes appropriate data management systems to monitor indicators for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care activities. 

·       Analyzes quarterly programmatic data entered by implementing partners into PEPFAR’s

·       Data for Accountability Transparency and Impact (DATIM) online platform.

·       Provides assistance to the PEPFAR team in interpreting data on indicators, targets and results.

·      Responds to requests from CDC Strategic Information teams, Implementing partners and national stakeholders for information and technical assistance on strategies for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care activities.  

·       Responds to other program related duties as assigned by the Program Manager and/or the Deputy Program Manager.

 

Qualifications

A Master’s degree in one of the following disciplines: Health Sciences; Social Sciences; Applied Mathematics, Information Science or a strongly related discipline is required.

Experience: At least five years of progressive and responsible experience in public health at the local, national, experience working with U.S. Government agencies on PEPFAR-funded projects and work experience in an M&E capacity building position. Expertise in supporting health projects related to HIV or health systems strengthening would be an asset.

 

 

 Health Information Systems Analyst (1)

Key Responsibilities

·       Support the M&E teams to build capacity and utilization of key Information Systems including HIBRID, DATIM and the National DHIS2 and other USG data management systems

·       Utilize appropriate data management systems to monitor indicators for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care activities and update staff and stakeholders on the same. 

·       Analyze programmatic data entered by implementing partners into national and PEPFAR’s data management systems and provide ongoing feedback and technical support

·       Provide assistance to the IPs and district staff in understanding and interpreting indicators, targets and results.

  • Respond to requests from CDC Strategic Information and program teams, Implementing Partners and national stakeholders for information and technical assistance on HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment.
  • Laise with the Systems Developers (Programmers) to support the development, modification, testing and operationalization of new and existing database systems including but not limited to DHIS2, HIBRID, UgandaEMR and various dashboards etc at METS, national, district, health facility, and IP levels.
  • Analyse and develop automated reports based on the data in any of METS supported database systems
  • Facilitate IP and district staff development (through training, mentoring and coaching) in database management, data management and report generation and dissemination to enhance data use for decision making.
  • Actively participate in health information systems related support requirements during the lifetime of the program
  • Participate in data quality assessment activities.

 

Education: Masters Degree or Post Graduate qualification in any of the following fields: Public health, Computer Science, Information Technology, Health Systems management, Informatics, Monitoring and Evaluation.

 Experience: At least 3 years’ experience in managing health information systems, data management for an M&E agency and experience working in PEPFAR supported programs.


Software Developers (4)

Key Responsibilities

·       Design software solutions by studying information needs; systems flow, data usage, and work processes while adhering to the software development lifecycle

·       Design, develop, modify and maintain new or existing health information systems (OpenMRS, DHIS2, fingerprinting technologies, etc.).

·       Support the development of an interoperability framework between DHIS2 and UgandaEMR to support automated synching of records to a central DHIS2.

·       Investigate, analyze and make recommendations to management regarding technology improvements, upgrades and modifications

·       Analyze user needs and software requirements to determine the feasibility of design within time and cost constraints.

·       Develop and direct software system testing and validation procedures, programming and documentation

·       Prepare reference for users by writing operating instructions, flowcharts, layouts, diagrams, charts, code comments and clear code.

·       Analyse and develop automated reports based on the data in any of METS supported database systems

  • Facilitate staff development (through training, mentoring and coaching) of district and program personnel in database management, data management and report generation and dissemination to enhance data use for decision making.
  • Support the rollout of national DHIS2 and electronic systems through training, mentorship and coaching of Implementing Partner  and district staff.

 Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in any of the following fields: Computer Science, Software Engineering, Health Informatics

Experience: A minimum of 1 year of experience as a software developer or engineer; with demonstrable success in developing a variety of software systems while taking on increasing responsibility for analysis, design, implementation and development tasks. Advance experience developing data-driven applications utilizing significant relational database engines as part of the overall application architecture (experience with either PostgreSQL or MySQL is required and any of the following highly desirable; Oracle, MS SQL Server, H2 SQL) . Working experience using most of the following: Spring, Hibernate, JQuery, Subversion, Liquibase, Git, Restful web services, Agile methodology, Maven, Jasper server, android SDK. And knowledge and skill with popular open source programming languages.

 

How to apply: Interested persons should send their applications with current CV and academic papers, stating two referees and their contacts.

The application should be addressed to the Principal Investigator; Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support Program, not later than Thursday 18th April 2019, 5.00 pm, Ugandan time.

Submit a hard copy of the application at the Reception desk, METS Offices, Plot 20A Kawalya Kaggwa Close Kololo. Ensure that you register after submitting the application.

NB: Only candidates shortlisted will be contacted for the interview 

On Saturday, 16th March 2019, Makerere University Environmental Health Students’ Association (MUEHSA) joined hands with the Uganda Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Alumni Association to carry out a clean-up exercise in Nakulabye Zone 9 (Kiwuunya Slum). MUEHSA is an association of students who study Environmental Health, a programme that is housed at Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH). MUEHSA did this together with other partners like the Kampala Capital City Authority and the Integrated Community Health Initiative Uganda. The activity was carried out together with community members. The students also used the opportunity to share health messages with community members. This clean-up was organized as part of activities to celebrate the Commonwealth day in Uganda. The celebrations for this day started on Monday 11th March 2019 with a panel discussion on employability for university students at Makerere University Main Hall which was officiated by Hon. Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, Minister of State for Youth and Children Affairs.

MUEHSA regularly gets involved in such drives because of the association’s firm belief in the prevention of diseases and promotion of health. “This starts from the environment where people live,” explained Rawlence Ndejjo, one of the patrons of the group. He went on to explain that such activities have always been a part of MUEHSA since the association was conceived in 2003.

Ferdinand Treasure Kimunyu, a student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree of Environmental Health Sciences (BEHS) in second year at Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) was one of the participants in the cleaning and health education drive. This is what he had to say; 

“The day was a success to me personally. The Kiwuunya slum community was so willing to participate and work hand-in-hand with our team. Giving back to the community and preserving the cleanliness was my best achievement of that day,” Kimunyu said.

 Students cleaning drainage channels. One of the student members of MUEHSA, Namakula, who participated in the drive said the day did not come with a clear-cut method of making sure the place is clean. There was a lot of improvisation and flexibility to ensure that the job got done.

Genevieve Nannyonyo, also a student at MakSPH in her second year and a member of MUEHSA remarked that she was taken aback by the simplicity and togetherness of the people who participated in the cleaning drive. “They came together for the common cause of extending a hand and contributing to the health and wellbeing of the community.”

For Lydia Nabawanuka Namakula, the exercise was an extension of the theory that is learnt in class. “From this clean-up, I have realized that flexibility is key because not every theoretical principle applies in the field,” the second year student said explaining further that by flexibility she was referring to improvisation while in the middle of a task in order to complete it and sacrificing.

 

This students’ association, MUEHSA, where these learners all belong also participates in the celebration of important Environmental Health days. This is done through holding public seminars and exhibitions, involvement in nationwide health activities such as outbreak investigations. MUEHSA also organizes and gets involved in annual conferences. This year, the association will be hosting the annual IFEH/MUEHSA conference. The international conference will take place in April, 2019. More information about it can be obtained on their website https://ifehmuehsa2019.musph.ac.ug/. IFEH stands  for International Federtion of Environmental Health.

 

 

 

Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) on Wednesday 27th March 2019, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Health Organization (WHO). The MoU aimed at strengthening the relationship and providing an organized framework of collaboration (on an institutional basis) between the two parties. The agreement is the first of its kind between WHO and MakSPH. In Uganda, MakSPH is the leading institutions in public health research and training.

According to Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, the WHO, Country Representative to Uganda, the MoU stipulates the roles and responsibilities of Makerere University School of Public Health and World Health Organization in promoting safe, effective and affordable research products; capacity building and community service to the public.

L-R, Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, the WHO, Country Representative to Uganda,Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze, Dean School of Public Health, David Sserwadda, School of Public Health and Mr. Mwoga Joseph, World Health Organisation

L-R, Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, the WHO, Country Representative to Uganda,Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze, Dean School of Public Health, David Sserwadda, School of Public Health and Mr. Mwoga Joseph, World Health Organisation

The two parties will collaborate in the following areas;

  • Planning and implementation of joint research projects between WHO and MakSPH in priority public health areas, including communicable and non-communicable diseases, health system strengthening  
  • Sharing information and knowledge between the two institutions, within acceptable institutional structures
  • Supporting training and research programmes for the World Health Organization and Vice versa;
  • Strengthening networking opportunities between the two institutions
  •  Holding Quarterly meeting to discuss issues of mutual public health importance and research priorities; and
  • Whenever necessary and appropriate, jointly hold policy dialogues with stakeholders

Prof. Wanyenze highly commended the already existing relationship between MakSPH and WHO and looked forward to a fruitful collaboration between the two institutions. On behalf of the School and Makerere University, Prof. Wanyenze pledged to work hand in hand with WHO and Ministry of Health to promote the attainment of better health for the people of Uganda and beyond through Public Health Training, Research and Community service.

Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze, Dean School of Public Health signing the MoU. On Left; is the WHO, Country Representative to Uganda Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam.

Dr. Rhoda Wanyenze, Dean School of Public Health signing the MoU. On Left; is the WHO, Country Representative to Uganda Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam.

“We have done good work with WHO and Ministry of Health but it has been on an individual basis. Having a collaboration at this institutional level provides an opportunity to jointly identify the priorities in research, training and community engagement,” she said.

She was happy to note that the MoU signed, presents the School of Public Health with a lot of opportunities to enrich their research agenda.

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding climaxed with a Seminar on the current and future Global Health Practices for World Health Organization and the Role of the Academia by Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam. Held in the Davis Lecture theatre, the well-attended session by staff and students of Makerere University College of Health Sciences, provided an insight on the Health Sector Development Plan (HDP) 2016-2020, WHO’s Country Cooperation Strategy 2016-2020, 13th WHO Global Programme of Work and Country prioritization 2019-2023.

Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam on the current and future Global Health Practices for World Health organization and the Role of the Academia.

Dr. Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam on the current and future Global Health Practices for World Health Organization and the Role of the Academia.

Dr Woldemariam encouraged researchers and academicians to always focus on results and evidence-oriented research as well as training and building capacity on health among publics. “Ensure that what your government or organization does; is helping the lives of people. Demand for results and demand for evidence,” he said  

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.


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