Program Manager: TB/HIV Information System Linkages & Deduplication (NDOH secondee), South Africa

Pretoria, Gauteng

Program Manager: TB/HIV Information System Linkages & Deduplication (NDOH secondee), South Africa

Company Overview:

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people’s lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

Project Overview

Through Translating Data for Implementation (Data.FI) award, Palladium is seeking a Program Manager: TB/HIV Information System Linkages and Deduplication. This a seconded position to the South African National Department of Health, based in Pretoria.

Data.FI is a five-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Data.FI partners with PEPFAR programs to accelerate and sustain access to high-quality data to expedite HIV epidemic control and maintenance. Data.FI supports host country governments to enhance existing health information systems (HIS) and conduct in-depth analysis of HIV epidemiologic and program data to inform management responses to gaps in HIV and AIDS programming and sustain impact by supporting local partner transition.

In South Africa, Data.FI is supporting the National Department of Health (NDoH) to strengthen the national health information system, providing support to Tier.Net and the continued development of a national data warehouse solution. Data.FI also extends NDOH capacity to support national HIV policy implementation through a number of secondee positions.

Position Description

The Program Manager (PM) for THIS linkages and de-duplication is responsible for managing strategic activities to integrate the TB/HIV information system with related health-focused information systems, as well as manage the process to de-duplicate the patient-level data at source.

In addition, the PM is responsible for guiding, providing routine technical support, and monitoring a national process to de-duplicate patient-level data at source. This includes development of guidance material, capacitation around a de-duplication process, as well as monitoring the progress of de-duplication around the country. The PM also leads engagements aimed at checking the extent to which de-duplication prescripts are adhered to by sub-national counterparts, while simultaneously providing in-depth technical support to foster an efficient and effective de-duplication process.

More broadly, this includes capacity building, leading engagements with sub-national counterparts, and supporting development and enhancement of analytics around TB/HIV data.

The PM is responsible for ensuring timely and quality completion of deliverables required under the relevant activity, monitoring progress of the programme (or sub-programme) against the approved work plan and strategizing to work around critical bottlenecks.

This role is seconded to the NDOH and based in central Pretoria.

Primary responsibilities:

Overall responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinate the management and execution of all THIS linkages and de-duplication components of the programme, monitor progress, and ensure deliverables are met on time
  • Provide all the necessary support to the National Department of Health to facilitate national level meetings, strategic document preparation and technical support engagements
  • Assist with the development of systems and processes to link disparate datasets and de-duplicate patient-level data at source

Programme responsibilities will include:

  • Plan for, coordinate, operationalise, and maintain linkages between the TB/HIV information system and other health information systems in line with NDOH strategies and objectives
  • Provide direct capacitation to sub-national counterparts to enable linkage functionality between information systems, including development, coordination, and execution of sub-national technical engagements to support THIS-focused linkages
  • Refine strategies, materials, approaches to linkage as process matures, objectives change, and needs evolve
    Plan for, coordinate, operationalise, and maintain the national process to de-duplicate patient information at source
  • Monitor implementation of a de-duplication exercise, and provide technical support to ensure its implementation is done in accordance with training provided
    Coordinate with the analytics team to monitor de-duplication progress and refine strategy where needed

Reporting requirements

The role reports into the South African National Department of Health.

The postholder will have limited reporting requirements into Data.FI/Palladium

Minimum education and experience required

  • Have a tertiary level degree in public health, epidemiology, health informatics, biostatistics or equivalent experience, a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 6 years proven experience in working with and implementing ART or TB M&E systems with increasing levels of responsibility and experience
  • Project management experience to lead a team to conceive, plan and execute programs or projects with documented results
  • Experience working with the COO’s office at the NDOH

Key competencies and professional expertise required

  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategies that drive complicated national strategies
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook)
  • Strategically minded, able to think creatively around long-term program objectives and the detailed steps necessary to achieve these goals
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task, and deal with high-pressure situations
  • English language fluency, both written and verbal
  • Be proactive in one’s day-to-day work and act with efficiency in mind
  • Approachable, able to build and maintain effective relationships with the team, colleagues, NDOH, and external partners
  • Strong organizational skills and deadline-oriented
  • Analytical and methodical in approach to day-to-day work
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially in providing technical support to sub-national counterparts
  • Attention to detail, strong commitment to excellence
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Must have legal authorization to work in South Africa.

Level of Effort

A maximum of 45 working days

Period of Performance

April 1, 2020 through May 31, 2020.