The Makerere University School of Public Health Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (MakSPH-METS) Program is a five-year (2020-2025) CDC-funded Cooperative Agreement. The MakSPH-METS program emerged out of the growing recognition of the importance of evidence-based decision making for an AIDS Free Generation in Uganda. The overall purpose of the Program is to establish coordinated and effective national and district systems for the management of strategic information for a robust HIV response. We seek to recruit dynamic, competent, and experienced candidates to fill the position of Monitoring and Evaluation Officer -NTLP
|Title:||Monitoring and Evaluation Officer|
|Department:||Department of National Disease Control|
|Division||Tuberculosis and Leprosy Division|
|Reports directly to||Data Manager & Epidemiologist|
|Reports indirectly to||Assistant Commissioner of Health Services/TB & Leprosy|
|Duty station:||MoH/NTLP offices, Wandegeya|
|Commitment:||One Year, Renewal is Subject to Funding & Performance|
General Description of the National TB and Leprosy Program
The National TB and Leprosy Division (NTLP) is a division under the Department of National Disease Control in the Ministry of Health whose overall functions are to establish country wide quality diagnosis and treatment services for TB and Leprosy and to coordinate the implementation of TB and Leprosy control activities.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer is recruited by METS on secondment to work with the National TB Leprosy Division (NTLP) headquarters in Wandegeya, Kampala. The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will work closely with the technical team at NTLP to support establishment of an integrated electronic case-based surveillance system (eCBSS) for TB and leprosy, will support in strengthening the quality of data in DHIS2, support in conducting supply chain related Monitoring and Evaluation and institutionalized web-based data collection at NTLP.
Key functions and responsibilities will include:
- Support establishment of electronic TB/leprosy Case Based Surveillance System (eCBSS) (40%)
- Support the establishment of case-based surveillance system for TB/leprosy
- Together with the TB Epidemiologist, provide support to the design and development of the eCBSS to meet the project needs within time and cost constraints in collaboration with the consultant
- Support the pilot testing of the eCBSS
- Resolve end user hardware and software issues in a timely and professional manner in collaboration with the consultant
- Perform system monitoring and analysis, and performance tuning to track system performance
- In collaboration with the consultant, troubleshoot system hardware, software, networks, and operating systems
- Develop system access criteria, monitor, and control all system access; and implement security controls to secure computer system and ensure data integrity
- Provide IT support to the user community by interfacing with them.
- Support in strengthening TB/leprosy Data Quality (40%)
- Monitoring and reviewing data that is entered in DHIS2 and eCBSS checking for completion and accuracy on a weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis
- Data cleaning – identifying, assessing and resolving any data quality issues.
- Working with districts and regional structures to resolve any data quality issues.
- Developing data use and data quality best practice guidelines and providing user training.
- Providing ad-hoc support to ensure that best practice is followed.
- Addressing the root cause of data inconsistencies and recommending improvements.
- Ensuring that the program has complete and accurate data to support decision making.
- Measuring and reporting to management on the progress of data quality improvement.
- Conducting periodic data analysis as
- Monitoring & evaluation support for TB/leprosy Supply Chain (10%)
- Support the coordination of the reporting and ordering for TB medicines in a timely manner and the follow up of non-reporting facilities.
- At the end of every cycle, retrieve, analyze, and provide information on reporting rates, consumption data and patient statistics from the TB medicines web-based ordering and reporting system (TWOS) and any non-web-based orders submitted to the warehouse for bimonthly reporting
- In collaboration with the MOH/DHI, routine monitoring of system uptime and maintenance of the system and support update and maintenance of the MoH health facility inventory and periodic update of TB accredited facilities
- Conduct logistics trainings in use of TWOS and provide technical support to system users
- Review TWOS logistics data and identify facility based logistic gaps for periodic Facility Data Quality Assessments
- Prepare periodical TB data quality reports
- Support establishment and institutionalization of online/web-based data collection for TB/leprosy
- Lead establishment of online data collection, management, and analysis efforts
- Together with activity leads, participate in the development of survey, support supervision and assessment web-based data collection tools
- Support capacity building for web-based data collection
- Lead in data management and analysis for generated data
- Support in dissemination of support supervision, data quality assessment results to stakeholders
Position minimum qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Quantitative Economics, IT/Computer science, or Epidemiology/Biostatistics and/ or any other relevant qualifications
Desired Experience & Qualifications
- At least 4 years of working experience in Monitoring and evaluation in the context of TB/HIV/AIDS or any other health related program area.
- Strong skills in data analysis and vast experience in working with DHIS2
- Experience working with large databases and data analysis
- Experience developing and or automating dashboards
- Strong skills in oral and written English
- Experience with HIS applications that are currently used in Uganda for disease surveillance
- Expertise in documentation, presentation tools, and project management tools
How to apply:
Qualifying candidates should submit motivational letter, resume with contacts of three (3) professional referees and copies of all relevant academic documents as ONE PDF FILE to mets[at]musph.ac.ug by 5:00pm on 15th January 2022. Clearly indicate the position you are applying for in the email subject. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
MakSPH-METS is an equal opportunity employer; all qualified candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
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Situated at the Dept of Immunology & Molecular Biology under the School of Biomedical Sciences at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University, the GMI Labs have been at the forefront of cutting-edge research, diagnostic testing, and training initiatives. Their remarkable contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic, where they conducted nearly a million PCR tests, underscored their unwavering commitment to public health and scientific advancement. The labs’ exemplary performance and reliability were further highlighted by their successful management of two critical COVID-19 prevalence surveys. The findings of these surveys served as foundational data for crucial decisions guiding the country’s lockdown strategies and phased reopening, earning commendation from the President and the Ministry of Health.
This latest authorization from the Ministry of Health marks a significant expansion of the GMI Labs’ diagnostic capabilities. With the approval to conduct DNA Paternity Tests, the labs are now equipped to offer a crucial service addressing the need for accurate and reliable genetic testing for determining biological parentage. In a letter dated 22nd November 2023, the Director General Health Services emphasized the laboratory’s rigorous adherence to international standards, proficiency in molecular biology techniques, and their proven track record in delivering precise and credible results. This approval further solidifies the labs’ position as a trusted institution for advanced genetic diagnostics in Uganda.
Prof. Moses L Joloba, the Director of the GMI Labs, expressed immense pride in the team’s dedication and expertise that led to this authorization. He highlighted the labs’ commitment to upholding the highest standards of ethical practice, confidentiality, and accuracy in DNA paternity testing, ensuring the delivery of dependable results crucial for legal, personal, and familial purposes.
The inclusion of DNA Paternity Testing within the GMI Labs’ list of services aligns with their overarching goal of advancing healthcare through state-of-the-art diagnostics, research, and education. This milestone represents not only a significant achievement for the labs but also a valuable resource for individuals seeking reliable and comprehensive genetic testing services. As the GMI Labs continue their unwavering commitment to excellence in healthcare and research, this new capability reaffirms their pivotal role in advancing the frontiers of molecular diagnostics and genetic testing in Uganda, working closely with reputable institutions such as Makerere University Hospital and other top-notch health facilities.
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METS Newsletter October 2023
The Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) Program is a 5-year CDC-supported collaboration of Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Health Information Systems Program (HISP Uganda).
Highlights of the METS October 2023 Newsletter
- Strategies for Enhanced Disease Surveillance and Public Health Response in Uganda
- The MoH Department of Integrated Epidemiology Surveillance & Public Health Emergencies (IES&PHE) Head, Commissioner Allan Muruta (Dr) visited METS to acquaint himself with the various surveillance activities supported by the Program.
- Commissioner Muruta emphasized the need to build the capacity of districts and regions to conduct surveillance activities by training the relevant staff and establishing surveillance focal points at health facility levels.
- He further emphasized the importance of linking laboratory data to the District Health Information System (DHIS2) and ensuring that different systems are interoperable.
- Improving quality of data for HIV testing services (HTS) through regular assessments
- MoH has been conducting Data Quality Assessments and Improvement (DQAI) activities to inform program planning, monitoring, and performance management. HIV testing services (HTS) inter was conducted in 16 regions, 81 districts, and 111 health facilities in partnership with 26 Implementing partners.
- The HTS DQA has improved data management, infrastructure, and understanding of indicators. Specific staff assignment at each HTS entry point has proven effective, and use of the UgandaEMR system for reporting has yielded positive results.
- Shaping Uganda’s Healthcare Data Landscape
- METS has maintained a strong collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) providing invaluable technical support in developing various strategic guidelines for the country. These guidelines include the Uganda Health Information Exchange and Interoperability (HIE) Guidelines, the Uganda Health Data Protection and Confidentiality (HDPC) Guidelines, and the Uganda Health Data Sharing, Access, and Use Guidelines.
- HIE and HDPC guidelines have received the endorsement of the Health Information, Innovation and Research (HIIRE) Technical Working Group (TWG), awaiting presentation to the senior management team at the MoH for final approval.
- Empowering Health Professionals: PrEP Training in Hoima District
- MakSPH-METS has taken a proactive stance in supporting Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) for key populations through the development, management, and conducting trainings on the use of the PrEP tracker system across various agencies.
- METS conducted a 5-day training on the KP/PrEP Tracker system in Hoima district. Moving forward, facility staff will be able to enter data on PrEP services into the system in a timely manner, analyze the data, and use it for program improvement.
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