Advertised on: November 28, 2019                                            Dead line: December 21, 2019


HealthIT is a USAID national mechanism whose purpose is to work with the Ministry of Health to“Strengthen National Policies, Strategies, Standards and Reporting related to Kenya’s Health Information System (HIS) to support County and National Level Health Services. The project is implemented by University of Nairobi Enterprises and Services (UNES).

HealthITis seeking to fill the following two positions:

  1. Deputy Chief of Party Technical
  2. Digital Health and Data Systems Lead


Location: Nairobi
Contract Duration: Two Years with Three Months Probationary Period

The DCOP-T leads the overall strategy, planning and implementation of the project to support the Government of Kenya (GOK) to develop and enhance integrated digital platforms that serve as important source of data for national and county program managers and policymakers, development partners, and civil society and private sector users who rely on health information to improve health outcomes. The position is responsible for optimal technical and human resource allocation -including task shifting- for the successful implementation of the project

 Reporting to the Chief of Party, the incumbent shall be tasked with the following responsibilities:

General Responsibilities

  1. As the project’s technical advisor, the Deputy Chief of Party -Technical provides strategic intelligence and technical assistance to the GOK Ministries, Departments, Agencies and the Project on Information System and Data Architecture for Digital Platforms and Interoperability.
  2. Implements the project strategies with a view to achieving project outcomes and ensures proper planning, organizing, budgeting, communication and collaboration with key project stakeholders
  3. Development, implementing, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of project work plan activities and budgets to ensure effective and efficient delivery of project goal, outcomes and key performance benchmarks.
  4. Lead the project team in meeting reporting requirements including on-demand and scheduled reporting requirements to MOH, DCS, USG and other stakeholders.
  5. Provides oversight on the conceptualization, design, development, implementation, and operationalization of digital systems.
  6. Support GOK in the review and/or implementation of data standards and protocols necessary for the integration of disparate systems;
  7. Review and implement appropriate business processes for various information systems
  8. Lead the enhancement and maintenance of various digital platforms.
  9. Provide leadership in implementing key strategic shifts in the implementation environment such as journey to self-reliance (J2SR). These would include institutional capacity and commitment by various stakeholders including national and county governments.
  10. Manage technical competencies and outputs of consultants, vendors of services and products for the relevant GOK digital systems.
  11. Manage the project delivery team to ensure work plan implementation, system development, systems documentation, reporting and dissemination
  12. Oversee overall quality assurances of information systems and data

Managerial Tasks

  1. Responsible for all aspects of project annual work planning, and ensures that quality operational plans, budgets, and reports are submitted as per contract agreements.
  2. Provides regular status and progress reports to the Chief of Party, PD, UNES and USAID
  3. Represents UNES and the project to the USAID Mission, the host country government and other key stakeholders.
  4. Facilitate collaboration and provide advice to the project on both systems strengthening and capacity building
  5. Provide input and manage the project’s system monitoring and evaluation activities


  1. Leading Change
    1. Competencies in communicating both GOK and Project’s visions and inspire others to follow and commit to the vision.
    2. Directly and openly address the concerns and issues caused by change.
    3. Engage in collective thinking with others that enables new possibilities and new solutions to emerge.
  2. Performance Monitoring and Feedback
    1. Communicate clear performance expectations of the technical team members, and ensure accountability for outcomes.
    2. Facilitate team members to take action by providing sufficient resources, and checking on progress of agreed upon tasks.
    3. Ability to provide feedback and reinforce good performance and resolves issues associated with inadequate or poor performance.
  3. Decision Making
    1. Solicit input from others before making a decision in order to generate buy-in for decisions, and encourage staff to express differences of opinion.
    2. Clearly communicate decisions in a timely manner.
  4. Results and accountability oriented
    1. Demonstrate a desire to address the needs and challenges of internal and external clients. 
    2. Take personal responsibility for being responsive and timely in meeting colleagues’ and clients’ stated needs and completing work and results they commit to deliver.
  5. Building and sharing expertise
    1. Use available resources to build knowledge and proactively share knowledge
    2. Ensure proper documentation of all stages of the project; document lessons learned from own experiences effect positive change
    3. Apply expertise and experience to proactively innovate.


  1. Master’s Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or relevant field from an accredited University
  2. 8 years’ experience in Digital Development and implementation at country or enterprise level
  3. At least Five years working with GOK, USG or other development partners in a similar or equivalent position.
  4. Experience implementing DHIS2, OpenMRS, and Enterprise Architecture Frameworks is desired
  5. Understanding and application of Data exchange standards
  6. IT Management certification such as ITIL or PRINCE2 will be an added advantage


Location: Nairobi
Contract Duration: Two Years with Three Months Probationary Period

The Digital Health and Data Systems Lead provides current and relevant technical support to the Government of Kenya (GOK) particularly Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Labour and Social Protection to strengthen integrated digital platforms into sustainable, robust, dynamic and reliable source of high quality data for GOK program managers, policymakers, development partners, civil society, the private sector, the public and relevant stakeholders.


Reporting to the Deputy Chief of Party – Technical, the incumbent shall be tasked with the following responsibilities:

General Responsibilities

  1. Provide timely and objective specialist advice on digital data systems to the relevant GOK and partners. The technical solutions should be thoroughly researched, well-documented, and feasible and aligned to GOK strategies and priorities.
  2. Work with GOK to support the implementation of the e-Health policy, e-Health strategy and overall emerging digital policy and regulatory frameworks in the country.
  3. Ensure fidelity to the Principles for Digital Development in implementing device, systems and data interoperability.
  4. Work with respective GOK Ministries, Departments and Agencies to manage the evolution of digital initiatives
  5. Represent HealthIT Project in the Inter Agency Health Information Coordination Committee (ICC), Technical Working Groups (TWG), Systems Management Teams (SMT), and planning and implementation fora.
  6. Lead the development and implementation of Annual Work plan for strengthening Information Systems and ensure that all project work is carried out within the scope, timelines and budget.
  7. Ensure that all required and relevant MOH policies and guidance are adhered to and that all information products and business processes comply with requisite national and international standards.
  8. Provide technical insightful and technical leadership in the implementation of Electronic Medical Records to ensure ownership, commitment and collaboration with Counties and health facilities.
  9. Understanding of HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB, MNCH, and Health Products and Technologies programs

Technical Roles

  1. Support Digital implementation maintaining fidelity to the application of the principles for digital development
  2. Application and implementation of data protection, data privacy, data and information system security.
  3. Develop and implement software quality assurance standard operating procedures
  4. Develop and or enhance information systems and data governance policies.
  5. Provide leadership and technical capacity in the development and deployment of data analytics and visualization
  6. Support enhancement and evolution of key Digital Systems as the Kenya Health Information System (KHIS), the Kenya Master Health Facility List (KMHFL), the MOH Data Services Layer (DSL), MOH HIS Online Learning Platform, the Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS), Electronic Medical Records (EMR), Early Infant Diagnosis and Viral Load System (EID-VL), and the MOH and DCS Service Desks.
  7. Provide technical support in data exchange and system interoperability; smart analytics and information products; data quality improvement; data use and improvement of information systems user experience.
  8. Support development, review, documentation and deployment of Electronic Health Records/Electronic Medical Records
  9. Strong understanding of the health and social protection sectors

Managerial Roles

  1. Provide both strategic and tactical advice to the project management team
  2. Provide leadership in the Annual Work Plan development for the Strengthened Information Systems that support reporting, provide data for decision making for GOK, counties and other stakeholders and work collaboratively with GOK and partners.
  3. Supervise the relevant Output Leads and coordinate the systems development team
  4. Key member of the project management, research, Learning, monitoring and evaluation team
  5. Provide regular and on demand status and progress reports to the relevant GOK and the project
  6. Document and present program results and lessons learned to the project, USG, MOH, and other key stakeholders


  1. Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or relevant field from an accredited University. Master’s Degree will be an added advantage.
  2. 5 years’ experience in Digital Development and implementation at country or enterprise level
  3. At least three years working with GOK, USG or other development partners
  4. Experience implementing DHIS2, OpenMRS, and Enterprise Architecture Frameworks is desired
  5. Understanding and application of Data exchange standards
  6. Proficiency in Java, Javascript, Python, Ruby, C , programming languages an added advantage

Applicants interested in the above position should submit the following:

  1. Cover letter detailing why you want to be considered for the position, as well as current and expected gross salary.
  2. Detailed CV including at minimum:
  3. Biographical data including: Full names, current mailing address, current telephone contacts, email address
  4. Employment history to date. Ensure that specific start and end dates are included
  5. Educational history to date, clearly detailing the program, certificate obtained, and completion date
  6. Names of three referees with their contacts
  7. Copies of ALL academic and professional certificates and testimonials.
  8. Completed Personal Data Form (Download here) fully filled and signed
  9. Indicate the Job Reference Number and Title in your email

All applications to reach the undersigned on or before December 21, 2019 strictly via the following email Hard Copies will not be accepted.

N/B: Those who applied for the above positions before do not need to apply again.

Only shortlisted applicants shall be contacted. UNES does not require any payment in order to process your applications.

The project HealthIT is made possible by the American people through United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and PEPFAR.

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