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World Health Organization: Strategic Health Information Officer

The WHO country office in Rwanda supports the strengthening of the national health information system to improve the availability, quality and use of health data and information as a basis for better results and accountability, for the policy development and decision-making at different levels. This support includes the creation of synergies with the WHO Regional Office for Africa, the Ministry of Health, and partners, including academic institutions, to:

I) align investments with the national health information and monitoring system and the evaluation

(ii) the provision of technical support for the production, collection, analysis and synthesis, and dissemination of health data and information

(iii) for the development and promotion of harmonized standards, tools and methodologies for the collection, analysis and synthesis of data, and the dissemination of health data and information and the application of knowledge.

In addition, through the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme in, the WCO will help the country to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to & recover from outbreaks & emergencies.

Description Of Duties

With excellent skills in health and data management and in collaboration with other departments of the WHO Country Office, WHO Regional Office for Africa, Ministry of Health and Collaborating Partners, technical support for generation, collection and analysis, synthesis and communication, the incumbent’s specific tasks will include the provision of technical assistance in the following:

  • Development or updating of legislation and policy framework for the health information system Align investments in the health information system with a comprehensive and harmonized M&E strategic plan and framework and integrate them intonational health sector strategies.
  • Lead the team and be responsible for overseeing the work of the Information Management unit and/or coordinate the work of Information Management assets located throughout disparate units.
  • Manage the timely and high-quality collection, analysis, production and dissemination of data/information. This includes response specific information (what, where, who, how many, how quickly, current status), internal and external situation reports (Sit Reps), bulletins, rapid needs assessments, health risk assessments, and the Public Health Situation Analysis; and health inputs into humanitarian needs overviews (HNO), and strategic response plans (SRP).
  • Lead the development of project documentation based on the overall strategy and plan, for use by the emergency leadership to mobilize resources.
  • Continually adapt planning and project documents based on available information and revolving emergency situation, as required; this includes planning and management of human and material resources, expenditure, status of interventions and partner activities, progress towards achieving objectives, etc.
  • Develop and improve field information management procedures at the local and regional levels to ensure that information management in the field provides the best possible functionality and usability to stakeholders
  • Ensure inter-cluster communication and information sharing.
  • Oversee and design field epidemiological surveys if/where needed, such as mortality and vaccination coverage surveys, with support from epidemiologists as needed.
  • Build the capacity of team members and partners involved in the planning and data/information management process; provide ongoing technical guidance and training on data gathering and analysis, quality assurance, performance monitoring, information dissemination and management. The incumbent will continuously participate in the development, application and promotion of new methods, tools, and capacity building programs to improve the availability, quality, analysis / synthesis, and dissemination of information health.
  • To articulate the vision and goals of the sub-team in the SMO Cluster, ensuring the coordination, monitoring and approval of work plans and mission requests, resolving problems while promoting effective teamwork and results, within the framework of WHO Staff Rules and Regulations, and AFRO accepted procedures.
  • Managing related budgets within the framework of WHO Staff Rules and Regulations, financial rules, and AFRO accepted procedures. Perform any other related duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

Required Qualifications


Essential: A university degree in Information Management; health information, statistics; public health or epidemiology or computer science complemented by training in information management from an accredited/recognized institute.

Desirable: Specialization in information management systems. Specific training in humanitarian response or information management in emergencies.


Essential: Have at least 5 (five) years of experience in data management, information management (or related field), monitoring, needs assessment, project management, data management and information dissemination in the public health sector or health development sector, at national and international levels, part of which in emergency management or humanitarian context in leadership positions. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships. Experience with the compilation and analysis of large datasets from multiple sources. Good knowledge of the public health program or epidemiology

Desirable: Relevant work experience in WHO, other UN agencies; experience working in relevant non-governmental or humanitarian organizations. Experience in developing countries.


  • Basic elements of SIS governance and how they can be used to improve the health information system;2. Common sources of health and tools and mechanisms for their collection of facility-based registry systems, community registration systems, international disease classification, and DHIS 2;3. Limitations of data from various sources, information system and approaches to data quality analysis;4. Review of data quality, in particular the health data system and approaches to improve data quality;5. Analysis and synthesis of health data and interpretation and reporting of results through a high level of analytical skills;6. Advanced ability to design, manage, analyze and coordinate complex information system projects, computer-based applications and databases, web-based tools;6. Processes and mechanisms for effective dissemination of health and decision-making (Excel, CSPro application, Table and STATA).

WHO Competencies

  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English.

Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French. Intermediate knowledge of Local Language.


Remuneration comprises an annual base salary starting at GHS 289,101 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable) and 30 days of annual leave.

Additional Information

  • This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test may be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
  • Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WHO Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and Manual.
  • Staff members in other duty stations are encouraged to apply.
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  • WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
  • WHO prides itself on a workforce that adheres to the highest ethical and professional standards and that is committed to put the WHO Values Charter into practice.
  • WHO has zero tolerance towards sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct (i.e., discrimination, abuse of authority and harassment). All members of the WHO workforce have a role to play in promoting a safe and respectful workplace and should report to WHO any actual or suspected cases of SEA, sexual harassment and other types of abusive conduct. To ensure that individuals with a substantiated history of SEA, sexual harassment or other types of abusive conduct are not hired by the Organization, WHO will conduct a background verification of final candidates.
  • WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from nationals of the country where the duty station is located will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of this country will not be considered.


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Closing Date : 28th Feb. 2022

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