HMIS Technical Advisor

Beneficiary Institution
Ministry of Health and Human Services
Duty Stations
Mogadishu, Somalia
Stipend commensurate with degree and experience
1 year
Post Date
06 Nov 2019
Deadline Date
16 Nov 2019


IOM MIDA programme focus on strengthening the institutional capacities of Somalia through a structured framework of mobilization of resources involving countries of destination, countries of origin and diasporas. In Somalia, through its Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) programme, IOM has been helping the Somali Government since 2008 to strengthen the capacity of Somali institutions so that they can be more effective in responding to the needs of Somali people. MIDA FINNSOM Federal Government and Federal member states of Somalia project is funded by the Government of Finland that has funded also the MIDA FINNSOM Health projects in different party of Somalia. Similarly, to the MIDA FINNSOM Health and education projects, this project aims to facilitate the transfer of skills, competencies and knowledge of qualified Somali expatriates to public institutions in Somalia, with focus on two sectors, namely health and education. The beneficiary institution will host the qualified Somali expatriate, and will be responsible to provide a safe and secure work environment. The FMOH & IOM Mogadishu MIDA staff will monitor the expatriate while on assignment.


About the geographical coverage of the project
Initially, the project will support positions in Banadir Region, Federal government of Somalia and the federal Member States.

About the Ministry / Institution
The Ministry of Health and Human Services, Federal Republic of Somalia its mandate of stewardship and leadership of the health sector. The Ministry of Health is responsible for policy review and development, supervision of health sector activities, formulation and dialogue with health development partners, strategic planning, setting standards and quality assurance, resource mobilization, advising other Ministries, departments and agencies on health-related matters, and ensuring quality, health equity, and fairness in contribution towards the cost of health care. The vision of the Ministry of Health and Human Services of the Federal Government of Somalia is to have a healthy and productive population contributing to the development of the nation. However, the Ministry is grappling with a range of challenges including lack of resources.

Somalia health system is in transition moving from emergency-oriented phase to a sustainable long-term development system. It has started reshaping itself to embark on a new strategic direction to improve essential health services, based on the principles of the universal health coverage. It is harnessing its vision with the policy of good governance, better quality and enhanced accountability, and it is guided by certain values which inter alia include: stronger partnership, sustainable financing, and focus on those with the greatest need.
Health Information system (HIS) is critical priority related to health systems strengthening, inline to the health sector strategic plan.

Expected Result

Contextual information:
Health Information system (HIS) is critical priority related to health systems strengthening, inline to the health sector strategic plan, the following results are expected from the technical advisory work:
Improve integration information systems
Improve capacity of data analysis at different levels
Contribute to the information use for action


To provide high level advisory role to the HMIS Manager of the Department of Policy Planning with respect to improving data quality and enhancing information use for evidence-based decision making. The incumbent will also provide high level technical support for Federal Members States as needed.
Specific deliverables include but not limited to:
Support the development tools, technical documentation and training materials to improve routine health data management system;
Provide technical assistance to the MOH to implement, deploy, optimize, and/or use various health information systems interventions including DHIS2;
Support the design of different HMIS data collection, reporting tools based on national standard;
Support Provision of capacity building support and technical assistance on data quality and routine health management information system;
Support the introduction of different global standards and tools for data quality and information use;
Support facilitation engagement of all stakeholders and implementing partners to strengthen routine health information systems (HMIS, DHIS2);
Support the Identification and implement of appropriate, innovative, and sustainable strategies to address HMIS gaps;
Support build of capacity for the institutionalization of data quality assurance tools, methods, and practices;
Provide technical support for the integration of various data sources into HMIS/DHIS2.
Provide technical support for the production of different information products (e.g. info-graphics)
Develop dashboards, scorecards and other data visualization tools for DHIS2;
Support facilitation of collaboration within and among relevant Technical Working Groups formed by the FMoH for strengthening HMIS and DHIS2;
Provide technical support in conducting desk review on data quality using WHO DQA tool and produce report annually;
Provide technical support in the development of Plan of Action, based on annual DQA assessment findings, for EPHS and follow its implementation;
Assist in triangulation of HMIS data with survey data such as Somali Demographic Health Survey (SHDS);
Assist in facilitating knowledge translation for informed decision making using both routine and Survey data sources.
Provide technical support to all HMIS training at national and regional level


Besides the specific outputs mentioned in section IV, MIDA is requiring the following steps/actions to be undertaken throughout the assignment. These are standard requirements for all assignments undertaken through this project:
1.Transfer of skills: One of the main responsibilities of the Somali diaspora participant, and one which he/she will be measured against, will be to ensure continuous and systematic transfer of knowledge and skills as related to the assignment. It will have to be agreed with the beneficiary institution which civil servants will have to benefit from this knowledge.
2.Work plan: A work plan will have to be developed with the Supervisor during the first week of assignment which will provide clear and time bound activities to successfully implement the outputs of the assignment. This work plan will be shared with the MIDA Project Assistant. This work plan can be revised during the mid-term review to reflect new developments or changes in strategy.
3.Mid Term Review: There will be a mid-term review of the assignment between the incumbent and the beneficiary institution to discuss progress of the assignment and feedback on performance.
4.Interim and Final Reports: A progress report will be submitted by the incumbent to the Supervisor and to the MIDA Project Assistant. Thereafter a final report will be provided at the end of assignment.


Level of Education:Masters degree
Area of Study:Public Health
Years of work experience in what area(s):Minimum 8 years
Languages needed:English and Somali
General Skills / Other Requirements:Analytical and problem-solving skills
Knowledge in information management, technology, policy and planning in global health
Knowledge of international standards for health information management, planning and M&E
Knowledge in substantive data analysis software such as DHIS2 and Tableau
Experience in HMIS and DHIS2
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Teamwork and performance management


The monthly stipend amount will be determined based on Postgraduate degree and years of relevant experience.


Health insuranceincluding evacuation due to medical emergencywill be provided by the project. However, experts will be requested to provide a recent medical certificate stating that they are physically fit and able to work in a hardship area in Africa.
Please note that IOM, according to the contract, will not be responsible for the security of the qualified Somali expatriates. The host beneficiary institution will be responsible for the security of the individual.
Before leaving the country of residence or upon arrival in Nairobi or in Somalia, the qualified Somali expatriate will receive a pre-service briefing including security advice and cultural background.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online through the MIDA SOMALIA website.

To start the application process the applicants are required to register an account with the QUESTS-MIDA website. Please go to and register as a user, create a password and login, then fill in all of the sections of the application form duly.

Applicants should also attach a cover letter and a CV as supporting documents to their profile as well as the contact information (email and phone number) of two professional references by the closing date of this vacancy online. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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