Health Policy Advisor Job, Other Professions,


Location:  Various counties

Contract Terms:  Full time engagement

Contract duration: 2.5 Years subject to six months’ probation period

N/B: Those who applied in the initial advertisement need not re-apply.

Job Description

The Regional HIS Lead will work closely with the UoN, UNES, partnering universities, the MOH, the DCS at the MoLSP and partnering counties leadership and stakeholders to provide technical coordination of project activities at county level. This position will work together with technical specialists in all key technical areas of the HealthIT Project, including project management, systems development, data quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building. Under the supervision of the Sub-Purpose Lead – Digital Health and Data Systems and working closely with the Policy and Partnerships Lead, the Regional HIS Lead will work with a cluster of counties supported. S/he will be the primary contact in the respective counties for all HealthIT Project activities.  S/he will be responsible for managing and supporting all approaches implemented by the project in the county and for documenting key project activities.  S/he will also ensure county activities are implemented on-time and within budget. The positions are based at the counties


  • Provide integrated Digital Health support to the cluster of counties to ensure relevant capacities are built, digital health activities are included in the County Annual Work Plans and to nurture the CHMTs on Journey to Self-Reliance initiatives.
  • Support the county level digital health, HIS Technical Working Groups (TWG), Department of Children Services or similar county level structure to coordinate the planning, organizing, implementing and deployment of digital health solutions that are supported and approved by Ministry of Health (MOH) and adopted by the County Governments and USG Service Delivery partners and stakeholders.
  • Support Implementation of the EHR/EMR at county level. This includes:
    •  Structured Info-structure surveys to determine both software and ICT infrastructure needs of each health facility
    • Support the county to clearly document findings, objectively identify gaps and propose implementation steps in line with the MOH and County Department of Health implementation roadmap
    • Oversee standards-based installation, testing, certification of both hardware {active and passive} and software such as EMR/EHR modules, services, functionalities; optimized supporting environment: utilities, patches, upgrades and fixes, maintain system uptime records}
    • Maintain and track all implementation documentation such as warranty, insurance, underpinning contracts, service level agreements, installation commissioning and hand over reports
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Work with the CHMT, County Proximate University, and Strategic Information implementing mechanism, the service delivery partners and private sector to ensure sustainable evolution Digital Health solutions at the county level.
  • Capacity building and Knowledge sharing: Provide structured capacity building support in areas such as hardware, network, software, data governance, and information security, privacy and use.
    • Mentorship to both county staff and health informatics interns
    • Establish peer-to-peer social learning between facilities
  • Provide technical support to the county, sub-county and facility on the MOH Integrated Service Desk as tier 1 support. Create technical support processes and structures.
  • Lead the development and implementation of HealthIT Project HIS strategies and initiatives in the respective counties
  • Collaborate with technical teams and County Departments of Health and Department of Children Services to implement Digital solutions developed by the Project.
  • Work with respective counties, Departments and Agencies to manage the evolution of digital initiatives
  • Identify and coordinate shared learning in digital solutions and evidence-informed planning among counties and between the county and national levels.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, informatics, information technology or relevant qualification
  • Three (3) years post qualification experience in Health Informatics for Master’s Degree holders or Six (6) years post qualification for Bachelor’s Degree holders
  • Demonstrable experience in DHIS2 and OpenMRS implementation highly desired
  • Working knowledge of Linux, Windows and MacOsX, Android, Chrome, IOS Operating Systems is required
  • Experience in Digital Health systems development, deployment, technical support and coordination at county, regional or national level
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and work with stakeholders at all system levels
  • Ability to plan and execute planned activates efficiently within strict timelines.
  • Fluency in English is required, language skills in Kiswahili, and other languages of Kenya are highly preferred.
  • Experience in coordination and a commitment to networking with other stakeholders and advocating for digital solutions.
  • Experience working with a USG funded project in public health and information systems strengthening is desirable
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training, mentoring, and other formal and non-formal methods
  • Demonstrated leadership, ethics, and sound judgement, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent writing, computer, management and organizational skills coupled with strong communication skills for high-level audiences
  • Computer literacy.
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently within Kenya and work under field conditions.

How to apply

  • Cover letter detailing why you want to be considered for the position, as well as current and expected gross salary.
  • Detailed CV including at minimum:
    • Biographical data including: Full names, current mailing address, current telephone contacts, email address
    • Employment history to date.  Ensure that specific start and end dates are included.
    • Educational history to date, clearly detailing the program, certificate obtained, and completion date.
    • Names of 3 referees with their contacts.
  • Copies of ALL academic and professional certificates and testimonials.
  • Indicate the Job Reference Number and Title in your email

All applications to reach the undersigned on or before April 5th  2021 strictly via the following email [email protected]Hard Copies will not be accepted.

Managing Director
P.O.BOX 68241-00200NAIROBI

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