Technical Advisor, Health Information Systems, DHIS

Job available in these locations:

Washington DC, United States of America / Nairobi, Kenya

Technical Advisor, Health Information Systems, DHIS

About Palladium:

Palladium is a global company working to design, develop and deliver positive impact on the lives and livelihoods of people around the globe; broaden access to health, water, power, and infrastructure; build enduring, sustainable, and transformative institutions and market systems to address global challenges; and conserve the natural world. We operate in over 90 countries and have a workforce of 3,000 talented, motivated, and diverse staff of all religions, races, languages, and gender identities.

Palladium Americas:

Our Americas’ business team has brilliant and passionate colleagues working in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America as well as the Caribbean, fulfilling projects and assignments for clients from institutions, corporations, governments, and foundations based in the Americas. We have offices in Washington, DC, New York City, and Raleigh-Durham, NC.

This Opportunity:

Our Data, Informatics, and Analytical Solutions (DIAS) group of portfolios is made of three portfolios that strengthen and harness digital and data ecosystems to accelerate development investments and outcomes: 1- Information Systems, 2- Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Analytics and 3- Digital Solutions and Transformation.

Our Information Systems portfolio is seeking a Technical Advisor, Health Information Systems, DHIS, to support the Data for Implementation (Data.FI) Project. Data.FI is a five-year global project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to support the HIV and COVID-19 response. Data.FI partners with programs to accelerate and sustain access to high-quality data to expedite HIV and COVID-19 epidemic control and maintenance. By improving global, regional, national, and community/local in-depth analyses of HIV and COVID-19 epidemiologic and programmatic data, Data.FI expedites program achievements to improve client services and attain and sustain control of the epidemics. Data.FI supports host country governments to enhance existing health information systems (HIS), informing management responses to gaps in programming and sustaining impact by supporting local partner transition.

The Technical Advisor, Health Information Systems, DHIS, is responsible for providing expertise in the strategy, analysis, design, architecture and governance of various DHIS2 implementations across the range of supported Data.FI countries. The Technical Advisor, Health Information Systems, DHIS, will also provide technical support to activities focusing on the development, roll-out, and creation of data warehouses, dashboards, and health information systems interoperability.


The position is based either in Palladium’s Washington, DC office or Palladium’s Nairobi, Kenya office.

You and Your Career:

You are an experienced international development professional with a track record of designing DHIS2 installations, implementing DHIS2 Tracker, you may have certifications from the DHIS Academy, and you are well integrated into a global community of DHIS2 practitioners.

You also possess proven expertise implementing data warehouse and interoperability projects, dashboards, and have a strong sense of initiative and an insatiable academic curiosity, strong familiarity with PEPFAR programs, demonstrated capacity building and mentoring expertise, familiarity with health systems and Global Goods, and a passion for using technology to improve health outcomes.

We are interested in hearing from you. We are a learning organization and provide growth opportunities from the start. We pride ourselves on giving you the freedom, resources, and guidance to chart a fulfilling career!

Reporting and Supervision:

  • Reports to the Regional Senior Technical Advisor, Africa

  • Supervises technical teams in-country as needed

  • The position will entail approximately 25% overseas travel

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support assigned countries configure and implement DHIS2 for data warehousing and dashboards, and DHIS2 Tracker for case management

  • Work alongside Data.FI’s data analytics and use teams to build out analytical use cases and visualizations for DHIS2

  • Support countries in assessing and recommending appropriate technology requirements for setup and implementation of DHIS2 based solutions, including server requirements, data backup, etc.

  • Align DHIS2 supported software development and configuration activities with conventional standards such as ICD10, HL7 FHIR, SNOMED and OpenHIE specifications

  • Support digital governance by providing capacity to Ministries of Health around the design and implementation of DHIS2 specifically, and of health information systems more generally

  • Identify, build, and maintain relationships with and contribute to global DHIS2 communities

  • Mentor selected mid-level staff working in headquarters and field offices

  • Contribute to proposal development through contributions to strategy, partnerships and written contributions to the technical approach and capability statements

Key Competencies Required:

  • Considerable professional experience in implementing DHIS2 and DHIS2 Tracker at the national and subnational levels

  • Experience working on range of Health Information System domains, including HMIS, LMIS, EMRs and other mobile data collection tools will be a plus

  • Experience designing, testing, and implementing information systems and data tools, including mobile applications, transactional systems, business intelligence implementations and interoperability solutions

  • Broad understanding of digital health infrastructure (e.g., data centers, networks, hardware) and application services

  • Familiarity with industry standard approaches and standards for health information exchange and interoperability

  • Strong project management skills and experience using digital tools to manage projects, such as Microsoft Teams, Planner, Jira

  • Knowledge and experience applying the Principles for Digital Development

  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team and to build consensus

  • Detail-oriented and deadline-driven with strong organizational skills

  • Highly self-motivated and able to work independently as well as in team settings

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with team members and clients of different cultures, gender, and hierarchical levels

  • Professional verbal and written fluency in English required

  • Ability to work in a dynamic and agile environment with changing requirements and priorities

Professional Expertise/Competencies Preferred:

  • DHIS Academy Certification

  • Ability to guide and support clients, project teams and technical teams in designing and implementing solutions that meet specified requirements; knowledge of user-centered design methodologies

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion - Palladium is committed to embedding equity, diversity, and inclusion into everything we do. We welcome applications from all sections of society and actively encourage diversity to drive innovation, creativity, success and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce; and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment regardless of their background or personal characteristics. These include: (but are not limited to) socio-economic background, age, race, gender identity and expression, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, veteran, marital or Indigenous status.

Should you require any adjustments or accommodations to be made due to a disability or you are a neurodivergent individual or for any other circumstance, please email our team at and we will be in touch to discuss.

Safeguarding - We define Safeguarding as “the preventative action taken by Palladium to protect our people, clients and the communities we work with from harm”. We are committed to ensuring that all children and adults who come into contact with Palladium are treated with respect and are free from abuse. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced selection process including safeguarding-focused interviews and a rigorous due diligence process.


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