Job Opportunity at WHO, Data Officer

Data Officer  

World Health Organization

Purpose /Background

The United Republic of Tanzania has developed a web-based DHIS2 and a health management information system (HMIS) web portal as part of the efforts to strengthen monitoring and evaluation, with the potential to establish a data warehouse for the health sector. This development has facilitated the integration of the reporting systems for disease-specific programmes into DHIS2 and its interoperability with other health information systems, including the Health Facility Registry, the Human Resources for Health Information System (HRHIS) and the Electronic Logistics Management Information System (eLMIS). While through DHIS2 routine data have been made available at the district, regional and national levels, the use of data for decision-making among members of council health management teams and regional health management teams remains a challenge.

The Health Emergencies Programme within WHO country office in URT in Collaboration with the Ministry of Health aims to minimize the health consequences of outbreaks and emergencies by: helping the country to strengthen its capacities to detect, prevent and respond to health emergencies; mitigating the risk of high threat diseases and infectious hazards; detecting and assessing emergency health threats and informing public health decision-making; responding rapidly and effectively to emergencies under a coordinated incident management system, and ensuring WHO’s work in emergencies is effectively managed, adequately staffed and operationally ready to fulfill its mission.

For effective interventions based on evidence the availability of data in time and its analysis and interpretation is crucial. To that effect the country seeks to recruit a highly qualified professional for an initial 6-month period to assist/support the country in developing and strengthening evidence-based measurable interventions for health emergencies and other health interventions.

The candidate will be stationed in the Ministry of Health in order to support the data management of COVID-19 program including the use of the GO- DATA platform, HIV, Hepatitis, EMTCT, STI against a set of indicators in order to provide technical inputs for informed decision-making. in the overall data management. . This support includes the provision of high-impact technical support for the production, collection, analysis and synthesis, and dissemination of quality health data and information. This candidate will work within the strategic framework of the Ministry to strengthen data management, monitoring, and evaluation in health.

Scope and Methodology

The incumbent will be part of the MoH Tanzania team and will contribute to strengthening the data management-related activitiesin the ministry of health. He/She will have a taks of strengthening the data management capacity at the Ministry (Public Health Emergency Operation Centre (PHEOC)).

Under the direct supervision of HIS/PMO at the country office the Data Manager will undertake the following tasks:

Description of duties:

  • Support in the consolidation and analyses of data related to HIV, Hepatitis, STI, EMTCT against a set of indicators to monitor progress and effectively guide the programme through identification of areas of improvement
  • Support in the DHIS2 analysis
  • Represent the country office in the respective M&E technical working groups at the ministry of health
  • Support the ministry in the development of M&E annual program performance reports
  • Share program updates regularly to technical officers
  • Under the supervision of strategic health information/PMO in guiding the program to achieve the set objects
  • Support in the development of annual and biennium plans and monitoring of implementation
  • Ensure the capture of all data, perform quality control and quality assurance of important variables in emergency response using the approved protocol.
  • Establish data quality control procedures to facilitate the accurate entry and transfer of data into GO-DATA,
  • DHS2, and other databases being used by MoHSS.
  • Provide technical support to the team at the PHEOC and Health Information and Research Directorate and the vaccination data management.
  • Update dashboard indicators daily and other key data elements
  • Conduct training and supervision, including coaching to personnel involved in data management to build capacity at the national and sub-national level to improve data quality and reporting
  • Provide robust and timely epidemiological data analysis to continuously inform risk assessment and support the response’s operational decision-making
  • Assist with producing daily situational reports and weekly epidemiological reports for related health conditions and disseminate to the next level.
  • Support the synthesis and verification of data collected and produced by different data collection methods within the COVID-19 response.
  • Support the production and harmonization of data management tools, standards, and methodologies for quality data collection, analysis, and synthesis.
  • Support activities to disseminate health data and information for the application of knowledge
  •  Perform other tasks as delegated by the Supervisor

Job Opportunity at WHO, Data Officer

Technical Supervision

The mission of WHO Health Emergencies Programme is to support the Ministry of Health on data management of COVID-19 program including the use of the GO- DATA platform, HIV, Hepatitis, EMTCT, STI against a set of indicators in order to provide technical inputs for informed decision-making. in the overall data management

Specific Requirements

Essential: Excellent knowledge of English.

Desirable: Working knowledge of Swahili, Knowledge of French or other UN languages is an asset.


Essential: University degree in statistics, informatics (in health), environmental health, public health, epidemiology, health information systems, or other related disciplines from an accredited/ recognized institute

Desirable: Master’s degree in a related discipline as well as complementary disciplines including Health Informatics, Biostatistics, Health Information Systems, Public Health, Epidemiology, or other relevant qualification. for


Essential: Have at least five (5) 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 the national level, part of which in emergency management or humanitarian context in technical positions. Experience in developing and promoting collaborative partnerships. Experience with the compilation and analysis of large datasets from multiple sources.

Desirable: Good knowledge of the public health program or epidemiology, and emergency response work.

Skills and Competencies

The incumbent should be able to demonstrate an understanding of web-based or applications and computer-based applications for data management such as Go-Data and DHIS 2; Limitations of data from various sources, information systems, and approaches to data quality analysis; Review of data quality, in particular, the health data system and approaches to improve data quality; Analysis and synthesis of health data and interpretation and reporting of results through a high level of analytical skills; Advanced ability to design, manage, analyze and coordinate complex information system projects, computer-based applications, and databases, web-based tools; Processes and mechanisms for effective dissemination of health and decision-making (Go.Data, Microsoft Excel, CSPro application, Table and STATA, R, EpiInfo, PowerBI, Arc-GIS).
The ability to influence decisions and policies will be an advantage.

Competencies for the required assignment:

Knowing and managing yourself
Communicate in a credible and effective way
Producing results
Respecting and promoting individual and cultural difference

Other Skills (e.g. IT):

Excellent knowledge of English (spoken and written) and at least one local language
Strong analytic skills
Strong networking and relationship-building skills
Interpersonal skills and teamwork
Computer and management of data and information


The Data Officer will be stationed at Dodoma Office , Tanzania


Duration: Minimum of six (6) months depending on the availability of funds.
Salary : NOB – 01

The deadline for submitting the application is 18 August 2022.


Dr.Galus Tarimo
Dr. Galus is a Medical Doctor who is licensed, registered, and allowed to practice medicine as a General Practitioner by the Medical Council of Tanganyika(in Tanzania). A master’s degree student enrolled at Westcliff University-California pursuing an MBA in Healthcare Administration, a technology enthusiast offering an evidence-based approach to medical treatment with more than 1 year of experience in practicing medicine and participating in public health projects fighting against global major diseases such as HIV/AIDS, MALARIA, TB, COVID-19, maternal and child health through research, social education, and community health programs. Dr. Galus has more than 4 years of experience in Blogging, Copywriting, and Search Engine Optimization (Google SEO) based on healthcare-related articles, financial market analysis, and educational content