Information Management Consultant (International)

Job no: 501267
Work type: Consultancy
Location: Malawi
Categories: Health

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position

The purpose of the consultancy is to support the Health and Nutrition sections of UNICEF in Malawi the Ministry of Health in the country in the provision of technical support for information management and use on both health and nutrition programming.

Key Expected Results

The consultant will be responsible to attain the different results of the 2 main components; (1) HMIS capacity building at district level for evidence based decision making and (2) support presentation of spatial data for Nutrition. These two components are presented in the table below showing more details on payment and deliverables.

The consultant will work together with key officers from the Nutrition and Health section to compile the inception report covering problem analysis, solutions and key activities to achieve the planned results. The inception report will be used as a work plan to support implementation of activities.

Secondly, the consultant will conduct a needs assessment to inform the Nutrition and Health Section in detail which actions will be taken to improve M&E systems and visualize information using maps.

Furthermore, once the activities have started, the Information Management consultant will write monthly progress reports to update both sections on programme implementation.

Lastly, he or she will write a final report for the Nutrition and Health section including best practices and way forward.


The key tasks of the consultant are listed below;

In line with the problem on the ground, UNICEF Malawi needs a consultant to enhance the current M&E systems of the health programmes of the Ministry of Health. Specifically the key tasks include:

  • Supporting the Ministry of Health in the collection, analysis, reporting and presentation of information for the improvement in decision making processes by program managers and partners in the country.
  • Supporting the Nutrition and Heath sections in regard of spatial presentation of programme data using GIS software. In order to better identify geographical accessibility to services and clusters of deprivation the consultant will produce maps to enable managers to take correct actions during planning and implementation processes.
  • Supporting District Health Teams to populate the Health Management Information System (HMIS) and the District Health Performance Improvement (DHPI) dashboards with quality data. This will ensure that the dashboards operate through the online databank of the Ministry of Health including the District Health Information System (DHIS).
  • Working closely together with the HMIS officers of selected districts, She/He will support the districts build capacity on data generation to enable programme managers have robust evidence for District Implementation Planning (DIP) and implementation on the areas of health and nutrition.
  • Supporting the Health Section on managing the spatial databank for health facilities in Malawi and ensure that all health facilities are visualized in the mapping tool of the DHIS II. The databank needs to be updated and linked with other datasets.
  • Supporting the Nutrition section by producing maps of all Nutrition (CMAM) programmes in Malawi. The consultant will produce facility level maps that indicate key data for nutrition to include (a) health worker capacity for nutrition service delivery (CMAM and IYCF); (b) availability of nutrition commodities and equipment for implementation of the CMAM program; (C) performance of CMAM program admissions by district and by health facility and (D) CMAM program outcomes by district and by health facility. He or she shall visualize key programmatic data using this map.
  • Provide support that would contribute to the integration of a GIS tool (map) in the Nutrition Management Information System.
  • Support the District Health Teams in data collection, analysis and use of relevant tools to ensure that data generated is being used for district level planning and program prioritization and action. The following are the expected data to be generated on a quarterly basis for the nutrition program:
  1. CMAM data –
    1. Maps on OTP, NRU and SFP distribution based on districts
    2. Map of the OTP, NRU and SFP sites in the country
    3. Maps with number of children admitted in NRU/ OTP/ SFP with comparisons with expected caseloads by facility and by district
    4. Maps on health worker capacity for CMAM and IYCF service provision
    5. Maps on availability of nutrition commodities and equipment
  2.  Mass screening data
    1. Maps on mass screening data achievements based on targets for all the districts
    2. Admissions based on mass screening referrals

Additional data needs to be identified and supported by the consultant as the districts interact with the information systems.

  • Outline the methodology and targeted results covering the health and nutrition needs in the inception report. This report will be the start of the consultancy and provide guidance for delivering agreed results.


Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • University degree in Social Sciences, Statistics or related field. Master’s degree highly desirable. Other relevant background will be considered.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation, mapping, data collection, GPS, research and administration;
  • Experience working with local authorities in sub-saharan Africa on newborn and child health. Malawi would be an asset.
  • Fluency in English required. Knowledge of another UN languages is an asset.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated advocacy, analytical and negotiating skills;
  • Computer skills (including GIS, google maps and MS Office)
  • Training skills;
  • Able to work in a multicultural context


Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results

To view our competency framework, please click here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

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