Malawi: Sr. Technical Advisor for Enterprise Architecture and Security

Organization: University of Washington
Country: Malawi
Closing date: 07 Jul 2017

The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is a center in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health that works in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco. I-TECH has projects in more than 20 countries, and its worldwide staff work with local ministries of health, universities, non-governmental organizations, medical facilities, and other partners to support efficient, well-ordered health care systems that provide high quality care to all citizens.

I-TECH Malawi provides technical assistance to the Malawi Ministry of Health and partners to support health systems strengthening initiatives. I-TECH Malawi is partnering with the Baobab Health Trust (BHT), a Malawi Non-Governmental Organization in order to assist BHT in achieving their mission of by building, deploying and maintaining innovative, robust and sustainable health care information systems

I-TECH has an outstanding opportunity for a full-time Sr. Technical Advisor. The Sr. Technical Advisor for Enterprise Architecture and Security, to be seconded to Baobab Health Trust, will play an important role in assisting BHT with the rapid scale up of a nationwide Electronic Medical Records System (EMRS). The Sr. TA will play a vital role in resolving any design and function obstacles that come with poor internet connectivity in Malawi and will assist with security needs (including cyber) for the transmission of health data as well as the execution of practices in technology-based analytics. The Sr. TA will also assist with identification and use of a variety of networks equipment and monitoring tools and will assure the translation of standards for networks architecture, deployment, and maintenance; as well as enforcement of network infrastructure policies and procedures while managing complex data.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

•Systems life-cycle and implementation of networking plans based on protocol guidelines

•Connectivity-focused infrastructure designing, scheduling, monitoring, and reporting

•Profound translation of security needs (including cyber) for the transmission of health data

•Execution of practices in technology-based analytics

•Identification and use of a variety of networks equipment and monitoring tools

•Keen translation of standards for networks architecture, deployment, and maintenance

•Enforcing networks infrastructure policies and procedures while managing complex data

•Oversee the BHT Engineering department to manage requirements and expectations for connectivity needs as a liaison between CDC/BHT and implementing and developing partners.

•Review and advise on updates to related documentation and network diagrams, and provide recommendations of improved processes for ensuring the development of SOPs and documentation are maintained during the rapid scale-up process.

•Recommend improvements that can be made to network monitoring tools, and work alongside BHT’s engineering department to most effectively and innovatively monitor the successes and challenges along the network.

•Contribute as an integral team member for hardware installations and testing point connections (i.e., via tower, etc.), and confirm compliance and safety measures are met.

•Proactively identify, troubleshoot and resolve live connectivity-based issues that impact EMRS system access, daily use, and data transmission.

•Confirm that the priority is given to areas where the infrastructure will produce maximum impact, and that setting up points of presence for last-mile connections to sites of focus will enable us to serve more sites and more patients.

•Mentor engineering staff to aid in empowering employee focus and prioritization on pertinent activities, as applicable to the present skillsets/areas of expertise that exist in BHT.

•Revive and restructure the use of the CDC Enterprise Performance Life Cycle (EPLC) and ensure that change management, particularly for any updates to hardware, is recorded through documentation with proper access and storage.

•Delegate activities- maintaining accountability to BHT for the scale-up timeline and connectivity plan.

•Leverage resources available with the Government of Malawi and implementing partners, to mitigate costs and risk for networking needs. This includes active participation in implementing backbone and core connections by best means i.e., 3G, fiber, Wi-Fi, WAN, etc.).

•Lead the effort for improved value proposition, documentation creation, and governance as it pertains to process improvements within the organizational structure for BHT.

•Serve as a networks administrator with project management expectations of reporting connectivity status updates, as well as the management of traffic and bandwidth controls.

•Manage and provide oversight for the implementation of connectivity to the EMRS, security strategy and the development (or revision) of a disaster recovery plan that minimizes the risk of data loss.

•Provide oversight to the BHT Engineering department in conducting preventative maintenance services for electrical, networking and hardware through replacement of worn-out equipment, networks and power backups after assessments.

•Lead the effort of exploration of advanced technologies for more efficient and higher bandwidth networks, while considering cost-analysis resources.

•Assist with coordination of established network standards – allowable downtime, minimum speed, standard infrastructure and protocols, architecture, etc.

•Enforce adherence to Service Level Agreements by confirming implementation of standards with other network service providers, partners and clients.

REQUIREMENTS

•Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or a related field and at least 7 years of experience in a complex environment focused on engineering/networking and 3 years of related management responsibilities and experience with implementing network architecture in low-resource countries. Years of experience may substitute for the degree.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

•Systems life-cycle and implementation of networking plans based on protocol guidelines

•Connectivity-focused infrastructure designing, scheduling, monitoring, and reporting

•Profound translation of security needs (including cyber) for the transmission of health data

•Execution of practices in technology-based analytics

•Identification and use of a variety of networks equipment and monitoring tools

•Keen translation of standards for networks architecture, deployment, and maintenance

•Enforcing networks infrastructure policies and procedures while managing complex data

•Working independently

•Exercising excellent judgment in overcoming barriers and impediments

•Being resourceful and innovative to achieve desired results while ensuring compliance to policies and protocols

DESIRED

•It is further desired that the incumbent is certified in: security, networks, routing and switching, infrastructure administration. An applicable Doctoral degree will also be an advantage (i.e., PhD, DEng, DSc).

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

This 100% full time position is seconded within BHT in Malawi. The Sr. Technical Advisor position requires up to 10% travel in areas that often lack adequate public health and safety infrastructure. Travelers must be prepared to follow the UW and US government recommended precautions and prophylaxis for travel safety and disease prevention.

The Sr. Technical Advisor requires frequent participation in early morning and late evening telephone conference calls in order to accommodate time zone differences between Seattle and its country project sites.

How to apply:

For more information and to apply, please visit:

www.uw.edu/jobs

click START your Job Search

Enter Req #145554 to complete your candidate profile and the assessments

Powered by Jobs Zimbabwe