DHIS2 Implementation Specialist – Pakistan

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HISP (Health Information Systems Program) Pakistan is part of a broader community referred to as the HISP network. The HISP network was established in 1994 by the University of Oslo, which has evolved into a coordination mechanism overseen by the HISP Centre at the University of Oslo. This network predominantly focuses on the implementation of DHIS2, a health information system used in 70+ countries.

This network is a global network of independent organizations and individuals including Universities, NGOs, donors, Ministries of Health, health programmes, consultants etc. With different competencies, interests and strategies, these different actors are contributing in different ways to strengthening health information systems and health outcomes in developing countries based on the implementation and use of DHIS2.

Under this umbrella, HISP Pakistan was established as a HISP group in order to lead the coordination of DHIS2-related activities within the country. HISP Pakistan currently deals with a wide variety of projects including health management information system (HMIS), disease surveillance and tuberculosis. These projects are operated both at national and provincial level with support of local and international partners. There are now 18 HISP groups spread throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. HISP groups are long-term, trusted partners that collaborate with the HISP Centre at the University of Oslo on the following (including, but not limited to)

  • DHIS2 open source software development;
  • National, regional and global capacity building activities including hosting and arranging DHIS2 Academies and developing teaching curriculums and materials;
  • Joint research and academic activities;
  • Implementation support to Ministries of Health, health programmes and others;
  • Development of integrated health Information architectures in countries and generally;
  • Development of tripartite agreements between the Parties and Ministries of Health for the strengthening of health information systems;

Develop a network of action, linking researchers, students, projects, Universities and health authorities in a cooperative network.

Job Description

About this role

The DHIS2 Implementer will join HISP Pakistan in supporting local DHIS2 implementations and will be part of a broader HISP community.  This implementer position will focus on requirements gathering, project coordination, capacity building and engagement with the wider HISP network on implementation of these activities. As part of this role, you will have the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of individuals with varying skill sets in the public and private sector as the DHIS2 implementer position interacts with a broad number of stakeholders within the health system in order to understand DHIS2 requirements and develop solutions to meet them.

What you’ll do

We are seeking a DHIS2 implementation specialist to strengthen our efforts to provide relevant guidance and tools for DHIS2 implementations within Pakistan.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Working with local ministries and development partners on documenting and communicating requirements and programmatic workflows to be implemented into DHIS2.
  • Performing partner coordination activities by attending and/or arranging meetings both on site and remotely and actively engaging in defining key themes to discuss, taking notes and summarizing key action items.
  • Management of information system design and implementation projects collaborating with University of Oslo and regional partners.
  • Creating systems documentation defining how configurations and programmatic workflows have been implemented within DHIS2.
  • Refer to DHIS2 best practices, guidance and standard operating procedures and determine how to implement, sustain and evaluate these locally
  • Refer to public health guidance (indicator and reporting frameworks, routine analyses/bulletins, service delivery guidelines, etc.) to discuss and suggest local system improvements with the Ministry of Health and its partners
  • Develop and/or modify training material and other guidance documents
  • Perform training activities both online and onsite based on locally identified needs
  • Routinely engage with the HISP network on all of the above working responsibilities identified
  • Regularly liaising with the University of Oslo on the progress of activities and identifying areas where assistance is required
  • Other duties as assigned


  • At least five years’ experience in supporting public health and/or international development
  • Field-based implementation experience strongly preferred
  • Project management experience at the local level is preferred
  • Master’s degree in a related field such as medicine, public health or informatics is essential
  • Knowledge of DHIS2 configuration, implementation and data model is desirable
  • Excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills
  • Full working proficiency in English and Urdu is essential

Personal Qualities

  • Enthusiasm for international development efforts and ability to work well both independently and within a team, at national and international level
  • Understanding of professional differences and concerns from multi-cultural partners
  • Flexible and positive to ongoing change of responsibilities
  • Strong ability to handle parallel tasks and processes under pressure
  • Solution-oriented
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Enjoys working in a collaborative environment and communicating across many types of partners and stakeholders with diverse backgrounds and experience

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 Location and Employment Details

Must be based in Islamabad, Pakistan.

This is a full-time position on a 1-year renewable contract.

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