Nutrition Information Systems Officer Job at Merlin

On Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Position: Nutrition Information Systems Officer
Location: Lodwar, Turkana
Department: M&E
Reports to: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Relationships internally: All programme and support staff
Relationships externally: MoMS/MoPHS personnel, other governmental, UN agencies counterparts.
Contract Period: 10 months
Salary: Kshs 65,000 per month
Benefits: Insurance cover, house allowance at 15% of basic salary, and annual leave entitlement of 24 days per annum at the completion of 12 months of continuous employment with Merlin.

Merlin Objective

Merlin is a British humanitarian Non Governmental Organisation providing health care to populations in crises. Merlin exists to provide an immediate and effective response to medical emergencies throughout the world.

Overall Objective of the Position

The HIS Officer based in Lodwar, will have overall responsibility for collection, collation, compilation, analysis, maintaining and dissemination of data on Health, Nutrition, Safe motherhood, Disability and other project related areas.

S/he will assist the Senior M&E Officer in establishing and strengthening a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system to measure programme progress and impact as well as establish effective lesson learning and beneficiary accountability mechanisms in the project area.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Drive and implement a series of desk reviews, surveys and analyses that provide Merlin with understanding of its contribution to wider impacts on health and health seeking behaviours.
  • Contribute to creating an evidence base on which to track and demonstrate progress against Merlin Kenya country targets and Merlin’s global outcomes
  • Ensure data collection and entry of relevant data related to Merlin projects in a timely manner, and feedback is given to the source of the data such as DHMTs, health facilities and communities in collaboration with other departments
  • Perform detailed analysis of collected data, make necessary visual presentation and give feedback to each service delivery point
  • Ensure the database in Merlin M&E department and MoH(DHIS) are functional, updated and in use
  • Ensure data is segregated by gender and flag any gender disparities so as to entrench gender mainstreaming in programming.
  • Ensure MoH data tools (registers, forms etc) are correctly utilized, kept and updated within Merlin project areas including health facilities and communities
  • Ensure availability of relevant data collection tools within the Merlin supported health facilities.
  • Foster ownership of data collection tools and related data by health facilities.
  • Assist M&E Officer in identifying training needs on data for records officers and other MOH personnel on data collection, entry, analysis and report writing.
  • Work with programmes and M&E staff to ensure that Merlin’s regular internal and external reporting includes analysis of contributions to outcome and impact.
  • Assist the M&E Officer with the preparation and presentation of data for internal and donor reports in a timely manner
  • Developing protocol for sharing data and ensuring the organization activities meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
Qualifications and Skills
  • Degree/Diploma in Health Records & Information Systems, Medical statistics, Health Information Management or equivalent.
  • Experience of over 2 years in managing health information systems support in an NGO
  • Experience in designing and implementing evaluation, operational research using both quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Computer literacy with possible advanced Ms word, Ms Excel, Ms PowerPoint and Ms access
  • Knowledge in computer databases, statistical and analytical software (Epi Info,SPSS and Stata)
  • Strong communication skills; oral, written and presentation skills.
  • Willingness to live and work in hardship areas
To apply for this position
All applications including cover letter and cv should be sent to:

HR Department,
Merlin, Nairobi Office,
P.O Box 3350 – 00200,

Nairobi, Kenya


Email to: [email protected]

Application deadline is 5:00pm on Tuesday, 23rd April 2013.

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Data Protection

Please note that in accordance with the 1998 Data Protection Act, Merlin will hold and use personal information that you have given for the purpose of recruitment and employment. This information can be stored in manual and/or electronic form. This information may also be disclosed to third parties in accordance with the Data Protection Act.  In cases where a job offer is conditional on ensuring that potential employees’ names do not appear on counter terrorism lists generated by the United Nations, European Union or the United States due to donor funding requirements, Merlin will use the information that you have given for checking that your name does not appear on these lists.
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