Job Opportunity: Associate, Management Information Systems – Evidence Action

Maintain and test Information System to ensure it is functioning properly as per program request and all data displayed is up to date.

About Us:
Evidence Action scales proven development solutions to benefit millions of people around the world. We fill the gap between knowing what works and having impact at scale.

We implement cost-effective interventions whose efficacy is backed by substantial rigorous evidence.

We identify innovative, appropriate financing mechanisms and build best practice operational models. We voraciously self-evaluate, learn, and improve our models for scaling with a commitment to transparency on progress, impact, and value for money.

Job Summary:
The Associate Management Information Systems (MIS) will be responsible for operational and technical support of key information systems which drive evidence action operations and expansion. The incumbent will be instrumental in providing cross-program support for MIS systems to ensure high availability and accessibility of the systems by the program staff.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Continuous maintenance of the cloud server (cross-cutting):

  • Provide monitoring and maintenance support for the server Operating System on a regular basis to maintain the integrity of the server performance by increasing server uptime and ensuring the server meets the needs of the users at all times.
  • Install, configure and apply new updates, patches as need arises to ensure the security and performance of the server as requested.
  • The incumbent will troubleshoot and resolve any server issues and correctly identify the source of the problem and implement a solution on the fly.
  • Integrate new technologies onto the server when requested.

2. Continuous provision of Information System maintenance and support:

  • Maintain and test Information System to ensure it is functioning properly as per program request and all data displayed is up to date.
  • Implement necessary and/or requested development changes from time to time as the program requirements change such as the customization of the MIS for country- specific contexts.
  • Oversee the development of new system features and upgrades as assigned.
  • Train new users and retrain existing users of Information System and offer them support to ensure best practices when using the system.
  • Take the lead on all development modifications and new development features added to the system in accordance with the specifications document or as have been requested by end users.

3. Continuous support in the management, restructuring and maintenance of all program databases:

  • Update and maintain the integrity of the data server and ensure it is accessible always by users and applications that may be referencing and/or using this data.
  • Carry out regular data back-up and syncing and ensure the safety of the data in the cloud and local database.
  • Support the data management team in downloading or uploading data correctly to the server as often as is necessary.
  • Work closely with the data collection team to support data collection activities so as to ensure that data being sent to the cloud data storage is being properly received.
  • Work closely with the data management team to ensure that data is clearly defined and remains consistent across all databases.

4. Continuously provide technical support to the program team on IS related tasks and issues:

  • Provide technical support to end users over the phone or in person to solve any mobile phone or computer related matters that are directly related to online data collection tools.
  • Regularly monitor information system equipment for errors and stoppages and offer corrective action and solutions.
  • Actively participate in the identification, evaluation and testing of new tools and technologies that would be beneficial to the program and compile findings in a well written comprehensive technical report.
  • Research and provide input on software and hardware choices and/or improvements for the program when requested.

5. Manage Instrument Programming (Kenya, Uganda and Malawi):

  • Support development and updating of standardized data collection instruments; for electronic data collection (ODK).
  • Manage the updating of data dictionaries/codebooks for all data collection instruments used by MLIS and programs.
  • Collaborate with other teams for improved service delivery to programs through collaboration with program and MLIS data collection teams to make sure that all electronic data collection instruments are programmed in time and are aligned with data collection protocols.
  • Through Manager-DIS, support ODK programming requests from across the programs.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant should at least hold a bachelors degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Systems or any related field from a recognized university is a must.
  • A minimum of two years working experience in a dynamic IT or IS related position is strongly preferred.
  • The position requires strong practical skills to ensure program information systems are supported technically.
  • Broad working knowledge in database design, development and maintenance using relational databases and database languages such as SQL and/or Oracle is a must.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the use and implementation of php/html/CSS/JavaScript or similar web and application development languages is a must.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of use of Linux server technology is advantageous.
  • Previous exposure and experience working with android survey technologies such ODK or SurveyCTO and Android application programming is desirable.
  • Excellent technical skills and ability to be innovative.
  • Very good time-keeping and sturdy principle to deliver tasks on time.
  • Service/Client oriented and ability to work well in a cross-cultural team.
  • Strong self-motivation and ability to work vigilantly under minimum supervision.
  • Ability to communicate professionally both in written and spoken English.
  • Flexible mind set and a positive attitude to work in a fast changing environment.
  • Good organization skills and strong ability to multitask.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to field offices when need arises.

How to apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who desire to join Evidence Action in the aforementioned capacity should apply by visiting the web link.


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