• IT Consultant – PLHIV ART Linkage System (PALS)

    New Delhi
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
  • Overview

    The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org


    In India, William J Clinton Foundation (WJCF) has worked on various initiatives with the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) and has served over 350,000 people in the country, including children, mothers and caregivers since 2004. WJCF today support myriad programs, both at the State and Central levels, across nutrition, child health, immunization, pneumonia/diarrhea, tuberculosis and HIV etc.


    We have been providing analytical support to NACO in a number of areas ranging from improvement in the HIV testing and treatment efficiency, capacity and capability across the country. In the recent past, WJCF has also worked with NACO to understand the type and quality of data captured by different systems across the key divisions of NACO. WJCF plans to utilize its experiential learning in order to support NACO in the further refinement of its existing ICT-based M&E (Monitoring & Evaluation) systems.


    The National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) is being implemented by National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), Ministry of Health &Family Welfare, Government of India as central sector scheme through State AIDS Control Societies in the States for prevention and control of HIV/AIDS in the country. So far three phases of NACP have been completed and currently, the NACP IV (ext.) is ongoing. 


    Programme monitoring under NACP is done through IT enabled M&E systems. Strategic Information Management Software (SIMS) is backbone of the programme monitoring. SIMS is an integrated web-based reporting, data management & decision support system, with monthly reporting from almost all the programme components comprising ICTC, TI, Blood banks, STI/RTI, IEC, laboratories and DAPCU. SIMS is currently hosted on the MeghRaj Cloud of GoI. The reporting is mostly 80% or more across the components.


    Besides SIMS, there are individual IT applications supporting beneficiary tracking for efficient service uptake. TI database management tool is an offline desktop application to enable individual tracking facilitating. PLHIV ART Linkage System (PALS) is a web–based application which intends to capture details of HIV+ people from ICTC centers and enable follow up of clients for related services. Inventory Management System (IMS) is an IT application to strengthen the ART linkage, uptake and retention of HIV position people on real time basis. Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) is another IT enabled tool to do the real-time tracking of laboratory aspects of babies born to HIV +ve mother.


    The IT Consultant – PLHIV ART Linkage System (PALS), working as an independent contractor, will support NACO’s M&E team for maintenance of existing IT systems till the new patient centric IT enabled integrated M&E system with embedded supply-chain management information management is developed, rolled out and stabilized. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials.


    Terms of Reference

    1. Implement troubleshooting and day to day management of all modules of PALS to ensure its smooth operation; It will include writing code and design with proper documentation
    2. Undertake backups, restores, recovery models, database shrink operations, database clustering, mirroring, replication etc. for ensure smooth operations of JAVA PostgreSQL environments
    3. Develop the detailed documentary trail of the troubleshooting undertaken by the consultant
    4. Assist the NACO M&E team on IT aspects for efficient functioning of other IT systems at NACO and generation of the seamless outputs as per the requirements of the programme
    5. Participate in the M&E system assessment with an objective to develop patient centric IT enabled integrated M&E system with embedded supply-chain management information management
    6. Coordinate with the vendors & NIC for completion of related tasks as and when required
    7. Migrate PALS database to integrated M&E system to be developed under project “SOCH” under the directions of the NACO’s M&E team
    8. Periodically update and make available standard reports from PALS up to RU level on SIMS portal as per the programme division need
    9. Coordinate and contribute into the security audit of various IT applications hosted on cloud MeghRaj as and when needed
    10. Support the knowledge sharing and build capacity of M&E division for PALS architect at various levels
    11. Undertake tasks as assigned by reporting officer from time to time


    Essential Qualification

    Bachelors in Technology (Computer Science/IT)/ Bachelors in Engineering (Computer Science/IT) or Masters in Computer Applications


    Desired Qualification

    Certification in Database management


    Essential Experiences

    1. Minimum 3 years of demonstrated expertise in programming using Linux Platform (JAVA PostgreSQL)
    2. Demonstrated experience in JAVA PostgreSQL Database and Reporting tools (SSRS/SSIS/Crystal Report) and Web Server management
    3. Experience in complete IT solution management including systems designs architecture, database management, programming, systems administration and web services
    4. Demonstrated ability in system documentation


    *Please note that this is an Independent Contractor position*


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