Information Systems – Senior Technical Advisor

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Palladium International

sition: Information Systems – Senior Technical Advisor

Job Time: Full-Time

Job Type: Contract

Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Application Deadline: August, 06/2022

Palladium is a global company working to design, develop and deliver a positive impact on the lives and livelihoods of people around the globe; broaden access to health, water, power, and infrastructure; build enduring, sustainable, and transformative institutions and market systems to address global challenges; and conserve the natural world. We operate in over 90 countries and have a workforce of 4,000 talented, motivated, and diverse staff of all religions, races, languages, and gender identities. 

This Opportunity:

Our Data, Informatics, and Analytical Solutions (DIAS) group of portfolios is made of three portfolios that strengthen and harness digital and data ecosystems to accelerate development investments and outcomes: 1- Information Systems, 2- Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Analytics and 3- Digital Solutions and Transformation.

The Senior Technical Advisor (STA) in the information system group serves as part of a team working to implement and grow a portfolio of work in information system optimization, interoperability, data analytics and data use. The STA will provide specific support to projects and programs working to strengthen information systems in health, education, climate and environment, and logistics. The STA will also contribute to the development and implementation of a Palladium-wide strategic growth plan.    

Location: The position is based in Palladium’s Ethiopia office

You and Your Career:

If you are a problem-solver, collaborator, and doer, and you have expertise in global health security, strategic growth, and information systems, we are interested in hearing from you. 

We are a learning organization and provide growth opportunities from the start. We pride ourselves on giving you the freedom, resources, and guidance to chart a fulfilling career!

Reporting and Supervision: This position reports to the Director, Information Systems

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 


Work with project teams to advise, plan, develop, coordinate, and implement the programmatic Workplan related for data systems; ensure quality implementation of activities

Advise clients on the design and implementation of country-level enterprise architecture, for strengthening of information systems devising and recommending methods and procedures to strengthen the governance framework. Improve coordination between intended users and developers. In collaboration with the Director of Information Systems, develop standard operating procedures and provide leadership in training and implementation as relevant to the projects

Interface with clients and other project stakeholders to plan, implement, review and report on projects as needed (including activities such as requirement analysis, software development life cycle, vendor selection and negotiation, stakeholder engagement, capacity building, and strategic informatics)

Working with the Directors of Information Systems, Global Health Security, Education, Climate and Environment, ensure guidance on best practice and industry standards are communicated to project teams; guide staff on technical implementation ensuring adherence to standards, industry best practices and key strategic guidance

Serve as activity lead on select projects serving as the interface with clients and other project stakeholders to plan, implement, review and report on projects as needed and requested

Maintain project documentation up-to-date, including project schedule, architectural schemas, training materials

Collaborate with project and country project teams responsible for project outcomes to determine the most effective and efficient ways to capture and visualize data. Collaborate with Palladium experts in areas such as software development, data interoperability to discern options and present to in-country counterparts

Strategic Growth

In collaboration with other relevant technical counterparts across Palladium, contribute to the company’s growth plan to strengthen information systems, data analytics, and data use. This position will be oriented to information system design, optimization and integration, data analytics, data use and the application of innovative digital solutions

Formulate partnerships and collaborations with relevant organizations and networks for strategic growth, including representing Palladium to governments, donors, partners and other stakeholders, through thought leadership at international meetings, ministry-level events, technical working groups, one-on-one meetings and communities of practice; manage existing relationships

In collaboration with the growth team, identify, assess, and pursue new business opportunities in line with Palladium’s growth strategy; write relevant sections

In collaboration with the Information Systems Director, formalize an internal information systems service-line within Palladium; communicate offerings to Palladium business units globally, and develop processes with other portfolios and business units to support the information systems workstream development and growth

Stay abreast of and integrate innovative solutions for information systems, data analytics and digital solutions into Palladium projects, business development and corporate initiatives

Working with other DIAS portfolio leads and project directors, contribute to the development of a communication plan to communicate Palladium’s technical leadership and excellence in harnessing data and information systems to strengthen development programs, internally and externally

Key Competencies Required:

Demonstrated experience leading information systems projects and programs for USG and/or CDC. Leadership should include technical project and product management, as well as leading client engagement

Demonstrated experience contributing to business development – writing technical sections, acting as lead technical writer, contributing to project design, developing work plans and budgets, etc.

Comprehensive understanding of how information systems for surveillance fit within Health Information Exchange architecture and can leverage data from open-source global good digital health software products such as DHIS2, OpenLMIS, iHRIS, OpenIMIS, OpenMRS, CommCare

Experience developing information systems that integrate data from multiple data sources, along with the effective engagement of government ministries (or other relevant clients) responsible for the different data sources

Ability to develop high-level strategic relationships in an international development environment

Demonstrated experience contributing to strategic growth plans for USG and or other donors

Strong understanding of the software development lifecycle and the Principles for Digital Development as well as Adaptive Management

Demonstrated experience with effective use of data, and innovative data analytics.

Ability to work in a dynamic and agile environment with changing requirements and priorities

Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a fast-moving and multicultural team

Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

Strong management skills with the ability to mentor, coach, lead, develop and evaluate staff

Ability to travel up to 25% of the time

Professional Expertise/Competencies Preferred:

Experience working with an agile team of individuals and projects, with experience in matrix management and change management strategies

Experience in Global Health Security, disease surveillance, One Health and preparedness and response (e.g., case reporting, laboratory reporting or event-based surveillance of diseases in humans and/or animals) preferred 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – We welcome applications from all sections of society and actively encourage diversity to drive innovation, creativity, success and good practice. We positively welcome and seek to ensure we achieve diversity in our workforce; and that all job applicants and employees receive equal and fair treatment regardless of their background or personal characteristics. These include (but are not limited to) socio-economic background, age, race, gender identity, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, veteran, marital or Indigenous status. 

Should you require any adjustments or accommodations to be made due to a disability or you are a neurodivergent individual or any other circumstance, please email our team at

Safeguarding – We define Safeguarding as “the preventative action taken by Palladium to protect our people, clients and the communities we work with from harm”. We are committed to ensuring that all children and adults who come into contact with Palladium are treated with respect and are free from abuse. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced selection process including safeguarding-focused interviews and a rigorous due diligence process.

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