Embedded Service

EMBEDDED POSITION : GIS Technical Assistance

The GIS Technical Assistant (GIS TA) , embedded at the Ministry of Health (MoH) of the partnered country will work with partners and Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) leaders at all levels to communicate and advocate with stakeholders to stimulate the implementation of proposed geographical Information System (GIS) technologies and data solutions .

In connection with the Web platform, GIS TA will :

GIS TA will collaborate with in-country partners to enhance ‘political buy in’ and to apply proposed innovative tools, namely MDC & GIS tools so to conduct rapid assessments and modelling approaches. Last but not least, these innovative approaches will feedback actively the action plan , thanks to the Web platform for Shared Service Center.

- appraise existing tools for analysis of immunization programs (including mix of routine data and data collected as part of implementation), - revise and adapt GIS tools for analysis of immunization programs according to the specificities of the country and proactively advocate the tools and results, - play a central role for animating online forums and communities of actors and will contribute to the documenting and sharing lessons, data analysis and policy papers.

Taking into consideration, there is a need of innovative thinking and coordination to challenge the status quo for more efficient service delivery, GIS TA will play a catalytic role within a network of stakeholders, to successfully implement the Leadership, Management & Coordination (LMC) process to facilitate GIS based communication tools among stakeholders and to leverage complementary GIS technical resources for data collection & information exchange with WHO, UNICEF and local actors.

MAHA recognizes that the implementation of the rather complex LMC process requires appropriate in short duration in order to provide enough time for sustainable implementation. Whatever the time constraints due to the project duration, GIS TA will apply start-of-the-art technics and communication means aiming at having LMC process being sustained by ICC members, national and local authorities. 

GIS TA approach


Institutional capacity building

GIS TA will collaborate with influential stakeholders involved with EPI program. These include government, MoH, multilateral coordination bodies, donors and national institutions, ICCs, National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) and health coordination committees, private sector entities , NGO, FBO and CSOs..

Embedded technical support

GIS TA will provide technical support, to MoH colleagues within either the EPI network or health planning departments. Technical support will also be provided within the Immunization Interagency Coordination Committee (ICC) and other coordination bodies or national institutes engaged with vaccination issues.

Technologies & data

Web platform for Shared Service Center, MDC & GIS tools will be shared to all the mentioned stakeholders that align with, and contribute to LMC process implementation so to adapt the proposed templates, tools and procedures to locally agreed plans, budgets and monitoring mechanisms, while also advocating the benefits of new technologies and processes, which will require strong partnerships with country-based WHO, UNICEF, World Bank and other development donors

GIS TA will encourage the use of georeferenced and disaggregated information to the lowest possible administrative unit to map quantitative information and to apply analytical means .

GIS TA will identify any potential untapped sources of information and corresponding datasets valuable for the project.

Deliverable 1 : GIS tools and coordination procedures diagnostic among in-country EPI network and technical partners (WHO, UNICEF, etc.)

GIS TA will conduct an assessment about :

  • 1 - Immunization and other health programs at the national, sub-national, and facility levels; 

  • 2 - Multi-year planning, microplanning and budgeting for routine immunization 

  • 3 - MDC & GIS tools as used in the country and conduct the lessons learned analysis for GIS acceptability, scalability, perceived effectiveness and contribute to dissemination
  • 4 - the use of data for decision-making at all levels, especially at health facility and district levels.

This includes consultation and information sharing about the project with Interagency Coordinating Committees (ICC) for immunization programs and key stakeholders at all levels.

Deliverable 2 : Draft report of the diagnostic exercise, including benchmarking current applied tools against proposed GIS tools and detailed recommendations on institutional change so to integrate them into the EPI management

GIS TA will prove that the innovative use of GIS tools with modelling exercise could look at root causes so to explain the performance of the EPI programs.

GIS TA will conduct a bottleneck analysis and how GIS tools could alleviate them, develop recommendations and strategies to include them at all levels.

Each recommendations will discriminate the solutions at supply-side health system factors (commodities, human resource, quality of services, and access) and demand-side issues of community engagement and service utilization.

Deliverable 3 : Detailed 12-month technical assistance workplan to support implementation of proposed GIS tools and LMC process

The results of the diagnostic exercise will be the basis of a 12-month GIS TA workplan which incorporated the jointly-developed recommendations. The GIS TA workplan will be developed with stakeholders through a participatory process, including key government and non-governmental partners responsible for, or engaged with, coordination, policy and planning, implementation, funding and monitoring health and immunization services

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