Industry and Organization History
Health systems, as they exist today, exclude people from care. Half of the world’s population lacks access to essential health services. For many people, the nearest doctor or nurse can be hours, or even days, away, and the health facilities that are reachable are unaffordable, understaffed, and under-resourced. Gaps in health systems are bridged by approximately 1.3 million community health workers (CHWs) worldwide, who provide basic health care to local residents and link them to the healthcare system. Unfortunately, most CHWs are disconnected from the formal health system and are largely unsupported after a few days of pre-service training. Despite the rapid development of technology and communication infrastructure in these same parts of the world, technology is underutilized or ineffectively applied to support healthcare where it is most needed. When health systems are not designed to deliver care for patients, people lack access to quality care. Our founders were inspired to create Medic Mobile after understanding the daily efforts of CHWs caring for others, amidst these systemic challenges, in the poorest areas in rural Malawi.
Medic Mobile’s mission is to advance health and human flourishing with and for the hardest-to-reach communities. We envision a more just world in which health workers are supported as they provide care for their neighbors, universal health coverage is a reality, and health is a secured human right. Practically, we have advanced our mission by building, implementing, and supporting open-source digital tools that support CHWs, managers, and facility-based health workers. Along with our partners, we build and apply software that helps health workers deliver high-quality, equitable care in redesigned health systems. Our team and partners support more than 27,000 frontline health workers caring for an estimated 15 million people in 18 countries across Africa and Asia.
As Data Support Intern, you will work very closely with the MoH-Kenya (Siaya) team to develop a data dictionary for the project. You will be expected to document the data elements collected during the project implementation with the data types and possible responses to the different fields. You will also be expected to document the changes in the forms and the versioning of the different forms used in the project. You will be part of the Research and Learning team expected to contribute to the documentation that will support Data Science work expected to improve the Medic Mobile products to end-users and Medic Mobile implementing partners.
Contract Status: Fixed Term
Position Title: Data Support Intern
Reports to: Impact Lead
Duration of engagement: 4 Months
- Work with the project deployment team to identify points of project data changes
- Develop data dictionary for MoH Siaya project highlighting all data fields used in the current project deployment
- Document project data changes highlighting all the current project data fields, retired data fields as well as merged data fields.
- Explore ideas and make suggestions for the best ways to document these data products
- Support in the development of a concept dictionary for the MoH Siaya Project detailing the terminologies used and changes over time.
- Work closely with the Data Science team to identify possible data inconsistencies in the project.
- Work with Project Tech team to create and update on existing form views.
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics or Economics; equivalent combination of education
- Be based in and have legal rights to work in Nairobi, Kenya.
- Be a technology power user and excited to learn even more
- Have knowledge of relational databases, Postgres and MySQL
- Be committed to frequent and timely communication, both in-person and online (via email, Internet Relay Chat, and other online chat applications).
- Have interest in working with and learning from a globally distributed team of mHealth technology experts.
- Have good communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to pass on information clearly to users and to grasp difficulties perceived by users.
- Ability to work under high pressure, meet deadlines, monitor and follow-up on pending matters under minimum supervision.
- Previous experience in ICT4D with a focus on mHealth implementation
- Working understanding of health service provision, public health systems, and community health, which can be demonstrated through your work history or educational background.
You are also:
- Extremely detail-oriented
- Proactive in identification and resolution of issues
How to apply
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as interviews will be held on a rolling basis until the role is filled. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply!