Rwanda: International Consultancy – Expanding existing Medical Record Platform (EMR) to include MNCH and nutrition" Kigali-Rwanda

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Rwanda
Closing date: 06 Jun 2018

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Through partnership with UNICEF, MCH program outlined key highlights and recommendations for improving the service delivery by expanding existing Medical record platform to a comprehensive, holistic and integrated system that encompasses the entire MNCH and nutrition programs. Further, the review recommended leveraging this platform towards achieving results along the continuum of care using a cascade approach from hospital, health center and community levels. The EMR is currently implemented in 340 health facilities, and is limited to only a few modules including the HIV package, eHealth Management System – eHMS (also referred to as the primary care package) now implemented in 37 hospitals for billing and registration and Bushenge is the only hospital implementing additional modules in EMR including registration, lab, clinical notes, pharmacy and billing. By implementing EMR with comprehensive MNCH modules, the government of Rwanda would like to address problems related to continuity and quality of care at health facilities and community.

The Government of Rwanda took a decision to adopt the Open Medical Record (EMR) system as a national system to support health care services within hospital and health centers across the country. EMR was created in 2004 as an open source medical record system platform for developing countries. OpenMRS is a software platform and a reference application, which enables design of customized medical records. The system is based on a conceptual database structure, which is not dependent on the actual types of medical information required to be collected, or on particular data collection forms and so can be customized for different uses. This system is based on the principle that information should be stored in a way that makes it easy to summarize and analyze, i.e., minimal use of free text and maximum use of coded information.

This far, some hospitals and health centers have already started using the EMR, however, the benefits so far are immeasurable. Great interest has shown in the health sector to embrace technologies as such and its capabilities to strengthen MNCH and nutrition health service delivery across the continuum of care and supporting innovative interventions towards achieving the results. Additionally, Rwanda Ministry of Health is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030. The maternal and child health program Plan 2030 and key policy and program documents reaffirm the commitment to the SDGs. The Maternal and child Health program is spearheading several policy and program strategies towards achieving the health targets for the national and global overarching goals.

How can you make a difference

The main objectives of this consultancy are;

The main objectives of this consultancy are;

Phase 1 – Defining system development road map, prioritization and functional requirements

Study the existing EMR solution and related documentation.

  • Conduct MNCH business analysis including nutrition and prepare MNCH/nutrition requirement specifications
  • Conducting user centered design, program design and monitoring for results and evaluation.
  • Health systems analysis and health systems strengthening in general, business analysis, health information exchange and health enterprise architecture
  • Phase 2 – systems design and development.

  • Upgrade and develop enhancements on the existing application and data
  • Develop MNCH and nutrition modules/Forms and make them interfacing with Billing system and other existing Modules
  • Link EMR with Rwanda mHealth Community System (exiting RapidSMS or new RapidPro) and enhanced to track continuum of care and communicate through SMS with enrolled mothers, newborns and children within their catchment villages
  • Link EMR with other eHealth platforms like HMIS (DHIS2), components of OpenHIE, CRVS software, and others
  • Support MCH Program and Quality Assurance departments to assess and document best approach to develop, test and implement the various software modules in Rwanda EMR.
  • Assist to enhance functionality, test and pilot new developed MNCH/nutrition software modules in the best and most efficient way
  • Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer – In Rwanda, we strive to build local capacity as much as possible on any project under implementation. Hence, knowledge transfer will be integral to this process. As a Senior Analyst and Developer, the consultant will be responsible for sharing material knowledge therein confined in his consultancy deliverables for an effective knowledge transfer. It is important to note that the project owner – RBC holds full ownership rights of the work undertaken on the project as well as the right to distribute the work among the stakeholders. We take knowledge sharing and dissemination very important to ensure sustainability and functionality of the EMR system at the end of contract.
  • To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Bachelor Degree in Computer Science/Information Technology
  • 5 years or more of relevant experience in software development
  • Strong Java, HTML forms skills
  • Solid SQL knowledge
  • Object Oriented Programming experience preferred
  • Knowledge of openMRS is desirable
  • The Software Developer must have at least a bachelors degree in Computer Science/Information Technology or a five-year advanced diploma specializing in Software development
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and conceptual skills.
  • Leadership skills
  • Should be a good motivator
  • The Consultant should among other things have the following:

  • Understanding of UML
  • Object Oriented Systems Analysis and Design skills
  • 5+ years commercial experience in Systems Development Life Cycle
  • 5+ years’ experience with Management Information Systems implementation, customization and integration
  • Minimum of 5 years software development experience, primarily developing windows-based applications or client/server applications
  • Detailed knowledge and experience of Java
  • System interoperability and integration experience
  • Detailed knowledge and experience of Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Forms Applications and Web Applications
  • Basic knowledge of Open source software
  • Working experience of SQL Server 2005 or higher
  • Knowledge and experience of XML
  • Knowledge of DHIS2
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • Knowledge of French and Kinyarwanda is an asset
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    The technical competencies required for this post are….

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    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.


    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    The Consultancy duration is 11.5 Months (July 2018 to end June 2019)

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link

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