Regional IT Advisor - Futures Group, India

Closing date:  12 Jan 2012

About Us

Futures Group develops and delivers innovative, locally relevant, evidence-based solutions to improve the health and well being of people around the world. Since 1971, we have assisted governmental and non-governmental agencies, foundations, and the private sector by designing, implementing and evaluating programs in HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, population and family planning, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, and gender. Futures Group has deep expertise in policy and advocacy, research and strategic information, health markets and private sector engagement, modeling and economic analysis, patient monitoring and management/HMIS, strategic consulting, and program management.

Position Summary
The Regional IT Advisor is a senior level position reporting to Senior IT Advisor, Washington DC, USA. She/he will advise and provide regional technical expertise to senior management, and will be responsible for pursuing and capturing informatics-related business development, planning, coordinating and managing major projects, activities and may lead teams in implementation of specialized IT services. The Regional IT Advisor is expected to have significant technical expertise in one or more IT domains with broad demonstrated thought leadership in general IT knowledge. The work requires innovation, often with very little guidance. There is an organizational reliance on the knowledge, initiative and experience of the Regional IT Advisor. Work is very technical in nature and knowledge is highly specialized within health related field. As a noted domain expert Regional IT Advisor may advises senior management on the use of technology to enhance business objectives; reviewing information requirements and contribute in proposals and recommending changes based on technical merit.

Key Responsibilities
• Provides technical advice to senior management on the departmental IT architecture and framework; approving technical architecture for projects under development; contributing to departmental IT strategies and plans. • Advises senior management on the use of technology to enhance business objectives; reviewing information requirements and proposals and recommending changes based on technical merit. • Plans, coordinates and manages major projects based on departmental program services and business processes in collaboration with Senior Program/Technical Manager; provides guidance and advice to team members, colleagues, and management. • Advises clients on IT policies, procedures and standards; interpreting and disseminating central agency policies, standards and guidelines when indicated • Defines project terms of reference; managing the selection and provision of the appropriate technology; collaborates in determining priorities and deliverables, monitoring service levels and evaluating against success measures, and making presentations to management (internal and client organizations). • Negotiates and reaches agreement with client organizations on services and service levels to be provided. • Represents the team on intra and inter departmental committees and working groups concerned with the area of expertise, and liaising with industry representatives while conducting research into new technologies. • Responsible for developing and obtaining management approval for strategies, and project plans; for preparing request for proposal specifications; developing evaluation criteria; and for controlling and administering small to medium size project budgets. • Responsible for providing input into and setting of priorities and deadlines; and assessment of cost benefit and feasibility studies. • Responsible to search out and master information on leading edge technologies in order to maintain expertise in a rapidly changing field. • Responsible for ensuring the security and integrity of data while residing on departmental computers and networks. • Responsible to assign tasks, activities, goals, and milestones and for supervising technical staff and participating in staff selection • Ability to work closely with program implementers to understand the possible use of IT/HMIS applications and to contribute to the design of health projects that include innovative informatics technology

Qualifications
• Expert knowledge in IT domains and ability to provide technical advise • Knowledge of regulations related to the provision of IT services and administration of financial and human resources • Current knowledge of trends and development in computer technology and the administration of operations and long-range user requirements • Master Business Administration (MBA) with IT or computer science background • A broad and extensive knowledge of IT principles, methods and techniques; analytical skills and superior knowledge of project management principles to manage projects and work with multi-disciplinary teams • An expert knowledge in one or more IT domains in order to provide advice to clients and senior management • Knowledge of marketing services and contracting and/or outsourcing projects • Verbal skills are required to communicate technical information and negotiate with contractors, suppliers and other technical specialists and to make presentations to senior management dealing with high level technical subject matter. • Good writing skills are required to produce specifications, correspondence and documentation related to IT. • Analytical skills are required to conceptualize and manage the development of IT architectures, frameworks, strategies, and training experience preferred • Must be available for domestic and international travel for up to 30% time

Physical Demands
• Regularly required to stand or sit, and move about the facility
Work Environment
• Usual office working conditions free of disagreeable elements.

How to apply: 

All applications for this position should be submitted online the Careers page. Futures Group provides equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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