Data Dictionary Consultant – Suva, Fiji

Suva, Fiji
Consultant (Short term)
  • Short-term Consultant role
  • Up to 20 input days for 2.5 Months from December 2020 to February 2021.
  • Based at Health Program Office and Ministry of Health and Medical Services (Namosi House) in Suva, Fiji.

The Program

The Fiji Program Support Facility (the Facility) was established in 2017 to support and implement Australia’s aid programs such as health, education, Australia Awards and governance in Fiji. The Facility also supports the Australia Awards and education programs in Tuvalu. The Facility integrates cross-cutting themes, including gender equality, disability inclusion, climate change, emergency preparedness and response and civil society engagement, across sectoral programs.  In particular, the Facility seeks to strengthen program outcomes by better addressing the needs of targeted beneficiaries including those who are often marginalised.

Australia is supporting Fiji’s health sector to respond to the health challenges they face through the Facility’s Health Program (the Health Program). The Health Program’s high-level objectives focus on:

  • Better curative and preventative health services (e.g. service quality, Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), communicable diseases and maternal & new-born services), and
  • Strengthening health systems (e.g. planning, finance, workforce and information). 

The Health Program is designed to support the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) achieve the goals and objectives in its Strategic Plan and Annual Operational Plans.  Central to achievement of these goals is the timely availability of quality information to guide clinical and management decision making.

Over the years, the Ministry has made significant progress in strengthening existing health information systems to support the collection, analysis and use of information. In order to achieve this goal , the Ministry needs to establish systematic processes and tools for ensuring the quality of information generated.

The Position

The Data Dictionary Consultant will be responsible for working with relevant Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) staff in the Department of Research, Innovation, Data Analysis and Management (RIDAM) to revise the MHMS Data Dictionary with the most up-to-date version of data set specifications (specifically, data elements, indicators and data validation rules). An updated data dictionary will support both the manual and electronic health information system by providing common reference point and standards, thereby improving consistency and quality of information used in decision making.

The Person

The ideal candidate will have at least three years’ experience in health information management including handling data sets, ability to organise, analyse, interpret and evaluate program data quality. The successful candidate will have strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and database management systems (Excel, Access) and knowledge of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Core Health Indicators and other health indicators. We seek an individual with good communication skills and the ability and work effectively with persons of various cultures and disciplines as well as high level negotiation skills and the ability to manage conflict.

A University Degree or equivalent in the following areas; social sciences, public health or public health information management is necessary for this position.

This position is open to Fijian citizens and non-citizens currently in Fiji.

How to Apply

To apply for this position or to view a detailed position description, please visit and search for job number 498625. Please note that applications will only be accepted via the online application process on Coffey Careers.

For any enquiries, please contact and quote the job reference number 498625.

Applications close: Sunday, 06 December 2020 at 6:00pm (Suva, Fiji)

This program is managed by Coffey, a Tetra Tech company, on behalf of the Australian Government.

Coffey is an equal opportunity employer of choice and is committed to child protection.

Closing date: 
6th December 2020