New HRIS Advisor Hired to Advance HRIS in Tanzania

The IntraHealth-led Tanzania Human Resource Capacity Project (a Capacity Project Associate Award) recently hired a new HRIS Advisor. The new hire will be seconded to the Prime Minister’s Office of Regional and Local Government (PMO-RALG). The PMO-RALG is a key partner for strengthening HRIS in Tanzania’s public sector, and the project is assisting with HRIS implementation at PMO-RALG’s 137 district offices.

The HRIS Advisor will serve as the liaison between the project, the PMO-RALG, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, and other HRH stakeholders. The new hire will support the district-level deployment and provide on-going mentoring to establish results-oriented operational plans and ensure HRIS skills are transferred and concrete results are achieved. The project is in the process of signing a memorandum of understanding with the PMO-RALG to outline and agree upon expectations of the new HRIS Advisor. This official collaboration between the project and the PMO-RALG will promote harmonization of data collection tools and software as well as build capacity to effectively collect, process, store, retrieve, and use HRH information.

Phesto Peter Namayala was selected for the post and officially started today.  He brings with him a wealth of experience in information technology (IT). He earned a bachelor's and master's degree in computer science from University of Dar-es-Salaam and University of Hertfordshire, respectively. He has previously served as an IT lecturer, at the Tumaini University, Mzumbe University, and the Institute of Transport Management, and as a programmer and database administrator for SoftTech. Phesto also has experience in IT management, software implementation and programming work on both proprietary and Open Source software, as well as in database design, installation, configuration and support.