Vacancy: Data Manager (Based in Tanzania)

 

Vacancy:   Data manager

Hours: 40-hour work week, Full-time

Location: Shinyanga Region, Tanzania

The position

The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) is looking for data manager who will be responsible for data collection and quality monitoring on an innovative HIV Test & Treat project in Shinyanga and Simiyu regions, Tanzania. One of the main sources of data for the research project is the standardized data collection by the all Care and Treatment clinics (CTCs) in Tanzania. Data collection is overseen by the PEPFAR implementing partners at regional level and operationalized by data clerks at CTC level. Clinic care and treatment data is provided to the National AIDS Control programme via an electronic data sharing system. For research purposes it is important that this standardized CTC data is collected to the highest possible standards at the four research sites. The senior data manger is responsible for high quality data collection trough monitoring and evaluating of data entry and data output and will therefore work closely together with the data entre clerks as CTC level and CUAMM’s data entry clerk. Furthermore, is the data manager responsible for liaison with the NACP and AIGHD data managers to ensure consistent and high-quality data within the Shinyanga and Simiyu regions, and with the University computer center database developed programmer for the development of additional databases.

Background: The Shinyanga HIV Test & Treat project

The new WHO guidelines advocate the so-called ‘HIV Test and Treat approach’: immediate antiretroviral treatment (ART) for all HIV infected persons, independent of clinical stage or CD4 count. AIGHD has been awarded the task of scientific evaluation of a unique HIV T&T project in Tanzania, aiming to put 20,000 HIV patients on ART through T&T and decentralized ART provision through a Hub and Club model. The implementation of the Shinyanga HIV T&T project is led by an Italian NGO (Doctors with Africa CUAMM) through a network of Tanzanian healthcare providers, under the Diocese of Shinyanga. In this context, AIGHD, as the research partner, is responsible for performing multi-disciplinary operational research (clinical, epidemiological, economic and socio-anthropological) under the final guidance of a Principal Investigator (PI) from the United Kingdom and a co-PI from Tanzania.

 

Main Responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the data manager are the day to day management of the data collection process and ensure high quality data collection.

  1. Database and data entry management:
    1. Developing a data management plan.
    2. Developing and implement Standard Operational Procedures (SOPs)
    3. Supervise AIGHD-supported data entry clerks
    4. Supervise accurate and timely data entry and processing and conduct regular monitoring visit to the research sites.
    5. Coordinate and align data entry and management processes with our local partners CUAMM, Ariel Glaser Pediatric AIDS Healthcare Initiative (AGPAHI) and the National Aids Control Program (NACP)
    6. Coordinate and align with AGPAHI and the NACP about CTC2 related trainings and updates.
    7. Provide training and on the job support to CTC and AIGHD supported data clerks.
  1. Basic data analysis and monitoring validation and quality assurance reporting:
    1. Develop a data analysis plan
    2. Perform consistency checks, data retrievals and write monthly database progress reports (in bullet format), indicating bottlenecks and successes and a full quarterly progress report.
    3. Work with study team members on Case Report Forms development, data quality reviews, and review of tables/listings/figures and project reports
  1. Support CTC 2 database maintenance and development
    1. Update and maintain the database systems including database security procedures
    2. Regularly coordinate with the NACP database manger about user experience feedback, bugs and other issues related to data collection and entry.
    3. Regularly coordinate with the database developer/programmer (UCC) around new versions of database, bugs, etc.
    4. Support the database programmer (at UCC) in the development of research related databases
  1. Share learning and experience:
    1. To contribute to knowledge sharing in the field of data management

Educational qualifications

  • Academic level: University degree

Work experience

At least 3 years of professional experience in data management in research programs,

 

Additional requirements

  • Ability to work-proactively and work well in a team
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experienced in managing complex data projects
  • Attention to detail, structured and well-organized
  • Computer software skills – Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint)
  • Willingness to travel within the project region frequently and to Dar es Salaam when needed

Languages

  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English and Kiswahili; Kisukuma is an asset.

AIGHD offers

AIGHD offers an excellent job opportunity in a cutting-edge working environment in global health and development and a salary in line with prevailing sector standards. For more information about the job description please contact Ilona Sips (i.sips@aighd.org) General questions, applications including CV and letter of motivation (in English) should be sent to HR Support (hrsupport@aighd.org).

Closing date: Friday 30 November 2018

About AIGHD Stichting AIGHD takes a problem-oriented approach and transcends the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines to provide sustainable solutions in the field of Global Health. It is a dynamic network focused on research, education and policy advising. The Institute stands for a collaboration among biomedical researchers from the Academic Medical Center (AMC), social scientists and economists from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and from the VU University Amsterdam (VU). In addition, its constituents include a number of non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), such as the PharmAccess Foundation, The Health Insurance Fund and the Medical Credit Fund, which have a pivotal place in the consortium. AIGHD links expertise, resources and programs from institutions that are involved in health-related research, education and capacity building. By doing this, it brings a “delivery perspective” to health research, and a “quality aspect” to health care services in countries with more limited resources.

To be considered you must to be already resident in Tanzania and in full possession of a Tanzanian resident and working permit.