Scientific Data Analyst: HIV Case-Based Surveillance

Job Description: Scientific Data Analyst: HIV Case-Based Surveillance

Reports to: The Strategic Information Coordinator, AIDS &TB Directorate.

Key Responsibilities.

The Scientific Data Analyst will analyse patient-level, clinical data from the Ministry of Health and Child Care's electronic Patient System (ePMS) in order to inform planning and programming within the AIDS and TB Development . Some specific responsibilities include:
1. Perform quality checks on submitted data back-ups for all ePMS sites in order to assess for missing or incorrect /inconsistent data entries.
2. Produce periodic reports, which outline identified data errors for use by ePMS system analysists in improving the system and for improving quality-assured data entry at health facilities.
3. Developing STATA syntax files (do-files) for routine use in performing data quality checks and for providing analysis-ready datasets.
4. Provide quarterly reports on the status of received data by health facility and patient enrollment numbers in the ePMS in comparison to data reported through the District Health Information System (DHIS2) aggregate data reporting platform as requested.
5. Monitoring HIV sentinel events and generate metrics that relate to routinely reported HIV programme Monitoring and Evaluation indicators.
6. Take lead in performing statistical analysis using STATA, provide written description for statistical analysis methods, preparing data tables and graphs of statistical analysis findings and their interpretation.
7. Consult and collaborate with the Systems Analyst, System Developers, Operations Research Fellow, Surveillance Officer, Epidemiologists and Programme managers on any data requests and statistical analyses required.
8. Provide feedback to programme managers and system developers on data quality issues that need improvement in order to improve the ePMS data quality and completeness.

Qualifications, experience and skills

1. Master's Degree in Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Public Health, Statistics or related field.
2. Two years of dedicated STATA programming experience and working with large data sets tracking patient cohorts.
3. Minimum of one year of work experience in practical statistical applications; ability to interpret statistical analysis results and identify their potential limitations.
4. Strong knowledge of general statistical methods, such as longitudinal data analysis, survival analysis, sample surveys etc.
5. Ability to manipulate and manage very large patient-level data sets, which are structured in longitudinal format
6. Ability to work extract data sets for statistical analysis purpose from relational databases such as MySQL, MS Access will be an added advantage.
7. Understanding of Patient Monitoring and Case-Based Surveillance Systems is an added advantage.
8. Ability to read and understand research papers on HIV& AIDS.
9. Strong Organization and interpersonal skills with the ability to work as a part of a diverse team of ICT expects, epidemiologist, statisticians, Monitoring & Evaluation staff and HIV programme managers.
10. Excellent oral and written communication skills; experience with written and oral presentation of data, ability to interact professionally with senior research staff and clients.
11. Commitment to generating accurate data and ability to meet set deadlines.

Applications must be addressed to:

The Secretary for Health and Child Care 1st Floor Kaguvi Building
4th Street / Central Ave
P.O. Box CY 1122
Causeway Harare

Not later than 20 April 2019

Created: April 07, 2019
Category: Applied Sciences, Aviation
Location: Harare
Expiry Date: April 20, 2019

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