Africa University - AU


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Job Description

Africa University is a private, Pan- African, United Methodist-related institution located in Mutare, Zimbabwe. The University is also a member of the Association of African Universities and is inviting suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill the following strategic positions



The Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) of Zimbabwe, through the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Program (NTLP) in collaboration with Africa University (AU) under a grant sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Tuberculosis Implementation Framework Agreement (TIFA) project managed by John Snow Inc. (JSI), is implementing Zimbabwe’s second anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance Survey (DRS-2).

The last drug resistance survey (DRS) was conducted over seven years ago in 2016, and a lack of more recent DR-TB estimates is hampering the planning, and accurate monitoring of performance in the DR-TB program. Therefore, there is a need for a repeat DRS to provide an accurate estimate of DR-TB burden and enable the program to accurately monitor its performance. In this regard, the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (Ministry of Health and Child Care) seeks the services of a suitable person to fill in the position of Data Manager for the implementation of the DRS-2 Project.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of responsibilities:
The Data Manager will to lead and effectively manage the Central Data Management Unit (CDMU) under the Zimbabwe Drug Resistant Survey project in line with the study protocol and Standard Operating Procedures.
Key responsibilities
• Lead and manage the central data management unit (CDMU).
• Responsible for all DRS data setting up a data management plan, and data analysis plan
• Design data capture, entry, analysis and reporting tools as may be required by the DRS Coordinator and/or the PIs and routinely compile data files.
• Ensure DRS data is collected with unique identifiers in line with the DRS protocol and SoPs
• Maintain a master database as per the DRS CRF.
• Verify raw data sent from the field and other data sources.
• Receive, merge, clean, validate data from other data bases (Research Facilitators and NTBRL) and maintain an overall central database for the survey.
• Check validated data files regularly for systematic errors (cleaning);
• Be directly responsible for the validation of the 100% entered data files
• Resolves all data related issues raised with the datasets
• In collaboration with Survey Coordinator and the Laboratory Manager, carry out review of TB survey data management plans, quality control plan, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and work practices that will deliver accurate, timely, consistent, and quality data.
• In collaboration with data Survey Coordinator, initiate and send data query logs to the data collection teams for correction (Research Facilitators and NTBRL).
• Back up database online on Google drive (or drop box) and on external drive on daily basis.
• Compile and submit reliable bi-weekly analysis summaries/tables and data management reports summarizing progress in data entry, data validation and cleaning etc to the Survey Steering Committee (SSC).
• Generate routine data quality control, status and summary reports
• Support the development and improvement of the existing data management manuals and training materials for the DRS.
• Carry out data analysis of the survey data.
• Respond to all data management requests and ensures that all data quality standards are implemented
• Keep all data that bear personal information under lock and key and all electronic databases under a password and be encrypted.
• Attend TB Survey Steering Committee bi-weekly meetings.
• Ensure safety of all data/information handed over to you for verification
• Ensure that data is maintained in both soft and hard copies
• Report any problems encountered in data management to DRS Survey Coordinator
• Attend required data entry trainings and meetings and provides input to enhancement of data systems
• Manage and train other staff hired (RFs, subnational TB structures and NTBRL)
• Follow survey protocol and SOPs in all data management procedures and keep all study information confidential at all times.
• Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the DRS Survey Coordinator, laboratory Manager or PIs.

Qualifications and Experience

Qualifications and Experience
• Graduate degree in Data Science, Computer Science, Statistics, Operations Research, Monitoring and Evaluation and/or Public Health. Master’s degree in any of the above disciplines is an added advantage.
• Experience in data processing, database development and management and reporting using Python programming, SQL Database, Power BI/ Tableau and mapping software such as ArcGIS/QGIS
• Knowledge of statistics and experience using statistical packages for analyzing datasets (Excel, SPSS, SAS etc).
• Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyse and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
• Proven working experience as a Data Manager or Data Analyst for health related projects.
• Good interpersonal skills, team player and able to work under pressure.
Period of engagement

The Data Manager shall be engaged for an initial period of 5 months in Phase 1 and the contract will be extended by a further 13 months in Phase 2 of the project (Total=18 months).

The Data Manager shall report directly to the Survey Coordinator and will work closely with the DRS-2 Focal Person at the NTP, DRS-2 co-investigators, DRS Advisory Committee and the AU team.

Recruitment of the DRS Data Manager

The Data Manager will be engaged by Africa University and seconded to the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care, NTLP.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit an application letter, certified copies of certificates, transcripts, national identification (ID & birth certificate) and a detailed curriculum vitae giving full personal particulars including full name, place and date of birth, qualifications, date of availability, current salary, contact details, names and addresses of three referees.
The application pack should be send as a single pdf file to e-mail address clearly stating DATA MANAGER-DRS-2 in the subject of the email by no later than 1400 hours on Friday, 24 May 2024. Applicants should clearly indicate the post being applied for on the application letter, and only shortlisted candidates will be communicated to.