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02 June 2017

Head of Data Management Job Placement - Medical Research Council/ Uganda Virus Research Institute (MRC/UVRI)

Job Title:           Head of Data Management
Organisation: Medical Research Council/ Uganda Virus Research Institute (MRC/UVRI)
Funding Source: MRC (UK) and U.S. PEPFAR
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Reports to: Head of Statistics
Position Code: HDM517

About US:
The Medical Research Council/ Uganda Virus Research Institute (MRC/UVRI) based at the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe is a bilateral multi-disciplinary research organization funded by, the Medical Research Council (UK) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Uganda under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other donor agencies. Established in 1988, the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS is an internationally recognized center of excellence for research on HIV infection and related diseases, contributing knowledge on the revolving epidemic, the evaluation of innovative health care options, treatment and prevention, and the development of health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide.

Job Summary: The Head of Data Management will manage the data programmers and data management staff (data managers, data management assistants, data archivists and study/filing clerks). The position requires experience in: research data management and good clinical practices related to data collection, entry, cleaning, archiving and retrieval; development of data management plans and general understanding of data needs in the different phases of clinical trials development and other epidemiological studies; and preparing briefs on data management for funding applications. The position involves participation in project team meetings, interactions with senior management, funders and collaborators.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Oversee the data management teams at national and international level in database design and data validation plans development
  • Formulate data management plans for the unit.
  • Keenly monitor studies data flow from collection to analysis.
  • Actively contribute to research protocol development in particular, the data management related sections (e.g. design of case report forms, data management and sharing plans, storage and retrieval).
  • Generate queries related to the data collected from a wide range of studies.
  • Oversee the performance of the data management staff across the unit, ensure acceptable output levels
  • Provide response to queries, related to studies data, posed by monitors, auditors, regulatory agencies and sponsors
  • Prepare oral and written reports to effectively communicate results on studies progress to senior management and other investigators.
  • Working closely with the training section ensures training needs for the section are identified and addressed in line with unit needs.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the MRC Head of Data Management career placement should hold a Master’s degree in a data science related field with at least 10 years of experience) in a large international research organisation carrying out clinical, laboratory and social science research.
  • Demonstrated expertise in data management plans development and implementation
  • Knowledge of data monitoring and audit
  • Prior work experience in a research setting with primary focus on clinical trials and observational studies
  • Hands-on knowledge of the use of statistical software such as STATA
  • Possess expert knowledge of database design and data management platforms such OpenClinica, Redcap, Open Data Kit (ODK), MS Access and My SQL
  • Computer literacy i.e. MS office skills (Word, Excel, power point) and experience in generating graphs and figures.
  • Excellent verbal, written communication and interpretation skills
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment
  • Highly motivated, good attitude towards work and results oriented.

How to Apply:
All candidates should send their applications letters, copies of academic qualifications and curriculum vitae including names, telephone contacts and email addresses of three (3) referees should be sent only via e mail to: recruitment@mrcuganda.org. Please quote the position code in the subject line of the email (Check top of this advert for Code).

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Note that academic qualifications will be subjected to verification by the issuing institutions

Deadline: 9th June 2017


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