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Senior Database Programmer Job Careers - Medical Research Council/ Uganda Virus Research Institute (MRC/UVRI)

Job Title:           Senior Database Programmer
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 Data Management
Position Code: SDP517

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 Senior Database Programmer will handle data programming in the MRC unit especially in the Statistics section.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Study Planning:
  • Support Data Managers to Design/program new complex Database Management Information Systems (DMIS) - data entry screens, tables, queries, reports, modules, data cleaning system, database management menu screens.
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the DMIS he has programmed.
Design and write new database programs in Visual Basic:
  • Program GPC and other studies’ data collection programs for UMPCs.
  • Program data capture screens for Kyamulibwa clinic and other studies.
Modify and update pre-written database programs in Visual Basic: Reprogramming the Lablink system whenever there are new studies or changes in the HIV testing algorithm.
Database Management:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the relationship between data from different studies, and/or across different databases.
  • Write more complex queries for cleaning, checking and managing data.
  • Maintain full documentation for databases, so that they can be easily used by database managers, and other staff employed on the studies.
  • Emphasis is on the clean and clear application of tables, queries and modules to organise information.
Programming support outside the Statistics section:
  • Provide programming support to Masaka/Entebbe clinic pharmacy;
  • Provide support to Administration for obtaining reports on the vehicle tracking system.
  • To facilitate and program electronic data capture from laboratory tests.
Collaborations: Work on GPC data normalization with a consultant system analyst.
Supervision: Supervise Data Programmers.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the MRC Senior Database Programmer job placement should hold a bachelor’s degree in a database programming related field (such as IT, Statistics, database programming, Software engineering, Computer Science)
  • Possession of a Master’s degree in Information systems or related field.
  • At least three years’ experience in programming using more than one language (Ms Access VBA, Java, .Net Languages);
  • A minimum of three years’ experience working with at least one database management systems (My SQL, SQL server, or MS Access)
  • One year of experience in working with large databases
  • Previous experience working with medical/health related databases.
  • Novelty and ability to carry out independent work.

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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