Data Manager Job Placement – Medical Research Council/ Uganda Virus Research Institute (MRC/UVRI)

Job Title:           Data Manager
Organisation: Medical
Research Council/ Uganda Virus Research Institute (MRC/UVRI)
Funding Source: MRC (UK) and
Duty Station: Mengo,
Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Head of Data Management
Position Code: DM5170
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
Job Summary: The Data
Manager will design data entry programs, set up study databases for projects
and carry out data management by cleaning and checking the data. The incumbent
will provide simple summary statistics, listings and results from the
Key Duties and
Study Planning:
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures
    (SOP) for the data management of the studies they are working on.
  • Modify and create data entry screens for
    these studies.
  • Design/program the Database Management
    Information System for their studies, and create database tables.
  • Input to the design of data collection
Data upload:
  • Tasked with uploading data entry files
    into main MS Access databases.
  • Resolve problems that may occur during the
    data entry.
Data Cleaning:
  • Run reports to identify and solve
    discrepancies, missing records/data and other problems with the data in
    the databases.
  • Write simple queries, and modify more
    advanced queries to perform data cleaning, and checking.
  • Check the arising queries/inconsistencies
    from hard copies or source documents.
  • Work closely with field/clinic staff on
    data queries and clarification.
  • Ensure that these queries are turned into
Data management of studies
  • Management on databases under his/her
  • Ensure that data corrections received are
    updated on the main database.
Data back-up: Ensure
adequate backups of the data exist on external drives and servers, and are
available in case of problems.
Data analysis:
  • Transfer data from Access tables,
    OpenClinica to STATA and other software,
  • Run simple analyses such as: merging and
    appending files, calculating new variables, obtaining line lists and
    frequencies, and graphs.
  • Organise the results of these analyses
    into a presentable format (reports) to pass to the Principal Investigator
  • Extract data and transform it to a format
    required by the PI, sponsors or collaborators
  • Respond to questions and issues raised by
    the PI, regarding the data and results obtained.
  • Work closely with the study PI to answer
    any questions related to the data or results.
Contribute to result

Present interim analysis at study meetings.
Skills development: Develop skills in writing queries and
reports, and in writing simple analysis STATA do-files or other syntax files.
  • Ensure Data Management Assistants (DMAs)
    have the correct data entry program while entering their study data,
  • Supervise DMAs while entering data for
    studies they manage.
  • Staff appraisal for those supervised.
  • Mentor/train Senior Data Management
    Assistants (SDMAs) and DMAs on database designing and data checking.
  • Learn from Statisticians about already
    written STATA programs in order to be able to use them to generate
  • Practical facilitation in Epidemiology and
    Biostatics courses when asked to do so by the Head of Statistics section
    or course organiser.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The applicant for the MRC Data Manager job
    placement should hold a Bachelor’s
    degree in a data related field.
    Possession of a Bachelors/MSc degree in Statistics
    will be desirable
  • A
    minimum of three tears’ experience of working with data and
    experience as a Senior Data Management Assistant
  • Highly
    numerical with literacy skills
  • Computer
    literacy i.e. proficiency in the use of data management software e.g. Ms
    Access, OpenClinica, Statistical analysis software e.g. STATA, SPSS, or
    EPIINFO, other computer packages i.e. MS Office – Word, Excel,
    Power point; Programming and Database design skills
  • Quick
    learner able to work with minimum supervision and meet tight deadlines
  • Highly
    organised, detail oriented and self-motivated
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: 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

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