Data Systems Manager – Desmond Tutu Health Foundation

The main purpose
of this job is to lead the strategic positioning, development and institutionalizing data management processes, procedures and systems; responsible for data quality and compatibility between data models while upholding agreed security standards. To coordinate data team staff, oversee and maintain all data infrastructure systems and platforms, and develop and action core data collection, quality assurance and management activities and services.
Employment Type: Fixed-Term two year contract.

Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, Database Management, Statistics, Computer Science or another related field – Masters will be advantageous
5+ years’ experience working as a Data Manager – experience in a research environment advantageous
Technical expertise in data systems and quality assurance
Advanced skills in Microsoft Office Suite
Valid code 08 driver’s license; willingness to travel extensively
Data and tool development using Dynamics, Power BI and REDCap
Relational database and data server management
Data Management strategy development
Certificate in Database Development and Management / Certificate in Maintenance /
Certificate in information Technology (Network Configuration and/or application development) / Certificate in Management
Proficiency in Xhosa and other local languages
IT network infrastructure maintenance and management
Good Clinical Practices in relation to data safety and archival procedures
Epidemiologic study designs and biostatistical skills highly advantageous
Development of ACASI data collection tools
Knowledge in Public Health research implementation and monitoring procedures
Use of STATA, SPSS, SAS or R for data analysis
Experience with cloud hosting, HTML, php or c++languages
3+ years in a team leadership and staff mentoring role
Strong interpersonal, collaboration and communication (oral and written) skills
Strong analytical and organizational skills
Attention to detail and strong follow through
Ability to manage several tasks concurrently and prioritize work effectively
Solutions oriented – passion for understanding ambiguous complex problems and driving high quality innovative solutions
Deadline oriented, displaying a high level of ethics and integrity

Strategic development:
Develop organisational policies to regulate data management
Position the Research Unit system to be flexible, sustainable and align to global research standards
Institutionalize high quality collection, management, quality assurance and archival systems and processes
Identify and incorporate emerging data technologies and eHealth systems into current and future research.
Design compatible and integrated systems for data processing and sharing with research partners

Research Project Data Management:
Manage and ensure that all data collection platforms and systems meet the needs of individual research projects and field implementation activities
Design user-friendly interface applications for data collection and facilitate trainings and field implementation
Work with Study Principle Investigator (PI) and Manager to develop data management and quality assurance plans, including project progress monitoring tools
Ensure training of and optimal implementation of all components of project data management
Develop and automate statistical dashboard on project implementation and key study variables
Design and implement automated randomization procedures with allocation concealment
Database and IT Management
Implement, adapt and monitor data infrastructure including its networking and access
Maintain Research Unit virtual servers and hosting platforms and work with the current IT team to resolve software, hardware, and network problems
Development back-end database systems including SQL, Oracle and MariaDB
Design and implement confidential and ethically acceptance data transmission strategies

Support, train and mentor Data Team staff members
Provide capacity building for other relevant staff members
Inform technical specifications and oversee procurement of software, hardware and electronic resources
Prepare and extract analytic datasets, and perform basic analysis for project PI and managers
Attend departmental management meetings
Values fit: Passion Innovation Progress Integrity Respect Excellence

To apply,
quote Job reference, submit CV, motivation letter with certified copy of highest qualification and details of three (3) current contactable referees to: Attention HR Manager by 30th January 2021 Job reference: #DTHF/C001. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only on-line applications submitted via our jobs portal will be considered.