14 Sep 2018

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme Job Vacancy : Data Manager

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KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme  (KWTRP) is one of the leading research centres in Africa. The Programme engages in a wide range of research on the main causes of ill health in Africa.The Bioscience department, KWTRP is seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher to work in the Next Generation

Reference Number: DM-4/09/18

Job Purpose: 

To work in team responsible for data capture, data quality and data analysis routines as part of a routine clinical surveillance/quality improvement project and a multicentre randomized controlled trial taking place in a number of hospitals in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The incumbent will be responsible for continued development of a set of analysis scripts using R that can be applied to data collected from hospitals and turning the raw data into informative visualizations. This work will be conducted with a larger group of analysts to provide hospitals with regular reports on their patient populations and quality of health care services. The post will require someone with skills in programming in R, some experience with web-based graphic libraries, conversant with the LINUX operating system as well as data management skills who is a good team player. Some support for data management and optimising operating environments is also anticipated.


REPORTS TO: Senior Data Manager, Senior Researchers

BUDGET AND RESOURCE RESPONSIBILITY:  Some responsibility for ICT hardware maintenance to support data collection and planning for updates / additions

Job Dimensions:

  • Ability to develop analytical code in R, Stata, or python
  • Ability to transform data and processes into informative visualizations
  • Responsible with Data Management and Analysis Team Leader for data archiving and documentation of analysis scripts (familiarity with Github an advantage)
  • Responsible with Senior Data Manager and Information Team Leader for production of regular hospital reports outputting analyses into MS Office or other documents
  • Ability to perform analyses on request for research team leaders
  • Understand and help configure the LINUX based operations on the servers (including managing data archiving, security etc)
  • Understand and help configure synchronization tools we use for peripheral sites to the server
  • Help upgrade our data management platform moving towards web-based systems if/when internet connectivity improves in sites
  • Understand and manage the statistical programming approach being used in R
  • Providing training / support to other staff and hospital collaborators
  • Good communication with senior personnel in the research team and with partnering hospitals
  • Data archiving and documentation of analysis scripts (familiarity with Github an advantage)

Key Responsibilities for the Data Manager Job

  • Developing analytical code in R to provide routine reports and graphical displays of large hospital datasets
  • Working to ensure data appropriately managed and archived and that all analytic code is documented and archived with version control
  • Working with data managers and other researchers to integrate analytic tools with data collection
  • Performing analyses on request of senior team members and interpreting results
  • Providing training / support to other staff and/or hospital staff

Data Manager Job Qualifications:

  • Degree in Statistics / Computer Science (either Statistician with good programming skills or Computer Scientist with sufficient training in Statistics)
  • At least 1 year of relevant experience
  • Ability to program in R and clearly document code
  • Ability to use scripting languages
  • Data management skills – ideally experience with large databases including development of data dictionaries, data cleaning logs – (knowledge of REDCap an advantage)
  • Good level of ICT skill (understanding of basics of Linux and MySQL)
  • Good presentation and communication skills
  • Ability to work with limited supervision
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Good team player

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