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Data Manager at Baylor College of Medicine-Children Foundation Malawi

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
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Baylor College of Medicine-Children Foundation Malawi

Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation – Malawi (BCMCF-M) is a not-for-profit organization working in partnership with the Malawi Government in the health sector. Through a public-private partnership between the Government of Malawi, Abbott Fund and Baylor Foundation-Malawi, the first dedicated stand-alone pediatric HIV/AIDS care and treatment clinic in Malawi, popularly known as the Centre of Excellence (COE) was established. Our Mission is to provide high-quality, high-impact, highly ethical pediatric and family-centered health care, health professional training and clinical research, focused on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, malnutrition, Maternal Child Health (MCH) and Pediatric Hematology Oncology (PHO) as well as other conditions impacting the health and well-being of children and families in Malawi.

The Baylor Foundation-Tingathe program developed in 2008 initially responded to suboptimal uptake of PMTCT and pediatric HIV services in Malawi and has grown over the past 14 years to support the full cascade of HIV care and treatment services. The current CORE programming seeks to support Malawi in achieving epidemic control, by providing client focused care to people living with HIV from the time of diagnosis to linkage and full engagement in care. BCMCF-M’s CORE programming is funded by USAID, and is currently operating in 6 districts in Malawi. BCMCF-M is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of:

POSITION:                                  Data Manager
CONTRACT DURATION:        1 year
REPORTING TO:                       Principal Investigator
POSITIONAL TYPE                  Contractual
LOCATION:                                   Lilongwe 

Project description: The Data Manager will support an NIMH-funded implementation science study on HIV voluntary assisted contact tracing (ACT). ACT is an evidence-based practice that efficiently identifies HIV-infected persons in need of HIV treatment and HIV-uninfected persons in need of HIV prevention. Malawi, like many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, has adopted ACT policies. However, Malawi’s ACT implementation has been sub-optimal due to deficits in health worker capacity and clinical coordination. Our team is a collaboration between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Tingathe, a Malawi-based PEPFAR implementing partner that supports Malawi’s Ministry of Health. Through this grant, we will build on our team’s preliminary work to 1) finalize a set of implementation strategies (theory-based health worker training and continuous quality improvement); 2) package these strategies into a blended learning platform that combines digital and face-to-face modalities; and 3) rigorously evaluate the package for implementation, service uptake, and cost-effectiveness outcomes.

Position Description:
The Data Manager will be required to provide comprehensive data management support as required by senior staff on various program research projects to ensure data validity and credibility. Primarily, the incumbent will be responsible for managing research data to ensure security of e-data and implement systems to offer efficient data analysis, storage and documentation. The incumbent should have the ability to organize and manage a diverse range of assignments and projects with high efficiency, yet thorough attention to detail and follow through.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Reviews data entry records and generates data error reports.
  • Manages the study databases.
  • Ensures data system is operational.
  • Creates monthly data summary reports.
  • Identifies bad data management practices and replaces them with improved practice.
  • Regularly analyses data systems and maintenance of accurate records.
  • Establishes protocol to share records with Study Coordinator and site teams.
  • Develops data management Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Populates, organizes and maintains other information files, both electronic and paper.
  • Reviews program related documents.
  • Supports senior project staff in the implementation of research projects including any associated administrative tasks.
  • Carry out other research related tasks as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in information technology, computer science, statistics, public health or equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • Extensive data management and research skills including demonstrable experience of engaging with qualitative and quantitative data in health setting.
  • Experience in electronic data collection with Open Data Kit (ODK), Survey CTO or other platforms is desirable.
  • In-depth knowledge of HIV program and Ministry of Health service delivery System is preferred.

Skills and Abilities Required

  • Proficiency in using the computer (Internet, Microsoft Office, SQL).
  • Creating data collection forms in ODK and SurveyCTO.
  • Proficiency in data managing and analysis language (i.e. R, SAS, STATA) is crucial _
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Chichewa and English.
  • Ability to ensure designated research project tasks are kept to schedule and all milestones and deadlines are met.
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as in a team orientated environment, and in a multi-cultural work environment is a must.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information appropriately and with discretion.
  • Open-minded and non-judgmental.
  • Superior in time management, organization and evaluation skills.
  • Proficiency in multi-tasking.
  • Ability to implement security software protocols to keep research projects safe and confidential as required.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks assigned.

Work Environment

  • Baylor Tingathe Program offices and district program implementation sites.
  • Shared office space.
  • Multi-cultural work environment

Method Of Application

Suitably qualified and experienced candidates should address their applications, including a detailed Curriculum Vitae and names of three traceable referees to:

Executive Director
Baylor College of Medicine-Children Foundation Malawi
Private Bag B397

For email delivery:

Closing date for receiving applications is on 6th January, 2022.Only shortlisted applicants will be acknowledged.