Employment Opportunities

Research Data Manager- Zambia


Over the past 40 years, Medical Care Development International (MCDI), the international health division of Medical Care Development, Inc. (MCD), has worked to strengthen health systems through practical, evidence-based and high-impact interventions across several public health sectors in over 40 countries. MCDI collaborates with donors, national governments, the private sector, health agencies, communities and local stakeholder to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable populations. MCDI collaborates with donors, national governments, the private sector, health agencies, communities and local stakeholders to improve health and save lives in the following areas: malaria control; maternal, neonatal and child health; water, sanitation and hygiene; tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS; and other communicable diseases communicable diseases by joining MCDI, employees join a diverse network of highly capable individuals, many of whom are experts in their field.

The ProAct Research Data Manager is responsible for all data management activities, including database development, data collection, and effective maintenance of data quality, completeness, safety, and storage. This is a full-time, two-year position based in Lusaka, Zambia with regular travel to the study district (Chadiza) in the Eastern province of Zambia.

Key Responsibilities:

Data Management

Data storage

Support the development and maintenance of the study database for all data generated by the ProAct study in Zambia
Ensure the safe and confidential maintenance of data, in line with Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements

Data collection

Support the development of data collection instruments
Assist with development of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for data collection, handling and quality
Assist with training of field staff in data collection and the use of the database involved in the project
Provide ongoing supervision to field staff to ensure rigorous adherence to study protocol and SOPs, and accurate and complete data collection

Data quality, review, validation, and cleaning

Maintain in-depth knowledge of study protocol and all data collection procedures
Routinely review incoming data for completeness and quality, and identify and address any quality issues
Conduct regular data cleaning
Communicate with the study Research Coordinator, IM Zambia Project Coordinator, and the UCSF technical lead for the ProAct Study
Provide troubleshooting support for data-related issues as they arise

Data analysis

Conduct interim data analyses

Reporting, Writing, and Communication

Communicate with IM Zambia Project Coordinator, Research Coordinator and UCSF technical lead frequently on data collection, management, storage, completeness and quality
Contribute to writing of data reports and presentations
Participate in manuscript preparation
Participate in stakeholder meetings to disseminate study findings
Serve as study data management contact

Qualifications/Experience:

Required Skills

A university degree in IT, statistics, management or public health-related majors
Strong skills in using statistical packages, data analysis tools and Microsoft Office programs
Experience in database development, data management, and data collection
Excellent problem-solving skills and flexibility
Excellent attention to detail
Fluent spoken and written local language (Chichewa)
Proficient spoken and written English

Desired Skills

Fluent spoken and written English
Experience working with Ministries of Health, Malaria Control Programmes, or other government bodies, particularly in Zambia or rural health settings in developing countries
Experience using data collection platforms such as: ODK Collect, CommCare, DHIS2, etc.
Experience being involved in a research study trial
Open-mindedness and respect for cultural diversity
Enthusiasm for learning new skills

Start of activities: March 2020

Location: Zambia


Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and USAID 1420 form to mcdjobs@mcd.org. Position will be open until filled.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.