CHAI: Epidemiological Database Manager

Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 15 June, 2018
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Epidemiological Database Manager 

Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) / Health Information Systems (HIS)

Clinton Health Access Initiative Overview

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit:

CHAI South Africa’s Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and Health Information Systems (HIS) Program

In response to the policy shift to standardize the monitoring and evaluation system for the National ART and TB programs in South Africa, the CHAI M&E/HIS program has played a significant role since 2011 in strengthening the rollout of the 3-Tiered M&E System for the National Department of Health (NDOH). Since January 2015, CHAI has supported the NDOH to integrate the TB and HIV information systems at facility level, which are now used to monitor HIV, pre-ART, ART and TB. CHAI continues to support the NDOH to implement and maintain a standard HIV/TB M&E system nationally, to strengthen the quality and utilization of routine data in order to enhance clinical service provision and to inform program management, and to implement the strategy to centralize TIER.Net data at the provincial and national levels.

Overview of the post

The Epidemiological Database Managers will act as an NDOH resource to support the NDOH with establishing and maintaining the processes, infrastructure and capacity to centralize patient level TIER.Net and cached legacy ETR.Net data at the national level and at provincial levels, to facilitate epidemiologic and programmatic analyses, reporting, and broader programme surveillance. TIER.Net is a facility-level, non-networked, electronic patient management information system used to capture and interrogate HIV testing, ART patient, and TB patient data. ETR.Net is a legacy non-networked electronic patient management information system used to capture and interrogate Drug-Sensitive Tuberculosis (DS-TB) patient data at sub-district level.
The Epidemiological Database Managers will manage the day-to-day centralization, collation and management of data within the provincial and national instances of TIER.Net and ETR.Net. Further, the Database Managers will collaborate with Data Analysts to ensure routine interrogation of data completeness and quality, effective de-duplication of patient-level data, and sustained flow of data along the health system cascade to populate the centralized instances.
The position reports to the Programme Manager, and is based at the NDOH office in central Pretoria. The Database Manager is expected to travel approximately 50% of the time.
Applications from individuals working in government will not be considered.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Provide support to establishing and maintaining the processes and infrastructure for the national and provincial instances.
  • Ensuring that all instances are fully functioning/operational.
  • Oversee, curate, and facilitate flow of data from the sub-district level to the provincial and national levels, through regular communication with actors at each level of the health system
  • Provide technical and troubleshooting support to provincial staff on the management and use of the provincial instances.
  • Develop guidance and support materials to support sustained management and ownership of the provincial instances, as well as dissemination of, and adherence to, those guidance materials.
  • Consistently monitor data completeness and quality within the instances, and conduct follow-up and support activities where data is missing, incomplete, or highly irregular.
  • Support development of strategies to de-duplicate patient-level data at all levels of the data flow, and contribute to implementation of those strategies.
  • Conduct data-mining tasks on a regular basis to identify and rectify issues with the centralized data.
  • Other responsibilities as requested.

Education and experience:

  • Tertiary level degree in computer science, database administration, information systems, information technology, epidemiology, and/or public health information management.
  • Two years (preferably five years) demonstrated experience in managing the flow, aggregation, and collation of large data sets.
  • Demonstrated expertise with SQL Server.
  • Strong technical proficiency with MSOffice Suite.
  • Preferably experience working with public sector institutions in South Africa, preferably with the National Department of Health.
  • Experience working with health information databases and/or “big data”.
  • Preferably experience in providing epidemiological technical assistance in public health programs, preferably related to HIV and TB data.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Required skills and behaviours:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral English)
  • Attention to detail, strong commitment to excellence
  • Fast learner
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Results-oriented, able to multi-task and to work at a rapid pace
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self-directed, able to work independently, set priorities, and manage time effectively
  • Able to efficiently communicate and collaborate with physically dispersed managers and team members
  • Approachable, able to build and maintain effective relationships with the team, colleagues, NDOH, and external partners
  • Proactive, flexible, resourceful, resilient, able to resolve problems
  • Values diversity, able to work in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams
  • High ethical standards, integrity, honesty, openness and transparency

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