Data Manager

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # HSCDM/1120
Published 04/01/2021
Contract Type Contract
24 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The Human and Social Capabilities research programme within the HSRC employs a multi-disciplinary group of social scientists and public health specialists who conduct numerous empirical and policy-related studies each year, three-quarters of which are donor-funded.
The Human and Social Capabilities division conducts transdisciplinary, intersectional, policy and programme-relevant research to improve health, well-being and promote a socially just and cohesive society.

The Human and Social Capabilities unit seeks to appoint a qualified Data Manager to manage data for various National Surveys that will be conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council. The successful incumbent will be appointed on a 24 months contract and will be based in the HSRC Pretoria office.

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Lead and manage the development of data management system,
oBack-end programming (knowledge of database needed e.g. SQL, Visual Basic, Microsoft Access, CSPro, RedCap etc),
oProgram and optimize data collection tools (handheld devices – tablets cell-phones etc)
oSet-up and/or initiated linkages between complimentary databases (laboratory databases)
oDevelop data quality control and quality assurance SOPs
•Design, develop and implement visualization tools - graphic dashboards in line with selected indicators for real-time or near real-time data visualization using appropriate visualization tools and considering the in house hardware and software capabilities
oEnsure that selected variables from the various databases integrate or connect to the dashboard
oEnsure that the data automatically syncs and refreshes at the appropriate intervals to visualize the required indicators for display on the dashboards
•Day to day management of teams and of data processes in the field (including conducting quality control activities for the project).
•Liaise closely with the data management team responsible for the survey through the initial development, testing and finalization stages of the dashboard development
•Build capacity of the central data management team and field teams to maintain the dashboard after construction and share process flows
•Immediate reporting and resolving of any problems encountered in data management and related to the creation and maintenance of the dashboards
•Reporting lines: The developer/programmer will report to the HSRC appointed focal point person
•Minimum required qualification: Degree / diploma or equivalent qualification in IT, Computer Sciences or Business Intelligence and other related disciplines.

•A qualification or certification that includes MySQL and PHP will be an added advantage.
•Database design
•Essential: Proven experience in data visualization and in developing dashboards for real-time data visualization
•Desirable: Experience in developing dashboards for health related projects using electronic web-based applications for data collection
•Previous working experience managing data sets for national surveys.
•Proven previous experience in the planning and meeting of deadlines in the project.

•Good working knowledge of MySQL and PHP;
•Must have strong data management experience;
•Experience working on national surveys and supervising data teams;
•Able to recommend and implement new tools required for dashboards;
•Has the appropriate skills for building and maintaining dashboards;
•Experience in integrating or connecting databases to automatically sync and refresh data for dashboards;
•Good database programming skills;
•Good administrative skills including maintenance of adequate documentation and attention to detail;
•Good communication skills and ability to facilitate communication between various stakeholders; Demonstrated skills and proficiency in communication and writing of language (English);
•Ability to transfer knowledge and skills for optimum use and maintenance of dashboards;
•Statistical/bio-statistical - an added advantage.

Applications: In your application, please include a letter of motivation; your CV; and the names of three contactable referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details). Please indicate the position you are applying for. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.

Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com

Please note the following:

•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone
•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.
•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile
•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.
•Should you have any HR enquiries please send your query citing reference number to [email protected]
•Should you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to [email protected] Clearly indicate the reference number in the subject line.
•For further information, not applications please e-mail Dr. Natisha Dukhi: [email protected]

Details about the HSRC can be found at www.hsrc.ac.za

Only applications that comply with the listed above requirements will be considered.

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers and research and administrative staff who are black, female or disabled.

Closing date: 20 January 2021. We encourage applicants to submit prior to this date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their applications have been unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of the interview.


Job Closing Date 20/01/2021
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