Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Search Data Officer

Program Description: Research Care and Training Program (RCTP) is collaboration between the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and University of Washington (UW).

RCTP leads the Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) program, a comprehensive HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment program working in 100 clinics in Nyanza Province, Kenya.

RCTP is seeking motivated, proactive individuals to fill the following positions in the Sustainable East African Research on Community Health (SEARCH) Study.

SEARCH is a five-year cluster randomized trial to test whether universal ART can improve health, Educational, and economic outcomes.

We are going to be conducting a household census in 12 communities and annual multi-disease diagnostic health campaigns.

We will also be supporting ART delivery through FACES clinics.

Job Title: SEARCH Data Officer (1 Position)
Reports to: SEARCH Data Coordinator
Duty Station: Suba / Rongo
Duration: Annual Renewable Contract
Vacancy Number: FN-051-07-2013

Job Summary: Supervision of Data collection and Entry based on the SEARCH study protocol at health facilities in 12 study communities in Suba and Rongo, Kenya

Duties and responsibilities include:
In charge of the tablets used by Research Assistants during the CHCs and at clinics
Assist in backing up and uploading CHCs databases on a daily basis.
Conduct mentorship on the job trainings to healthcare workers on HMIS tools.
Supervise data entry in to the Kenya EMR system in the health facilities within SEARCH communities
Carry out routine data quality audits and control.
Ensure there adequate supply of data collection and collation tools at CHC and Health facilities.
Provide weekly feedback on the data entry progress at CHC and health facilities.
Must maintain confidentiality of the patients’ information at all times.
Work closely with the DHMTs, facility in-charges and other MOH staff to ensure provision of quality HIV services and increasing MOH ownership and capacity.
Attend study field meetings and report on progress of work.
Perform any other duty that will be assigned by the supervisors.
Keep inventory of research assistants’ performance and activities.
Liaise with the county administration especially the chief and his/her assistant to collect data of deaths in the communities.

Key Requirements:
Education and Work Experience
Diploma in Health Records, Statistics, Information Technology or related discipline from a recognized institution.
Interest in working in an innovative and demanding environment with extensive travel to health facilities in Suba, Mbita and Rongo Districts
Experience in OpenMRS and/or Kenya EMR systems is an added advantage.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Strong knowledge of Ms Excel and basic statistics is required; demonstrated skill in statistical analysis, SPSS, Ms Access and other databases formats strongly desired
Must have good interpersonal skills, flexible and a team player.
Knowledge of Health Management Information Systems is desired
Able to monitor, gather and evaluate information of broad scope and complexity

Applications must include the following:
A cover letter stating current work (if applicable), current salary and date available to start work on the project
A current CV with names and telephone contacts for at least 2 referees
Copies of academic and professional certificates and copy of the latest pay slip
At least two recommendation letters, preferably from previous employers

All applications must be sent electronically to the email address below followed by hard copies which should be delivered or posted so as to reach the following address by 12th July 2013:

Human Resources Manager
P. O Box 614-40100

Note: Please write the Position and Vacancy Number indicated in the advert on the envelope and in the subject Line for electronic applications.