The Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU) operates in Karonga District, and Lilongwe City. The research programme is conducted in partnership with the Malawi College of Medicine, Malawi Ministry of Health, and International partners. The programme is developing capacity in non-communicable disease research (including mental health), health informatics, epidemiology, and other areas. Research is done in partnerships and in highly conducive academic environments.
MEIRU seeks to recruit a Data Tracker for the INSPIRE Platform for Evaluation and Analysis of COVID-19 Harmonized (PEACH) data project.
The INSPIRE PEACH project is hosted within the Implementation Network for Sharing Population Information from Research Entities (INSPIRE) (http://aphrc.org/inspire/). INSPIRE is building a generic model for health data from disparate sources among them longitudinal population studies (LPS) and healthcare information systems using OMOP (Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership) database. The INSPIRE PEACH project is COVID-19 focused and proposes to leverage INSPIRE infrastructure to develop the key elements of a coordinated Pan-African COVID-19 data ecosystem. It seeks to build a robust suite of data standards and technologies and diverse data integration methodologies, using the power of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science for analysis and oversight through a trusted governance and policy environment.
On the job training will be provided by personnel within the INSPIRE, both within the employing institution and from other institutions that are affiliated with INSPIRE. The role holder will attend meetings and workshops held by the designated studies they are working on. There may be opportunities for further studies in Data Science commissioned by the Network as resources may allow.
The post holder will report to the Project Lead or Project Members within the INSPIRE in MEIRU. S/he will work very closely with their colleague(s) based at the Malawi Polytechnic and the African Population Health Research Centre (APHRC) in Nairobi Kenya. S/he will have routine interactions with other INSPIRE partners affiliated with the Analysing Longitudinal Population-based HIV/AIDS data on Africa (ALPHA) network based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in the United Kingdom, South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN) in South Africa, and Committee on Data of the International Science Council (CODATA) in France.
The Data Tracker will be primarily responsible for identifying and inventorying the data that are relevant to COVID-19 within Malawi. When data are found, the post holder will then extract, transform and load (ETL) the data and associated metadata to data specifications defined by INSPIRE Network. The organized data will be prepared for transfer to the INSPIRE common data model. S/he, in collaboration with other personnel in the INSPIRE network, will work on the preparation of the agreed data specifications needed for COVID-19 data and metadata.
The Data Tracker, in collaboration with the Project Leaders (in Malawi) and Co-Leaders (in Kenya) will prepare their search programs to find COVID-19 data using both traditional paper-based data search methods, and by developing programs for electronic search. The expectation is for the team of Data Scientists (based in both Kenya and Malawi) to develop AI data search programs within the first six months of their employment.
SALARY AND CONDITIONS OF APPOINTMENT
Salary will be on Grade B or C of our scale. Salary point will depend on qualifications and experience. Post is subject to the MEIRU terms and conditions of service.
HOW TO APPLY
For further particulars including job description and minimum requirements: http://www.meiru.info/vacancies/
If you would like to discuss the post further, please email: [email protected]
Please submit letter of application and CV (with contact details of at least 2 professional referees) to: [email protected]mw
Closing date for applications: 12th of May 2021.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.
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