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Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/13/TA112
Title: Database Administrator and Manager
Grade: NO-B
Contract type: Temporary appointment
Duration of contract:  One (01) year
Date: 24 October 2013
Application Deadline: 7 November 2013 Selection in Progress
Duty Station:  Brazzaville, Congo
Organization unit: AFRO Africa Regional Office (AF/RGO) /
AF/DPC Disease Prevention and Control (AF/DPC)
The Disease Surveillance and Response (DSR) Programme Area supports Member States of the African Region to establish and implement functional integrated early warning, preparedness and response systems that result in improved capacity for prediction, early detection and rapid and effective response to public health threats as stipulated by the International Health Regulations (2005). This is largely achieved through systematic collection, compilation, analysis and interpretation of data/information on priority public health threats for evidence-based decision making.
The main objective is to enhance integrated data management and to support situation analysis, programme review, surveillance and operations research. Some specific objectives are:
-Strengthen collection, timeliness and completeness of data and reports from countries on epidemic and pandemic prone diseases,
-Enhance use of country and other data to generate insightful reports and analyses on DSR programmes,
-Strengthen country capacities to capture and analyse data on epidemic and pandemic diseases and use for EPR programme decision making, including programme reviews and action plans
-Strengthen the development and maintenance of Information Systems, in collaboration with relevant ICT specialists.
-Support the preparation and publication of information products in close collaboration with the SHOC ROOM manager.
Description of duties:
Under the overall supervision of the Director Disease Prevention and Control (DPC) Cluster, and direct technical supervision of EPR Regional Advisor and DSR Programme Area Coordinator, the incumbent is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, the following duties:

a.Regularly conduct rapid assessment of the existing forms, tools and information products used to support preparedness and response to cholera and other public health events in the region;
b.Harmonize and update the relevant forms and tools to facilitate data collection, entry, analysis and information generation taking into account the innovative measures in prevention and control of threats arising from epidemic and pandemic diseases;
c.Receive and validate data from the countries and give regular feedback aiming at improving data quality;
d.Maintain updated regional database and ensure that the data is integrated into the DPC cluster real-time strategic information system;
e.Develop a generic statistical data analysis plan and templates for automated generation of customized reports;
f.Prepare automated weekly, monthly and quarterly bulletins on cholera and other public health events and annual reports in collaboration with the epidemiologists in the DSR team;
g.Collaborate with other data managers in DPC cluster to develop and implement data management policies, procedures and practices to improve, maintain and ensure data integrity in accordance with the Organization's standards and controls;
h.Provide technical advice for the design and implementation of cholera research activities;
i.Perform other related duties, as assigned.
A master's degree in informatics, health statistics, applied mathematics, or in a related field.
Programming skills (VBA, Python, Java, C# etc.) and database development and management skills.
Ability to analyze complex matters, exercise sound judgment and decision making
Experience with systems development lifecycle approaches and with the computing environments used by WHO/AFRO (e.g. Windows Server, PL/SQL Java/JSP web development tools and SQL server)
Oral and written communication skills, including ability to write clear and concise reports and proposals.
Broad knowledge and understanding of theoretical and practical statistical techniques, knowledge of research methods and techniques.
At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in computer science and preferably in systems development and maintenance in a team-working environment. At least 2 years with WHO or any other UN agency in the relevant field. A relevant experience in GIS (geographic information system) technology and tools will be an asset.
Excellent knowledge of English and or French with a good working knowkedge of the other. Knowledge of Portuguese would be an asset
Annual salary: (Net of tax)
at single rate

This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level.

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