Reports to: Head of the Division of Vector-Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases and to ASCEND country Lead
Responsible for: N/A
Accelerating the Su¬stainable Control and Elimination of NTDs (ASCEND) is a £200 million invest¬ment from the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID), to advance the impact and su¬stainability of national programmes tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
To be implemented between September 2019 to March 2022, ASCEND comprises of two lots – one focusing on South Asia, East¬ and Southern Africa (lot 1) and the other on West¬ and Central Africa (lot 2). ASCEND lot 1 is implemented by a consortium of technical partners led by Crown Agents, including Abt Associates, Oriole Global Health and the Royal Tropical Inst¬itute.
Central to ASCEND 1’s approach is a close collaboration with National Governments and other implementing partners, to enhance national approaches to NTD control and elimination. ASCEND’s goal is to contribute to the global goal of reducing the burden of targeted NTDs so that they are no longer a public health problem.
In Uganda, ASCEND will focus on four NTDS; Lymphatic Filariasis, Schistosomiasis,Trachoma and Visceral Leishmaniasis anchored on the following broad areas of intervention:
- Treatment and prevention of disability, including mass drug administration (MDA), diagnosis and treatment, surgeries, morbidity management.
- Increasing the integration of aspects of NTD programmes within the health systems.
- Strengthening national health systems, integrating efforts to strengthen the relevant building blocks of the health system.
- Data for targeting and monitoring, including impact assessment and alignment of NTDs with national and international MEL systems and processes.
- Cross-sectoral collaboration, in particular within the health and WASH/BCC sectors.
DFID has contracted Crown Agents together with its consortium partners to act as Fund Manager for ASCEND in Uganda. Therefore, Crown Agents will work with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to support the immediate procurement of services from Implementing Partners (IPs) that will further the above-stated objectives of ASCEND in the country.
Scope of work
The Data Manager will be seconded to the NTD – Division in the Ministry of Health and will ensure quality data collection, analysis, and reporting in Uganda under the ASCEND program. She/he will oversee the data management and reporting of program performance and results for country-led activities
The successful candidate should have robust data analysis expertise, excellent data management skills, strong attention to detail, and comfortable working with large amounts of data at the same time.
The Data Manager will be reporting to the head of the Division of Vector-Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases (DVB&NTD) who is also the National NTD Program Manager and to ASCEND Country Lead.
The Data Manager will be responsible for the following;
- Provide technical expertise to the district Biostatisticians, HMIS Focal persons and recording Assistants on NTD data management and reporting.
- Capacity building to other MOH personnel involved at various levels in NTD data collection, cleaning, analysis and reporting.
- Support the NTD programme in update and maintain the National Integrated NTD Database and ensure that the database information is complete
- Support MOH program to use the national data storage platform, such as the Integrated NTD Database, including using it to submit high quality data to WHO (including Joint Application Package [JAP], Trachoma Elimination Monitoring Form [TEMF], and elimination dossiers), etc.
- Support NTD program in ensuring quality and timely reporting and documentation of the NTD programme activities.
- Support the NTD division to perform supervision field visits to ensure the validation and verification of the data collected for accuracy in reporting
- Supporting the NTD programme in collecting and reporting epidemiological and process data towards control goals
- To support NTD program and districts incorporate the relevant data during development of appropriate work plans and reports, and using data to inform strategy and activities.
- To support linkage of NTD database with the DHIS2
- Prepare presentations on the use of information systems to collect, store, use and share data as well as the programmatic activities that generate and use these data.
- Support operational research endeavours, documentation and evidence to guide innovative approaches to NTD programme interventions in collaboration with external partners, including ASCEND;
Knowledge (Education & Related Experience):
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in statistics or Quantitative Economics, additional training in data management or Public health (biased on epidemiology/statistics) , is added advantage.
- A minimum of 6 years’ experience in NTD programme management or management of global health/environmental data.
- Experience in relational database and statistical softwares (MS Access, SPSS, STATA etc)
- Experience with digital health information susytems is essential (DHIS2).
- Working knowledge of NTD diseases and experience in NTD research are preferred.
- Demostrated knowledge of protection, prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation, and the field of safeguarding is an added advantage
Skills (Special Training or Competence):
- Ability to build strong working relationships to enable effective management of partnerships and work collaboratively as part of a global team.
- People management skills with a robust diplomatic understanding of culturally and ethnically sensitive issues.
- Excellent communication skills (verbal and written English)
- Willingness to travel and to conduct regular field visits.