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Data Operations Manager, Uganda

Data Operations Manager, Uganda

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Regular Full-Time
Hutchinson Centre Research Institute of Uganda
Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

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Global Oncology, a cross-divisional program overseen by the Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has a mission to reduce the global burden of cancers, especially in low and middle-income countries, through the advancement of research and the development of new low-cost prevention and treatment strategies. A cornerstone of the program is a decade-long alliance with the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) that advances research, capacity building, and cancer care. Fred Hutch operates in Uganda as the Hutchinson Centre Research Institute of Uganda, or HCRI-Ug.


The HCRI-Ug Data Operations Manager oversees and directs the collection, entry and management of data for all studies conducted in Uganda. This includes the development and implementation of data operations policies and procedures, the maintenance of data integrity, development and maintenance of database solutions, and management and training for the data team in Uganda. The Data Operations Manager has responsibility for the timely production of high-quality data from all studies conducted in Kampala.


Management of Data Unit:

  • Hire data entry and management staff, conduct regular performance evaluations, handle disciplinary actions, terminations and layoff issues, as necessary. Direct management of HCRI-Uganda Data Managers.
  • Train data entry and management staff in all areas of data collection, processing, storage and quality management.
  • Organize and direct the staffing and workflow of the HCRI-Uganda data team in order to ensure that data entry and management is occurring in real-time during study conduct.
  • Prioritize, assign and monitor data operations activities, ensuring that research needs and timelines are met.
  • Develop and provide data management staffing and non-personnel costs for budgets for studies under development.
  • Write, update and oversee the production and distribution of data operations SOPs and guidelines; ensure training on the data documents is conducted.
  • Review and provide feedback on study Data Management Plans.
  • Assist in the development of study protocols, as it relates to data operations, updating and revising the protocols, as necessary.
  • Serve as a liaison with HCRI-Uganda and Fred Hutch scientists and staff and outside organizations, as needed, on data operations issues. Conduct regular meetings of Data team.


Oversight of Data Collection, Entry and Management:

  • Create data cleaning tools and programs, and train and supervise on-site staff in the development and implementation of data cleaning procedures.
  • Develop and implement data management, collection, processing, storage, and quality control/assurance procedures.
  • Program and manage database QC issues, detecting and facilitating resolution of discrepancies, and working with on-site staff to minimize QCs. Coordinate and oversee the investigation and resolution of data discrepancies.
  • Perform quality assurance audits of data operations activities, and coordinate quality assurance evaluations from outside organizations or funding sources.
  • Align data management practices with international standards for conducting clinical research. Identify training opportunities to ensure these standards are met by data staff.
  • Review all data requests from program investigators, track requests internally, assign data management responsibilities to team, and oversee or create exports and analytic files for analyses.
  • Assist investigators with the creation of case report forms (CRFs), data management plans, coordination of database development and data staffing.


Database Development and IT:

  • Coordinate and oversee the development and modification of data entry screens. Work with data and I.T. staff in testing databases and in resolving data entry problems.
  • Forecast long-range data management and collection support requirements and develop plans, as needed, to meet requirements.
  • Coordinate with IT colleagues in Kampala and Seattle to ensure software and hardware needs, data back-ups, and IT SOPs relating to data management and security.


Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in related field.
  • Five or more years of experience in data management, preferably in health research.
  • Two years of supervisory and training experience.
  • Strong proficiency with statistical software used for data cleaning and creation of datasets, such as SAS or Stata.
  • High level of competency in Microsoft Access and Excel, including writing and executing queries, and managing complex databases.
  • Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; experience developing data management documents.
  • High level of attention to detail, organizational skills and commitment to accuracy.
  • Flexibility with ever-shifting priorities, work schedule and the technological challenges faced by working in low-resource settings.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in a related field.
  • Three to five years’ supervisory experience of data operations team.
  • Experience and proficiency with DataFax, particularly setting up studies and managing study data.
  • Familiarity with REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture).
  • Familiarity with specimen and lab assay data; experience working with a Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).
  • Strong project management skills, particularly relating to new data management solution platforms.
  • Certified Clinical Data Manager through SCDM.
  • Global health experience, particularly oversight and management of health research data collected internationally.
  • Sense of humor.

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