Data Systems Management Specialist – ILRI NGO Jobs – Bioversity International

Organization: Bioversity
Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda
About US:
International is a global research-for-development organization. We have a vision
– that agricultural biodiversity nourishes people and sustains the planet. We
deliver scientific evidence, management practices and policy options to use and
safeguard agricultural and tree biodiversity to attain sustainable global food
and nutrition security. We work with partners in low-income countries in
different regions where agricultural and tree biodiversity can contribute to
improved nutrition, resilience, productivity and climate change adaptation.
Job Summary:  The Data Systems Management Specialist will
design and support data systems for managing and utilising research data for
ILRI projects. He or she will work closely with the Animal Health Program
funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
More specifically,
the Data Systems Management Specialist will:
  • Design, implement and maintain integrated data management systems
    for the Animal Health Program
  • Support and contribute to the development and maintenance of ILRI’s
    data portal and associated data management processes (e.g. metadata
    standards, accessibility, confidentiality, data ownership & sharing)
  • Establish and maintain links and processes between systems and teams
    utilising the data
  • Write programs and pieces of software to extract and produce routine
    summaries of data
  • Develop field survey instruments (e.g. handheld Personal Digital
    Assistants, mobile phones, tablets and/or netbooks) and coordinate
    training of staff on their use
  • Implement and monitor Quality Assurance (QA) protocols and routines,
    including safe and remote back-up of database systems and tools
  • Support the work of technical staff with data management and
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest tools and resources, including
    open-source software, for the collection, management, storage and sharing
    of information

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold a Master’s Degree in a relevant
    subject (e.g. Computer Science, Information Systems)
  • At least five years of relevant experience with the development and
    use of integrated database systems preferably for research projects,
    including large-scale socioeconomic and/or biological surveys
  • Experience with database design, database management and computer
    programming, and with the application of quality assurance standards and
  • Structured Query Language (SQL) knowledge
  • MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle or MS SQL Server databases knowledge
  • Professional experience with open-source data collection tools (e.g.
    ODK or CSPro)
  • Significant professional experience developing software solutions
    using one of the following programming languages: Python, Java or PHP
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft packages
  • Ability to think logically and implement solutions to problems
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken
  • Proven interpersonal-, and cross-cultural skills, including ability
    to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and to develop
    strong and effective working relationships with partners
  • Good judgment and willingness to take initiative
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Willingness to travel both regionally and internationally

  • Experience working in an international organisation and/or in
    applied agricultural research
  • Experience using Linux operative system
  • Knowledge of C++ programming language and Qt framework
  • Experience in the development of web-based database systems
How to Apply:
All candidates who
wish to join us should apply online throught the Bioversity International Job
Opportunities web page at the link below. Please note that in the application
you are required to provide the contact details (address, telephone number and
e-mail address) of at least three referees, whom we will contact for
short-listed applicants.
Deadline: 27th September 2019
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