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Database Officer Programme Management Job in Nairobi Kenya

AMREF is the largest international health development nongovernmental organization based in Africa.
Working with and through African com
munities, health systems and governments, AMREF aims to close the gap that prevents people from accessing their basic right to health.

Headquartered in Kenya, AMREF has programmes in Ethiopia, Uganda, Southern Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa. Employing over 800 staff and with an annual operating budget of approximately $70 million, AMREF is a knowledge resource for donors and partners.

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We are seeking to fill the position of
 Database Officer, Programme Management.

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Job purpose

Reporting to the Head of Programme Management Unit (PMU) at AMREF Headquarters, the Database Officer (DBO) will be responsible for the design, development, maintenance, performance, integrity and security of programme-related databases and for integrating these databases into an integrated AMREF programme database manage
ment system (AP-DBMS) to support AMREF’s achievement of health results.

The DBO will also be responsible for assessing users’ requirements, ensuring that the AP-DBMS meets AMREF users’ needs, and working with AMREF’s Information Technology (IT) unit for support on the AP-DBMS.

Specific Roles

  • Map out the conceptual design for planned databases and the overall AP-DBMS;
  • Translate AMREF’s programme management system into a logically designed data model and AP-DBMS outline;
  • Establish various databases based on user needs, monitoring user access and security and linking each new database to the overall AP-DBMS;
  • Monitor performance and managing parameters to provide fast query responses to front-end users;
  • Work with AMREF IT Unit on physical specifications to support the AP-DBMS; to develop, manage and test back-up and recovery plans for the AP-DBMS; and to ensure database integrity and security;
  • Work closely with the IT unit and PMU staff in designing and populating databases to improve knowledge and programme management;
  • Maintain data standards, including refinement of and adherence to the AMREF Data Protection Knowledge Management Policy;
  • Develop database documentation, including data standards, procedures and definitions for the data dictionary, and ensuring compliance with AMREF IT policies;
  • Manage new and existing AMREF programme databases to ensure they are up-to-date and relevant to the organization’s needs;
  • Train AMREF staff on use of the AP-DBMS;
  • Plan, commission and install new applications and customise existing applications in order to make them fit for purpose;

Education, Training and Experience
  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Database Management, Information Technology, Computer Science. Additional qualifications in project management, results-based management and/or public health are highly desirable.
  • Formal training in Database Management Systems (DBMS) administration and maintenance, database design, analysis, and management;
  • Minimum 3-years formal work experience as a database designer, information systems analyst, database developer, and/or database administrator, preferably in the health and NGO sectors.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in at least three of the following areas of work, which must be specifically highlighted in the cover letter and CV:
  1. Development and maintenance of Management Information Systems;
  2. principles of data organization and project management;
  3. advanced database design concepts;
  4. database integration and hosting on intranet and/or internet platforms;
  5. fundamentals of layout and design, and user interfaces for both on-line access and report generation;
  6. programme use of database technologies, including coding structures and reports;
  • Data assessment and requirements development.
The ideal candidate will also have knowledge and experience in the following:
  1. use of data mining and analysis tools;
  2. database applications in public health and development;
  3. use of databases to support health programme implementation;
  4. advanced problem solving skills in information technology, applied to public health and programme management.
This is a challenging opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional. 

If you would like to join this dynamic team and help bring better health for Africa, please quote the position and reference number (CHR/11/11-19) on the AMREF HRM Enterprise.

Deadline is Monday, 16th December, 2011.

We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

AMREF is an equal opportunity employer and has a non-smoking environment policy.

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