Senior Database Officer

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Senior Database Officer

  • Post Date:December 4, 2021
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  • Career Level Officer
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 5-10 Years
  • Industry Health Care
Job Description

Location: Harare
Type of contract: Fixed Term Contract


Zimbabwe Health Interventions (ZHI) is a not-for-profit human development organisation which is registered as a Trust under the Zimbabwe Deeds Registries Act (Chapter 20:05). ZHI’s mission is to develop and deliver innovative and sustainable high impact integrated health interventions with local communities while working with and strengthening existing institutions.

Basic function

The Senior Database Officer is a member of the National Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) team and will be responsible for the administration and management of all ZHI management information systems for routine client level and aggregate data. This involves overseeing adherence to the reporting cycle, developing, and implementing data security and confidentiality policies, designing and developing database applications, developing and assisting in the analysis of data, providing technical documentation of data and quality assurance of data inputs and outputs, assisting with the presentation of data findings for projects, and providing technical support in the use of these data for program monitoring and operational research.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Play a leadership role in ensuring timely and accurate data management and reporting;
  • Administer and maintain ZHI databases for routine client level and aggregate data, data quality, and service quality assessments;
  • Design and develop database applications in response to ZHI`s data and information needs using MS Excel, Access, VB, and SQL; install developed applications, write application manuals, and train users;
  • Monitor and optimize database design, content, structure, and other management issues;
  • Ensure data backup and recovery policies of all databases are in place, manage database users and take appropriate measures to ensure the security of data;
  • Recommend hardware and software upgrades to the database server as needed;
  • Provide technical assistance to ZHI supported sites using the databases;
  • Coordinate data management issues (e.g deletion of records, query management, Internet reports) within the data users’ group;
  • Develop and ensure adherence to policies to ensure security and confidentiality of ZHI identifiable client health data;
  • Monitor staff compliance with confidentiality policies to assure that security standard are met;
  • Assure quality of data feeds and processing of downloads from field offices and into donor reports;
  • Develop standardized programming, data quality checks, and data documentation procedures relevant to the ZHI data systems;
  • Produce regular high-quality analysis products for the monitoring and evaluation areas assigned;
  • Archive research-related data and programs;
  • Mentor and lead teams in database systems usage, analyses, and reporting;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Ability to work with others and to develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, subcontractors, and recipients of assistance;
  • MS SQL Server Administration, District Health Information System (DHIS) Windows NT and Office Administration and Management, Relational database design and analysis, SQL, and MS Access / Excel programming skills;
  • Knowledge of Android application development is a distinct advantage;
  • Proficient in Java, with a good knowledge of its ecosystems;
  • Good working knowledge of Linux OS;
  • Skills for writing reusable Java libraries;
  • Familiarity with concepts of MVC, JDBC, and RESTful;
  • Good understanding of code versioning tools (such as but not limited to Git and CVS);
  • Knowledge of continuous system integrations;
  • Good knowledge of programming principles and languages;
  • Demonstrated ability to independently complete assigned tasks, train and facilitate learning and professional development among colleagues;
  • Familiarity with client / server or multi-platform application development;
  • Solid understanding of basic assumptions of clinical and public health industry practices for data acquisition and quality assurance;
  • Knowledge and experience in project-level or state / national-level monitoring and evaluation system implementation;
  • Communicate effectively with all levels of personnel on hardware and software needs;
  • Advanced knowledge of relational database concepts and skills utilized in creating and maintaining relational databases and linking them with GIS;
  • Ability to perform complex spatial analysis and present results in a clear and comprehensible way, either orally or as written reports;
  • Perform detail-oriented work with a high level of accuracy;
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to work as a team member;
  • Ability to plan and prioritize own work under tight deadlines, as well as to work on own initiative and as a member of a team;
  • Ability to travel a minimum of 25%.

Qualifications and experience

  • Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or its recognized equivalent with 5-7 years relevant experience;
  • Or Master’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or its recognized equivalent, with 3-5 years relevant experience;
  • Java 8 or above certified;
  • At least three years Java recognizable application development experience;
  • Demonstrated success in multicultural environments is an advantage.

To apply

  • Step 1: Apply online here
  • Step 2: Submit your CV and application letter via email to [email protected] clearly indicating the position you are applying for on the subject of the email.

During the application process, ZHI will not charge any fee nor will it require any payment for an application to be considered. ZHI is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical handicap or financial ability.

Deadline: 6 December 2021