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The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a leading Africa-based, African-led, international research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. APHRC conducts policy-relevant research on population, health, education, urbanization and related development issues in sub-Saharan Africa.
APHRC seeks to recruit a Data Scientist for the INSPIRE Platform for Evaluation and Analysis of COVID-19 Harmonized (PEACH) data project.
The PEACH data project is hosted within the Implementation Network for Sharing Population Information from Research Entities (INSPIRE) (http://aphrc.org/inspire/).
INSPIRE is building a generic model for health data from longitudinal population studies (LPS) using OMOP (Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership) database. The INSPIRE PEACH proposes to develop the key elements of a coordinated Pan-African COVID-19 data ecosystem. We will build a robust suite of data standards and technologies and diverse data integration methodologies, using the power of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science for analysis and oversight through a trusted governance and policy environment.
On the job training will be provided by personnel within the INSPIRE, both within the employing institution and from other institutions that are affiliated with INSPIRE. The role holder will attend meetings and workshops held by the designated studies they are working on. There may be opportunities for further studies in Data Science commissioned by the Network as resources may allow.
The post holder will report to the Project Lead or Project Members within the INSPIRE in their institution, that is, the APHRC in Kenya. S/he will work very closely, and on a day-to-day basis with their counterpart(s) based at Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU) in Malawi (https://meiru.lshtm.ac.uk/).S/he will have routine interactions with other INSPIRE partners affiliated with the African NCD Longitudinal Data Alliance (ANDLA), the Analyzing Longitudinal Population-based HIV/AIDS data on Africa (ALPHA) network based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in the United Kingdom, South African Population Research Infrastructure Network (SAPRIN) in South Africa, and Committee on Data of the International Science Council (CODATA) in France.
The Data Scientist will be primarily responsible for finding and tracking data that is relevant to COVID-19 from different sources within Kenya and Malawi. When data are found, the post holder will then extract, transform and load (ETL) the data and associated metadata to data specifications defined by INSPIRE Network. The organized data will be prepared for transfer to the INSPIRE common data model. S/he, in collaboration with other personnel in the INSPIRE network, will work on the preparation of the agreed data specifications needed for COVID-19 data and meta data.
The Data Scientist, in collaboration with the Project Leaders (in Kenya) and Co-Leaders (in Malawi) will prepare their search programs to find COVID-19 data using both traditional paper-based data search methods, and by developing programs for electronic search. The expectation is for the team of Data Scientists (based in both Kenya and Malawi) to develop AI data search programs within the first six months of their employment.
The Data Scientist will:
Qualifications, Skills, and Experience
The ideal candidate would have worked with health data (preferably longitudinal health data), has experience with health and demographic surveillance systems (HDSS) and is familiar with the data procedures from INDEPTH network (http://www.indepth- network.org/).
The appointment will be for a two –year period renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding; the expected start date is preferably no later than April 01, 2021. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply through our recruitment portal https://aphrc.org/vacancies/ by March 08, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted; shortlisted candidates will be required to have a Police Clearance Certificate. Cover letters should be addressed to:
The Human Resources Officer
African Population and Health Research Center, Inc
APHRC Campus, Manga Close, off Kirawa Road, Kitisuru
PO. Box 10787-GPO, Nairobi
APHRC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the protection of vulnerable persons
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