UCSF Malaria Project Manager

The Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is an ‘action tank’ dedicated to translating new evidence into large-scale action to improve the lives of millions of people. The Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) was launched in 2007 to accelerate progress in countries and regions that are pursuing achievable and evidence-based elimination goals and paving the way to malaria eradication. In partnership with other forward-thinking researchers, implementers, and advocates, the MEI works across global, regional and national levels to conduct operational research on surveillance and response, develop new tools and approaches for aggressive elimination, document and disseminate country experience, determine the costs of and financing needs for achieving elimination, build consensus, and influence policy and financing to foster an enabling environment to shrink the malaria map.

The primary objective of the project manager is the successful development of an online risk mapping platform, including dashboards, both in Swaziland and in Zimbabwe.

Specific key responsibilities of the consultancy will include:

  • Support the requirements gathering, scoping and envisioning processes for the various systems and linkages that need to be developed in order to allow existing surveillance databases to automatically feed data into the mapping platform.
  • Oversee the hiring and supervision of local IT consultants to generate necessary linkages/edits to the in country and online databases.
  • Support the actual coding and development in order to meet deadlines; coordinate code reviews and appropriate source control methodologies; first-line system testing
  • Using an Agile methodology: coordinate the development process to ensure that each developer has a defined scope; that all components work together; that deliverables match the requirements and technical design
  • Coordinate with other developers involved in the project focused on development of mobile applications.
  • Organize and conduct field-testing at regular intervals to obtain user feedback (in collaboration with the malaria control programmes).
  • Communicate progress to stakeholders.
  • Coordinate end user testing and user acceptance, communicate feedback to development teams and incorporate feedback.
  • Coordinate version control and release management.
  • Any other duties assigned in line with the SOW of this consultancy.
  • Support documentation at various levels (data harmonization scripts, code, technical, progress etc.).

Required Qualifications:

  • A degree in computer science, information systems or software engineering with a focus on software development or equivalent degree with five years of experience – or at least ten years of demonstrable experience in software development
  • At least seven years of experience in developing information systems, ideally with a focus on health information systems, in popular languages such as JAVA, PHP or C#. Open-source languages are highly preferable.
  • At least five years of demonstrable experience in project management
  • Working experience with software development and maintenance tools like Spring, Hibernate, JQuery, Subversion, Liquibase, Git, Restful web services, Agile methodology, Maven, Jasper server, Android SDK
  • Must have lived at least two years in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Demonstrated proficiency developing and troubleshooting complex software systems that run in mixed-environments including Linux, Unix and/or Windows on desktop, server, tablet, and mobile systems
  • Demonstrable skills in enterprise application integration
  • Experience collaborating with national government agencies, funder and donor agencies, district and health facility staff

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics or a similar field, or significant work experience in these areas
  • Strong database background, including a strong understanding of SQL
  • Affiliation with popular open-source tools currently used in Sub-Sahara Africa, including OpenMRS and ODK

For more information about the position and how to apply, please review this attached PDF document: UCSF_Malaria_Project_Manager.pdf (124.6 KB)

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