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Organization: CTS Global
Country: Egypt
Closing date: 22 Aug 2018

Domestic Administrative Support

Period of Performance: 09/21/2018 – 09/20/2019

Number of Option Years: None

Place of Performance: Egypt

Service Objective:

Assist the MoHP or other partners in their design, development, update and implementation of data collection tools; data management, analysis, and reporting; and assisting the host country in updates and maintenance of electronic (digital) systems, in support of public health infectious disease surveillance and research in Egypt and other countries identified in CoAGs for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region where U.S. CDC projects are conducted. The information Technologist and Database Management position requires good communication skills and the ability to work both independently with interdisciplinary colleagues at different levels of an organization.

C.1 Task Requirement

C.1.1 Advise epidemiologists, laboratory scientist, and other technical staff to update, develop, and maintain the public health infectious disease surveillance and/or research database systems of the MoHP. Duties include:

a. Recommend utilization of software programs such as Microsoft Access, Visual C, Visual Basic C,

and other data packages in the performance of daily activities.

b. Recommend Open Net Visual Basic and .NET and QM interfaces to be used on digital data collection

tools (e.g., PDAs & Smartphone and Tablets Machines, etc.) in English and Arabic.

c. Advise on the creation of new features and data modules to surveillance and research questionnaire applications on the digital data collection tools (e.g., smart devices).

d. Aid in the training, deployment, and troubleshooting for the use of the digital data collection tools in the public health surveillance and research sites.

e. Make recommendations on the improvement and management of the flow of data from public health surveillance and research sites using SQL and MS Access application systems and tools.

f. Report monthly activities; this report should include who, what, where, when, issues identified, recommendations, and further actions.

C.1.2 Consult with IT personnel from MoHP and other organizations identified in related CoAGs identified in C.1. to assist in the management and processing of database systems being transferred from public health surveillance and research study sites and assist in database validation/completion identified in relation to CoAgs identified herein. Activities include:

a. Oversee the written database validation criteria to reduce the level of error within datasets.

b. Provide recommendations on and review final database security, backup, and recovery plan.

c. Provide troubleshooting for evolving problems involving the input, retrieval or modification of database information, and the general operation and maintenance of data systems;

d. Provide training, assistance, and guidance to partners who use the database systems in administrative and technical areas including data transfer processes, analytics, data entry practices, data manipulation, and troubleshooting.

e. Consult with IT personnel from Ministries of Health and other organizations identified in related CoAGs herein in the resolution of problems, recommendations of database modifications, and system upgrades or enhancements.

f. Assist investigators with de-identified data on statistical analysis of large, complex databases using programming-based software environments such as Epi-Info, SPSS, STATA, MS Access, SAS, and R to develop and process reports used to determine public health surveillance and research study results.

g. Recommend the design of tables, forms, queries and macros for new database projects.

h. Report monthly activities; this report should include who, what, where, when, issues identified, recommendations, and further actions.

C.1.3 Assist in the preparation of reports, grants, and manuscripts, including summarizing data in various formats (tables, graphics, posters, abstracts, oral and written reports and presentations).

C. 1.4 Update monitoring and evaluating activities quarterly according to the CDC DGHP M&E Excel spreadsheet.

C.1.5 Troubleshoot problems involving the input and Interface with IT personnel at MoHP, and other partners associated with CoAgs identified in C.1. in the resolution of problems: Provide a quarterly report on conduct of this task. Quarterly report should at a minimum address who the interaction was with, what was discussed, date, why/issues, and recommendations for further actions.

C.2 Task Deliverables: Are required and will be detailed later

C.3 Minimum Qualifications and/or Certifications:

Minimum of 15 years of experience working in public health surveillance projects and computer science or information technology in collaboration with U.S. CDC Egypt office and Egyptian or international partners

• Minimum of 10 years of experience in developing databases, programming PDA’s, and data analysis

• Minimum of 5 years of experience in designing Visual Basic and .NET and QM interfaces or equivalent to be used on digital data collection tools (e.g., PDAs, Smartphones, and Tablet Machines)

Minimum of 10 years of experience in effectively using data analysis programs such as Epi info, SPSS, SAS, R, or other advanced data analysis programs;

Minimum of 15 years of experience in providing technical support to strengthen the data management and improve data quality and providing advice/support to principle investigators for harmonized data management system (in terms of content, frequency, and data exchange format) in Arabic countries for ministries of health, CDC, and other partners;

• Fluency in oral and written English and Arabic;

C.4 Travel Amount

• 52 site visit trips to Cairo or other Egyptian Governates

• 2 trips to the continents of North America, Africa or Europe to meet with CDC staff for an estimated 7

• 2 trips to US or Europe to meet with CDC HQ

• 4 trips to EMRO and/or N. Africa


How to apply:

Please responded with the position title in the subject and with an update CV to tanisha.harris@massgenics.com