Bioversity International Data Systems Management Specialist - Jobs in Uganda

Bioversity International Data Systems Management Specialist - Jobs in Uganda

On behalf of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Bioversity International is now seeking for a qualified candidate to serve as a Data Systems Management Specialist.
Bioversity International and ILRI are CGIAR Research Centres.

Based in Kampala, Uganda, and under the supervision of the Coordinator of the ‘BuildUganda’ Program, the Data Systems Management Specialist will design and support data systems for managing and utilising research data for ILRI projects. He or she will work closely with the Animal Health Program funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


  • Design, implement and maintain integrated data management systems for the Animal Health Program
  • Support and contribute to the development and maintenance of ILRI’s data portal and associated data management processes (e.g. metadata standards, accessibility, confidentiality, data ownership & sharing)
  • Establish and maintain links and processes between systems and teams utilising the data
  • Write programs and pieces of software to extract and produce routine summaries of data
  • Develop field survey instruments (e.g. handheld Personal Digital Assistants, mobile phones, tablets and/or netbooks) and coordinate training of staff on their use
  • Implement and monitor Quality Assurance (QA) protocols and routines, including safe and remote back-up of database systems and tools
  • Support the work of technical staff with data management and analysis
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest tools and resources, including open-source software, for the collection, management, storage and sharing of information


  • Master’s Degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Computer Science, Information Systems)
  • At least five years of relevant experience with the development and use of integrated database systems preferably for research projects,
    including large-scale socioeconomic and/or biological surveys
  • Experience with database design, database management and computer programming, and with the application of quality assurance standards and procedures
  • Structured Query Language (SQL) knowledge
  • MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle or MS SQL Server databases knowledge
  • Professional experience with open-source data collection tools (e.g. ODK or CSPro)
  • Significant professional experience developing software solutions using one of the following programming languages: Python, Java or PHP
  • Excellent computer skills in Microsoft packages
  • Ability to think logically and implement solutions to problems
  • Strong English language skills, both written and spoken
  • Proven interpersonal-, and cross-cultural skills, including ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and to develop strong and effective working relationships with partners
  • Good judgment and willingness to take initiative
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Willingness to travel both regionally and internationally
  • Experience working in an international organisation and/or in applied agricultural research
  • Experience using Linux operative system
  • Knowledge of C++ programming language and Qt framework
  • Experience in the development of web-based database systems

    How to Apply

    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 27th September, 2018

    For more information and job application details, see; Bioversity International Data Systems Management Specialist - Jobs in Uganda

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