International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Posted Job
about 2 years ago

Data Management Assistant – Southern Africa Hub

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) is a non-profit institution that generates agricultural innovations to meet Africa’s most pressing challenges of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and natural resource degradation. Working with various partners across sub-Saharan Africa, we improve livelihoods, enhance food and nutrition security, increase employment, and preserve natural resource integrity. IITA is a member of CGIAR, a global agriculture research partnership for a food secure future. IITA is seeking to employ the services of fully qualified and experienced Zambian nationals to fill up the following vacancy:

Data Management Assistant- Southern Africa Hub

  • Under the direct supervision of the Institutional Data Manager, the Data Management Assistant- Southern Africa Hub will help to collect, capture and verify data and information from Scientists and Data Managers at the Stations in relation to IITA’s operations in the region.

Major Duties and responsibilities:

  • Receive data from Scientists and Data Managers at the Station
  • Capture data from hard to soft copy
  • Data curation in conformity with the domain specification
  • Data verification with proper annotation
  • Updating CGCore metadata capture sheet
  • Capture ontology, metadata and data dictionary appropriately
  • Liaise with IITA Big Data Platform team leader to put data into a format that is acceptable in CKAN
  • Preliminary analysis using descriptive statistics
  • Use data analysis results to support science and development teams in improving data collection
  • Transmission of curated datasets and metadata to the CKAN officer for final verification and quality check before upload into CKAN
  • Perform all other related duties that may be assigned from time to time by the supervisor

Qualification and Experience

  • Full grade 12 school certificate
  • Bachelor’s degree in agricultural field, numerate, engineering, social science or related field in management
  • Approximately two (2) or more years of professional experience in similar role
  • Core Competencies
  • Advanced Microsoft excel skill
  • Good knowledge of the use of computers, database management software, Internet based tools and other electronic communication tools.
  • Good spelling, grammar, and punctuation skills
  • Creation of computerized data entry template using software
  • Organization, Typing, Data Entry Skills, Attention to Detail, Thoroughness, Decision Making, Independence, Analysing Information, Results Driven, Energy Level
  • Fluency in English and excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Great interpersonal skills.

Employment Type:

  • The position is for a fixed term of 1 year. Renewal is dependent on performance and availability of funds

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send their detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter in MS Word format as one document stating in the subject line clearly the position being applied for by email to IITA- Kindly note that you MUST attach scanned copies of your educational and professional qualifications:

Application deadline
19 Sep
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