University of Washington Department of Global Health

Data Quality Officer

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. UW’s people are the most important asset in their pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. The staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The Department of Global Health was established in 2007, bridging the schools of Medicine and Public Health, with a mandate to harness the expertise and interdisciplinary power of all UW schools and colleges. Its mission is to improve health for all through research, education, training, and service; to understand and address the causes of disease and health inequities at multiple levels; and to collaborate with partners to develop and sustain locally-led, quality health systems, programs and policies. Driven by tremendous interest among both students and faculty, the Department has grown explosively to more than 400 graduate students and hundreds more undergraduates. It has more than 380 faculty and 1,000 staff working on projects across 130 countries with the deepest ties in United States, Kenya, Uganda, Peru, Mozambique, India, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua. At the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. The Department values and honors diverse experiences and perspectives, strives to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promotes access, opportunity and equity for all.


This position will sit in the Global Center for the Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh) that is based in the University of Washington Departments of Global Health, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Pediatrics. Global WACh’s mission is to make scientific discoveries, cultivate leaders, and bridge disciplines to advance the tightly connected health and well-being of women, adolescents and children. Global WACh brings together expertise in maternal health from the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology, neonatal and child health expertise from the Department of Pediatrics, and vast experience working in infectious disease, health metrics and evaluation, education, clinical research, and service delivery within the Department of Global Health.

The Global WACh Gut Health and Child Survival group has an outstanding opportunity for a 1.0 FTE Data Quality Officer to work on the Childhood Acute Illness and Nutrition Network (CHAIN). CHAIN works globally to understand the causes of adverse outcomes during childhood illness. Results from this research will help stratify risks and identify modifiable risk factors that may be targeted for interventions to effectively manage these children. The project’s primary coordination center is in Nairobi, Kenya, with a secondary coordination center in Seattle. The Data Quality Officer will be based in Seattle, but will travel to Nairobi and other CHAIN sites.


Data Quality Leadership

  • Communicate effectively with the CHAIN data team in Nairobi and site-based Data Managers to ensure relevant queries are addressed in order to ensure consistent data cleaning in line with best practice
  • Support site-based Data Managers remotely as needed to address data queries and resolve any inconsistencies
  • Track and document recurring issues in data collection or cleaning; advise on updates to data collection tools, Standard Operating Procedures and training materials to prevent recurrence of documented issues
  • Present progress updates in weekly data team meetings and provide written summaries as needed

Data quality monitoring and report preparation

  • Design and implement data quality control measures, including overseeing monthly reporting for site deliverables
  • Assist in the development of data quality assurance procedures for CHAIN data collection activities, including drafting code variable creation, data queries and analysis
  • Work directly with study sites to implement data quality control measures, including regular phone calls with site teams (may be outside of normal work hours due to time differences)
  • Conduct site visits to work with teams on data entry and data query processes
  • Monitor incoming study data; run quality assurance code and generate queries in a timely and consistent manner to meet project timelines
  • Review query responses and error resolution forms submitted by site Data Managers; write and run cleaning code when queries are resolved; maintain audit trail for data cleaning
  • Work directly with data teams at each study site to improve data quality, including developing
  • Work with the CHAIN team to ensure strict adherence to the respective trial site protocols, standard operating procedures, and case reporting forms to ensure collection of high quality and accurate data
  • Maintain a proactive and forward-thinking approach to data management and data quality
  • Prepare tables and reports of collected data and participate in interpretation

Other activities

  • Work closely with CHAIN investigators and operations team to understand project goals
  • Participate in weekly meetings and present updates on request
  • Serve as a resource to other Gut Health and Child Survival projects on data quality


  • Master’s Degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health or related field, and three years of work experience in data management or analysis. Or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Requirements 

  • Proficient in Stata or R statistical software
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills
  • Experience with clinical trials and/or longitudinal biomedical data
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Excellent judgment and interpersonal skills with proven ability in effective cross-cultural communication
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Highly organized and attentive to detail
  • Experience or interest in nutrition and/or child survival
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 40% of the time.


  • Skills, knowledge and experience working in epidemiology
  • Skills, knowledge and experience working on research projects involving lab testing


Primary work location will be at the Ninth and Jefferson Building on Harborview’s campus. This position will require participation in regular phone calls outside of normal work hours to accommodate various time zones. This position operates in a deadline-driven environment and may occasionally require extended hours. Will require international travel 30-40% of the time.