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Vacancy Details
A job opportunity

A job opportunity exists for the right candidate in Western Cape
The Department of Health is guided by the principles of Employment Equity. Candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply and an indication in the regard will be appreciated.

Note: No payment of any kind is required when applying for any of the positions advertised by the Western Cape Government.
Health Data Scientist (2 posts)
  Employment Type: permanent
  Reference No: HO79/2019
  Location: Head Office, Cape Town
Competencies (knowledge/skills):
Ability to design databases and build new ETL processes. Ability to code proficiently in one computer or statistical environment with an aptitude to learn others as needed. Analytic skills to conceptualise and execute data extraction and analysis tasks. Ability to conceptualise, design and implement efficient data-driven reports.
Appropriate experience in the following: Handling and manipulating large datasets using enterprise database technologies. Building SQL-based ETL processes. Advanced SQL programming. Building web-based reports, preferably using enterprise reporting tools. Team-based software development and management approaches. Data analysis based on large datasets. Experience with health data would be advantageous.
Duties (key result areas/outputs):
Assist with the development and maintenance of data take-on processes and curation of routine health data. Data Analysis & developing web-based reports. Process and deliver against data requests of varying complexity. Supervise junior data staff as required. Administratively support the functioning of the Provincial Health Data Centre.
Mr A Boulle, tel. no. (021) 483-9341
The Provincial Department of Health in the Western Cape has established the Provincial Health Data Centre for the consolidation of all person-level health data in support of patient care and health system operations. The Department seeks to appoint suitably qualified and motivated data scientists to further develop and maintain this key facility. The data scientist focused on reporting will be responsible for both developing and maintaining routine reporting from the consolidated environment, as well as responding to internal data requests. Only applicants within the Provincial Government: Western Cape will be considered for this post.
Minimum educational qualification:
Undergraduate or Postgraduate Degree: Majoring in one or more of the following: Computer Science, Information Systems, Mathematics, Statistics, Demography, Biostatistics, Epidemiology.
Inherent requirements of the job:
Valid (Code B/EB) driver’s licence and willingness to travel.
R 470 040 - R 553 677 Annual salary plus service benefits (13th cheque, employer's contribution to the pension fund, housing and medical aid allowance).
Starting Date:
Candidates may be subjected to a competency test. No payment of any kind is required when applying for this post. As directed by the Department of Public Service and Administration, applicants must note that further checks will be conducted once they are shortlisted and that their appointment is subject to positive outcomes on these checks, which include security clearance, qualification verification, criminal records and previous employment.
  • It will be expected of candidates to be conversant in at least two of the official languages (English/Afrikaans/Xhosa) of the Western Cape.
  • It will be expected of shortlisted candidates to be:
  • available at the venue on the time and date as determined by the Department and
  • bring along recently (not older than 6 months) certified copies of your Identity Document (ID), driver’s license (if applicable for the post), qualification and/or proof of registration at relevant statutory body. Failure to adhere to the aforementioned may lead to his/her application being disqualified and not further considered.
Closing date: 2019/08/02