12 Jan 2017

AMREF Health Africa Job Vacancy : Program Officer

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Steer the planning and implementation of the integrated health program activities in the districts of support.

Job Details

Duty Station: Mbarara, Uganda

Reports to: DBT Manager

 

About AMREF:

AMREF Health Africa is an international African organization founded in Kenya in 1957. Our Headquarters are in Nairobi with major programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and two regional nubs in Southern and Western Africa based in South Africa and Senegal Respectively. Working with and through African communities, health systems and governments, Amref Health Africa aims to close the gap that prevents people from accessing their basic right to health. Amref Health Africa is committed to improving the health of people in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities. Our Vision is Lasting Health Change in Africa.

 

Job Summary: The Program Officer will steer the planning and implementation of the integrated health program activities in the districts of support. The incumbent will also l coordinate with a team of Technical Advisors to ensure that all technical guidance is incorporated into the district work plans to increase the availability, accessibility, and quality of integrated health services including HIV prevention, care, and treatment, TB, maternal, neonatal and child health, family planning, and other primary care services. She/he will work closely with the District Health Department to adequately plan, timely implement and effectively monitor the execution of the project activities while ensuring adherence to available MOH set standards; and incorporating lessons learnt over time to improve systems and process for enhanced service delivery.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Offer technical guidance and lead the implementation process of the integrated health program in the supported districts assigned.
  • Improves the quality of and access to MNCH, Family Planning, HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and Nutrition¬† services in project-supported sites by adopting and institutionalizing quality improvement and Site Improvement and Systems Monitoring (SIMS) approaches
  • Assists in setting up and running special clinical services and track progress at individual sites through site visits and district reports, in collaboration with MOH and the EGPAF program team.
  • The incumbent coordinates and participates in capacity building of district and site teams through organizing and conducting mentoring and coaching; CMEs and occasionally formal trainings.
  • Offers timely technical guidance to the district teams for annual and quarterly work plan development
  • Manages project finances and other resources related to implementation of activities in the assigned district in line with the Foundation finance guidelines.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual programmatic district performance reports and their submission in stipulated deadlines
  • Strengthens the quality of health services and data through supportive supervision and monitoring visit to the supported health facilities.
  • Actively participate in process of data auditing and verification to assure internal consistency and validity of project activity monitoring data reported by all districts, through quarterly data verification and auditing visits.
  • Facilitate the interpretation and use of M&E data, through the quarterly district level and facility level review meetings between the project, the district health team and health care workers; guide the identification of performance gaps and development of remedial actions.
  • Assists in identifying, documenting, disseminating and scaling up best practices in Malaria, MNCH, Family Planning, Nutrition, HIV prevention, PMTCT and C&T
  • Coordinates with the district health departmental leadership and other relevant implementing partners in the districts of support to ensure smooth implementation of project activities.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the AMREF Program Officer job opportunity must hold a medical degree and/or a masters degree in Public Health
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience working in HIV/AIDS prevention, care & treatment, MNCH, Family Planning, Nutrition and malaria programs.
  • Hands-on knowledge and skills in designing, planning, implementing and monitoring Malaria, MNCH, PMTCT, clinical care and Pediatric care programs.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the quality improvement framework of MOH and quality improvement principles
  • Good knowledge of the decentralized health system and community structures
  • Practical experience in managing ART and MNCH services at district levels.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of current issues and developments in the field of Malaria, MNCH and HIV/AIDS.
  • Proven skills in teamwork and networking.
  • Excellent verbal communication and writing skills.

 


How to Apply

All candidates are encouraged to send an updated CV including three professional referees and cover letter addressed to the Human Resources Manager, Amref Health Africa in Uganda via Email to: [email protected] Emails should not exceed 2MB.

Deadline: 16th January 2017






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