Organization: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)
Project Name: USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Health Services in the South West Uganda Project (RHITES)
Duty Station: Mbarara, Uganda
Reports to: Associate Director, Community Linkages and Demand Creation
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) seeks to end pediatric HIV/AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs. We are a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV and AIDS, working in 15 countries and at 7,000 sites around the world to prevent the transmission of HIV to children, and to help those already infected. Today, because of the highly successful work of the Foundation and its partners over the last 25 years, pediatric AIDS has been virtually eliminated in the United States and new infections in children have declined by 58% worldwide. EGPAF Uganda Country program is currently implementing a number of projects in partnership with various donors.
About USAID RHITES Project:
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) implements the USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Health Services in the South West Uganda Project (RHITES) whose aim is to increase the availability, accessibility and quality of integrated health services including HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment; maternal, neonatal and child health services; family planning; nutrition assessment, counseling support; malaria prevention and treatment and other primary care services.
Job Summary: The Community Engagement and Mobilization Officer will offer timely technical and program oversight in the areas of strengthening community engagement and mobilization in the integrated health project activities including identifying and working with community resources persons , community leaders, CBOs, CSOs, PLHIV and other community groups. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with community resource persons and community leaders to spearhead the formation and functionality of community peer groups that will contribute to increased’ demand, uptake and utilization of the integrated health services in the districts of support. The incumbent will provide technical guidance in the development and implementation of activities that facilitate linkages and referrals linkage between and within communities and health facilities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide oversight on the implementation of community activities including leadership engagement and supporting formation and functionality of community peer or psychosocial groups. These include but are not limited to MNCH peer classes, Family Life Schools, Family Support Groups, Ariel club groups, youth and adolescent groups.
- Work closely with District Health Educators and Community Development Office to strengthen community based structures that will create demand for HIV/AIDS care, treatment, Nutrition, SMC, MNCH, Malaria and PMTCT and TB/HIV services; and also act as a major platform for referrals and linkages to enhance access to these services.
- Support implementation of the project’s core activities and , strengthen community linkages to increase access, and retention of available integrated health services , (HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, nutrition, family planning, and maternal, neonatal and child health care) in close collaboration with the DHT, local leaders and existing community groups or CSOs
Strengthen the performance management and capacity building mechanism for community resource persons and peer group structure that the project engages to implement the integrated project:
- Organize and facilitate periodic reviews meetings of community HIV/AIDS, MNCH/SRH/FP, Malaria and Nutrition activities at the health center level, as well as linkages to care, with the involvement of VHTs, community representatives, health center staff and members of the DHMT.
- Coordinate development of district work plans and supervisory support for the development and implementation of community action plans for the project.
- Support the identification and build capacity of the peer group facilitators to establish and manage the community peer groups.
- Mentor and coach community leaders/peer facilitates and other community resource people in the implementation of their advocacy role in the available health services at health facilities.
Support the development of data collection systems and tools for the peer and community group activities:
- Facilitate data collection from community intervention activities and health facilities and its submission to EGPAF country office.
- Actively contribute to identification and documentation of promising practices and success stories that will contribute to the body of knowledge in the area of provision of integrated health services at the community level and strengthening community engagement.
- Provide administrative and logistical support to the community cadres and ensuring that the project assets are properly secured and kept in good working condition.
- Timely prepare and submit weekly, monthly and quarterly reports on the activity implementation progress.
- Manage project finances and other resources related to implementation of activities in the assigned district in line with the project’s finance guidelines.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicant for the USAID Project Community Engagement and Mobilization Officer job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Community Development or Nursing or Public health. Related community health and post graduate qualifications will be an added advantage.
- A minimum of three to five years’ experience in implementing community health integrated programs especially those related MNCH, HIV /AIDS, PMTCT, Malaria, SRH, TB.
- Previous exposure and experience in building capacity at individual and organizational levels; skills in at least two or more of the following technical areas: a) strengthening service delivery programs at the community level, b) strengthening community-facility linkages, psychosocial support, and c) integrating health service delivery into community structures.
- Prior experience in formation and supporting functionality of community support/peer groups.
- Broad working knowledge of community structures and cultural practices in the south western Uganda is essential.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications to this address;
The Country Director, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), Plot 18A Kyadondo Road, Nakasero, P.O. Box 21127, Kampala, Uganda
E-mail to: UgandaRecruitment@pedaids.org
Deadline: 9th July 2016
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