Job Title: Health Adviser
Organization: Department for International Development (DFID)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Salary Range: UGX 162,226,093 - 214,839,568 per annum
The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. We’re ending the need for aid by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit. The Department for International Development (DFID) has been working in Uganda to improve the quality of essential services and help protect the most vulnerable. Uganda aspires to be a middle income country by 2040. Revenue from oil production and successful regional economic integration could help achieve this sooner. Since 2005, economic growth has averaged 7% annually and inward investment has doubled. Less than a quarter of the population now lives below the national poverty line, down from a third in 2006.
Job Summary: The Health Adviser will be the technical lead on DFID Uganda’s family planning and nutrition programmes, including centrally funded support. The incumbent will represent DFID in technical working groups in the Ministry of Health and other relevant Ministries and play an active role in policy dialogue to improve the quality of family planning and nutrition services in Uganda. The jobholder will work closely with the head of the DFID Uganda Human Development (HD) team, a second Health Adviser, and be part of a multi-disciplinary team including Advisers, Programme Managers and Programme Officers responsible for delivering DFID Uganda’s results pertaining to health and nutrition.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Deliver results with DFID Uganda’s health funding and leverage broader results in the health sector:
- Represent DFID in Government of Uganda health technical working groups and other policy influencing forums.
- Take lead in DFID’s engagement in DFID-funded programmes including steering groups, supporting and guiding recipients of UK funds (including the UN, other multilaterals, private sector, and other bilaterals) to deliver the maximum impact with those funds.
- Work closely with colleagues in the Governance, Security, Resilence and Humanitarian (GSRH) and the Growth and Economic Management (GEM) teams to maximize health impact (including DFID-attributable results) through cross-sectoral working.
- Work in liaison with the head of the DFID HD team to improve measurement of health results and attribution to DFID in relation to the UK manifesto commitments.
- Work closely with the DFID Uganda Livelihoods Adviser and Humanitarian Adviser to include and maintain high quality nutrition interventions in Karamoja and refugee settlements.
- Actively engage in the governance and management of key centrally managed programmes (especially GAVI), providing sound technical advise to implementing partners to increase effectiveness of DFID central funds.
- Support the generation of evidence and lessons emerging from DFIDU’s health and nutrition programming, including sharing lessons within and outside DFID.
Technical leadership role for family planning and nutrition programmes:
- Lead on the technical aspects of DFID’s family planning and nutrition programmes.
- Act as the Senior Responsible Officer for the family planning programme, work with programme managers and programme officers to ensure that project cycle management are conducted on time and to the required standard.
- Work with the head of DFID Uganda’s HD team, other health advisers (including centrally) to identify and invest in proven interventions to acceleration reduction in Uganda’s high fertility rate, including amongst marginalised populations and areas such as young people and hard to reach areas.
- Oversee the integration of DFID malnutrition treatment programmes, with other DFID supported health programmes into a health systems approach.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal applicant for the DFID Health Adviser job vacancy should hold a Master’s degree in Public Health or an equivalent Master’s degree in relevant technical area (epidemiology; health planning and finance; health economics; demography and health).
- A minimum of five years of professional experience working in public health in a developing country context, preferably Uganda, with demonstrable capability in the following areas:
- Broad knowledge and application of epidemiology and public health
- Broad knowledge and understanding of the global health context including international health architecture
- Broad knowledge / understanding of nutrition and its application, including Evidence of what works including nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive actions, nutrition information systems, nutrition policy and multi-sector approaches to prevent and treat malnutrition.
- Familiarity with health service delivery in a developing country context
- Knowledge and application of the wider determinants of health
- Knowledge and application of evidence, innovation and evaluation
Civil Service Competencies:
- Leading and Communicating: Leading DFID’s external engagement on a range of issues related to family planning and nutrition influencing positive changes, communicating DFID’s programmes and policies with conviction and clarity
- Collaborating and Partnering: Actively build and maintain a network of external contacts and internal colleagues to achieve progress on objectives and shared interests. Excellent cross HMG collaboration
- Delivering Value for Money: Question and challenge the value being delivered through the choice of intervention, the delivery channel and the commercial arrangements with delivery partners
- Engaging Internationally: Build and maintain a wide range of contacts and quickly understand the national and regional context and local sensitivities.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates must complete the following forms; Application Form, Technical Competency Application Form, and attach their updated CV and return the documents to AfricaHRHub@dfid.gov.uk with the subject line “UGA001”
Deadline: Sunday 24th July 2016
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