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Senior Community Linkages Technical Advisor Career Placement - International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Organization: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Director Health Service Delivery

About US:
The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. It was created by Albert Einstein more than 80 years and has been working in Uganda since 1998. It has particularly working in the conflict zones where tens of thousands of people have been kills and over 1.6 million displaced. Following a peace agreement in 2006, Ugandans are returning home and looking to rebuild their lives. The IRC is there to protect women and children from violence and exploitation by fostering a safe environment and encouraging education, and is supporting farmers and small businesses, and helping communities promote peace and long-term development.

About USAID RHITES-N Project:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) implements the USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Health Services in Northern Uganda Project (USAID/Uganda RHITES-N) whose aim is to contribute to measurable improvements in key population-based national health indicators and include activities for comprehensive regional health and HIV/AIDS programs. The purpose of this project is to increase the effective use of sustainable health services in the Acholi Region of Northern Uganda. By responding to disease-specific burdens in respective regions and concentrating increased resources on specific interventions in focus districts, RHITES-N, Acholi is expected to provide a significant, measurable, and lasting impact on key indicators such as HIV and malaria prevalence; maternal, neonatal and child mortality; met need for modern contraception; and child development outcomes.

Job Summary: The Senior Community linkages technical advisor for an anticipated five-year, USAID/Uganda health service integration program in Northern Uganda. The purpose of the project is to increase the effective use of sustainable health services in the Acholi Region of Northern Uganda. The project is expected to contribute to measurable improvements in key population-based national health indicators and include activities for comprehensive regional health and HIV/AIDS programs. By responding to disease-specific burdens in respective regions and concentrating increased resources on specific interventions in focus districts, RHITES-N, Acholi is expected to provide a significant, measurable, and lasting impact on key indicators such as HIV and malaria prevalence; maternal, neonatal and child mortality; met need for modern contraception; and child development outcomes.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·         In charge of designing and implementing appropriate facility-community linkages interventions, within the overall strategic framework of the RHITES-N Acholi Project
·         In charge of supervising and monitoring the performance of the district based Community Linkages Coordinators and Community M&E Officer in collaboration with the District Health management team
·         Offering technical support to the health facility teams to strengthen community-facility linkages aimed at improving patient adherence, retention, self-management, and psychosocial services
·         In charge of leading the establishment of a referral network model that facilitates linkages between different service delivery points to create an orchestra of interlinked community to facility health care service delivery in the project area
·         Responsible for facilitating community linkages to the health System throughout the continuum of care
·         Community level communication campaigns that focus on modification of behavior and inform key community stakeholders
·         Develop service delivery strategies for accessing hard to reach populations including identification of opportunities to integrate health services with non-health sectors
·         Identifying and collaborating with agencies/organizations implementing community focused interventions
·         Carrying out targeted assessments of community perceptions, needs and behaviors influencing the uptake of health services
·         Providing technical guidance for supporting linkages between health facilities, CBOs and communities including the engagement of peers to address the support needs of key/priority populations
·         Carry out mapping exercises to identify existing resources, including social support services, nutritional support services and religious or other counseling/support
·         Providing technical  assistance to district health teams, partners, health care workers, linkage facilitators and VHTs on technical support related to referral and linkages
·         In charge of coordinating periodic reviews of community linkage activities with involvement of all key stakeholders including but not limited to District Health teams, linkage coordinators, facilitators, health workers and VHTs
·         Leading the implementation of community mobilization approaches
·         Documenting best practices for community engagement, linkages and HIV prevention at community level
·         Providing technical assistance, capacity building and supervision to CBOs, NGOs,  VHTs and other stakeholders in community health
·         Establishing an M&E system for community linkages activities and utilizing it to inform strategic decisions

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·         The ideal candidate for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Senior Community linkages technical advisor career vacancy should hold a medical degree (medicine of nursing) with a Master’s degree in public health or other relevant field
·         A minimum of five years’ experience of implementing donor-funded integrated health programs
·         Capacity building experience for individuals and groups or organizations
·         Skill in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery programs, community outreach and mobilization, training, pre-service education, performance and quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation
·         Previous experience with a mix of practical technical skills in integrated health service delivery, necessary for strengthening service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community levels
·         The ability to liaise with senior MOH officials and dignitaries, executives of NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, the for-profit business community, and senior members of the donor community;
·         Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Ugandan healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Uganda preferred
·         Strong oral and written communication and presentations skills in English
·         Strong skills in word processing and Excel spread sheets
·         Familiarity with USAID or other USG administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
·         Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
·         Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in national programs and technical staff
·         Ability to travel up to 50% time

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications online at the link below.



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