Government Relations Manager Job Opportunity - Living Goods (LG)

Job Title:          Government Relations Manager
Organisation: Living Goods (LG)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Director, Government Relations

About US:
Living Goods supports networks of ‘Avon-like’ micro-entrepreneurs who go door-to-door teaching families how to improve their health and wealth while selling affordable, high-impact products like basic medicines, fortified foods, water filters, clean cook stoves, and solar lights. Living Goods seeks nothing less than a disruptive reinvention of distribution in emerging markets, through networks of franchised micro-entrepreneurs who leverage Living Goods’ brand, buying power and mobile marketing tools to deliver vital products at accessible prices to the people who need them most. By combining the best practices from the worlds of micro-enterprise, franchising and public health, Living Goods is creating a fully sustainable system to improve the health, and wealth, of underserved communities.

Job Summary: The Government Relations Manager will develop initial relationships with District Government, set-up District entry meetings, follow-up to answer questions and establish appropriate expectations. Ensure MOU is signed with DHO, DHE, MCH Focal person and CAO. The ideal candidate should have worked at senior levels of District Government but also designed and developed MOUs. He or she should be knowledgeable about healthcare, and passionate about driving innovation in government; understands the government budgeting processes and how to influence and advocate across a breadth of stakeholders.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
For new Districts:
  • Establish initial relationships with District Governments, set up District entry meetings, follow up to answer questions and establish appropriate expectations.
  • Ensure MOU is signed with DHO, DHE, MCH Focal person and CAO.
For all Districts of operation:
  • Manage ongoing the communication with Districts, including meetings and performance updates. 
  • Actively engage in health planning meetings at the District level and positively position Living Goods in their plans.
  • Provide communication tracking for all Districts to ensure that we are attentive to and engaged with all relationships.
  • Represent Living Goods at local government – District and Municipality – meetings, and maintain engaged relationships.
  • Manage the preparation of reports to the Districts and Health facilities.  Ensure that quarterly District and health facility reports are submitted in a timely manner.
  • Ensure effective communication of plans, meetings and issues that surface at District are effectively communicated at LG offices.
  • Work closely with Branch staff to help support District relations, including setting up protocols and communication mechanisms, so they can both help with, and report back on relationships.
  • Support the branch teams to establish relationships with health centers, set up protocols and processes to support and monitor health center relationships.
  • Map-out implementing partners at the District level to strengthen collaboration
  • Work closely with partners and Districts, coordinate and ensure proper documentation of project interventions

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Living Goods Government Relations Manager job opportunity should hold a University degree in Clinical or Public Health, Social Sciences, Business Administration, Management or related subjects. Post-graduate training in management a plus.  Project Management certification desirable.
  • At least five to eight years of work experience with and/or involving close association with elected officials, staff and/or government agencies.
  • Significant project Management experience– ability to see the big picture, attention to detail and excellent organization skills.  
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of the functioning of Uganda’s Health System.
  • Excellent written (report writing), oral, interpersonal, communication, and facilitation skills and a keen sense of understanding for advocacy to get government support for the project and its sustainability in the future
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
  • Expertise in engaging stakeholders spanning local/community, district and national.
  • Strong skills in knowledge management and translation (implementation to policy).
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment.
  • Self-driven; able to prioritize work according to importance/deadlines while meeting conflicting work demands.
  • Computer literacy i.e. proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Willingness to travel across Uganda approximately 30% of the time and periodically stay up-country.

Compensation:  A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance and bonus opportunity

How to Apply:
All candidates are strongly encouraged to Apply Online at the web link below.


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