NGO Health Care Careers – Technical Advisor TB&HIV Prevention, care and treatment – NU –HITES Project at Plan

Department & Location: Programs
Reports to: Director of Health Service Delivery
About Plan:
Founded 75 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations in the world. We work in 49 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. The organisation is an equal opportunity employer currently seeking to recruit competent persons to fill the following vacant positions:
Plan International Inc. in Uganda was awarded a 5-year Cooperative Agreement under the Northern Uganda-Health Integration to Enhance Services (NU-HITES) project to continue providing technical assistance and capacity building support for Northern Uganda in Malaria, AIDS and Tuberculosis, integrate additional support in Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH), Family Planning (FP) and nutrition; while prioritizing the strengthening of district-level health facilities. Under the NU-HITES project, Plan Uganda would like to recruit competent candidates:
Job Summary: This position reports to the Director of Health Service Delivery and the successful candidate will be a member of the health service delivery team. He/she will serve as the project’s expert on TB and HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in fifteen project supported districts in Northern Uganda. The TB/HIV Technical Advisor will serve to provide technical and strategic support towards achievement of project outcomes related to availability of and accessibility to quality TB and HIV health services, quality of health care, enabling environments for health care delivery, and health-seeking behavior and practices.
It is a full-time position based in Gulu for a five-year term, with frequent travel to districts through the Northern Region of Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:-
·         Member of the Health Service Delivery Team of the NU-HITES project reporting to the Health Service Delivery Director.
·         Supports the Health Service Delivery Director in designing, implementation and monitoring of facility and community-level TB and HIV prevention, care and treatment activities to achieve project targets under the five key areas of focus related to health service delivery i.e. increased availability of health services, increased accessibility to services, improved quality of services, creating enabling environments for health care delivery, and improving health-seeking behavior and practices.
·         Supports the Health Service Delivery Director to ensure effective delivery of the project in compliance with USAID rules and regulations, Plan policies and procedures as well as the national and other relevant international policies and guidelines.
Key Results Areas:
·         Participate in designing, implementing and monitoring of appropriate and sustainable TB and HIV prevention, care and treatment activities so as to contribute to achievement of project targets in the five key areas of focus related to health service delivery.
·         Participate in capacity needs assessments for both health-facility staff and community support teams (Village Health Teams); designing and implementation of appropriate training packages for health-facility and community based teams, especially with regard to TB/HIV prevention, care and treatment.
·         Provides technical and strategic guidance to implementing partners and field based teams on comprehensive TB and HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programs in line with national and international advances.
·         Provides technical support to the field-based teams during the development of annual work-plans and participates in the planning and budgeting activities, especially in regard to TB and HIV prevention, care and treatment services
·         Represent NU-HITES project in the TB and HIV technical working groups in the project supported districts and at national level.
·         Contributes to NU-HITES periodic reports by providing technical leadership in coordinating field-level technical reporting and consolidation of field reports on TB and HIV prevention, care and treatment programs according to defined reporting schedules
·         Coordinates regular technical support, mentorship and supervision of project supported TB, PMTCT and ART facilities in collaboration with the field-based project team, district health offices and Ministry of Health.
·         Work closely with the supply chain management people with regard to TB drugs stock supply, getting approval from MoH for new drugs that might be making waves in TB world for better results.
·         Participates in organizing periodic technical review and planning meetings with project stakeholders for the NU-HITES project, especially in regard to TB and HIV prevention, care and treatment programs
·         Identify document and disseminating best practices in TB and HIV prevention (including PMTCT), care and treatment.
·         Work closely with other members of the health service delivery team and implementing partners to ensure effective integration of TB and HIV services into other project-supported interventions.
Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:
Knowledge:
·         A medical degree and/or a master’s degree in Public Health or other clinical disciplines.
·         Additional training in TB/HIV prevention, care and treatment and project planning and management
·         At least 5 years of professional experience working in TB and HIV/AIDS prevention, care & treatment programs both in public and private sector.
·         Experience of working in post-conflict settings with hands-on knowledge and skills in designing, planning, implementing and monitoring of facility and community-based TB/HIV prevention, care and treatment programs including PMTCT and ART.
·         Practical experience in working with district and community health systems including Village Health Teams (VHT).
·         Experience in TB/HIV capacity building for health facility and community health delivery teams.
·         Sound understanding of current policy developments in the field of TB and related pharmaceutical knowledge, HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, especially TB and HIV collaboration, pediatric and adult ART, PMTCT and HCT.
·         Willingness to work in Northern Uganda and travel 60% of the time in field.
·         Good working knowledge of Microsoft office programs including MS Excel, MS Word and MS Power Point.
Skills:
·         Good presentation skills, including practical working knowledge of Microsoft office programs including MS Excel, MS Word and MS Power Point.
·         Strong skills in teamwork and networking.
·         Good communication skills (written and oral).
·         Excellent skills in documentation and report writing
·         Excellent negotiation and influencing skills in multi-cultural contexts
Other Personality Traits
·         Behaves consistently in approach to work and decision-making
·         Strongly drives performance forward in area of the business for which they are responsible together with the team
·         High level of integrity with commitment to meet deadlines
·         Sets a strong learning culture in their part of the organization
·         Remains calm and positive under pressure and in difficult situations
·         Aware of impact on others and adjusting own behaviour accordingly
How to apply: 
While we thank all applicants for your interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Any form of lobbying will lead to automatic disqualification.
Send your CV and cover letter with 3 work related referees to the address or e-mail below. Please mark your application with the Position Name of the job you are applying for and your preferred location. E-mails that exceed 2MB will be rejected by the system.
People Performance Group
Plot 8 Kitante Close, Kitante
P.O. Box 12405, Kampala
Uganda
E-mail:
application@ppg.co.ug
Deadline: 19th October, 2012
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