USAID Project Jobs - Director for Operations at University Research Co., LLC (URC)


About URC:
University Research Co., LLC (URC), a US-based public health organization working in Uganda since 2005, implements the USAID-funded SUSTAIN (Strengthening Uganda’s Systems for Treating AIDS Nationally) Project that supports the Ministry of Health to deliver quality HIV clinical and laboratory services at 18 hospitals in Uganda.
The Project is seeking an experienced Director for Operations to support the overall project management, implementation, and operational logistics functions. The Director for Operations will report directly to the Chief of Party, but work closely with the Finance/Administrative Director and Deputy Chief of Party on supporting and overseeing office and field operations from a management perspective. As a member of the project senior management team, he/she will also be responsible for effective linkages between central office and field level operational issues and challenges, and ensuring effective and efficient attention of the senior team to addressing those issues.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:
(a)  Work plan development and implementation: Participate in work plan development and tracking meetings (annual and quarterly) with the entire project team. Jointly, with Senior Management Team, coordinate program implementation, including effective provision of administrative and logistic support to hospital based and other field activities. Work with the Project technical team assigned to each hospital, and the Finance/Administration team, to plan for and implement detailed and efficient operational support to project supported hospitals. This includes but is not limited to: human resource support functions, logistics support to hospital teams for on-site and off-site project supported activities (e.g outreach camps, laboratory sample transportation hub network activities), and performance management of operational grants to each hospital.
(b)  Oversight and coordination of implementation of project supported renovation works and equipment purchasing and installation
(c)   Management and supervision of project procurement, administration support and operational logistics functions Work closely with DCOP to ensure that all supplies for hospitals and laboratories are purchased and delivered on a regular basis and to avoid stock-outs. Work closely with the Finance/Administration Director to ensure administrative and financial needs for program activities are efficiently and timely addressed. Supervise management of project fleet of vehicles Provide oversight to the management of Project human resources Supervise the management of the project inventory of equipment and key materials Oversee project IT and communication systems, including supervision of the IT Support Specialist
(d)  Project performance reporting Participate in the development of monthly, quarterly and annual reports.

Qualifications, Skills & Experience:
·         Advanced degree in Business Administration, Project Management or related field 5-7 years’ experience working in a business environment with demonstrated operational experience and high level of responsibility and integrity
·         Knowledge and/or experience with public health programs in developing countries is desirable Proven track record successfully supervising several staff
·         Demonstrated ability to work in teams
·         Ability to multi-task in a high-paced environment
·         Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, particularly as related to report development
·         Willingness to travel in-country
·         Proficiency with MS Office Suite, with excellent MS Word and Excel skills

How to apply:
Qualified applicants must submit relevant application documents (cover letter, copies of testimonials and certificates and Curriculum Vitae with contact information for three professional references) to the Uganda URC Office by Monday 11th February 2013;
ATTN: Human Resource & Administration Coordinator University Research Co., LLC – Centre for Human Services Plot 7 Ntinda View Crescent, Naguru P.O Box 28745 Kampala, Uganda Email: hr-uganda@urc-chs.com
Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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