UHMG Job Vacancy – Research Program Manager

Organization: Uganda Health
Marketing Group Ltd. (UHMG)
Duty Station:  UHMG
Head Office – Kampala, Uganda
Reports To:  Director
Programs & Services
About UHMG:
Uganda Health Marketing Group Ltd. (UHMG) is a Company Limited by
Guarantee, whose vision is Vision is “A good life for all Ugandans”.  We
envision a Ugandan society with good life, when products and services in
Reproductive Health, HIV, Malaria and Child Health are accessible, affordable
and effectively utilized by all those in need.  Our Mission is “To improve
the quality of life of Ugandans, through the provision of superior and
affordable health care solutions.”   
Job Summary: The Research
Manager is a cross cutting role which provides a coordination mechanism to
guide UHMG in the design and implementation of evidence-based interventions,
monitor activities progress, and evaluate them for their cost effectiveness and
impact. In addition, this position will provide a mechanism of documenting best
practices, identify replicable models for scale up and timely dissemination of
UHMG achievements and key learnings to stakeholders, and contribute to research
journals and publications.
The Research Manager will work very closely with all programs sector
managers to identify key priority researches for incorporation in the overall
annual work plans.  Prioritized research activities will be analyzed for
their relevancy, credibility, feasibility, cost effectiveness and added value
to the overall organisations mandate. In addition, the Research Manager will
work specifically with M&E team to ensure that the organisation’s PMP is
well aligned to effectively monitor progress of the organisational Annual Work
Plan. The Research Manager will play a leading role in regularly carrying out
informative operational research, and in the development and updates of the
organisations M&E framework.
This position requires a person who has strong skills in research,
monitoring and evaluation (RME) development, leadership, communication, and
documentation, to effectively and proactively reinforce the organization’s
commitment to strong RME systems. S/he must focus on quality, improvement
effectiveness and efficiency, and model independence, objectivity, ethics,
integrity, professionalism, and avoidance of bias and conflict of interest.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Develop a strategy of measuring UHMG
    programs’ impact in terms of effectiveness of supported interventions,
    coverage of targeted populations, and identify efficient models for
    replication nationally and in other regions experiencing similar national
    health and social economic profile.
  • Lead in the publication of UHMG results
    and best practices across all service sectors, and particularly ensure
    that UHMG subscribes and contributes to key journals and publications.
  • Work with the HIV/AIDS team to develop
    research objectives for HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs to increase
    prospects for their increased effectiveness and impact, through
    identification of barriers to services scale up and sustained utilisation,
    pilot testing of new innovations and scale up plans for feasible options.
  • Support the Maternal and Child Health
    (MCH) sector to prioritize programs activities in line with evidence from
    researches carried out internally and reviews of other established
    authorities.
  • Design and implement operational
    researches to identify barriers to sustainable MCH services utilisation,
    design pilots on new innovative strategies to overcome identified barriers
    and develop a scale up plan for the delivery of these services.
  • In collaboration with the Reproductive
    Health team, identify research themes to analyze current issues that limit
    full utilisation of FP services to address the unmet need for family
    planning and other service delivery gaps in the reproductive health
    services, and develop a plan to scale up identified best practices, after
    promising/successful pilot tests.
  • Offer technical support the Malaria
    Program team to identify key research themes for scale up of malaria
    prevention services and case management services uptake. Key areas
    include the extent of use of preventive measures; LLITN and IRS, as well
    as adherence to malaria case management guidelines; lab testing for suspected
    malaria fever and adherence to prescription guidelines by both providers
    and clients.
  • Work with the Communications team to guide
    the design and implementation of evidence-based interventions, and
    incorporate activities on monitoring and evaluation frameworks with key
    benchmarks to evaluate program outputs and impact.
  • Work with the Marketing teams to monitor
    and evaluate the impact of brands promotion activities based on key
    monitoring indicators to monitor specific brands uptakes, customer
    preferences and satisfaction with their use.
  • Work with the Product Facility team to
    monitor market penetration of UHMG distributed products, market share, and
    determine strategies to capture and maintain specific products market
    share.  Also work with this team to analyse the cost-benefit of the
    third party logistics services, product sales and distribution.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
  • The candidate should possess a bachelor’s
    degree in related disciplines (statistics, social sciences, public health)
    with advanced studies (Masters’ level) in epidemiology, research
    methodologies and project management and evaluation. 
  • A minimum of three years experience in
    managing a senior research and M&E function. 
  • Key competencies required for this
    position include ability to design and implement operational researches
    using different research methodologies (qualitative and quantitative
    methods) to provide information for programs planning, monitoring and
    evaluation of supported interventions.
  • Experience in the use of data analysis
    software (SPSS, STATA, Excel, etc) is mandatory.  
  • Demonstrable results in previous work
    environment would reinforce claims to this experience.
  • Ability to consult, make and implement
    decisions in line with agreed principles and criteria. 
  • Display high ethical standards and
    integrity, strong personal values and character.
  • Able to think analytically, independently
    and creatively, and have attention to detail.  Must have strong
    leadership and result-oriented skills, and should be meticulous, and able
    to work independently, with objectivity and sound judgment.  
  • Have
    self motivation, initiative, hard work orientation and good team
    work/player skills. 
  • Organizational and facilitation skills, as
    well as good communication and feedback skills in person and in writing
    (reporting). 
  • Ability to simultaneously multi-task while
    handling conflicting priorities, and to stand pressure, observe and work
    under strict deadlines in a multidisciplinary, multidimensional
    organization. 
  • Ability to grow in a challenging career
    and to add value to the organization’s strategic goals, and adapt to
    change. 
  • Ability to take a proactive approach to
    overcome challenges and achieve results against strategic objectives,
    whilst working within the organization’s core values and beliefs.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates should send or hand deliver their
CVs, copies of certificates and cover letter clearly indicating position
applied for on the “top left-hand side of the envelope” to: The Human Resources
Manager, Uganda Health Marketing Group Ltd. (UHMG), Plot 20-21, 27-28, Martyrs
Crescent, Ntinda, or to P. O. Box 4553, Kampala, Uganda.
Deadline: 20th September 2013 by
4:30pm.
NB: Only short listed
candidates will be contacted. Please deliver your applications to the UHMG
reception.

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