6 URC USAID ASSIST Project Career Positions – Quality Improvement Officer – MNCH Community

Organisation: University
Research Co., LLC (URC)
Project Name: USAID
Applying science to strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project
Duty Station: Gulu,
Nwoya, Lira, Apac, Pader and Dokolo, Uganda
Reports to: ASSIST
District Focal Person
About URC ASSIST Project:
University Research Co., LLC
(URC), a US-based public health organization working in Uganda since 2005, is
implementing the USAID Applying science to strengthen and Improve Systems
(ASSIST) Project which is a five-year cooperative agreement dedicated to
improving health, population and nutrition services through technical support
to service delivery institutions, country Ministries of Health, USAID country
missions, and cooperating agencies.
Job Summary: The Quality
Improvement Officer-MNCH Community will be in charge of implementing and
coordinating the Saving Mothers Giving Life interventions at community level
with a focus on increasing demand, access to and utilization of maternal and
child health services at health facilities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
1. Technical:
  • Manage
    the implementation of community related improvement activities at district
    health facility and village level.
  • Routinely
    assess and develop the technical capacity of district and site level VHT
    focal persons and VHT members in maternal and child health and quality
    improvement methods through periodic training, provision of job materials,
    on-job mentorship and peer-to-peer sessions.
  • Carry
    out onsite quality improvement coaching for village based Ql teams and
    develop a pool of coaches.
  • Regularly
    review and improve the project implementation strategies to ensure that
    work plans follow strict timelines and all activities are accomplished.
  • Take
    part in the development and implementation of a spread plan to ensure
    learning from pilot communities is implemented at full coverage.
  • Identify
    behaviour change gaps and work closely with partners to develop and
    disseminate appropriate messages through suitable channels such as
    community dialogue sessions, community maternity and new born health
    meetings etc.
  • The
    incumbent will organise trainings, meetings, learning sessions and
    participate in the development and dissemination of materials.
  • Ensure
    that cross-cutting themes like gender and health work force development
    are well integrated into the implementation plans.
2. Coordination:
  • Regularly
    update the district authorities on implementation progress and make
    recommendations to facilitate institutionalisation of good practices
    through appropriate fora.
  • Organise
    and participate in coordination meetings at regional and district level to
    ensure collaboration with partners and implementation efficiency.
3. Planning and Reporting:
  • In
    charge of developing and submitting timely work plans and budgets for
    project activities according to the USAID ASSIST timelines.
  • Ensure
    timely writing and submission of quality and accurate reports on quarterly
    and monthly basis at all other requested times.
4. Knowledge Management and
  • Responsible
    for developing and maintaining a catalogue of changes/ interventions that
    improve care for mothers and babies at community level.
  • Work
    closely with the Knowledge management staff, document best practices in
    form of case studies, success stories, abstracts, video clips.
  • Work
    in liaison with the Monitoring and Evaluation team to ensure that data
    collected is accurate and valid and captures process and outcome
  • Carry
    out any other duties assigned by the supervisor.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate should preferably hold a degree in social sciences,
    sociology, social sector planning and management or other humanities is
    required. Possession of a post graduate degree in Public Health, Safe
    Motherhood, Sociology, Social Sector Planning and management or Community
    Health is an added advantage.
  • A
    minimum of three years’ work experience in MNCH activities at community
    level with experience gained through serving within a government
    institution or NGO.
  • Past
    exposure and experience with engaging a diverse range of community
    stakeholders including the national/ district level VHT structures.
  • Excellent
    written and verbal communication or interpersonal skills is a must.
  • Excellent
    analytical skills and ability to support a cross section of village health
    teams and other community level stake holders.
  • Ability
    and willingness to travel within districts in northern Uganda and spend a
    lot of time within communities.
  • Ability
    to work in a fast paced and results oriented environment with minimal
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates who wish to join University Research Council’s USAID
Project should send an application Letter, updated CV, and relevant academic
documents as well as names and contact information for three professional
references and day-time contact numbers to: The Human Resource Officer- USAID
ASSIST Project, University Research Co., LLC, Plot 40, Ntinda II Road, Naguru,
P.O. Box 28745, Kampala, Uganda.
E-mail: assistugandarecruitment@urc-chs.com
Please clearly indicate the position in the subject if you are sending
electronically. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 24th July, 2015 by 5:00PM
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