USAID Program Assistant Jobs – Georgetown University Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH)

Organisation: Georgetown
University Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH)
Funding Source: USAID
Reports to: Research and
Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator
The Georgetown
University Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) is dedicated to improving
the sexual and reproductive health of women, men and youth through a
research-to-practice agenda. Our emphasis is on increasing access to and use of
family planning, increasing fertility awareness through life-stage appropriate
interventions, expanding access to fertility awareness-based family planning
methods in an informed choice context, and developing scalable interventions to
transform gender norms and catalyze the diffusion of social norms that support
family planning. Cross-cutting themes in the Institute’s work include the
diffusion of social norms that support sexual and reproductive health, scale up
of innovations, and incorporating gender perspectives in reproductive health.
In partnership with a wide range of international and local organizations, IRH
conducts research, builds capacity, and provides technical assistance to public
and private-sector organizations in lower and middle-income countries and the
U.S. The Institute is supported by grants from U.S. foundations and government
agencies, including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
About IRH Projects in Uganda:
The Responsible, Engaged and Loving (REAL) Fathers Initiative is a
two-part initiative. The first part of this initiative is a two-year project
funded by private foundations and implemented by IRH and local implementing
partners. This project aims to build positive partnerships and parenting
practices among young fathers (aged 16-25) in post-conflict Northern Uganda to
reduce the incidence of intimate partner violence (IPV) and physical punishment
of children. The second part of this initiative aims to develop and pilot three
intervention models [from the first part of this initiative] to integrate into
youth groups, early child development programs and livelihoods groups in order
to lay the groundwork for wide-spread IPV prevention throughout Uganda.
The Fertility Awareness for Community Transformation (FACT) Project is a
five-year project funded by USAID and implemented by IRH in partnership with
Save the Children (SC). The FACT Project aims to reduce unmet need for family
planning through improved fertility awareness and expanded availability of
Fertility Awareness-based Methods (FAM) among men and women.
The Gender Roles, Equality, and Transformations (GREAT) Project is a six
and a half-year project funded by the USAID and implemented by IRH, in
partnership with SC, Pathfinder International, and their respective
implementing partners, Straight Talk Foundation and Concerned Partners
Association. The GREAT Project aims to develop and test life-stage specific
strategies to promote gender-equitable attitudes and behaviors among
adolescents and their communities with the goal of reducing gender-based
violence and improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes in post-conflict
communities in Northern Uganda.
The Sustainable Outcomes for Children and Youth (SOCY) Project, is a
five-year project funded by USAID and implemented by Catholic Relief Services
(CRS) in partnership with Action for Community Development (ACODEV), African Network
for Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN), TPO
Uganda, Futures Group, and IRH. The project objective is to improve the health,
nutrition, education and psychosocial wellbeing of vulnerable populations, as
well as reduce abuse, exploitation and neglect to a minimum of 625,000 children
and 101,500 households in 17 districts in central and western Uganda, based on
PEPFAR-approved districts. IRH’s role on the SOCY Project is to 1) design and
lead both the gender and youth analyses across project objectives and
geographic areas; and 2) develop and pilot a culturally appropriate,
gender-sensitive model (based on the GREAT intervention) to support and nurture
the social development of Ugandan youth in two sub-counties of Luwero district
and one sub-county in Mityana district.
Job Summary: The Program
Assistant will offer timely and critical administrative and technical support
to program implementation, monitoring, research, evaluation and dissemination
efforts for all IRH projects in Uganda. The Program Assistant will work closely
with the Uganda Country Coordinator, Qualitative Research Coordinator, and
Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation Coordinator to support programmatic and
administrative tasks, including budgeting preparations, note-taking, and
coordination of logistics, as well as editing reporting and presentations. S/he
may also contribute to research tasks such as data entry, transcription, data
analysis, and other research-related tasks.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Programming & Research: 70%
The incumbent will understand and be able to
communicate a complete understanding of IRH project goals, objectives and
methodology to community leaders and members.
Routinely attend project meetings/events, take
notes, and review to ensure notes are thorough and accurate; disseminate notes
Support in planning agendas for workshops, meetings
and other events
Support budgeting for research activities
Render support in data collection/monitoring
activities, data entry and data management, including quality control
Assist with logistics for fieldwork, including
organization of field work schedules and activities
Translate materials into local languages
Transcribe interviews, as needed
Actively participate in data analysis and
preparation of reports, briefs and presentations, as needed
Communications: 20%
Format technical and programmatic documents,
including work plans, PowerPoint presentations, and reports
Write blogs and press releases about progress,
results and events related to project activities
Administration: 10%
Collect receipts for research activities and
organize documentation of research expenses
Serve as the back-stop for technical and
administrative staff as needed
Perform any other tasks in line with the essential
functions mentioned above may be required.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
The ideal candidate should preferably hold an Undergraduate
degree in public health, anthropology, sociology, demography, or a related
One to two years’ experience with program
implementation and/or qualitative research, preferably in the areas of sexual
and reproductive health, youth programming, and/or gender equality.
Prior experience working in diverse settings, both
rural and urban.
Past experience working with local Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs).
Working knowledge of sexual reproductive health and
gender; knowledge of behavior change communication and promotion desired.
Proven written and verbal communication skills.
Competence in research ethics, standards of quality,
and human subjects’ protection.
Skilled in Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word,
Access and Excel), familiarity with Google Apps and Documents
Fluent spoken and written English; proficiency in
Acholi, Lango, Ngakarimojong or Ateso desirable.
High attention to detail, excellent organizational
skills, and self-starter mentality.
Ability to coordinate and handle multiple priorities
and input from several people.
Ability to work effectively in team settings and
with technical and administrative staff to maximize smooth program
Working knowledge of working with communities,
specifically community engagement, sensitization and mobilization.
How to Apply:  
All suitably qualified
and interested candidates are encouraged to email their updated resumes and
cover letter to with the subject line “Program
Assistant-Uganda.” Please specify where you found the job advertisement i.e. website.
Deadline: 18th August, 2015

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