GHC Fresher Careers – IT and Communications Specialist at S.O.U.L Foundation

Organisation: Global
Health Corps (GHC)
Placement Organisation:
S.O.U.L Foundation
Duty Station: Bujagali
Falls, Uganda
Salary: Monthly Stipend
of 550 dollars per month
About GHC:
Global Health Corps pairs
intelligent and passionate fellows with organizations that require new thinking
and innovative solutions. We provide these young leaders with the tools to
remain connected after their fellowship year finishes, deepening their ability
to enact change through heightened skills and strong partnerships. We currently
place fellows in Burundi, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and
About S.O.U.L Foundation:
Since its start in 2009, the
S.O.U.L. Foundation has worked to foster sustainable and vibrant Ugandan
communities with a focus on education, women’s empowerment, food security and
health. Its vision for relevant, scalable and sustainable development programs
was born out of a belief that empowered women are better situated to participate
in effective change and can collectively identify problems, develop solutions,
and mobilize and implement those solutions. As a grassroots organization with a
start-up mentality, S.O.U.L. aims to be an innovative, entrepreneurial, and
agile organization helping communities create and pursue opportunities to break
the cycle of extreme poverty. It is truly a “bottom up” organization with its
growth and problem solving directed by the communities it serves. The
organization was highlighted on the front page of Voice of America by
international journalist Ivan Broadhead in December 2011 and has received
particular notice and praise from the World Bank, the U.S. Ambassador to Uganda
Scott DeLisi, the French Embassy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.
Job Summary: The IT and
Communications Specialist will render support in mobile communication projects
and mobile data collection to the Maternal Health Network program by using open
source, standards-based software to create a chat room function and a portal
leading to four functionalities: learning platforms, database platform, SMS
technology for alerts and mobile phone consultations for women in remote areas.
The fellow will manage the login registration process and pre-load visual and
audio materials and video persuasive tools onto computers. In addition, the
fellow will train local health teams to use the mobile devices and access the
materials and tools.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Create
    Maternal Health Network ICT-based interventions – visual and audio
    materials and persuasive tools – for an audience of rural women with
    little to no prior knowledge of maternal health issues
  • In
    charge of creating and maintaining weekly tracking of the primary outputs
  • Inventory
    new S.O.U.L. Foundation mobile devices to be used by village health
    workers and village women and create a sign-out process requiring adequate
    training prior to transfer of device
  • Create
    a Maternal Health Network chat room for local women
  • Strategize
    design of Maternal Health Network initiatives, informed by historical data
    and local survey data
  • Mentor
    and train village-based health workers how to upload ICT interventions,
    demonstrate interventions to local women, interact with ICT interventions,
    and communicate/chat with other women
  • Ensure
    interventions and track the primary outputs of the Maternal Health Network
    program: number of messages and ICTs viewed weekly as well as responses
    from mother members, number of mothers who indicate birth preparedness
    using an 8-point matrix, and number of mothers who receive four antenatal
    care consultations
  • Create
    and maintain login registration process for local women to use when they
    complete an antenatal care consultation
  • Design
    four functionalities and an online portal to access them: learning
    platforms, database platform, SMS platform, and mobile consultation
  • Initiate
    and maintain conversations between women leaders, village leaders and
    regional and state agency heads to strengthen the legitimacy of the
    proposed Maternal Health Network initiatives
  • Actively
    advocate for adoption of Maternal Health Network initiatives by the
    appropriate councils and agencies and work toward implementation of the
  • Collect,
    collate and analyze data useful in documenting learning experiences from
    the Maternal Health Network initiatives to be used for government reports,
    for S.O.U.L. Foundation reports and for S.O.U.L. Foundation information
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    GHC fellow should have certified experience in mobile communication
    projects, mobile data collection, and ICT-based tools and materials
  • Prior
    experience with mobile device operating systems or maternal health
  • Significant
    experience in data analysis
  • Possess
    the ability to work in a team and form productive, supportive &
    professional relationships with all staff at S.O.U.L. Foundation
  • Work
    experience with rural communities
  • Excellent
    cross-cultural, interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from
    a diverse set of backgrounds
  • Good
    knowledge and understanding and/or experience developing different
    technological platforms
  • Willingness
    to travel and document program work
  • Take
    initiative and work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Willingness
    to work occasional evenings and weekends as may be required
  • Commitment
    to the S.O.U.L. Foundation’s mission and vision
  • Reliable,
    self-motivated and dynamic
Job Terms and Conditions:
Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of
$550/month. S.O.U.L will provide fellows with furnished housing an approximate
12 minute walk from the S.O.U.L offices. Additionally, fellows will receive an
award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and
from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are
included, including $600 in professional development funds. Housing will be
arranged in Bujagali.
Note: The living stipend
and completion award may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by
the placement organization.
How to Apply:
All applicants who desire to be
placed by the Global Health Corps in the aforementioned organization should
express interest by clearly following the instructions at the web page below.
Deadline: 2nd February, 2016

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