Adolescent Health Technical Advisor Career Vacancy – AMREF Health Africa

Organisation: AMREF Health Africa
Project Name: USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance
Services in the South West Uganda (RHITES)
Duty Station: Mbarara, Uganda
Reports to: Technical Director
About US:
Health Africa is an international African organization founded in Kenya in
1957. Our Headquarters are in Nairobi with major programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya,
South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and two regional nubs in Southern and Western
Africa based in South Africa and Senegal Respectively. Working with and through
African communities, health systems and governments, Amref Health Africa aims
to close the gap that prevents people from accessing their basic right to
health. Amref Health Africa is committed to improving the health of people in
Africa by partnering with and empowering communities. Our Vision is Lasting
Health Change in Africa.
About USAID RHITES Project:
Health Africa is implementing the USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance
Services in the South West Uganda project that aims to increase the
availability, accessibility, and quality of integrated health services
including HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment; maternal, neonatal, and
child health services; family planning; nutrition assessment and counseling and
support; malaria prevention and treatment; and other primary care services.
Job Summary: The Adolescent Health Technical Advisor will provide
technical and program oversight and guidance in the areas of strengthening the
availability and use of youth friendly  services
targeting family planning, skilled attendance during labor/delivery,
post-abortion care, antenatal and postnatal care, prevention and treatment of
STIs/HIV, and treatment for  consequences
of gender-based violence. The incumbent will work closely with the
project’s  Technical Director and other
program technical staff to ensure technical quality of the intervention design
and implementation. The incumbent will also work in liaison with the other EGPAF’s
Technical Advisors in the identification and provision of technical support;
and  ensure standard procedures in quality
of care are adhered to during training and implementation.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Play a lead technical advisor role for ASRH
    strategic planning and work plan development; work with MOH, District
    Health Management Teams (DHMTs) and facility health teams to ensure
    programmatic efforts to improve ASRH care; and design, align and implement
    ASRH strategies and activities which support integration and quality
    improvement of services.
  • Offer timely and adequate technical support
    to select District SRHR health programs on reproductive health, including
    guidance on improving service quality, increasing use of priority RH
    interventions, supporting and motivating frontline health workers
    (midwives, nurses), and building capacity (including on-the-job training)
    on select ASRH topics. This will involve working closely with District
    Health Teams and DBTs to (1) identify ASRH support needs (2) provide
    technical support visits to select District and Facilities.
  • Ensure that there is timely implementation of
    all program inputs related to maternal, newborn and child health,
    including planning and implementing assessments, site ASRH quality improvement
    interventions, strengthening follow-up and supervision, advocacy, demand
    creation, capacity-building and M&E across program sites, in close
    coordination and collaboration with MOH, DHTs and program staff.
  • Provide mentoring and capacity building at
    the individual and organizational level in maternal, newborn and child
    health including focused antenatal care; essential and basic and/or
    comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care; postpartum and
    postnatal care. Develop, test, harvest and scale up a variety of facility-
    and community- based approaches to improve MNCH services delivery and
    utilization using quality improvement approaches.
  • The Advisor will advocate with national,
    regional and community-level health institutions to raise awareness about
    their role in improving health outcomes in. maternal, new-born and child
  • Support the district health teams to document
    and share lessons learned and best practices around ASRH service delivery
    in family planning, skilled attendance at birth, access to safe abortion
    care, building technical capacity and transforming attitudes around ASRH
    services, management of STIs, and treatment of health consequences of
    gender-based violence.
  • Significantly contribute to efforts to
    improve delivery and use of ASRH services through more effective program
    measurement and, as appropriate, through research and evaluation
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the
    line manager.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate should preferably hold a Clinical
    degree, Degree in nursing or midwifery preferred, with a Master of Public
    Health, Reproductive Health or equivalent.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience and
    demonstrated practical skills in technical advisory role in the area of
    ASRH at regional, district, clinical and community level.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in more than
    one of the following areas: Youth Friendly services, family planning
    including provision of long-acting and permanent contraception, emergency
    obstetric care, comprehensive abortion care, adolescent sexual and
    reproductive health, clinical care for sexual assault survivors, research
    and evaluation; and demonstrated experience in project design, proposal
    development and fund raising.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Training Skills: Able to transfer technical knowledge
    and skills and transform attitudes to improve quality of reproductive
    health services.
  • Excellent planning, analytical and problem
    solving skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a large and
    varied workload, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivated, flexible and adaptable to the
    needs of the organization.
  • Broad working knowledge of the ASRH health
    dynamics and strategy for Uganda.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in leading
    research / evidence generation activities in the field of reproductive
    health; ability to develop policy / practical recommendations based on
    emerging technical evidence.
How to Apply:
candidates are encouraged to send an updated CV including three professional
referees and cover letter addressed to the Human Resources Manager, Amref
Health Africa in Uganda via E-mail to: Emails
should not exceed 2MB.
Deadline: 29th January, 2016
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