11 October 2016

Director Health Service Delivery Employment Opportunity - International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Organization: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Party

About US:
The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. It was created by Albert Einstein more than 80 years and has been working in Uganda since 1998. It has particularly working in the conflict zones where tens of thousands of people have been kills and over 1.6 million displaced. Following a peace agreement in 2006, Ugandans are returning home and looking to rebuild their lives. The IRC is there to protect women and children from violence and exploitation by fostering a safe environment and encouraging education, and is supporting farmers and small businesses, and helping communities promote peace and long-term development.

About USAID RHITES-N Project:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) implements the USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Health Services in Northern Uganda Project (USAID/Uganda RHITES-N) whose aim is to contribute to measurable improvements in key population-based national health indicators and include activities for comprehensive regional health and HIV/AIDS programs. The purpose of this project is to increase the effective use of sustainable health services in the Acholi Region of Northern Uganda. By responding to disease-specific burdens in respective regions and concentrating increased resources on specific interventions in focus districts, RHITES-N, Acholi is expected to provide a significant, measurable, and lasting impact on key indicators such as HIV and malaria prevalence; maternal, neonatal and child mortality; met need for modern contraception; and child development outcomes.

Job Summary: The Director Health Service Delivery will support the Chief of Party in the design, implementation, and monitoring of high impact health interventions.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·         In charge of designing and leading initiatives to improve the capacity of districts, health facilities and their served communities to deliver high quality, high impact health interventions and services.
·         Responsible for the designing and leading technical understanding of initiatives that link HFs and communities and/or health referral networks to provide better access to essential services. Ensure a continuum of services that provide systematic referrals and counter-referrals between HF and community levels.
·         Building an integrated vision amongst related components and diverse actors, focusing on achieving results in HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, FP, MNCH and nutrition
·         Enhancing linkages and referrals between the community and the facility to ensure a continuum of response in the delivery of health services
·         In charge of identifying obstacles and risks related to implementation of the health services results in a timely manner and suggest appropriate adjustments to the headquarters office and USAID
·         Introducing high impact heath innovations for improved comprehensive and integrated health and HIV/AIDS services that take into consideration the need for strong health systems at all levels
·         Leading the service delivery team to develop strategies to support key populations and those most vulnerable, particularly in high disease burden geographic areas
·         Ensuring that all interventions and services are aligned and delivered according to the norms, guidelines and priorities established by the MoH and PEPFAR/USAID
·         Offering guidance and support as required, to the Ministry of Health (MOH), and PEPFAR/USAID in the development of policies that promote new technical ideas and identifies and track new opportunities.
·         Regularly review deliverables for completeness, accuracy, and implementation of continuous quality improvement initiatives
·         Take lead in the development of the project strategic and operational plans, and oversee the development and successful implementation of the service delivery annual work plans.
·         Lead project reporting ,analysis and use of strategic information
·         Regularly monitor program implementation, including internal and external client satisfaction, using quality assurance tools developed in collaboration with related programs within the project.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The applicant must hold a Master’s Degree in public health or a related field; or A Bachelor’s Degree and at least five (5) years of experience (in addition to the 8 years requirement noted below) in public health or a related field.
·         Eight (8) years of experience with progressively increasing responsibility in managing a service delivery and technical assistance program of similar scope and size.
·         Demonstrated expertise and experience in service Quality Improvement approaches.
·         Experience and expertise in designing and implementing successful facility and community based integrated health services.
·         Demonstrated subject-matter expertise in two or more of the following areas: HIV, TB, maternal/newborn or child health, family planning/reproductive health, health service delivery, youth and gender issues, and public-private partnerships.
·         Previous experience working in decentralized health and HIV service delivery within sub-Saharan Africa.
·         Prior experience working with Ministries of Health at various levels in the health sector, and an understanding of their structures, systems and policies.
·         Previous experience in monitoring, evaluation and public health research.
·         Technical proficiency in integrated health program design, implementation, and M&E.
·         Proven experience in managing similar projects involving management of multi-million dollar budgets/portfolios and coordination with multiple programs and partner institutions.
·         Demonstrated knowledge and application of conflict sensitive approaches within project design.
·         Broad knowledge and prior application of participatory methodologies.
·         Strong leadership, analytical and organizational skills.
·         Demonstrated ability to quickly assess priorities and effectively manage a variety of activities at a time while paying appropriate attention to detail.
·         Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact professionally with donor, project stakeholders, in-country collaborators and staff at all levels of the organization. Proven ability to convene/chair high profile meetings and ability to productively interact with a wide range of organizations
·         Skills in the area of results-based management and the use of M&E frameworks as a primary management tool.
·         Understanding of USAID procurement processes and procedures.
·         Strong MS Office skills, including Word and Excel.
·         Strong written and oral presentation skills in English.
·         Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with donors, project stakeholders, in-country collaborators, and staff at all levels of the organization.
·         Must be an effective public speaker; able to present to small groups as well as larger audiences that could include donors, partners and/or MoH staff.
·         Excellent cross-cultural interpersonal skills. Proven ability to interact professionally with culturally and linguistically diverse staff, clients and consultants.
·         Ability to travel within Uganda as required.
·         Fluency in written and spoken English and demonstrated capacity to effectively communicate and document, including the writing of quality reports and detailed analysis of strategic information, using computer programs such as Word, Excel, Power-point.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications online at the link below.

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